A Hispanic advocacy group claims in a lawsuit filed last week that a local trade union’s breach of contract scared Sen. Hillary Clinton away from its fundraiser 10-months ago because it meant she’d have to cross a picket line.

The Connecticut Association of United Hispanic Agencies, Inc. claims it struck a deal with the president of the Greater Hartford New Britain Building Trade and Construction Council one week before the May 20th fundraiser. The nonprofit claims that during lunch at Costa Del Sol the union agreed to cancel the protest as long as Causa, Inc. returned the $40,000 it received from ING Financial Services Group. The trade council had a beef with ING, which it claimed was not using enough union labor in its construction of a new facility in Windsor. Causa says it returned the money, but the Council refused to call off the protest, causing Clinton to back out.