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Charter Oak Health Center reaches agreement over whistle-blower firings

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Labor Department has determined the firing of three Charter Oak Health Center employees, who blew the whistle on the facilities’ failure to adequately respond to a tuberculosis exposure, was unlawful. Under a consent order, Charter Oak agreed to pay the three fired employees back pay and “take other corrective action,” the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said. Continue Reading →

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Analyses show concessions would save $24B over two decades

The tentative concessions framework struck by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state employee union leaders would save $4.8 billion over the next five years and $24.1 billion over the next two decades, according to analyses prepared by the administration, Connecticut pension actuaries and its healthcare consultant. Continue Reading →

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Senate GOP: Overhauling labor laws would save more than concessions

Updated at 3:55 p.m.
Calling $1.5 billion in proposed union concessions insufficient given Connecticut’s $5 billion budget crisis, Senate Republicans called Wednesday for legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to dramatically reshape labor laws to force larger savings in wages and benefits — with or without union consent. Continue Reading →

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Concessions draw Democrats’ praise, Republicans’ skepticism

Top Democrats in the House and Senate praised the deal and said trying to close a $5.1 billion deficit in the next budget without the $1.5 billion in potential savings from concessions would be the worst-case scenario. But their GOP counterparts had a very different perspective. Continue Reading →

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Authorized a year ago, new retirement program languishes

Democrats were quick to denounce President Trump and congressional Republicans last week for trying to thwart plans by Connecticut and other states to offer retirement savings plans to low-wage, private-sector workers. But Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is responsible for the state’s making no progress on a controversial program state legislators authorized a full year ago. Continue Reading →

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