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July 21, 2017

House Will Take Up Labor Agreement Monday, Veto Overrides Are Still A Question Mark

by Christine Stuart | July 21, 2017 2:56pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — The House Democratic caucus has decided it will vote on the $1.57 billion labor savings package Monday.

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July 20, 2017

OP-ED | Reject Too-Costly Union Deal

by Susan Bigelow | July 20, 2017 7:00pm

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Connecticut’s state employee unions approved a concessions package this week that will save the state $1.5 billion over the next two years. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the deal comes at way too high a price, and will make closing the deficit much harder in the years to come.

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Connecticut Adds Jobs In June; Officials Say State Could See Full Recovery By 2018

by Christine Stuart | July 20, 2017 2:00pm

Jon Bilous via Shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s economy added an estimated 7,000 jobs in June, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Pratt & Whitney Flying High With New Commercial Engine

by Peter Urban | July 20, 2017 5:30am

Peter Urban / CTNewsJunkie WASHINGTON — Pratt & Whitney President Bob Leduc was all smiles Wednesday standing in front of the company’s future — a shiny new “PurePower Geared Turbofan Engine” or GTF — on display on Capitol Hill. The engine, which took the company 20 years and $10 billion to take from idea to reality, drew a steady stream of sweaty lawmakers and staff into the July heat.

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July 19, 2017

Wage Contracts Released To Republicans

by Christine Stuart | July 19, 2017 12:59pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 3:22 p.m.) Less than 24 hours after a coalition of unions announced they had ratified a $1.57 billion concession package, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration sent the more than 30 wage contracts for the individual bargaining groups to legislative leaders.

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July 18, 2017

Unions Ratify Labor Savings, General Assembly Up Next

by Christine Stuart | July 18, 2017 10:52am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 3 p.m.) It’s one of the largest pieces of the two-year, $40 billion state budget and it was easily ratified by the rank-and-file members of the 15 unions who are part of a bargaining coalition.

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Down To The Wire, Republican Leader’s Request For Contracts Is Ignored

by Christine Stuart | July 18, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s state employee unions finished voting on an extension of health and pension benefits and nearly three dozen wage contracts Monday. The tally is expected to be announced later today.

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July 17, 2017

Malloy Says Lawmakers Need To ‘Check Their Egos At the Door’

by Christine Stuart | July 17, 2017 4:15pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said it’s time for lawmakers to check their partisanship and egos at the door and pass a temporary, 90-day budget as they work on a two-year spending plan.

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Republicans Clarify Changes They Want to Make To Labor; Unions Warn Against Them

by Christine Stuart | July 17, 2017 5:29am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — In case there was any confusion, House Minority Leader Themis Klarides wrote lawmakers to make sure they understood that she wants to change the state’s relationship with labor. The changes she’s seeking would, for all intent and purpose, circumvent collective bargaining as it’s conducted today for state employees.

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July 12, 2017

Connecticut Jumps 10 Spots In CNBC Business Rankings

by Christine Stuart | July 12, 2017 12:11pm

HARTFORD, CT — Good economic news may be hard to come by these days in Connecticut, but the Nutmeg state jumped 10 spots in the CNBC survey of “Top States for Business in 2017.”

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