AFT Local 3837

State Employees Defend a Voice for All Working People

Thousands of union members last week packed the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford to express their opposition to a dozen bills threatening a voice for all working people. The legislation — all sponsored by Republican lawmakers — drew condemnation from a diverse cross-section of the state's labor movement. Public employees in particular turned out in force to denounce the most egregious proposals jeopardizing their fundamental collective bargaining rights.
 
Click here for press reporting on the legislative hearing.
 

Taking Our First Stand to "Keep Us Covered"

Tens of thousands of advocates, caregivers and elected officials earlier this month rallied in cities across the country to stand up to renewed threats to gut Americans' healthcare coverage. The nationwide protests were the first step to oppose attacks by congressional Republicans and the new president on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and vital supports like Medicare and Medicaid. Members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions braved the cold on January 15 for a demonstration quickly organized at the State Capitol in Hartford.
 

The Challenge of Precarious Labor in Higher Ed

The landscape of America's working world continues to shift, with the number of unstable — and, often, part-time — jobs, low pay and exploitative conditions increasing at a rapid rate. At a daylong Washington, D.C., conference earlier this month, union leaders, policy experts and academics examined the contingent labor force and how to ensure fair working conditions for all. Much of the discussion centered on the issues impacting higher education adjunct faculty and graduate student employees; two groups participating in a "day of action" next month here in Connecticut.
 

Spotlight: Health Professionals Providing Quality Dental Care

Dental hygienists play a vital role in preventive care, education and treatment in a variety of settings, including private practices as well as public clinics and schools. What they share in common is a commitment to improving patient outcomes by promoting greater awareness of the importance of good oral health. During the annual recognition of these dedicated caregivers we're spotlighting union members devoted to quality clinical, therapeutic and educational dental services for those they serve.
 

Spotlight: Connecticut State Employees, Part II

Last month's union member spotlight featured three public employees concerned about the devastating impacts of a proposed austerity state budget then under consideration by lawmakers. A package that makes deep cuts to vital public services has since been passed by the legislature signed into law by the governor. This month we sat down with three of their colleagues to learn more about the challenges facing a state workforce under increased pressure and operating with reduced resources.
 
Click here for our previous post spotlighting Connecticut state employees.
 

Where the Front Line Meets the Bottom Line

Hundreds of nurses and health professionals last week gathered in Washington, D.C. to raise their voices on the issues affecting frontline caregivers and their patients. They came to the nation's capitol for AFT's annual Professional Issues Conference (PIC) and Labor Academy for hospital and healthcare workers. More than 30 members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions were among the attendees for this year's event, organized under the theme "Where the Front Line Meets the Bottom Line."
 

Spotlight: Health Information Professionals

As the healthcare industry in general and the medical profession in particular trend towards electronic records, documentation is becoming increasingly critical. Health information professionals (HIP) play a vital role in maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of patients' personal records. We're highlighting how these hardworking women and men contribute to quality care as the annual national recognition weeks that honors them comes to a close.
 

Response to Governor's Threat of "Very, Very Substantial" State Employee Layoffs

Union leaders in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) made the following remarks today in response to Governor Dannel P. Malloy's comments yesterday regarding anticipated workforce layoffs:
 

New Leadership to Carry On "Solution Driven Unionism"

Rocky Hill - New officers chosen to serve AFT Connecticut through 2017 have taken office and recommitted the statewide labor organization's ongoing community engagement, worker organizing, collective bargaining and political activism efforts. Delegates representing affiliated local unions in May elected the federation's president, executive vice president, first vice president, secretary/treasurer and 22 vice presidents for two-year terms effective today.
 

New Ebola Hotline for Healthcare Workers Launched

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) on Monday launched an information hotline to help ensure nurses and health professionals receive resources and training to prepare for and contain Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the US. This week print and online ads will promote the hotline here in Connecticut, as well as the District of Columbia, Alaska, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
 
Click here to see the first full-page newspaper ad.
 
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