Dannel’s Day: Laboring; workin’ on a building; celebrating John Olsen

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy this afternoon will hold a news conference with Richard Trumka, president of the national AFL-CIO, to underscore two state Department of Labor initiatives, one to help returning veterans find jobs with police and fire departments; the other a “talent-matching system” to help jobless people with experience to get back into the workforce. Malloy and Trumka will be joined at the event by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Department of Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer and other state and local officials. That will be held at 12:30 at the CT Works Career Center on Main Street in Hartford.

At 2:30 Malloy will head to Meriden to help Mayor Michael S. Rohde get some shovels in the ground celebrating a renovation project at the city’s Downtown Hub. Financed in part with $3.85 million in state bonding, the work is aimed at stopping seasonal flooding downtown “increase economic activity and create the first downtown town green in Meriden’s history.”

Capping off his heavy and ceremonial lifting, Governor Malloy will join hundreds celebrating the retirement dinner of longtime  Connecticut AFL-CIO President and Democratic firebrand John Olsen. That’s at 7 p.m. in the Omni Hotel in New Haven.