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With labor, Lamont carefully treads a path blazed by Malloy

Ned Lamont has spent months trying to distance himself from the unpopular Democratic governor he hopes to succeed, but when it comes to the public-sector unions that bedeviled his predecessor, Lamont faces the same dilemma: How to keep labor’s support in difficult fiscal times? Continue Reading →

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Lori Pelletier: ‘Either you respect collective bargaining or you don’t’

These are complicated times for labor, especially for unions representing state workers. Despite the objections of Republican legislators, they just ratified a concession deal with a governor they helped elect, Democrat Dannel P. Malloy, in a move to save the state an estimated $1.57 billion this year. Lori J. Pelletier, the president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, talks about the labor landscape in our Sunday Conversation. Continue Reading →

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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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