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July 20, 2018

Happiness For One Republican Candidate Means Getting Rid of Some Collective Bargaining

by Christine Stuart | Jul 20, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Labor | State Budget | Taxes

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HARTFORD, CT — A day after challenging the credentials of one of his opponents, David Stemerman was outside the state Capitol talking for an hour about his fifth and final policy paper calling for the creation of the “citizen happiness score.”

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July 13, 2018

DSS Reduces Average Wait To One And A Half Hours

by Christine Stuart | Jul 13, 2018 1:58pm
Posted to: Equality | Health Care | Labor | Legal | Public Health | Elderly Care | Poverty | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — The Department of Social Services average wait time for its call center improved slightly in June to 85 minutes, at the same time as the call abandonment rate increased from 57 to 58 percent.

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June 29, 2018

DSS Wait Times Near 2 Hours In Some Cases

by Christine Stuart | Jun 29, 2018 12:57pm
Posted to: Aging | Equality | Health Care | Insurance | Labor | Legal | Public Health

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HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4 p.m.) Telephone wait times for low-income residents seeking to verify their Medicaid, food stamps or other benefits has ballooned to an average of 96 minutes.

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SCOTUS Term Ends Big

by Peter Urban | Jun 29, 2018 4:15am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Immigration | Labor | National Security | Public Health | Public Safety | White House

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The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term this week with a bang as Justice Anthony Kennedy — known as a swing vote between the four conservative and four liberal justices — announced his retirement.

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June 28, 2018

Study: Child Care Wages At Crisis Point

by Jack Kramer | Jun 28, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Child Welfare | The Economy | Education | Jobs | Labor

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Connecticut, along with the rest of the nation, has much work to do if it wants to increase the pay of its early childhood workforce.

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June 27, 2018

Connecticut Labor Hopes To Blunt Janus

by Christine Stuart | Jun 27, 2018 1:52pm
Posted to: Courts | Jobs | Labor | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4:30 p.m.) It was not unexpected, but the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME found government unions can’t force non-members to pay “agency fees” and it’s being framed by those who support the ruling as a blow to public sector unions.

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June 22, 2018

AFL-CIO Endorses Two of Their Own

by Christine Stuart | Jun 22, 2018 3:30pm
Posted to: Election 2018 | Labor | 5th CD

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HARTFORD, CT — AFL-CIO members endorsed one of their own for lieutenant governor on Friday even though it wasn’t the same person their endorsed gubernatorial candidate chose as his running mate.

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June 21, 2018

Assaults On Staff At One Prison Have Employees On Edge

by Christine Stuart | Jun 21, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Equality | Law Enforcement | Labor | Public Safety | Cheshire

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CHESHIRE, CT — Three recent assaults on staff that the Manson Youth Institution have the unions representing correction officers and teaching staff calling for greater accountability.

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June 14, 2018

Connecticut Adds Jobs In May, But Economist Says It’s Still Moving ‘Sideways’

by Christine Stuart | Jun 14, 2018 12:40pm
Posted to: Business | Jobs | Labor

Courtesy of Gov. Malloy's office

HARTFORD, CT — If the 4,100 jobs Connecticut gained in May hold up through 2018, then the state will have recovered 81 percent of the jobs lost in the 2008 recession.

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June 11, 2018

Poor People’s Campaign Calls For $15 Minimum Wage

by Christine Stuart | Jun 11, 2018 4:58pm
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Equality | Jobs | Labor | Nonprofits | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — It’s the fifth Monday that Bishop John Selders and a group of community advocates gathered outside the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to reignite the Poor People’s Campaign.

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