Higher Education Faculty & Support Staff

Note - updates on the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on college and university faculty and support staff and members of higher education local unions will be linked here. *
 
Click here for our "Q&A" on quarantine and illness policies (Aug. 25, 2020).
 
Click here for AFT's online forum with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director (Jul. 31, 2020).
 
Click here for results of our national union's survey on reopening safely (Jul. 31, 2020).
 
Click here for our legal counsel's memo on COVID-19 and employment rights (Jul. 27, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's webinar on safely "reopening" (Jun. 3, 2020).
 
Click here to report COVID-19 pandemic issues of concern/hardships impacting you (Mar. 23, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for higher education faculty and staff (Mar. 23, 2020).
 
Click here for the federal disease control agency website's higher education COVID-19 resources page (Mar. 19, 2020).
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Faculty and support staff at several public and private higher education institutions across Connecticut are members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions. These educators hold avariety of positions in their institutions, ranging from full-time, part-time or adjunct faculty to research, clerical, administrative, security staff and more. Though each may have unique concerns and needs, they share goals of promoting academic and institutional excellence and securing the rights and respect they deserve as higher education professionals.
 
Click here to learn more about the "Higher Ed, Not Debt" campaign.
 
Click here for our national union's campaign to unite contingent faculty, graduate and undergraduate workers.
 
* updates for members of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) will be linked to our main 'Public Employees' page.
 

 

Organizing to Defend Against a "Heartless Assault"

President Trump's decision last week to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program puts approximately 850,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children at risk. Many are public school educators, support staff, college instructors and faculty — as well as their students — right here in Connecticut. Our national union has teamed up with advocates to both fight back on their behalf and provide answers to their many questions about the impacts of this radical policy change.
 

State Employees Vote to Secure Jobs, Extend Benefits & Protect Services

Union members gathered in Hartford earlier today to announce that a strong majority of their colleagues have ratified agreements to shield against layoffs and preserve their healthcare and retirement security. The news came at the conclusion of a three weeks-long period in which approximately 25,000 state employees voted by a 5 to 1 margin to accept negotiated cost savings. In addition to a master agreement covering pensions and health benefits, union members also ratified 33 individual five-year contracts, retroactive to July 1 of last year.
 
Click here for the master agreement approved in June by union leaders.
 

Defending Retirees from Predatory Wall Street Fees​​

A new report reveals billions in potential savings if pensions slashed fees paid to hedge fund managers who invest in risky "alternative" assets such as private equity. The research, completed by our national union, for the first time quantifies the massive wealth transfer that has placed Americans' retirement security in peril. The findings are particularly important to understanding and resolving the mounting fiscal crises on states' balance sheets — the costs of which are ultimately being borne by taxpayers.
 
Click here for the full report.
 

Union Leaders on Failure of Yale University to Negotiate with its Graduate Employees

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten and AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel made the following remarks on Yale's refusal to bargain a first contract with its graduate workforce:
 
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