Skip to comments.AFL-CIO unveils legislative agenda, takes aim at CBIA (CT)
Posted on 03/06/2010 5:26:53 AM PST by raybbr
HARTFORD State labor leaders and union-endorsed legislators came out with guns blazing Thursday.
Though the announced purpose of the press conference in the Legislative Office Building was an unveiling of Connecticut AFL-CIOs 2010 legislative agenda, the target was often the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.
State AFL-CIO President John Olsen, Secretary-Treasurer Lori Pelletier, and state Sen. Edith Prague, D-Norwich, (and 10 other towns) took aim at the 10,000-member business organization.
Olsen said CBIA ads about jobs and cutting taxes were simplistic. A small-minded approach like theirs is a major mistake. Instead, we should be looking at how we can solve the states problem of economic development.
Pelletier wanted to know why CBIA always used the term business unfriendly when mentioning labor. Were trying to be pro-active by keeping jobs here, she said.
Prague, chairwoman of the labor committee, said every time a bill comes before her committee that would protect workers CBIA comes in and beats us up. They say our bills will scare business out of the state. A big expense for business is energy. CBIA lobbied for the deregulation of the electric energy bill; they got it passed and the cost of energy went up. If the de-reg bill hadnt passed, businesses probably would have a more affordable electricity rate.
CBIAs Senior Vice President Joe Brennan was quick to respond.
Calling labors statements ridiculous, Brennan said CBIAs ads stress fiscal policy issues, health care issues, at times, labor issues. But, theyre always about making Connecticut a more attractive place to locate jobs.
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The vultures named in the article.
The saddest thing about that is that republicans facilitated the forced unionization and they did it for the same old fashioned reasons. Greed and lust for power.
The governmentese-Socialist-Union types look at private enterprise and lust for the wealth it generates. Then, when they’re in a position to, they GRAB IT!
It would be the same if a farmer got hungry and pulled up his crops to eat them before harvest time. It amounts to killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.
State legislators tend to fly under the radar and can do a great deal of damage because nobody notices them.