Working Families Party Runs Spanish-Language Radio Ads Ahead Of Election Day
by Russell Blair
The Working Families Party is running Spanish-language radio ads in Hartford and other cities ahead of Election Day.
Carlos Moreno, a spokesman for the party, said the 30-second ads will air beginning Saturday in Hartford, New Britain, Meriden, Middletown, Waterbury, New Haven and New London on WRYM and WLAT.
The ad, which will run through Tuesday, features the story of Dina Lara, who was fired after she underwent gall bladder surgery.
“She could only afford to take two unpaid days off to recover since there is no [paid family medical leave] in CT,” Moreno said in an email. “Despite her condition at the time, her boss threatened to fire her if she didn’t return to work soon. Because of the pressure from her boss, she went back to work and fell ill again, forcing her to return to the hospital, miss more work and lose more pay. When she finally returned to work after taking time to heal, her boss systematically cut her hours and then eventually fired her without reason.”
The Working Families Party organized a protest outside of Lara’s workplace in New Haven. Lara and her employer settled out of court, Moreno said.
In the ad Lara says that “the WFP helped me fight to keep my pay. They’re an independent political party that fights for working families.”
The liberal Working Families Party advocates for policies that benefit low-wage workers, like raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and implementing mandatory paid leave.
In Connecticut the party has cross-endorsed a number of Democratic candidates for the state legislature, and is advertising and campaigning on their behalf. The party has its own line on the ballot — Row C — but is running very few of its own candidates.
The Working Families Party claimed victory in early August when the candidates they endorsed were largely successful in Democratic primaries for seats in the state legislature.