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Labor History Lesson: The Abood Decision

Most of the gains that organized labor has made are due to courageous and principled stands by working men and women. In his latest "Vocational Instructor" labor history column, AFT Connecticut Secretary-Treasurer Ed Leavy acknowledges the important role that the courts have also played in shaping our rights:
 
 

Nurses Converge on Capitol Hill for Patient and Caregiver Safety

As National Nurses Week came to a close, nurses and health professionals convened in Washington, D.C., to talk directly to their representatives in Congress. AFT on May 12 organized the effort to bring union leaders and members from across the country to the nation's capitol and advocate for improved safety in the healthcare industry.
 
Click here to watch the nurses share their experience.
 

Survey Shows Need for National Focus on Workplace Stress

The results of a new AFT survey on working conditions and pressures facing education professionals across the country provide vital information about sources of stress on the job. They demonstrate the need for a scientific study on how work affects the health and well-being of teachers, paraprofessionals and school support staff -- and we're mobilizing union members to urge the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to take on this task.
 
Click here to ask the DOE to conduct this research.
 

Honoring Our Past, Inspiring Our Future

Ninety-nine years ago today, on May 9, 1916, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) was founded in Chicago, when eight local unions were granted a charter signed by American Federation of Labor (AFL) President Samuel Gompers. Leading up to AFT's national convention in 2016, we will spend the next year looking back on our rich history -- our struggles, our accomplishments, our proudest moments -- and celebrating how far we have come and what lies ahead.
 
Click here to watch a brief promo of AFT's 100th anniversary celebration.
 
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