Democratic 21st District State Senate candidate Monica Tujak Brill received the endorsement of the Connecticut American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).\u00a0 \u201cWe are proud to endorse Monica Tujak Brill for state Senate because of her strong commitment to supporting working people across Connecticut,\u201d said Connecticut AFL-CIO Lori Pelletier. \u201cMonica stands for what\u2019s important to working families \u2013 investing in our schools, establishing an earned family and medical leave program, raising the minimum wage, and ensuring equal pay for equal work. On top of that, she wants to make sure our seniors have a secure retirement and lower insurance costs, so they can afford to stay in Connecticut. For these reasons, our members unanimously endorsed Monica and we believe she will be a strong voice at the Capitol for all workers in the state.\u201d Tujak Brill appreciated the support. \u201cThis country and state were built on the backs of the labor movement and members of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, and we have much to be proud of for the hard work and dedication shown by our workers who helped and continue to protect the middle class, strengthen our economy and build a stronger America,\u201d Tujak Brill said. \u201cIt is with much sacrifice due the American labor movement that we all today enjoy the many benefits found in the private and public sectors like better wages, hours, healthcare, working conditions and job protection, and we must never forget that,\u201d she added. Brill is trying to unseat Republican State Sen. Kevin Kelly for the 21st District post.