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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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (10)
  1. Over Taaxed says:


  2. James Buckley says:

    State worker contributes $45/month to his/her health insurance. A small private businessman like myself pays $1306/month for my family of three health insurance not to mention the disparity between the co-pays…And, they have the gall to squeal like stuck pigs. Give me a break!

    1. ASMiller-KE6SEH says:

      It’s not about benefits, Mr. Buckley. It’s all about the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights — the right of collective bargaining is all about the right to peaceably assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of drievances.

      And, if you don’t like paying so much for your health insurance, then you should be supportive of a Single Payer health system with universal coverage. That would certainly provide you with a high level of medical care at about a third less cost.

      You are a small business man. You chose to be a small business man. You could have chosen to be a state worker. But them your upside would be much smaller. You decided that you like the risk for the potential reward.

      A school teacher who cares for 30 children makes a lot less money then they deserve. If we paid teachers as we pay babysitters – at $3/hour per child – that come out to:

      $3/hour x 30 children x 6.5 hours/day x 180 days/year = $105,300/year

      Most teachers I know would forgo any benefits package if they where to be paid over $100,000/year. But, an average teacher’s salary is half of that — and they work more than 6.5 hours a day because they have preparation time, marking, scoring, and grading of work, and they go back to school for further education.

      So, in the famous words of Yogi Berra, “KWITCHYERBELLIAKING”.

      1. ASMiller-KE6SEH says:

        Oh, and by the way, most babysitters I know are paid $10 or more an hour, so take my calculations, and multiply it by 3.3333… That comes out to $350,996.50 a year.

        So, as you can see, even teachers are grossly underpaid for what they do because they are not babysitters — they are EDUCATORS.

      2. Charlie Stafford says:

        My babysitters do the job I hire them for with success and I don’t have to pay them for the rest of their lives.

  3. Johnny Slate says:

    CT Gov Malloy says he will get $1B each of the next 2 years from state employees, but here is the headline from today: “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.” That is THE reason why we must end CBA for public unions!!!

    There is no way Malloy will get $1B from these guys!! That’s $40k per state employee! Not going to happen!! It’s ahuge lie!!!

  4. Johnny Slate says:

    To ASMiller-KE6SEH
    Were you educated in CT? You need to learn the difference of then v. than. And you for sure need remedial help in math. And I would be willing to take a babysitting job that pay $350k per year!!

  5. ASMiller-KE6SEH says:

    Mr. Slate:

    Allow me to make typographical mistakes, if you please, instead of reducing yourself to ad hominem attacks which fail to counter the value of the arguments put forth.

    As far as the need for me to receive mathematical remediation, as you claim, I made no mathematical mistakes. Point out the mistake, please? Besides, multiplication is not math — it is arithmetic. If you want to discuss mathematics (yes, I was educated in Connecticut) do you want to discuss postulates, theorems, and proofs in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, topology, statistics, or calculus? We can also discuss chemistry (micro-, bio-. or organic), physics, biology, astrophysics, or nuclear chemistry, if you wish.

    I ask just one favor of you – please don’t be a smart ass.

    1. ASMiller-KE6SEH says:

      Oh, Johnnie – you forgot the THEM/THEN typo which I made in the second sentence of the third paragraph. If you are going to be ingeniously critical, you might as well go all the way.

  6. plitical_harry says:

    A correction to the union position is that it is the middle class that is rebelling against the union stand. The majority of the funding for these excessive benefits comes from the middle class and it is the majority of the middle class that is rebelling against this abusive use of arbitration between politicians that need their votes and the unions that we hold them accountable for thier awards, all at the peril of the tax-paying middle class. The party is over and one way or another we will stop thi abuse.

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