Paraprofessionals & School-Related Personnel (PSRP)

Note - updates on the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on non-certified education staff and members of PSRP local unions will be linked here.
 
Click here for AFT's online forum with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director (Jul 31, 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 SDE's blueprint for reopening school buildings (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 for the UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities’ updates and resources (Apr. 30, 2020).
 
Click here to access Share My Lesson's resources for English Language Learner (ELL)s (Apr. 16, 2020).
 
Click here to access EASTCONN's supporting special populations webinar series for paras (Apr. 6, 2020).
 
Click here to access SDE's “Special Education” portal (Apr. 6, 2020). 
 
Click here for Share My Lesson’s remote learning community resources (Mar. 25, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for education support staff (Mar. 23, 2020).
 
Click here for the federal education department website's COVID-19 resources for schools (Mar. 21, 2020).
 
Click here or the official state COVID-19 website's school resources page (Mar., 19, 2020).
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AFT Connecticut represents thousands of school-related personnel (PSRP) in local and regional districts across the state. PSRPs work as paraprofessionals, teaching assistants, tutors, secretaries, school nurses, custodians and others who provide critical services that support student learning. From contract negotiations to professional development, AFT Connecticut works to secure the pay, benefits, conditions and respect they deserve as both professionals and “the engine that keeps their schools running.”
 
Click here to follow our national union’s PSRP Twitter feed.
 
Click here for the state education department website's School Paraprofessional Advisory Council page.

 

Bargaining to "Make Real Gains" for Members

The negotiating table has since mid January seen a frenzy of activity and produced results for AFT Connecticut-affiliated local unions. Six new contracts were ratified, three memoranda of understanding were reached and two arbitration awards were won in the first quarter of 2019. Each exemplifies the advantage of an active and engaged membership, and we're spotlighting two featuring important milestones for their locals and our movement.
 

Boosting Our Strength, Overcoming Opponents' Tactics

Schemes to undercut America’s labor movement — epitomized last year by a U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision — have stalled, according to the latest federal labor data. Union membership rates last year remained steady, despite an escalating assault targeting the public sector workforce. AFT national, state and local leaders helped stem the tide by empowering new groups of workers and signing-up former "fair share" fee-payers as full members.
 
Click here for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2018 unionization data release.
 

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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