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Community Schools Bill Passes Legislature

The House of Representatives passed Community Schools Bill SB 1002 by a vote of 103-34. The Senate had previously passed the bill by a vote of 26-8. The legislation now goes on to Governor Malloy for his signature.

Paraprofessional Advisory Council Bill Passes Legislature

The House and Senate unanimously passed legislation recalibrating the membership of the Paraprofessional Advisory Council so that paraprofessionals would have a majority of representation, making certain that their voices are heard, not diluted.

Job Safety: 100 Years Ago, Bosses Had ‘Divine’ Rights, Workers None

A century ago on Workers Memorial Day, millions of men, women and children worked long hours at low pay in jobs that threatened their lives and limbs.

Why Market Reforms Failed in DC, NYC, and Chicago

The market-based reforms of the past dozen years have failed. Now they are the status quo, imposed on the nation by NCLB and Race to the Top, will hurt our nation’s children and undermine public education for all children.

Memo raises troubling questions about Rhee and cheating

A memo uncovered by PBS's John Merrow concerning former chancellor Michelle Rhee's knowledge of cheating in District of Columbia Public Schools is troubling, AFT president Randi Weingarten says.

AFT and Cartoon Network team up to prevent bullying

AFT president Randi Weingarten joined with Cartoon Network on April 3 to launch the "Stop Bullying: Speak Up" Flag Raising Campaign, a new partnership that will provide educators in more than a thousand schools nationwide with bullying prevention materials and curriculum suggestions.

Newtown Teachers gather for the race.
Newtown Teachers gather for the race.

Sandy Hook Run for the Families a Tremendous Success!

In what has been billed as the largest inaugural run in Connecticut history, more than 15,000 runners turned out on a cold snowy morning to support the families of Newtown.

Raising Haiti

Jessica Patti, a Backus Federation of Nurses RN, is founder and president of Raising Haiti, a non profit agency who’s mission is to help improve the social, educational, and medical conditions of the people of Haiti.

Annual food drive to benefit Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center.
Annual food drive to benefit Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center.

Living United

The Backus Federation of Nurses Local 5149 held their third food drive to benefit the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center in Southeastern Connecticut on March 9 bringing in 1,729 pounds of food.

Workers Affected by Newtown Tragedy to Receive Coverage Through Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Program and Fund

On March 6, the Connecticut General Assembly unanimously passed legislation that will provide coverage for all workers suffering mental or emotional impairment from the tragic shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.

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