AFT Local 5119

Empowering School Nurses to Fight the Pandemic

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Governor Ned Lamont nearly two weeks ago issued an executive order closing all public schools in Connecticut. Among the unintended consequences were furloughs and layoffs of education support personnel — including nurses and health professionals — in districts across the state. AFT Connecticut and affiliated local union leaders responded to the crisis by negotiating opportunities to re-deploy affected members to the frontlines of the pandemic.
 

Preparing for a Possible Public Health Emergency

The continuing spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) across the globe and here in the U.S. is a growing concern. As professionals working with students, patients and the general public, our members must be prepared — not panicked. We are working with our national union and state public health officials to provide tools and information in the event of a possible outbreak in Connecticut.
 
Click here for AFT's round-up of coronavirus resources.
 

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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