- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Organized labor and the state’s chief business group are taking the first steps in an unlikely alliance to confront Connecticut’s slow economic growth.

The Connecticut AFL-CIO and Connecticut Business and Industry Association announced Tuesday a conference in November to find ways to boost the state’s economy. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is working with the adversaries to promote the meeting.

Lori Pelletier, executive secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, joked about the rare alliance between business and labor, comparing it to a lightning strike. But she said the two sides can still find agreement.

Joe Brennan, president of the business group, said the budget debate that included tax increases unpopular with businesses spurred discussions to organize the conference. He says many other issues will be on the agenda.

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