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OSHA cites Impact Plastics for 24 violations

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PUTNAM —Impact Plastics, a long-time business in Putnam, has received 24 citations from OSHA.Twenty-two of the citations are considered serious, which the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said means “there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.” Impact Plastics, the business name of […]

Connecticut unemployment rate falls to 6.6 percent

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WETHERSFIELD – Connecticut added jobs for a sixth straight month in July, dropping its unemployment rate to 6.6 percent, the state Department of Labor said Friday. The monthly economic report showed 2,400 non-farm jobs were added to the economy. The string of six consecutive months of job growth is the longest since the economic recovery began in early 2010.”This growth, along with continued declines […]

Fusion workers, company negotiating severance package

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SPRAGUE — Fusion Paperboard and members of a local bargaining unit that covers about 110 of its 145 workers are negotiating terms of a severance package ahead of the Sprague plant’s September closing, union officials said on Tuesday.At the same, First Selectman Cathy Osten, Norwich Public Utilities and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are gathering details about maintenance of three lagoons on the Inland Road property to make sure there is no […]

Officials: Fusion closure affects many towns

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SPRAGUE – One day after Sprague’s largest employer said it would lay off 145 people and close its Versailles plant in September, regional and Norwich economic development officials said they’ll work alongside the town to try and preserve the jobs.Fusion Paperboard, meanwhile,owes the state $2.02 million from a $2 million Department of Economic and Community Development loan it was granted in September for facility upgrades at its Inland Road campus, the agency said […]

Connecticut employers add jobs for 5th straight month

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HARTFORD – Connecticut’s labor market continued to strengthen as employers added jobs for the fifth straight month in June, driving the unemployment rate to its lowest level in more than five years, the state Department of Labor reported on Thursday. Employers added 1,700 jobs in June for a total of 5,300 new jobs since June 2013. Adding to the positive jobs picture was an upward revision of job gains in May, to 6,000 from the initial report of 5,800.The […]

Connecticut limo service pays $500,000 to end overtime dispute

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NEW HAVEN — A Connecticut limousine company has agreed to pay $500,000 in back wages and damages to 183 drivers the U.S. Department of Labor says were denied overtime.The department said Wednesday the settlement in U.S. District Court in New Haven resolves a lawsuit against S.D. Transportation Services LLC, doing business as Premier Limousine in Berlin, and owner Stephen DiMarco.DiMarco […]

Connecticut maritime firms to seek submarine business

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COLCHESTER — Connecticut maritime manufacturers are getting lessons on how to cash in on a lucrative U.S. Navy submarine contract.Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, and Anne Evans, district director for the U.S. Department of Commerce, will talk today about a meeting set for June 16 for manufacturers to meet with Electric Boat.Courtney and Evans will meet at 2 p.m. at an aerospace parts […]