Lori J. Pelletier is resigning as president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, leaving the state’s largest labor organization in search of new leadership at a potentially pivotal junction for unions, especially in a public sector facing a new governor and legislature in January.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Connecticut labor leaders began the long Labor Day weekend with sharp criticism of the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat whose close election and re-election benefitted from labor’s support.
Unions can’t promise Gov. Dannel P. Malloy a win just by being with him in 2014. But of the few certainties in the business of campaigns and elections, count on this: Malloy, the first Democratic governor of Connecticut in a generation, is a lock to lose to Republican Tom Foley without them. The unions know that, so does Malloy.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s calculated decision to make a public show of challenging unionized teachers two years ago still dogs the first-term Democratic governor as he prepares for a 2014 re-election he cannot win without support from organized labor.