BY SUSAN KNIEP
THE HARTFORD COURANT
"With 12.5 million private sector workers standing in the unemployment line nationally, why are Connecticut's prison guards getting wage increases at the taxpayers' expense?
Last month, state legislators refused to follow Gov. M. Jodi Rell's call for them to reject a binding arbitration decision on the guards' contract, which will cost Connecticut taxpayers $86 million and give some state employees wage increases of 6 percent. This contract will set a precedent for future state and local government union contracts, including the agreements for about 22,000 state workers that are headed for negotiations soon."