Fasano Urges Action on Restaurant Wage Legislation

September 24, 2019

Today, Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) wrote to Governor Ned Lamont to thank him for urging lawmakers to act on legislation to address a growing number of wage related lawsuits Connecticut restaurants are facing as a result of a discrepancy in the guidance provided by the Connecticut Department of Labor and state regulations.

“If we do not act soon, restaurants in Connecticut will close, jobs will be lost and workers will suffer,” Fasano wrote.

Sen. Fasano said lawmakers should hold a public hearing on newly negotiated language by next week to ensure a special session can take place as soon as possible. Sen. Fasano said that three legislative caucuses are in agreement to move forward and address this issue, but Senate Democrats are holding up the process.

“I have previously written to Senate Democrats to ask them to closely consider the negotiated language and allow this process to move forward. I fear that the stranglehold of certain union representatives has made the Senate Democrat caucus fearful of taking any action on this issue. This is beyond disappointing, as the people who will suffer most in this situation if nothing is done are the restaurant workers across our state.”

Click to view a letter written by Sen. Fasano to Gov. Lamont. .
Click to view a written by Sen. Fasano to Sen. Looney..