Big Labor is jumping into Connecticut Senate race.
The national AFL-CIO, a federation of unions with more than 12 million members, has sent out mailers to 38,000 state voters attacking Republican Linda McMahon’s treatment of workers during her days as CEO of WWE.
“Linda McMahon doesn’t care about working people,” states the headline on the mailer.
The mailer is just one facet of the union’s aggressive effort to boost Democrat Chris Murphy. Labor will also dispatch canvassers to Manchester, Norwalk, Norwich and New Britain this weekend and union activists will be staffing phone banks in support of Murphy.
The mailer goes on to claim that WWE laid off 10 percent of its workforce while accepting millions of dollars in state tax breaks. It also alleges the Stamford-based wrestling and entertainment company denied health benefits to workers and expected “female employees to submit to sexual humiliation for the sake of…profit margins.”
WWE issued a lengthy response earlier this month when Murphy produced an ad that levied similar criticism against the company.
WWE did lay off 10 percent of its workforce in 2009, “due to one of the worst economic downturns in history,” the company said, adding that it has since hired and now employs about 700 people, 100 more than it did three years ago.
The company also fought back against charges that it does not provide health care to its employees.
“All 700 full-time WWE employees have always had health insurance as well as generous benefits provided by WWE. All WWE in-ring performers, ‘Superstars,’ also have health insurance as a requirement of their contract with WWE. In addition, WWE pays for all medical treatment related to any in-ring related injuries and associated rehabilitation costs,” the company said.