Court rejects suit over Connecticut care workers

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s second-highest court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy over executive orders he issued in 2011 allowing low-paid day care and home health care workers to join labor unions.

The state Appellate Court ruled Monday that the lawsuit by some care providers and the conservative, constitutional rights group We the People of Connecticut Inc. was moot, because the legislature approved a law in 2012 giving the workers the right to join a union.

The plaintiffs argued the Malloy exceeded his authority and violated separation of powers principles in the state constitution, and that Malloy’s orders were still having an effect today.

A message seeking comment was left for a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

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