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Opponents Promise Court Challenge Of Unionization Legislation

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Opponents to unionization of certain daycare and personal care workers are going to court after Connecticut lawmakers sent legislation to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy allowing the employees to collectively bargain over wages and benefits.

Fergus Cullen, executive director of the Yankee Institute conservative think tank, said the legislation does not affect the institute’s lawsuit challenging the legality of an executive order signed by Malloy last year. It created a process for the workers who are paid through the state’s Medicaid program, to select a union to represent them in non-binding talks with the Department of Social Services.

Cullen calls Malloy’s order “forced unionization” of the workers. He said the first formal action in the case is scheduled for Monday.

The Senate passed the unionization bill late Thursday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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