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  •  Malloy used the issue effectively against Lamont (2+ / 0-)
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    Former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, a potential candidate for Governor, today reaffirmed his long-standing position that Connecticut employers should provide paid sick leave to their employees.  Malloy said Ned Lamont, who in an interview published online today said he is against paid sick days, “doesn’t get it.”

    “There are certain basic rights that should be afforded to any working person in Connecticut, and paid sick leave is certainly among them,” said Malloy.  “It’s wrong that we would penalize workers – salaried or on hourly wage – for being ill.  A person should not have to worry about missing a rent check or a mortgage payment because they catch the flu.”

    “Ned doesn’t get it.  Ned says he thinks ‘…we deal with sick leave just fine at the small-business level where I live.’  But that’s the problem: most people don’t live in that world.  Ned’s statement shows just how disconnected he is from the concerns of the average working person in Connecticut.”

    ...last year to win the primary, and rather easily.

    I wasn't then and still am not a fan of Malloy or his brand of street-fighting politics, but Lamont's disappointing response to this and other issues cost him dearly.

    Democrats want someone who stands for something, and that something ought to be specific.

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 10:08:38 AM PST

    •  I agreed with Lamont then and still think (0+ / 0-)

      legislating job benefits is a union killing idea.The way workers  get benefits like paid sick days is through collective bargaining which means being unionized.Those who don't do the work and make the sacrifices neccasry to form unions shouldn't be awarded the benefits that are EARNED by unionizing.

      by ctkeith on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 11:47:58 AM PST

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      •  Disagree (2+ / 0-)
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        hoplite9, Joe Dinkin

        That's like saying that coal miners in non-union coal mines don't deserve worker health and safety laws, overtime pay, or any of the many "benefits" that federal and state law provides.  

        You have no idea of what employers do when workers try to unionize.  There are plenty of companies in the good old USA who make their living by stopping unionization efforts by any means that they feel are necessary - including breaking the law (firing organizers, having supervisors and management intimidate employees, holding captive audience meetings with all employees, etc.).  

        It's the main reason that unions wanted Card Check legislation.  They wanted to organize employees, gain members, and present their majority membership for recognition and the start of contract negotiations.

        Telling non-unionized workers that they're on their own isn't the solution.

        When did "Yes, We Can" become "No, We Really Can't"? Sue, West Allis, Wis.

        by Puddytat on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 12:00:47 PM PST

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