Category Archives: Labor

Whole Foods And ‘Fascism’

I have watched with amusement the reaction to Whole Foods CEO John Mackey’s recent denunciation of Obamacare as fascist. Here’s the comment he made during a recent NPR interview when asked by Steve Inskeep whether Obamacare was socialist in nature: Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism. Socialism is where the government owns the means ofRead MoreRead More

Hardly Unique To Region One

If you listen to the Great Bloviator, you’d think extending school administrator contracts before they’re about to expire is uncommon, selfish and an “insult to the collective intelligence.”Read More

Bored, Are We?

Looks to me like public radio maven Marshall Miles is bored out of his skull, now that he can’t complain about administrative contracts at Region One and urge his followers to vote against the budget. You’d think he would move on to the topic du jour. But the recent case of HVRHS guidance counselor StephenRead MoreRead More

Will Organized Labor Go Kaput?

If organized labor were an animal species, Congress would surely declare it threatened, if not endangered. That’s because labor took a thumping earlier this week in Wisconsin when union-hostile Gov. Scott Walker easily beat back a recall election precipitated largely by Walker’s move to take away the lion’s share of state workers’ collective bargaining rights.Read More

Ok, Where Do We Go From Here?

Clarification: Miles is now bellowing that the contracts have not been signed. Correct. The new contracts themselves haven’t been signed but the resolution to issue those contracts was. It was approved 4-2 and endorsed by the BOE at a March 28 special meeting on unanimous recommendation from the All Boards Committee (ABC). For those whoRead More

Blumey To The Rescue

What would we do without Dick Blumenthal? Just when we thought we’d gotten rid of him — banished from Hartford and consigned to the polished halls of the U.S. Capitol — Blumenthal reminds us why his camera-mugging tenure as the state’s attorney general was so profoundly irritating. In the state of Connecticut, where they almostRead More

Donovan: Open Mouth, Insert The Union Label

There’s an old quote about keeping quiet and being thought the fool rather than opening one’s mouth and removing all doubt. For Democrats in Connecticut’s 5th congressional district who want to keep that seat out of Republican hands, Chris Donovan is the walking, talking embodiment of Shelley’s maxim. Since announcing his run for Congress lastRead More

Locking Horns Over Tenure

It is quite a sight. Lawmakers in Hartford are holding marathon hearings on Gov. Dannel Malloy’s education reform proposals. Interested parties — the education establishment, families and the governor’s people — are lining up to weigh in on perhaps the biggest battle over a public policy issue since Lowell Weicker rammed through a state incomeRead More

The Curious Case of the Ministerial Exception

I’m a longtime layman-observer of the Supreme Court of the United States. There’s nothing that gets the intellectual juices flowing for me like a compelling case before the high court. The latest source of fascination is last week’s unanimous decision that a teacher in a church-run school could not sue her employer for discrimination under the ADA.Read More

Malloy’s Priorities: Education and Booze

As you can imagine, I follow Connecticut politics fairly closely, but I must admit I was caught off-guard this week when Gov. Malloy first let it slip to CTNewsJunkie that he fully supports the concept of allowing retail alcohol purchases on Sunday and that he intends to send a proposal to the legislature this year. YouRead More