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Labor History Lesson: The Alberta Nurses' Strike

Dr. Martin Luther King famously said in 1965 during the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Time and again working people have demonstrated this to be true by engaging in struggle today for progress won tomorrow. AFT Connecticut Secretary-Treasurer Ed Leavy shared the story of a victory by Canadian health professionals 27 years in the making in his October "Vocational Instructor" labor history column:
 

Teachers, Nurses, and Public Service Professionals Back Tina Manus for Stratford Town Council

Rocky Hill - Citing her commitment to working families' issues, members of the nearly 30,000-strong AFT Connecticut are supporting Tina Manus to serve as the District 10 representative on Stratford's town council. The labor federation's executive committee voted to add Manus to its slate of endorsed municipal candidates for the November 3 General Election, and earlier this month informed active and retired members of its affiliated local unions.
 

"Green Cleaning" for Safer Schools

The state's environmental protection and public health agencies have teamed-up to create a tool to help educators reduce their students' exposure to dangerous chemicals and toxins in our schools. A new video campaign, "Wastebusters," was last month launched to debunk green cleaning "myths" and help teachers, school support staff, administrators, and parents avoid using hazardous cleaners, sanitizers or disinfectants.
 
Click here for the first "Wastebusters" video.
 

Empowering Students to Learn the Lessons of Labor History

Public education, workers' rights and senior advocates yesterday joined the governor for the ceremonial signing of legislation to assist local school districts with teaching the history of the labor movement. The bill, which both chambers of the General Assembly passed in May with bipartisan support, was the culmination of years of grassroots advocacy by AFT Connecticut, union activists and legislators.
 
Click here for press coverage of the bill's final passage.
 

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.
 

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:
 
 

Labor History Lesson: Coxey's Army

The first "march on Washington" is the subject of AFT Connecticut Secretary-Treasurer Ed Leavy's latest "Vocational Instructor" labor labor history column. He details events that took place a full seven decades before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech -- and which still resonate today.
 
The words the march's leader planned to deliver -- "the rich have been growing richer, the poor poorer, and that by the close of the present century the middle class will have disappeared" -- ring true 121 years later:
 

Educators' Voices Heard on ESEA Reauthorization

From grass-roots lobbying on Capitol Hill to a national telephone town hall to in-district meetings with elected officials, AFT members from across the country have focused on the all-important reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). AFT Connecticut-affiliated union members last week traveled to Washington, DC and met with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy in New Haven to press for a return to the original mission of the keystone federal law for K-12 education: equity.
 
Click here for photos of the meeting with Sen. Murphy.
 

Career Technical Education: Leading by Example

Excellent career and technical education (CTE) programs are an irreplaceable bridge from high school to productive middle-class lives for many students, and Congress must recognize that fact by placing excellent CTE at the heart of its overall strategy for schools. That is the message an AFT Connecticut union leader delivered last week to a U.S. Senate panel in Washington, D.C.
 

Labor History Lesson: Homestead

Longtime activist and AFT Connecticut Secretary-Treasurer Ed Leavy writes a regular post for his local union's newsletter that explores the rich labor history of the United States. Beginning with his submission for the last edition of the "Vocational Instructor" we'll share his work here so it reaches an even larger audience.
 
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