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Unions in Connecticut — and the need for them — thrive

If there is dignity in all work, why isn’t there dignity for all workers? It’s a question worth considering this Labor Day. Throughout history, when working people have become “sick and tired of being sick and tired,” they have organized unions. This is how they broke the back of sweatshops in this country. And how they forced the end of child labor, so 10-year old kids could attend free public schools instead — another successful labor demand. It’s how they cleaned up dangerous workplaces and the surrounding neighborhoods that suffered from toxic pollution. And it’s how minority and women workers have been able to successfully fight income inequality.

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Good leadership, collaborative board, create academic excellence in Bloomfield

As chairman of the board for Bloomfield Public Schools, which our data indicates is the most improved school district in Connecticut over the past four years, I’m often asked what contributed to our academic resurgence. For example, our high school graduation rate increased 16 percentage points from 2011 – 74 percent to 90 percent now. Our middle school registered four consecutive years of academic growth and was recently recognized by the education reform group ConnCAN as a “Success Story” school. Third grade reading, writing and math scores in 2013 were above the state average.