Politics

U.S. Senators Urge Employer to Allow Home Health Aides to "Vote their Choice"

Waterford - Home health aides are welcoming efforts by their U.S. senators to uphold a scheduled union election threatened with delay by their employer, the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNASC). Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy on Tuesday sent a letter to VNASC's president and chief executive officer requesting she join the workers in allowing the vote to proceed tomorrow. At issue are routine notice requirements the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has permitted be waived in light of the recent federal government shutdown forced by U.S. House Republicans.
 

Teachers Bring Lawmakers, Parents Together to Grow "Windham United for Great Schools" Movement

Willimantic - Teachers are welcoming pledges of support from Windham's legislative delegation to address growing concerns over the State Department of Education (SDE)-directed "turn-around" of their local public schools. State Senator Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-29) and State Representative Susan Johnson (D-49) last Wednesday attended a forum on the issues organized by the union representing the district's teachers. There they pledged to continue collaboration with local stakeholders and to raise their concerns with the commissioner of SDE and the "Special Master" assigned by the department to Windham's schools.
 

Teachers, Nurses, and Public Service Professionals Back Jack Stacey to Lead Town of East Haven

Rocky Hill - Citing his community ties and service as a public school teacher, members of the 28,000-strong AFT Connecticut have endorsed John "Jack" Stacey as the Democratic Party's nominee for mayor of East Haven. The labor federation's Executive Committee voted to add Stacey to its slate of endorsed municipal candidates for the September 10 Primary Election, and this week informed active and retired members of its affiliated local unions.
 

AFT Report Shows the High Cost of Overtesting

A close examination of two medium-sized school districts' standardized testing calendars found that kids are losing out on receiving a full, high-quality education because of pervasive test preparation and testing, according to an AFT report released July 23.

AFT effort will 'reclaim the promise of public education'

In her keynote address to the 2013 AFT TEACH Conference, AFT president Randi Weingarten laid a bold marker in the "education wars" that have resulted in frustration and fatigue over competing theories of reform. These competing reforms have made a lot of noise but not the progress communities want to provide all children with the education they need and deserve.

AFT praises confirmation of Perez as labor secretary

The U.S. Senate's long-overdue confirmation of Thomas Perez as the next secretary of labor on July 18 will give hardworking American families a strong and dedicated advocate in the U.S. Department of Labor, AFT president Randi Weingarten says.

State of Connecticut Announces Special Open Enrollment for Same-Sex Spouses

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) that effectively barred same-sex married couples from being recognized as "spouses" for purposes of federal law. The State of Connecticut has announced a special open enrollment period for state employees and retirees who wish to add a same-sex spouse to the State’s health plan.

AFT praises Senate passage of immigration reform bill

By passing the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) on June 27, the U.S. Senate helped the country take another big step this week toward equality and opportunity, AFT president Randi Weingarten says.

Court's decision turns back decades of voting progress

With its June 25 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, a narrow majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has rolled back the protections of a fundamental civil rights law that has preserved voting rights for millions of Americans, AFT president Randi Weingarten says.

AFT praises decision on race and diversity in admissions

The Supreme Court's June 24 ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin preserves past precedent that universities may consider race and ethnic diversity as one of many factors for admission.

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