Business, labor unite to overcome weak Connecticut economy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Organized labor and the state’s business community are joining forces to confront Connecticut’s sputtering economy.

The Connecticut AFL-CIO and Connecticut Business and Industry Association, with an advocacy group representing the state’s towns and cities, have scheduled a news conference Tuesday to outline details of a November meeting intended to find ways help boost Connecticut’s economy.

Wage growth in Connecticut is weak, undermining state revenue and forcing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to propose spending cuts.

The state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent in August, the lowest in more than seven years. But just 88 percent of jobs lost between March 2008 and February 2010 have been recovered.

Lori Pelletier, executive secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, said unions and business won’t agree on everything, but everyone has an interest in seeing Connecticut succeed.

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