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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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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

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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June 26, 2017

Rank-And-File Union Members Will Decide On Concession Deal

by Christine Stuart | June 26, 2017 1:47pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Now that the deal is officially inked, It’s time for the state’s labor unions to sell 34 new contracts to their rank-and-file members.

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June 6, 2017

Labor Deal Will Save Nearly $5 Billion In First Five Years

by Christine Stuart | June 6, 2017 4:48pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT —Facing criticism following a concession package he negotiated with the state employee workforce in 2011, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy obtained an actuarial analysis for the tentative framework his administration reached last month for the latest deal.

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June 4, 2017

House Sends Municipal Relief Bill To Senate

by Christine Stuart | June 4, 2017 5:29pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Acknowledging they won’t have the state budget resolved by June 7, the House took the first step Saturday to help municipalities deal with the uncertainty about how much state aid they will receive when a budget is finally adopted.

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June 2, 2017

OP-ED | Time For Troopers To Step Up On Fringe Benefits

by Terry Cowgill | June 2, 2017 5:30am

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When it comes time to rein in spending, few departments are exempt from the budget axe. But public safety is one of those entities that makes people nervous anytime cuts are mentioned.

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June 1, 2017

Republicans Push For More Labor Savings But Are Rejected By Malloy, Unions

by Christine Stuart | June 1, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Senate Republicans said extending the labor deal another five years is not worth the nearly $200 million it will save the state. Instead, they called upon Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders to join them in making some of the changes to health and pension benefits statutorily.

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May 24, 2017

Union Leaders Begin Selling Labor Deal to Members

by Jack Kramer | May 24, 2017 2:00pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — A day after a deal was struck between the governor and labor leaders that would save Connecticut $1.5 billion over the next two fiscal years, state workers were at the capitol Wednesday to show support for it.

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