Gov. Malloy lining up union backing for re-election bid

Gov. Malloy lining up union backing for re-election bid

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (official portrait from CT.gov) Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (official portrait from CT.gov)
By SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Organized labor is continuing to throw its political support to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, despite the Democrat's 2011 battle with state employee unions over labor concessions.

On Wednesday, Malloy received the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union, which represents 65,000 workers, including 20,000 active state employees and thousands of retired state employees.

Malloy said he believes state employees have since realized they're in a better position with him as governor compared with unionized state workers in other states.

Malloy has also received the backing of the American Federation of Teachers in Connecticut and the Connecticut AFL-CIO, a labor umbrella organization.

The two Republican candidates for governor, Tom Foley and John McKinney, as well as liberal petitioning candidate Jonathan Pelto, have each reported receiving support from rank-and-file union members.

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