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AFT Campaign Takes on Issue of Excessive Testing

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The AFT has launched the second phase of its campaign against excessive testing, Learning Is More Than a Test Score, which will include a policy agenda that takes into account what we learn from teachers, parents and others.

Protect Our Future

Over the next few weeks, President Obama and Congress will be under tremendous pressure during the current lame duck session to avert the looming "fiscal cliff." They will face a series of high-stakes decisions on jobs and taxes that will directly affect working families and their communities. The decisions our elected officials make could begin to close the economic inequality gap in America—or make it worse.

Call your senators today and urge them to support a balanced approach to reducing the federal budget deficit and dealing with the fiscal cliff.

AFT Connecticut endorsed candidates win big on Election Day

IB ImageDespite the influx of millions of dollars from outside sources and candidates, labor won big on Tuesday night.

AFT Connecticut members get active for Election 2012

AFT Connecticut members have been making phone calls, writing postcards and knocking on doors in the final push to get out the vote for Election Day 2012.

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Getting out the vote

Across Connecticut, labor unions were out in force this past weekend calling and door knocking on union households to get out the vote for Election Day.

Why is Michelle Rhee trying to buy elections?

Michelle Rhee has been raising hundreds of millions of dollars from right wing billionaires, foundations and corporations to buy elections across America. Find out why.

Mitt, meet the 47%

Just who was Mitt Romney referring to in his secretly recorded comments at a Boca Raton, Fla., fundraiser as people who don’t “take personal responsibility and care for themselves”?

Connecticut's new Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer
Connecticut's new Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer

Governor Malloy appoints Sharon Palmer to lead Connecticut's Labor Department

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today appointed AFT Connecticut President Sharon Palmer to lead Connecticut’s Department of Labor.

“For more than two decades, Sharon has been a tireless advocate for working people from all walks of life in the state of Connecticut,” said Governor Malloy. “Sharon has spent many, many years fighting for something I believe in deeply: the right to organize and collectively bargain for good wages and good benefits. I’m thrilled she’s accepted this appointment, and look forward to serving the people of Connecticut with her on our team.”

What a difference a vote makes

Just one vote. That was all it took to make the difference in the primary on August 14.

House Republicans Vote to Keep Bush Tax Cuts for the Richest 2%

In a reverse of last week’s Senate action, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved (256-171) a bill (H.R. 8) to extend the Bush tax cuts for the nation’s wealthiest 2%— about $160,000 a year for the average millionaire. The House defeated (257-170) a Democratic alternative amendment to maintain the cuts for the middle class but end the tax breaks for the rich.

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