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Spotlight: Going the "Extra Mile for these Kids"

Paraprofessionals and school-related personnel (PSRPs) are critical members of the public education workforce whose efforts ensure student success, from Pre-Kindergarten through college. Despite their collective wealth of knowledge, experience and passion, their many diverse and vital contributions are sometimes overlooked. We're spotlighting a union member being honored for her work on the same day that PSRPs are given overdue credit for the critical difference they make in their students' lives.
 

Telling Hartford HealthCare Union Members Are Not "Pawns"

Countless Connecticut residents are currently caught in a power struggle between a health network and an insurer, restricting access to preferred doctors and spiking medical costs. In response, leaders of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) took action on behalf of impacted union members and retirees. They are collectively demanding that Hartford HealthCare (HHC) immediately resolve its ongoing contract dispute with Anthem, Inc.
 
Click here for union leaders' letter to the network's CEO.
 

Teachers, Nurses and Public Employees Back Patrice Granatosky for Groton Town Council

Groton — Citing her record of service and commitment to working families' issues, members of the nearly 30,000-strong AFT Connecticut are supporting Patrice Granatosky to continue serving on Groton's town council. The labor federation's executive committee voted to add the educator to its slate of endorsed municipal candidates for the November 7 General Election. Members of affiliated unions last month participated in a local community canvass and are engaged in additional efforts to help "get out the vote" for Granatosky.
 

Spotlight: Meeting Diverse Needs in Higher Ed

Most students in Connecticut's public community colleges are likely unaware that the majority of their professors may be non-tenure-track adjunct faculty. Despite their more precarious circumstances, these instructors are an integral part of the team that provides pathways to both gainful employment and future learning opportunities. During the week set aside to raise awareness of campus inequities, we're spotlighting a union member who began her higher education career as an adjunct and knows their worth firsthand.
 

Teachers, Nurses, Municipal and State Employees Back Stratford Town Council Candidates

Stratford - Citing their commitment to issues impacting working families, members of AFT Connecticut and Council 4 AFSCME today announced their support for Stratford town council candidates Tina Manus and Bieu Tran. Elected leadership of both labor federations recently completed their internal processes for their respective slates of endorsed candidates in the November 7 Municipal General Election. The organizations are highlighting Manus and Tran's roots in the labor movement as they inform affiliated local union members of the decision to support their candidacies.
 

Resisting Discriminatory Policies Targeting Teachers

Union members' advocacy over the past six weeks succeeded in blocking several proposed budgetary policies threatening harm to students in schools across the state. Still, the compromise package passed last week by lawmakers contains two provisions unfairly singling out Connecticut's hard-working educators. To reverse the damage in 2018, teachers will need to double-down on both member and political engagement during what will be a critical year to be "all in."
 

Teachers, Nurses and Public Employees Back Victor Funderburk to Lead Windham

Willimantic - Citing his deep community roots and commitment to issues impacting working families, members of the 30,000-strong AFT Connecticut are supporting Victor Funderburk to serve as mayor of Windham. The labor federation's executive committee voted to add the retired educator to its slate of endorsed municipal candidates for the November 7 General Election. Members of affiliated unions last week participated in a local community canvass and are engaged in additional efforts to help "get out the vote" for Funderburk.
 

Fight for a Fair State Budget Moves Forward

Following intense pressure to reject a damaging state budget narrowly adopted by lawmakers two weeks earlier, the governor on Thursday vetoed the toxic fiscal package produced by Republican legislative leadership. The action came after unions joined advocates for demonstrations and speak-outs across the state demanding better choices than failed and painful austerity policies. Our members played a vital role, turning up their efforts following a telephone town hall last weekend where the focus was on planning our next steps.
 

Spotlight: Making a Proper Diagnosis Possible

The general public has in recent years begun to appreciate the important work of forensic scientists, thanks in large part to popular Hollywood-produced television series and feature films. In the real world, their effectiveness depends on a team of skilled lab technologists behind the scenes. As the week recognizing the contributions of forensic professionals comes to a close, we're spotlighting a public employee who delivers these vital services while also helping educate future physicians.
 

Organizing to Defend Against a "Heartless Assault"

President Trump's decision last week to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program puts approximately 850,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children at risk. Many are public school educators, support staff, college instructors and faculty — as well as their students — right here in Connecticut. Our national union has teamed up with advocates to both fight back on their behalf and provide answers to their many questions about the impacts of this radical policy change.
 
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