My business, the Voices of Women of Color, is a grassroots advocacy firm, which provides political and issue-based outreach. The lion’s share of people who are paid by the Voices, either as consultants or part-time employees, are female. They are mostly single mothers doing everything they can to make ends meet. They, too, are impacted by the political decisions at the local and state level, and there are times when business and community issues are at odds. As a woman of color, I am painfully aware of disparities beyond gender. But I am also aware that addressing these disparities requires strategic approaches on many levels, not just through legislation.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration Tuesday served 28 workers in the prison system and at the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services with layoff notices, bringing total executive branch layoffs ordered since April 11 to 546.
The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that would provide Connecticut’s firefighters with lost-wage coverage for work-related cancers.
The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives outlasted a Republican filibuster early Tuesday to pass legislation that would create a quasi-public authority to offer private-sector workers a retirement savings program. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was non-committal on the bill, but says he favors a key provision: a mandated payroll deduction for retirement savings.
Leaders insist their blueprint would close massive future deficits without tax hikes. To do that, though, the GOP minorities in the House and Senate would dilute the two big initiatives Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Democratic majority launched last June: a 30-year investment in transportation and a plan to share sales tax receipts with cities and towns.
Ongoing state employee layoffs are expected to wipe out one-sixth of the job growth Connecticut enjoyed last year. Economists agree these job cuts will harm the economy, but divided over the long-term impact and the alternatives.
Firefighters left the State Capitol last year in a fury over the refusal of House leaders to call a vote on legislation providing them lost-wage coverage for work-related cancers. Just after midnight Wednesday, they watched a bipartisan compromise pass unanimously with the blessing of the municipalities that once thwarted them.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration served layoff notices Monday to 89 state employees at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.
The following are three statements made by Connecticut Juvenile Training School employees at last week’s press conference following layoffs of about one third the staff at the facility.
Connecticut’s Judicial Branch announced this week that 126 workers would be laid off in response to anticipated budget cuts for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Connecticut’s unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point in March, climbing to 5.7 percent, as job growth essentially remained flat, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.
While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration continued Wednesday to serve pink slips to state employees, two major unions launched radio and internet ads to rally opposition to the governor’s budget-balancing measures.
This week I am in Connecticut with the state’s Campaign for Paid Family Leave, a coalition of advocates pushing for the passage of a smart system of paid leave. This system is entirely employee-funded. It will offer workers 12 weeks of paid time off to welcome a baby or care for themselves or an ill loved one. It will be paid at 100 percent of a worker’s earnings, which is essential to ensuring that lower-income workers can afford to use the benefit.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy challenged fellow Democrats in the legislature Tuesday to help balance the budget by giving up a big portion of their biggest political initiative: a $245 million sales-tax sharing plan with cities and towns.
As a student at the University of Connecticut, it breaks my heart to see the non-faculty professional employees being disrespected by state political leaders and the news media. It is shameful that some legislators are taking a “victory lap” after members of the University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association (UCPEA) decided to withdraw their contract due to a clerical error.