Blair Bertaccini

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Blair Bertaccini


Blair F. Bertaccini is a Connecticut activist.

Endorsing Communist Party call

The Communist Party USA paper People's Weekly World issued a statement to mark Labor Day 1995, entitled "We honor the dead and fight like hell for the living."

Of the more than 100 endorsers listed, almost all were identified members of the Communist Party USA.

Bertaccini of the Waterbury Connecticut Central Labor Council was on the list.[1]

Dedication to the striking "workers at Yale-New Haven Hospital"

The May Day Supplement, page H, to the People's Weekly World May 20 2000, carried a dedication to the striking "workers at Yale-New Haven Hospital"

Signers included Blair Bertaccini.

Venezuela

On Sunday, June 9, 2002, the Harlem/Washington Heights Friends of the People’s Weekly World held a forum on the dramatic events in the country of Venezuela.

An enthusiastic audience of activists from the community, including participants from various U.S.-based Hispanic organizations, heard Blair Bertaccini, a trade unionist, Latin America scholar and solidarity activist, who recently returned from attending the Congress of the Venezuelan Communist Party, and Wilson Spencer, well-known left activist in New York’s Dominican community.

The two speakers gave a comprehensive picture of the exciting political process in Venezuela. Both speakers emphasized the need for the U.S. people to put an end to the Bush administration policies in support of the Venezuelan oligarchy. Such policies, they said, are designed to undermine and destroy the democratic process in Venezuela.[2]

The Venezuelan Communist Party hosted Blair Bertaccini, CPUSA national committee member, at its recent Congress. His experiences of the mounting anti-imperialist struggle are revealing, as will be his views on the attempted Bush-backed coup. [3]

Communist Party MLK tribute

On January 19, 2002, the Communist Party USA newspaper, Peoples Weekly World published a signed tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr..

We salute Dr. King’s courage and vision. He saw and struggled for an America and world that can be. We pledge in his memory to work to reorder our nation’s priorities “so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war.”

Signatories included, Blair Bertaccini . Almost all signatories were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA[4].

New Haven People's Center rally

In December 2002, the Communist Party USA run New Haven People's Center, held a No cuts, no layoffs, no war rally". Blair Bertaccini, a member of the Working Families Party who spoke at the rally, said citizens with lower incomes do not vote because politicians refuse to talk about issues that affect the working class. He said the WFP is accountable to ordinary working families, not corporate donors. [5]

Party member

In 2002, Blair Bertaccini was confirmed as a Communist Party USA member. From a report to the National Committee of the Communist Party USA November 16, 2002, New York City.[6]

We especially appreciate and congratulate our own candidates in this election cycle, all of whom received many labor and other endorsements and support:
In Jacksonville, Florida for Soil and Water Conservation Board, Russell Pelle who received 30% of the vote, with 54,004 votes; In Waterbury, Connecticut for State Senator on the Working Families Party line, Blair Bertaccini, president of the Western Connecticut Central Labor Council, who received 8.2% of the vote with 1,115 votes achieving minor party ballot status; in the Allston-Brighton section of Boston for City Council, Gary Dotterman who received 3.25% of the vote in a field of nine.

Labor support for Democrats

Blair Bertaccini, left

Powered by the grass-roots efforts of union members who made phone calls, knocked on doors, talked to their co-workers and attended Get Out The Vote events, labor-endorsed candidates swept to victory in the Nov. 6 election.

The list starts with President Barack Obama and Chris Murphy -- who withstood Linda McMahon's $47 million effort to buy the 2012 U.S. Senate seat -- and Elizabeth Esty, who defeated the well-funded campaign of Republican Andrew Roraback in the 5th Congressional District.

"This was a victory for the middle class," said Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano. "Our members refused to allow corporations and right-wing billionaires to buy the election and ram through their extremist, anti-worker agenda. I am proud and grateful for everyone's effort."

AFSCME-endorsed candidates John B. Larson (1st Congressional District), Joe Courtney (2nd), Rosa DeLauro (3rd) and Jim Himes (4th) also were reelected, winning by sizeable margins.

Council 4 members Blair Bertaccini (Local 269), Tom Lukowicz (Local 1183) and Esma Ajruli (background), Local 714 phone-banked on election eve.[7]

Meeting DeLauro

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (3rd District) discusses workers’ concerns with, from left, AFSCME International Field Rep Suzanne Haviland , Local 269 President Blair Bertaccini and Local 562 President Thursa Isaac

AFSCME's Council 4's annual conference and convention took place April 21, 2012 in East Hartford. Nearly 200 members participated in a day filled with inspiring speakers, including U.S. Reps. John B. Larson (CT-1), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Chris Murphy (CT-5), Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Secretary of State Denise Merrill.

The conference closed with the presentation of Council 4 PEOPLE political action awards to Tom Stough (Local 991, Manchester), Jon Green of the Working Families Party, and State Sen. Edwin Gomes of Bridgeport (with Anna Montalvo accepting on Sen. Gomes’ behalf).[8]

AFSCME Connecticut

Council 4 Executive Board 2012-14[9]

Vice Presidents:

Working Families Party

Blair Bertaccini was a 2014 Working Families Party candidate for District 15 of the Connecticut State Senate. He ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2012.

Blair Bertaccini investigates wage theft with the State Department of Labor. He previously served as the President of AFSCME Local 269, which represents workers from the Connecticut State Department of Labor, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and Department of Worker’s Compensation Rehabilitation Services Division. He has previously run against seven term incumbent Democratic State Senator Joan Hartley, who has frequently voted against legislation that would improve workers lives like increasing the minimum wage and guaranteed paid sick days.[10]

References

  1. People's Weekly World Sep 2 1995 p 14
  2. [ http://www.peoplesworld.org/activists-gather-to-support-venezuelan-democracy/ PW, Activists gather to support Venezuelan democracy, by: Evelina Alarcon & John Pappademos, June 28 2002]
  3. [PW, http://www.peoplesworld.org/speakers-available/ Speakers available by: Evelina Alarcon April 26 2002]
  4. http://transitional.pww.org/so-that-the-pursuit-of-peace-will-take-precedence/
  5. [1] Yale Daily news, December 11. 2002, Communist Party U.S.A. holds rally
  6. 2002 ELECTIONS: No Mandate For The Ultra Right, December 11 2002
  7. AFSCME, "A good day for the middle class"
  8. Council 4's $ word, July 2012]
  9. [The 4 Word, July 2012]
  10. Working Families Party Independent candidates challenge the status quo