Real Story: Union Chief Retires

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John Olsen, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, talks about why is he not seeking reelection, what he’s doing next and a recent court decision against the Rowland administration.

Below is part a story about Olsen’s retirement from Jenny Wilson and Jon Lender of the Hartford Courant. Read more at courant.com.

John W. Olsen, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO and a longtime labor rights champion, said Tuesday he will not seek re-election next fall to the office he has held for a quarter century.

First elected in 1988, Olsen, 63, is the longest serving president of the statewide union federation and has spent more than 30 years advocating on behalf of Connecticut’s blue-collar workers.

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