AFT Connecticut represents faculty and staff at several higher education institutions across Connecticut. Our members hold diverse positions in their institutions, ranging from full-time, part-time or adjunct faculty to research, clerical, administrative, security staff and more. Though each group of employees may have unique concerns and needs, they share the goals of promoting academic and institutional excellence and securing the workplace rights and respect they deserve as higher education professionals.

Six Steps to Debt-Free College

The number of debt-free college proposals can be confusing, but their core message is simple; higher education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and without the cost of crippling debt. A coalition including AFT, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Demos last week clarified that goal by unveiling the "Debt-Free College Checklist."
 

New Leadership to Carry On "Solution Driven Unionism"

Rocky Hill - New officers chosen to serve AFT Connecticut through 2017 have taken office and recommitted the statewide labor organization's ongoing community engagement, worker organizing, collective bargaining and political activism efforts. Delegates representing affiliated local unions in May elected the federation's president, executive vice president, first vice president, secretary/treasurer and 22 vice presidents for two-year terms effective today.
 

Sen. Warren Charts Bold Path to College Affordability

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) this week reached beyond recent calls for student loan forgiveness and free community college to urge the nation toward an entirely debt-free education. Warren unveiled her proposal during a forum hosted by AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute noting specific actions to ease the debt she says is drowning young people, and drowning the country's future.
 
Click here to watch Sen. Warren's speech.
 

Student Debt: Inequity Far Past Graduation

The fact that student debt continues to soar is troubling enough; now there is clear evidence that it also deepens the gap between the haves and the have-nots. "The Debt Divide: The Racial and Class Bias Behind the 'New Normal' of Student Borrowing" describes the impact of near-universal reliance on student loans: they actually extend inequity. 
 
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