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Caregivers to Offer "Better Choices than Proposed Shutdowns" at Windham Hospital

Willimantic - Nurses, technicians and healthcare workers at Windham Hospital are responding to management's agreement to enter formal talks over planned patient care and hospital staff reductions at the acute care facility. Wednesday's announcement followed three weeks of community engagement efforts led by caregivers and the region's legislative delegation designed to save services slated for closure by the hospital's non-profit owners.

Toward Racial Equity

More than 30 diverse member leaders from local unions across the country last month gathered in June for the first meeting of AFT’s Racial Equity Task Force. They met in Baltimore, where less than two months earlier six police officers were arrested on charges related to the mysterious injuries that killed 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody.

Six Steps to Debt-Free College

The number of debt-free college proposals can be confusing, but their core message is simple; higher education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and without the cost of crippling debt. A coalition including AFT, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Demos last week clarified that goal by unveiling the "Debt-Free College Checklist."

No Child Left Behind Overhaul Advances

After multiple hearings, a long markup and a week of floor debate, the U.S. Senate yesterday resoundingly approved a bill that could help vanquish the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In a bipartisan vote senators overwhelmingly approved the Every Child Achieves Act, a bill to replace NCLB and restore the historic mission of the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA); equity in our nation's public schools.
Click here for press coverage on the bill's passage.
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