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Labor study: Businesses can pay more to preserve CT’s quality of life

Connecticut businesses can afford — and should pay — higher taxes to support investments in education, health care and other priorities to grow the economy and preserve quality of life, a report sponsored by the state’s biggest labor group urged Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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Brinksmanship at State Capitol over pension deal

Republicans tried Wednesday to scuttle a deal Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struck with state employee unions to avoid spiking pension costs. But the House voted 76 to 72 to ratify the deal, while the Senate followed suit in more dramatic fashion with a tie-breaking vote by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. Continue Reading →

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Pelletier pressures Jepsen to accept unionization without vote

HAMDEN — Lori J. Pelletier, the president of the Connecticut AFL- CIO, used a Labor Day unity meeting Friday to urge labor leaders to pressure Attorney General George Jepsen to drop his neutrality and embrace an effort by AFT-Connecticut to unionize 196 lawyers in his office. Continue Reading →

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A Berkeley professor tries to explain Trump to labor in Hartford

Ian Haney Lopez is a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley, a high school and Harvard law classmate of Barack Obama’s and the author of “Dog Whistle Politics,” a historical analysis of the coded racial appeals politicians make to white voters. He talks a lot about Donald J. Trump these days, not always in ways one might expect. Continue Reading →

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Angry, yet pragmatic, CT AFL-CIO assesses role in 2016 elections

The Connecticut AFL-CIO vented Thursday at Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislators, but the labor federation will convene again Friday, probably to endorse some of the same Democrats accused of betraying labor on the state budget. The reason is a labor report card: The best-ranked Republicans have lifetime scores of 60 percent, lower than the worst-ranked Democrat. Continue Reading →

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Labor and Connecticut Democrats: Can this marriage be saved?

The awkward estrangement of labor and the Connecticut Democratic Party: The head of the AFL-CIO, who organized a labor boycott of the Democrats’ annual fundraising dinner to protest the state budget was rejected this week as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Continue Reading →

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Labor, advocacy groups call for tax hikes instead of budget cuts

A top Connecticut labor leader blasted Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget as continuing “to protect the very, very wealthy,” offering a counterpoint to the governor’s call for deep spending cuts and state workforce reductions, and to the broader aversion among many legislators to the idea of raising taxes for a second consecutive year. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut economy, the facilitator will see you now

It was inevitable. Suzanne Bates of the Yankee Institute, a conservative think tank critical of public-employee benefits, found herself at a table next to Daniel J. Livingston, the lawyer who negotiates those benefits for state employee unions. The unlikely table mates were emblematic of an experiment staged Friday to find a new approach to economic policy in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Malloy vetoes qualifications for education commissioner

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy renewed a fight with organized labor Wednesday by vetoing legislation sought by teachers’ unions that would have set a statutory requirement for state education commissioners to have a strong classroom background, something his first education commissioner lacked. The CEA is asking legislators to override the veto. Continue Reading →

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Malloy offers ‘Connecticut Core’ as Common Core fix

With cover from the state’s two largest teachers’ unions, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday kicked off “Connecticut Core,” the administration’s latest effort to quell the political and policy clamor over how Common Core curriculum standards should be implemented. Continue Reading →

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A labor embrace for Malloy, with a jab over education

The Connecticut AFL-CIO’s biennial political convention was a two-day infomercial promoting the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, with one carefully choreographed note of discord: A rebuke to the Democratic governor’s choice of Stefan Pryor as commissioner of education. Continue Reading →

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