AFT Local 5051

Yale, L+M Hospital Deal Needs Transparency, Independent Oversight

New London - Community leaders, advocates, caregivers and area residents are urging the state's top health official to select a truly independent monitor to oversee the sale of Lawrence + Memorial (L+M) Health. The coalition in a letter to the Department of Public Health (DPH) commissioner praises price caps in the agency's agreement green-lighting the purchase by Yale-New Haven Health Systems (YNHHS). They also at the same time question the settlement's requirements to retain vital services as "too narrow and vague" to protect the public.
 

L+M Hospital Caregivers Approve New Collective Bargaining Agreement

New London – Members of the three AFT-Connecticut affiliated unions who represent nearly 1,700 employees at Lawrence + Memorial (L+M) Hospital yesterday overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year contract. Hospital and AFT leadership announced a tentative agreement on Monday. Specifics of the agreement, which run through June 30, 2019, were not announced. 
 

Yale-New Haven Health System Expansion Threatens to Drive Up Prices

Hartford - A new report released today finds that the expansion of Connecticut's largest hospital system threatens to bring large price spikes to consumers along the state's shoreline. The data reveal that communities impacted by Yale-New Haven Health System's (YNHHS) proposed acquisition of Lawrence + Memorial Health and possible absorption of struggling Milford Hospital could face large price increases as Yale-New Haven's market power grows.
 
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Spotlight: Hospital Radiologic Technologists

It is often said that doctors can't prescribe a cure if they don't know what the ailment is. In acute care settings a correct diagnosis frequently relies on the important work of radiologic technologists -- or "rad techs." During the annual recognition of these vital hands-on healers, we are spotlighting union members who produce the medical imagery allowing physicians to "discover the inside story" of their patients.
 
Click here for commentary on the value of rad techs.
 

Nurses and Health Professionals Back Mayor Finizio's Leadership for New London

New London - Citing his collective commitment to working families' issues, members of the 29,000-strong AFT Connecticut are supporting Daryl Justin Finizio's re-election as mayor of the city of New London. 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 Mayor Finizio.
 

L+M Corp. Indicted for "Unfair Labor Practices" Against Outpatient Facility Employees

New London - Caregivers at Lawrence + Memorial (L+M) Hospital are responding to a December 23 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision regarding illegal tactics used last fall to block colleagues from joining their union. The board's regional director on December 23 issued a formal complaint after reviewing evidence of Lawrence + Memorial Medical Group (LMMG) supervisors suppressing New London outpatient facility employees' organizing efforts. Proceedings are scheduled to begin March 10 at the NLRB’s Hartford regional office for an administrative law judge to hear testimony of the unfair labor practice charges against LMMG.
 

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. 
 

AFT Convention Recognizes L+M Hospital Union Leaders, Addresses Staffing Levels, Patient Care

Los Angeles - The AFT at its national convention in Los Angeles bestowed the Everyday Hero healthcare award to the leaders of three AFT Connecticut unions at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London. Delegates representing the second-largest nurse union in the nation also approved resolutions calling for safe staffing levels and efforts to reshape the healthcare industry to put patients before corporate profits.
 
Click here for the full video of the award presentation.
 

AFT Announces 2014 Everyday Heroes

AFT has announced its 2014 "Everyday Heroes" after a nationwide nomination and voting process. Nine extraordinary women and men -- including four of our own AFT Connecticut-affiliated union members -- will be honored at the AFT's national convention in Los Angeles this July.
 
 

Comments on L+M Hospital Union Leader Appointed to African-American Affairs Commission

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on the appointment of L+M Hospital Licensed Practical Nurses and Technical Employees, AFT Local 5051 President Stephanie Johnson to the Connecticut African-American Affairs Commission (AAAC):
 
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