Politics

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?
 

Teachers, Nurses, Public Service Professionals Back Gary Holder-Winfield for St. Senate

Rocky Hill - Citing his social justice advocacy and service in the General Assembly, members of the 29,000-strong AFT Connecticut are supporting State Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield’s candidacy for the State Senate. The labor federation’s Executive Committee voted in favor of a formal endorsement and last week informed active and retired members of affiliated local unions residing in the 10th Senate District. Holder-Winfield is seeking to succeed New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, who vacated the senate seat last month, in a February 25 Special Election.
 

Nurses, Public Service and Education Professionals Choose Slate to Lead New London

Rocky Hill - Citing their collective commitment to local working families, members of the 29,000-strong AFT Connecticut have endorsed challengers and incumbents for New London's city council and board of education. The labor federation's Executive Committee voted on a slate of endorsed municipal candidates for the November 5 General Election, and last week informed active and retired members of its affiliated unions in the region.
 

Teachers, Nurses, and Public Service Professionals Back Harry Rilling to Lead Norwalk

Rocky Hill - Citing his community ties and service as a public safety professional, members of the 29,000-strong AFT Connecticut have endorsed Harry Rilling in his campaign for mayor of Norwalk. The labor federation's Executive Committee voted to add Rilling to its slate of endorsed municipal candidates for the November 5 General Election, and last week informed active and retired members of its affiliated local unions.
 

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.
 
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