PreK-12 Teachers

Note - updates on the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on certified educators and members of PreK-12 local unions will be linked here.
 
Click here for our "Q&A" on teachers' health as school buildings reopen (Aug. 25, 2020). 
 
Click here for our "Q&A" on quarantine and illness policies (Aug. 25, 2020).
 
Click here to watch our BOE Unions Coalition's "reopen safely" press conference (Aug. 24, 2020).
 
Click here for our "Core Principles Regarding the Safe Reopening of School Buildings" (Aug. 18, 2020).
 
Click here for results of our state survey on reopening buildings (Aug. 17, 2020).
 
Click here for AFT's online forum with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director (Jul 31, 2020).
 
Click here for our legal counsel's memo on COVID-19 and employment rights (Jul. 27, 2020).
 
Click here for a memo outlining members' workplace safety-related speech protections (Jul. 21, 2020).
 
Click here for the state Department of Education (SDE)'s "Adapt, Advance, Achieve" webinar (Jul. 9, 2020).
 
Click here for results of our national union's survey on reopening safely (Jul. 31, 2020).
 
Click here for SDE's blueprint for reopening school buildings (Jun. 25, 2020).
 
Click here to watch a roundtable discussion with SDE officials on resuming in-person learning (Jun. 25, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's webinar on safely "reopening" (Jun. 3, 2020).
 
Click here to access SDE's "Superintendent’s Digest" portal (May 4, 2020). 
 
Click here to hear our joint tele-town hall with the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) (Apr. 30, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's "Plan to Safely Reopen America's Schools and Communities" (Apr. 29, 2020).
 
Click here to share your experience educating English Language Learner (ELL)s during the crisis (Apr. 17, 2020).
 
Click here for the SDE website's COVID-19 resources page (Mar. 31, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for PreK-12 teachers (Mar. 23, 2020).
 
Click here for the federal education department website's COVID-19 resources page (Mar. 21, 2020).
 
Click here for the state's official page with COVID-19 school resources (Mar., 19, 2020).
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AFT Connecticut represents PreK-12 educator in school districts across Connecticut and is a proponent for public schools at the local level in members' districts and in the state legislature. From contract negotiations to student testing to pensions, our federation works to protect teachers' rights and provide professional support for members serving PreK-12 youth.
 
Click here to access our PreK-12 Council's open Facebook group. *
 
Click here to access Share My Lesson’s free resources for educators.
 
Click here to access Donors Choose and help teachers in need of supplies for their classrooms.
 
* requires approval to participate; does not require FB user account to access.
 

Meeting Members' Workplace Well-Being Needs

AFT Connecticut's professional development (PD) department each fall surveys members of affiliated unions to determine the career advancement and labor leadership courses that would be most relevant and beneficial. The feedback drives a program empowering PreK-12 and higher education professionals, nurses and healthcare staff, and state and municipal employees to make tangible improvements in their work lives. Stress reduction and self-care emerged from the latest results as common goals shared by our diverse membership.
 

Working Together to Protect Retirement Security

A small group of leaders representing several public sector unions in mid January sat down with Governor Ned Lamont and members of his new administration. The purpose of the informal meeting was to explore potential efforts to further safeguard pensions for state employees and shore up retirement funding for teachers. The discussion followed Lamont's frequent assertions last year as a candidate to treat working people — particularly, union members — in Connecticut with "fairness, dignity and respect."
 

Showing Members "How We are Here to Help"

In the closing months of 2018, bargaining teams representing five AFT Connecticut-affiliated local unions won new contracts, including several with notable gains for new members. Others made steady progress for veteran employees, while some struck the often challenging balance of achieving both. The start of a new year is a good time to highlight two demonstrating the value of collective bargaining for all members of our "labor family."
 

Winning in 2018, Overcoming in 2019

As we begin a new year, questions remain about the direction for Connecticut and the country. What is not in question is the direction of our union and our labor movement. That's because the "roadmap" state federation leaders adopted in 2017 and which inspired many local affiliates' strategic plans in 2018 are firmly rooted in common guiding principles. Collectively, they demonstrate that the "U & I in Union" assures that when we stand together, we are strong.
 
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