AFT Local 5119

Spotlight: Serving Her Community as Nurse and Councilor

Despite providing the majority of direct and supportive patient care in the field, women historically have not held an equivalent share of leadership positions in hospitals or healthcare organizations. A similar imbalance exists in American politics and is evident in elected offices ranging from local school boards to Congress. During the month in which women's history month is celebrated, we're spotlighting a union member bucking these trends and "trailblazing" within the labor movement, in her industry and her community.
 

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.
 

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. 
 

Home Health Aides Vote to Improve Patient Care Services for Seniors, People with Disabilities

Waterford - Home health aides who serve patients of the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNASC) today overwhelmingly voted "Union Yes" in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-supervised election. The caregivers cast their ballots eight weeks after seeking voluntary recognition of their free choice to form a union from their employer, a subsidiary of Lawrence and Memorial Corporation (LMC).
 
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