Politics

Tech Professionals at Danbury, New Milford Hospitals Vote for Voice to Improve Care

Danbury - Surgical and radiology technologists, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and respiratory clinicians at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals on Friday voted "Union Yes" in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-supervised election. The caregivers cast their ballots 11 weeks after achieving majority status and seeking voluntary recognition of their union from the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN). The network refused, leading to lengthy and costly delays, a federal labor board hearing in October and Friday's secret ballot vote for the new bargaining unit of approximately 260 employees.
 

To Fight Ebola America Needs a "Top Doc" Now

In November of 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General of the United States. But right-wing politicians are standing in the way of his confirmation, leaving all of us without a "top doc" for the nation. Whether it’s the unprecedented spread of Ebola or a bad flu epidemic, healthcare workers are on the frontlines of public health scares and crises every day. There’s no place for politics when people are putting their lives on the line.
 
Click here to sign the petition to say you "stand with Vivek" for surgeon general.
 

AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer, AFT President to Rally Union Members, "GOTV" for Endorsed Candidates

Rocky Hill -- AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler and AFT President Randi Weingarten, accompanied by Governor Dannel Malloy and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty, on Sunday, October 26th will join union members at a Labor-to-Labor walk in Farmington to kick off "Get Out the Vote" (GOTV) efforts in support of the governor's race and other local elections.
 

Question 1 - Vote YES for a Stronger Democracy

On November 4, there will be a State Constitutional Amendment (Question 1) on the Connecticut ballot. The purpose is to improve voter turnout by removing barriers that often discourage and deter eligible voters from exercising their most fundamental democratic right. More than 30 states already allow "early voting," but ours does not. That's why AFT Connecticut is urging a YES vote on Question 1 to make it possible here, too. 
 
Click here to learn more about the "Vote YES Connecticut" campaign.
 

Turning Up the Heat to "Reclaim the Planet"

The sense of doom that motivated an estimated 310,000 people to converge on the Upper West Side of New York City on Sunday for the People's Climate March did not dampen their hope and optimism for a vision of a green future. Swelling the crowd were hundreds of AFT members and thousands of trade unionists from the more than 70 labor organizations that were co-sponsors of the day's events.
 
Click here to watch a brief video on the historic event.
 

Comments on Foley Campaign's Proposed Scheme to "Starve State's Schools"

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks in response to an education proposal promoted by Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley in a campaign ad and recent public comments:
 

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.
 
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