Battles Over Labor’s Wages Heats Up At Capitol

“We understand that raising thresholds are not good for workers,” said David Roche, president of the building trades council. Some prominent Democrats in state and federal office also spoke out against raising the prevailing wage thresholds. While they did not identify the Democratic governor by name, they did say anyone supporting such a measure would […]

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Prevailing wage: myth vs. reality

Governor Malloy has made a recommendation to raise the threshold as to when our state’s prevailing wage law is triggered on public works construction projects. Connecticut currently has the second highest thresholds in the country, and the highest in New England. The truth is this proposal won’t in any way alter our state’s budgetary woes. In […]

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Malloy Pitches Plan To Give Municipalities Relief, Blasts Hedge Fund Tax Proposal From Dems

Unions have fought for years against any changes in the prevailing wage, and Democrats in the House and Senate have backed the unions. This year, the atmosphere has changed because the Senate is currently tied at 17 to 17 with two open seats awaiting special elections. “In states around us, the thresholds are zero,” Pelletier […]

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Union Leaders Meet With Trump, Construction on Their Minds

At a meeting with the leaders of several construction and building trade unions, President Trump reiterated on Monday his interest in directing hundreds of billions of dollars to infrastructure investments, some of it from the federal government, union officials said. At the meeting, Mr. McGarvey raised one point of possible discord between the labor leaders […]

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Rail overhaul plan is both a winner and a loser in CT

The most favored is the NEC proposal to upgrade the rail line that runs through the center of the state, from New Haven to Hartford and then Springfield, Mass. Demographers project that between 2010 and 2040, the population in the Northeast Corridor will grow to 64 million, an increase of roughly 23 percent. Six of […]

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Still No Deal On Sharing Power In Senate

Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven, will undergo kidney transplant surgery today before being able to reach an agreement with Senate Republicans over how the now evenly divided upper chamber is organized. The Senate, which had been held by a 21-15 Democratic majority, will be split 18-18 between the parties when the 2017 session opens. […]

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CT adds jobs, sees jobless rate dip in Nov.

Connecticut added 2,100 jobs in November, and its unemployment rate declined to 4.7 percent, state regulators reported Thursday. The unemployment rate in October was 5.1 percent. November’s declining 4.7 percent jobless rate is now seven-tenths of a point lower than it was a year ago. The construction and mining supersector dropped off sharply, with a […]

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