Connecticut assistant attorneys general voted to join the American Federation of Teachers via mail-in ballot on Tuesday. The ballots, which were mailed out October 4, tallied 101-64, according to the Connecticut State Labor Relations Board.
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Connecticut is one of only eight states in the nation that allows “fusion voting,” a system that allows a candidate to appear more than once on the ballot and the nominee for two or more political parties. However, some experts say a bill passed in 2013 that placed restrictions on fusion voting could be illegal.
Renters using Section 8 housing vouchers were allegedly charged higher rents than unassisted renters in Hartford, according to an action filed in the U.S. District Court for Connecticut. The action claimed that Imagineers LLC which administers Hartford’s Section 8 housing voucher program, “improperly approved” housing assistance for monthly rental payments which were higher than “comparable unassisted units.”
The Department of Social Services confirmed that it is “looking into” claims that personal care assistants employed through private non-profit agencies are having union dues deducted from their paychecks without authorization. Karen Hansen of Community Allied Resources, the company which administers paychecks for PCAs paid for by agencies like the DSS, also confirmed that “we have had calls indicating this kind of thing.”
A federal audit criticized Connecticut housing officials for failing to finish a number of projects supported with $25 million in grant money, with one official blaming "difficult neighborhoods" for the failures. The state of Connecticut was given $25 million in funds to purchase and rehabilitate houses and buildings that were abandoned or foreclosed during the housing market collapse. However the audit cited instances where work was never completed and properties were left abandoned and falling down.
Wendy Traub of Hemlock Directional Boring - a construction company that specializes in underground utility pipe installation, says small businesses like Hemlock simply do not have the time to commit to appeals when there is little chance of success - regardless of whether or not the employee quit, was fired or laid off. “I would say 98 percent of the time - I don’t want to say it was a joke - but no matter what evidence we could present, the labor board said they are going to get it.”