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The True Meaning of the So-Called "Pathway to Sustainability"

Connecticut House Republicans last week released a "Five Point Plan for a Pathway to Sustainability" during a press conference launching their 2016 legislative election campaign. Its wonky, vaguely-worded language avoids the true impact of their proposals — so leaders of our state employee unions coalition took the liberty of uncovering and exposing the plan's truths. 
 
Click here for an annotated version of the House GOP plan.
 

Comments on Court Decision in Historic State Education Funding Case

Jan Hochadel, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on today's Superior Court decision in Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) v. Rell, which challenged the constitutionality of the state's PreK-12 finance system:
 

Labor Day 2016: Why America Needs a Strong Movement for Working People

Our national union president in her annual Labor Day message reminds us how a strong labor movement has helped workers, our communities, the economy and our democracy grow and thrive. Randi Weingarten additionally uses the occasion to call on all our members to join her in taking action to support policies that make it easier, not harder, to join a union:
 

Attorneys Organize for a More Stable, Secure Future

The week before Labor Day, assistant attorneys general (AAGs) and public defenders (PDs) filed petitions for union representation with the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations (SBLR). Approximately 200 AAGs in the Office of the Attorney General have recently begun organizing with AFT Connecticut's assistance. At the same time, approximately 172 PDs with the Division of Public Defender Services have united with Council 4 AFSCME's help.
 

CREC School Nurses Vote to Strengthen Voice, "Speak Out for Those Who Depend on Us"

Hartford - Registered and licensed practical nurses who provide vital student healthcare at schools operated by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) have overwhelmingly chosen to unite for a voice on the job. A Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations (SBLR) agent yesterday counted the ballots cast by the bargaining unit of 30 caregivers employed by the Hartford area's regional educational service center (RESC).
 

Spotlight: Retirees Demonstrate "Senior" Activism

Retired members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions do not fit easily into popular, preconceived notions of life after employment; particularly those who remain engaged in the labor movement. Tomorrow is National Senior Citizens Day, and we're taking time to spotlight a few who not only defy stereotypes, but who exemplify "seniority" in both knowledge and experience.
 

Building the Movement to Reclaim Our Schools

Nearly 3,000 delegates to our national union's convention last month heard advocates share their conviction in the value of building community-level coalitions to achieve true educational justice in America. It's an approach long-embraced by members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions — which will again be demonstrated in October during coordinated local actions to "reclaim our schools" across the state.
 
Click here for more on the October 6 "walk-ins."
 

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.
 

Spotlight: Judicial Branch Probation Officers

In honor of national Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision (PPPS) Week, we're taking time to meet some of our own public employee union members who provide these vital criminal justice services. This month's spotlight comes at a time when Connecticut's court system professionals face tremendous challenges to accomplishing their collective mission; the implementation of an austerity state budget is risking their ability to keep our communities safe.
 

New Federal Testing Proposals: Praise, Caution & Action

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) earlier this month proposed rules regarding student testing under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the nation's new law governing public education. Included in the July 7 announcement were plans for a pilot program that states will likely be able to apply for in the coming school year. The news drew both caution and praise from union leaders -- along with a renewed call to action ensuring that the law's promise as a "reset" of federal education policy continues.
 
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