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Proving "Our Determination" at the Negotiating Table

Members of five AFT Connecticut-affiliated local unions have over the past three months secured new contracts that raise wages, protect benefits, secure jobs and improve working conditions. While each individual agreement represents significant progress for working people, two in particular demonstrate the power of collective action. Both are the product of members engaged in local political and legislative action that positively impacted talks with their employers.
 

Comments on Federal Proposal to Curb Violence Against Workers in Health Settings

AFT Connecticut leaders made the following remarks regarding the introduction Friday of the "Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act" (H.R. 7141) by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-2):
 

Healthcare Workers at Rockville General Hospital Vote for "Voice to Assure Quality Care"

Vernon - The majority of a diverse group of healthcare professionals at Rockville General Hospital (RGH) today voted for union representation in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-supervised election. The outcome is a win for the bargaining unit of approximately 150 nursing assistants, maintainers, unit coordinators and others at the Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc.-owned acute care facility. Members of the organizing committee who spearheaded the union drive are looking ahead to first-ever negotiations with the for-profit company's local Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) management.
 

Building the Foundation for a Better Future

The polls are closed, the votes are in and Connecticut’s political landscape through 2020 is clear. Thanks to the collective efforts of the labor movement, candidates won on Tuesday who ran as problem solvers and champions for working people. Members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions played a decisive role in the outcome, helping propel 73 percent of those we backed in the General Election ballot to victory.
 
Click here for the results of our endorsed candidates' races.
 

"U & I in Union:" Organizing the Strength to "Survive"

Connecticut’s public education workforce in this present era of persistent austerity budget policies has become accustomed to a certain degree of employment instability. In response, the labor movement has in recent years increased our collective focus on protecting jobs that were once considered resilient to economic downturns. In this latest example of the "union difference," we’re sharing the story of school support personnel mobilizing to defend against a massive wave of layoffs in their district.
 

Demanding Responsible School Safety Solutions, Not More Guns

State Senator Michael McLachlan last week outraged educators when he embraced President Donald Trump’s proposal to militarize the nation's schools. At a forum hosted by the Northern Fairfield County Association of REALTORS in Danbury, the incumbent Deputy Minority Leader answered "yes" when asked if he supports requiring firearms for teachers. His position has angered union members in McLachlan's district, which includes Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, and Sherman, and across Connecticut, who expect their elected officials to make better policy choices.
 

Comments on State GOP's "Shameful and Hypocritical" Public School Political Rally

Jan Hochadel, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks regarding the Connecticut Republican Party's announced rally for political candidates tomorrow at Pomperaug Regional High School in Southbury:
 

Expanding Our Power in Numbers

More than 100 professionals in Connecticut's Judicial Branch last week secured voluntary recognition of their free choice to unite with their colleagues for a voice on the job. Their victory was the fifth over the past year to expand collective bargaining rights to employees in the state's court system. To date, nearly 200 have become new members of our AFT Connecticut-affiliated Judicial Professional Employees (JPE) union, demonstrating the labor movement's capacity to rebound through organizing.
 
Click here for the recognition agreement with the branch.
 

"U & I in Union:" Beating the Same Forces "Coming After Us"

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail wrote that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." The civil rights leader's statement on the value of solidarity remains true today, especially for immigrant communities. We're sharing an example of a higher education professional engaging union members in direct action to win justice for a student's family threatened with being torn apart by deportation.
 

Promoting Professional Learning that Empowers Growth

The strength of our unions comes not from contracts or bylaws, but from the diversity and collective capacity of the nearly 30,000 women and men we represent. Our state federation's professional development (PD) program relies on both in order to offer a wide-ranging series of career advancement and labor leadership opportunities. Members of three divisions recently were asked to provide input and feedback for future course offerings as both new and previously presented workshops are scheduled in the coming weeks.
 
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