AFT Local 5051

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):
 

L+M Unions Ratify Agreement; Parties Jointly Committed to System Success

New London - Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), health technicians and technologists at Lawrence + Memorial today ratified a tentative agreement reached between the two parties last week. The ratification marks the end of a labor dispute that began in November when the previous contract covering the nearly 800 members of AFT Locals 5049 and 5051 expired. 
 
Click here for video of the joint press conference on the agreement.
 

Joint Statement from L+M and AFT on Tentative Agreement and Scheduled Contract Ratification Vote

A tentative agreement has been reached between Lawrence + Memorial and AFT Locals 5049 and 5051 which represent its registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs), health technicians and technologists. 
 

Nurses and Techs "Back to the Bedside" at L&M Hospital, Administrators End Illegal Lockout

New London - Caregivers illegally locked out of Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital 19 days ago today returned to work, temporarily halting a standoff over the future of health service delivery for the region. Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC) representatives on Tuesday unilaterally ordered an end to the unlawful activity after talks with the unions representing the hospital's caregivers failed to produce a mutual agreement.
 

Caregivers Locked Out of L&M Hospital Reject "Attempted Bribe," Stand Strong for Community

New London - Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital administrators this week committed multiple violations of federal law in rebuffing efforts by the facility's healthcare professionals to resolve the crisis of care impacting their community. Their union's representatives have filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over "bad faith" negotiating tactics and the ongoing lockout, now in its 12th day. An additional charge is planned over an "offer" publicly announced yesterday by the hospital's spokesman that is provoking a strong response from the caregivers.
 

Defense Fund for L&M Hosp. Caregivers Locked Out Raises Over $20K in Less than 24 Hours

New London - Professional patient care providers locked out of Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital a week ago by their employer will have access to financial aid through the efforts of their union. Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC) last Saturday cut off pay and terminated medical and dental coverage for nearly 800 registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), healthcare technicians and technologists and their families. AFT Connecticut and its national union yesterday set up a militancy/defense fund that has already raised over $20,000.00 to provide relief with the economic hardship of the lockout.
 

Help Nurses and Caregivers Locked Out at L&M Hospital

Nearly 800 registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and healthcare techs and technologists at L&M Hospital have been locked out by the corporation that owns the community hospital. The community they serve has been asking how they can help in this, their most difficult time.
 

Corp. Operating L&M Hosp. Chooses "Reckless, Irresponsible" Lockout Over Critical Care

New London - The administration of Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital yesterday locked out its registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), healthcare technicians and technologists immediately following the end of a legally protected job action. Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC) representatives refused to allow the caregivers to complete an unconditional return to their patients offered before they began the first strike in the hospital’s 101-year history. The local unions representing the nurses and techs on Tuesday filed a complaint seeking injunctive relief with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the event LMC attempted their threatened lockout.
 

Nurses, Health Techs Will "Strike for Our Community;" Stoppage to Start Tomorrow

New London - Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC) representatives today walked away from negotiations with nurses, caregivers and healthcare workers at Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital, setting in motion a strike set to begin tomorrow. Talks broke down when the corporation's representatives refused to keep working toward mutual resolution of issues impacting patient care sought by the unions representing approximately 800 of the hospital's employees. Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and healthcare technicians will walk off the job at 6:00AM tomorrow in the first strike at L&M in the hospital's 101-year history.
 
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