MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is reminding Connecticut's organized labor leaders that he supports their cause and has often fought on their behalf, even though he hasn't announced whether he'll seek re-election.
The Democrat appeared Tuesday at the annual convention of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, the state's largest labor organization. His address to the 257 delegates and others came two years after he threatened to lay off thousands of unionized state employees if they didn't approve a labor concessions deal needed to balance the state budget.
As the youngest of eight children, Malloy said he learned to develop "some sharp elbows." He acknowledged that "sometimes I don't always use them appropriately," but he said he has used them on labor's behalf.
Some union leaders acknowledge bad feelings toward Malloy remain among rank-and-file members.
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