Report: Closure of Millstone wouldn’t hurt workers

If the controversial Millstone nuclear plant were to close within a few years, its many highly-skilled employees would have no trouble finding new jobs, according to a new draft report commissioned by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. But the report says the nuclear station is on […]

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Regional Water Authority approves $15 million to repair water system leak in North Branford

Members of the governing board of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority Wednesday night unanimously approved a $15 million fix of the tunnel and pipe system that brings water from the utility’s largest reservoir to a treatment facility in North Branford. The largest portion of the project’s overall cost, which includes $1 million for […]

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Construction workers putting in longer hours, industry hiring down

U.S. construction companies this year hired fewer workers than they did in 2016, and their existing employees are working longer hours, according to TSheets.  TSheets analyzed payroll data from 12,000 construction companies and found that employees are working a 39.6-hour week, compared with 39.2 hours in 2016 and 38.4 hours in 2015. https://www.constructiondive.com/news/report-construction-workers-putting-in-longer-hours-industry-hiring-down/513148/

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CSCU board authorizes system consolidation

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents has voted overwhelmingly to restructure CSCU, consolidating 12 community colleges into one accredited institution. The controversial move, which is projected to save nearly $28 million a year in administrative costs, but not affect faculty positions, was approved Thursday afternoon with 12 board members voting in favor […]

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A new push to tackle an old problem: transportation neglect

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday a day of reckoning has arrived for Connecticut’s depleted special transportation fund and the services and projects it finances, outlining what is likely to be an election-year challenge for the General Assembly next year and, perhaps, the last major initiative of a lame-duck governor. With a long hit list […]

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OSHA fines CT contractor $330K for mercury-related hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a Connecticut contractor $329,548 and issued the company two willful and six serious violations for exposing workers on a Concord, NH, project site to mercury and respirator hazards, according to an agency press release. After OSHA responded to worker complaints by visiting the site, agency investigators […]

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Senate Passes Tax Bill with Break for ‘Pass-Throughs’

Construction and engineering groups are sifting through the sweeping tax-code rewrite that the Senate approved on Dec. 2, but some see it as better than the House-passed version, particularly in its treatment of partnerships, sole proprietorships and other “pass-through” entities. Stephen Sandherr, Associated General Contractors of America CEO, noted that a majority of construction firms are […]

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Monroe looks ahead to post-Walmart future

While Walmart has dropped plans to open a supercenter here, members of business community remain steadfast that their “mom and pop” town will stand strong as developers look to salvage something from the project. While there were mixed feelings about the development project and its impact on existing retailers, some saw the development as a […]

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Norwalk NAACP plans outreach for SoNo Collection jobs

The city, Norwalk NAACP and General Growth Properties aim to engage women and minority-owned businesses in the construction of The SoNo Collection. GGP, a Chicago-based mall developer, broke ground in August on the 728,000-square-foot upscale regional shopping center off West Avenue and Interstate 95. The company had targeted October 2019 for completion. Under its development […]

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