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Agreement Reached to Shore Up State Employees' Retirement Security

Representatives of the 15 unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) yesterday reached agreement with the administration of Governor Dannel P. Malloy to restructure state employee pension fund payments. The agreement does not impact members' retirement benefits or require increased employee contributions; it does, however, stabilize pensions by ensuring obligations to current and future retirees are fully funded.
 
Click here for the signed memorandum of understanding (MOU).
 

Grants to Support Civic Engagement Projects

Our national union, along with education and literacy advocacy organizations, earlier this year announced an opportunity for teachers to apply for financial resources for help in resolving community-level problems. When the winning projects in the "Citizen Power Challenge" were announced this fall, a local union member here in Connecticut was among 15 educators who will receive a $500.00 grant.
 

Urging the President-Elect to "Stop the Hate"

Labor, civil rights and faith leaders are calling on President-elect Donald Trump to unequivocally denounce hate-fueled acts of harassment, vandalism and even assault taking place since his election. More than 100 groups, representing more than 10 million Americans, have signed on to a November 18 letter from our national union and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
 

Spotlight: Supporting Students' Educational Opportunities

Paraprofessionals and school-related personnel (PSRPs) represent approximately 40 percent of the staff in our nation's public schools and play a vital role in reclaiming the promise of a great education. We're spotlighting union members who are "the engines keeping public schools running" at the same time that they are recognized nationally for the positive impact they have on students' lives.
 

Urging Federal Officials "Level Up," Not Shift Away Education Resources

The signatures of more than 5,100 AFT members across the country concerned over implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) last week were delivered to the federal education department. They accompanied a letter from our national union president regarding proposed "supplement-not-supplant" regulations that threaten to "wreak havoc on thousands of schools" and the students they serve.
 
Click here for the language of the petition.
 

Spotlight: Health Professionals Providing Quality Dental Care

Dental hygienists play a vital role in preventive care, education and treatment in a variety of settings, including private practices as well as public clinics and schools. What they share in common is a commitment to improving patient outcomes by promoting greater awareness of the importance of good oral health. During the annual recognition of these dedicated caregivers we're spotlighting union members devoted to quality clinical, therapeutic and educational dental services for those they serve.
 

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.
 

Assistant Attorneys General Unite for a "Voice and a Seat at the Table"

Hartford - Assistant attorneys general (AAGs) by a nearly 2-to-1 margin have voted in favor of union representation in an election overseen by the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations (SBLR). The ballots cast by the bargaining unit of 179 legal professionals employed by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) were counted yesterday following two weeks of voting by mail.
 

Standing Up to the Swindle of Public Services

The now-infamous scheme by pharmaceutical firm Mylan to squeeze profits from patients through predatory price hikes on its life-saving EpiPens is widely known. Less well known is the company's tax avoidance scam two years earlier, part of a growing trend among corporations to exploit loopholes and enable politicians to push harmful austerity policies.
 

Spotlight: Educators Committed to Attendance "Every Day"

Educators, classroom support staff and school social workers know firsthand that for students, a day lost to absenteeism is a day lost to learning. Their concerns were reinforced by a landmark brief released earlier this month on national chronic absence data that reveals the true scope of the problem. As the month set aside to raise awareness of the issue wraps up, we're spotlighting union members devoted to helping students and families understand how achievement is connected to attendance.
 
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