By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel Malloy is standing with unionized employees in Connecticut in support of workers in Wisconsin, saying he believes strongly in protecting collective bargaining rights for organized labor.
Malloy, a Democrat, made an appearance Wednesday at a solidarity rally on the Capitol steps. About 500 workers turned out for the event, organized by Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
The Republican governor of Wisconsin has proposed stripping some collective bargaining rights of unionized workers.
Malloy was greeted with cheers at the rally, despite unveiling a two-year budget last week that seeks $2 billion in labor savings and concessions from state employee unions to help close the state’s $3.5 billion budget deficit.
Representatives from the unions are meeting next week with Malloy behind closed doors.
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