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Spotlight: Judicial Branch Probation Officers

In honor of national Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision (PPPS) Week, we're taking time to meet some of our own public employee union members who provide these vital criminal justice services. This month's spotlight comes at a time when Connecticut's court system professionals face tremendous challenges to accomplishing their collective mission; the implementation of an austerity state budget is risking their ability to keep our communities safe.
 

New Federal Testing Proposals: Praise, Caution & Action

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) earlier this month proposed rules regarding student testing under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the nation's new law governing public education. Included in the July 7 announcement were plans for a pilot program that states will likely be able to apply for in the coming school year. The news drew both caution and praise from union leaders -- along with a renewed call to action ensuring that the law's promise as a "reset" of federal education policy continues.
 

Labor History Lesson: The Grape Boycott

Through building strong partnerships with the community and practicing non-violent civil disobedience, Cesar Chávez organized immigrant agricultural workers to win hard-fought dignity and respect from their employers. In a recent recent column for his local union's newsletter, AFT Connecticut Secretary-Treasurer Ed Leavy takes us back to 1970 for the lessons of the Delano grape boycott:
 

Medical and Dental Assistants "Join Forces with Our Physicians and Nurses”

Hartford - Medical and dental assistants at the federally qualified health center (FQHC) that serves the capitol region yesterday voted for collective bargaining representation in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-supervised election. The employees cast their ballots three weeks after a majority of the unit sought voluntary recognition of their free choice to form a union from Community Health Services, Inc. (CHS). 
 
Click here to watch these caregivers share why they voted "Union YES."
 
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