Politics

Weingarten Tour Highlights Partnerships that Work

AFT President Randi Weingarten continued her national back-to-school visits last week with a two-state New England swing that showcased the type of trust, accountability and collaboration that has sparked concrete improvement in local public schools. After visiting two Massachusetts communities, she toured schools in Meriden and New Haven, where she was accompanied for much of the day by Gov. Dannel Malloy.
 
Click here for photos from Weingarten’s visits with Connecticut union members.
 

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. 
 

Donna Brazile Announces "Democrats for Public Education" at AFT Convention

Los Angeles - Addressing more than 3,500 members of the AFT at its national convention, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile announced the formation of a new group that she will co-chair called Democrats for Public Education, which will focus on uniting the vast majority of Democrats, who believe in the promise of public education.
 
Click here to watch Brazile's convention speech.
 

Teachers, Public Service, Healthcare Professionals Back Coleman's Re-Election to State Senate

Rocky Hill - Citing his record of advocacy and service in the General Assembly, members of the 29,000-strong AFT Connecticut are supporting the re-election of State Senator Eric D. Coleman. The labor federation's local union affiliate representing Hartford Public Schools' teachers and support personnel is also formally backing the Second Senate District incumbent's candidacy in the August 12th Primary Election.
 

AFT's Weingarten on Harris v. Quinn Decision

Statement from AFT President Randi Weingarten on today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Harris v. Quinn case, which upheld union rights for public employees -- but denied rights to "fair share" fees from non-members among a new classification of "partial public employees:"
 

Teachers, Nurses, and Public Service Professionals Back Statewide Candidates Committed to Collective Bargaining Rights

Rocky Hill - Elected leaders of the 29,000-strong AFT Connecticut last night voted overwhelmingly to support incumbent statewide elected officials with strong records of respecting workers' rights on the job. The labor federation's executive committee voted in favor of formal endorsements of candidates for congress and state constitutional offices that will appear on the November 4 General Election ballot. 
 

AFT's Weingarten Fights Forward with President Obama on Student Loan Reform

Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on today's signing by President Barack Obama of an executive order to make student loans more affordable and which several AFT members attended:
 

Tell Legislators to Support Safe Staffing in Our Hospitals

Legislation that would have a positive impact on the quality of patient care in our community hospitals -- and on our members who provide it -- has been raised at the State Capitol. The legislature’s Public Health Committee just held a hearing on the bill and many nurses in AFT Connecticut unions testified in support and told their stories.
 
Now these lawmakers need to hear from you.
 

Tell the Hartford BOE: Vote No on TFA's Costly Finders Fee

Hartford's Board of Education is expected to vote Monday night on whether to renew a recruiting contract with Teach for America (TFA) worth nearly three quarters of a million dollars. 
 
Is this really the best use of the city's limited education resources?
 
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