After striking a deal with Gov. Ned Lamont, the House voted 79-69 for final passage of a bill creating a paid family and medical leave program.
Gov. Ned Lamont went to a Hartford nursing home Tuesday to sign a copy of legislation raising the minimum wage. The event was choreographed but the governor went off-script.
Senate Democrats voted to pass a paid family and medical leave bill, leaving the governor’s veto threat for another day.
The threat to veto a family leave bill lays bare an inherent tension in Gov. Ned Lamont’s politics: He is a labor ally from the world of business, where government is suspect.
With a new legal opinion, Attorney General William Tong has given a boost to the long campaign by labor to pass “captive audience” legislation.
Connecticut’s minimum-wage workers will see their hourly wages rise from $10.10 to $15 over the next four-and-a-half years under legislation passed early Friday by the Senate and sent to Gov. Ned Lamont for his promised signature.
Connecticut gained 300 jobs in April as its unemployment rate dropped slightly from 3.9 to 3.8 percent, the Department of Labor reported Thursday.
Democrats and Republicans sharply split in an overnight debate over whether raising Connecticut’s $10.10 minimum wage to $15 over four-and-a-half years is an overdue lift to low-wage workers or an ill-considered blow to small businesses in a state that has yet to fully recover from the Great Recession of 2008.
Following a now-familiar script, the General Assembly split along partisan lines Wednesday to approve another of the dozen or so collective bargaining agreements or arbitration awards that could come before lawmakers in 2019.
State health officials have begun preparations in advance of threatened strikes planned for May 1 at 20 Connecticut nursing homes.
Workers at state nursing homes want the legislature to budget an estimated $40 million for raises.
Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal were among those supporting a better deal for supermarket workers.
The state’s largest healthcare workers’ union warned Friday that as many as 2,500 employees at 20 nursing homes could be on the brink of a strike by the end of next week.
Uber and Lyft drivers are closer to taking home a larger share of each ride’s pay thanks to a favorable committee vote in Hartford last week.
Connecticut ended 2018 on a jobs high note.