March 23, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 1:28 pm

Malloy sued for allowing care workers to unionize

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is facing lawsuits challenging his orders allowing low-paid personal care attendants and daycare workers to join labor unions, The Associated Press reports.

Two Republican state lawmakers and the conservative Yankee Institute for Public Policy sued the Democratic governor Thursday in Superior Court to challenge the personal care attendants order. Another lawsuit on the daycare workers order is expected to be filed Friday.

The lawsuit filed Thursday by Southington Sen. Joseph Markley and Wolcott Rep. Rob Sampson says only the legislature has the authority to decide the unionization issue and alleges the executive orders signed by Malloy last September violate the constitution and labor law. The orders came after legislation allowing unionization failed in the legislature.

Malloy stands by his orders and says they don't require any workers to join unions.

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