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State Senate Approves Bill to Unionize Care Workers

The bill, which spurred three lawsuits, now awaits Gov. Malloy's signature.

With a 22-14 vote, the state Senate passed a bill on Thursday night that will allow low-paid daycare and home health care workers to join unions, according to the Associated Press. The bill now awaits Gov. Malloy's signature.

Democrats were in favor of the bill because of the low level of income day and health care workers receive compared to others in their industries, while Republicans felt that forming unions would compromise the relationship between the workers and their clients.

Three lawsuits challenging the bill's constitutionality were filed last month and charged that Malloy overstepped his authority when he signed executive orders to allow the workers to unionize. State Rep. Rob Sampson (R-Southington), who was a plaintiff in two of the lawsuits,

"I believe this unionization will result in major changes in both the day care and personal care attendant industries that will hurt small business owners and the most vulnerable members of our society” Sampson said in a press release.

QWERTY May 04, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I don't disagree, but day and home care is going to be become a huge problem in this country as the baby-boomers age. This is certainly going to drive the cost up, who's paying for it? Reap what you sow, politicians.
Gerald M. Gaynor May 05, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Just what the state needed, another union. You have to wonder if some of these politicians ever look at all of the empty or converted mills and other manufacturing buildings across the state and realize that they used to be filled with high paying jobs that went South and then overseas as a direct result of the behavior of our state legislature.
Ron May 05, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Malloy is just another in a long line of liberal Democrats to lead the state into failure. Pander to unions so you can get reelected. Unions are not the answer to this country's problems with health care.
Vern Horward May 05, 2012 at 10:16 PM
The parasite will destroy the host. Damn liberals
Alex May 10, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I'm scratching my head, who will this help? Unless the companies employing these workers are ok with taking a cut in their profits (assuming unionizing is for better benefits or pay), I only foresee increased costs for the services which will be balanced on the backs of the customers. And you know what happens when the customers money runs out for a health care service. Sounds like we're going to be relying on medicare and medicaid even more... wonderful.

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