AFT Local 5049

Fighting Forward for Patients, Celebrating Our "Everyday Hero"

Delegates from across the nation last month at our national union's biennial convention took action on several key resolutions designed to help improve the quality of patient care in America. The event also featured a highlight with special meaning for the nearly 100 members attending from Connecticut; the presentation of AFT's "Everyday Heroes" award to one of our very own.
 

Where the Front Line Meets the Bottom Line

Hundreds of nurses and health professionals last week gathered in Washington, D.C. to raise their voices on the issues affecting frontline caregivers and their patients. They came to the nation's capitol for AFT's annual Professional Issues Conference (PIC) and Labor Academy for hospital and healthcare workers. More than 30 members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions were among the attendees for this year's event, organized under the theme "Where the Front Line Meets the Bottom Line."
 

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. 
 

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.
 
 

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. 
 
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