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Teacher Prep Regulations Reinforce "Test-and-Punish" Model

There's no evidence that new teacher preparation regulations released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) will lead to improvement and plenty of reason to believe they will cause harm, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.
 
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Tech Professionals at Danbury, New Milford Hospitals Vote for Voice to Improve Care

Danbury - Surgical and radiology technologists, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and respiratory clinicians at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals on Friday voted "Union Yes" in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-supervised election. The caregivers cast their ballots 11 weeks after achieving majority status and seeking voluntary recognition of their union from the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN). The network refused, leading to lengthy and costly delays, a federal labor board hearing in October and Friday's secret ballot vote for the new bargaining unit of approximately 260 employees.
 

Statement on Office of Child Advocate Report on Newtown Shootings

Joint statement by AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFT Connecticut President Melodie Peters and Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski on the report released today by Connecticut's Office of the Child Advocate on the Dec. 14, 2012, killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown:
 

PSI Embraces Educational Support Staff

Members of AFT's Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) division and AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson joined Public Services International (PSI), the global public service workers union, to help kick off its new endeavor, the Educational Support and Cultural Workers Network, at its founding meeting Tuesday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The two labor organizations stood in solidarity with school support workers around the world to create a new structure for addressing such urgent issues as funding for public education, job security, privatization and the right to organize among public school support staff.
 
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