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Visiting Nurses' Caregivers Celebrate New Contracts, "Whole New Respect" for Aides

Waterford - Registered nurses (RNs) and home health aides (HHAs) employed by the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNASC) last week ratified the first contracts to cover both groups of patient care providers. The votes by the combined workforce of approximately 130 caregivers followed successful negotiations with management of the subsidiary of Lawrence and Memorial Corporation (LMC), the region's largest health service provider.
 

Newly Established Teacher Retiree Healthcare Trust Gets Off the Ground

Hartford - Leaders of Connecticut's teachers' unions are applauding the new trust established in September by the Teachers' Retirement Board (TRB) to better protect and sustain beneficiaries' healthcare over the long term. The board last month voted unanimously to establish the legal structure after receiving approval from the Office of the State Attorney General. 
 

AFT's Three-Point Strategy on Ebola Preparedness

AFT President Randi Weingarten and nurse activists and leaders from across the country today gathered to highlight the need to involve nurses and health professionals in developing and implementing plans to respond to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). AFT Nurses and Health Professionals are calling on hospitals around the nation do more to protect and train their staffs, after two nurses caring for the Ebola patient in Texas contracted the deadly virus.
 
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Caregivers at L+M Corp. Outpatient Facility Applaud Fed. Ruling Empowering "Own Vote, Own Voice"

New London - Nurses, medical assistants, and healthcare workers at a Lawrence + Memorial Medical Group (LMMG) outpatient facility are reacting to progress in their effort to unite for a voice on the job. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional director on Monday issued a decision clearing the way for employees at the Howard Street medical office building to vote to form a union. The decision followed an investigation by the federal employment agency that began when an overwhelming majority of the facility's employees signed cards expressing their desire to join AFT Connecticut. 
 
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