Backus Hospital

Spotlight: Building the "Backbone" of the Community's Healthcare

Business leaders in Connecticut are increasingly reliant on the faculty in our state's public colleges to train and educate their future employees. Despite this growing need, many elected officials have reacted to mounting fiscal challenges by disinvesting in a proven source of effective and efficient workforce development. During the annual recognition of our nation's public service workers, we're spotlighting a union member who helps her students today prepare for good jobs tomorrow, despite mounting challenges.
 

Protecting Immigrant Students, Educators and Caregivers

In classrooms and on campuses across the nation, undocumented youth, from preschoolers to college students, are terrified. Young people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status as well as visa-contingent educators and healthcare professionals fear that changing policies could jeopardize their safety. In an increasingly  hostile political climate, national, state and local union leaders have stepped up to defend communities, demand fairness and corral resources to help.
 
Click here for our national union's resources for immigrant communities.
 

Spotlight: Retirees Demonstrate "Senior" Activism

Retired members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions do not fit easily into popular, preconceived notions of life after employment; particularly those who remain engaged in the labor movement. Tomorrow is National Senior Citizens Day, and we're taking time to spotlight a few who not only defy stereotypes, but who exemplify "seniority" in both knowledge and experience.
 

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."
 

Report: 'The Union Advantage for Women'

AFT has joined a coalition to raise public awareness of union-led reforms that are particularly important in the lives of working women. Many, such as paid sick leave and paid family leave policies, are highlighted in a report, The Union Advantage for Women, released yesterday by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR).
 
Click here for the full report.
 

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.
 

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.
 

Linda Orange Backed by Healthcare, Education, Public Employees as "Champion for Working Families"

Rocky Hill - Citing her background in healthcare and strong legislative and public service records, members of the 29,000-strong AFT Connecticut are supporting the re-election of State Rep. Linda A. Orange. The labor federation's local union representing registered nurses (RNs) at William W. Backus Hospital is also formally backing the 48th House District incumbent's candidacy in the August 12th Primary Election. 
 

Healthcare, Education, and Public Service Professionals Back Betsy Ritter for State Senate

Rocky Hill - Citing her record of advocacy in the General Assembly, members of the 29,000-strong AFT Connecticut are supporting State Rep. Elizabeth "Betsy" Ritter's candidacy for the 20th state Senate District. The labor federation's local unions representing Lawrence + Memorial (L+M) Hospital's nurses, technicians and healthcare workers and William W. Backus Hospital's registered nurses are also formally backing Rep. Ritter. 
 
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