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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.

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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.

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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.