Nurses and Health Professionals

Note - updates on the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on nurses and health professionals and members of healthcare local unions will be linked here. *
 
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. 19, 2020).
 
Click here for our vice president's latest statewide report on healthcare locals (Aug. 16, 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 for The New England Consortium (TNEC)’s online COVID-19 safety webinars (May 17, 2020).
 
Click here to report issues of concern at your facility during the COVID-19 pandemic (Mar. 24, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for health professionals (Mar. 21, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's health workplace readiness guidelines (Mar. 21, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's petition regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies (Mar. 20, 2020).
 
Click here for the federal disease control agency website's healthcare professionals resource page (Mar. 20, 2020).
 
Click here for a state health department update for licensed and registered providers (Mar. 16, 2020).
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AFT Connecticut is the largest union of acute care hospital workers in the state, representing approximately 10,000 nurses and allied health professionals. Our labor federation’s members work in more than 20 hospitals, community clinics and school district and college-based settings. From securing strong contracts to establishing safe staffing requirements, our members advocate for improved conditions for all healthcare workers as well as career education, relevant training and professional development.
 
Click here to watch union members share their experience on a recent relief mission.
 
Click here to follow the Safe Patient Care Coalition on Facebook.
 
* updates for members of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) will be linked to our main 'Public Employees' page.
 

Students, School Staff and Families at Risk Due to Lack of State Policy Following COVID-19 Outbreaks

Just days after the majority of Connecticut students physically returned to the classroom, more than a dozen school districts across the state reported positive COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases. From Newington to Naugatuck, Waterbury to Glastonbury, and East Hartford to West Haven, varying degrees of action have been taken at each impacted building. Some have shut down completely, others isolated cohorts of students and put classes in quarantine, some moved to all distance learning, and others did little or nothing.
 

Demanding a Voice in Reopening Safely

Members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated local unions have for the past four weeks taken center stage in the debate over fall "back to school" plans. Teachers and education personnel have repeatedly called for prioritizing students and staff health in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. Efforts culminated this week in public actions organized with labor allies demanding state officials put safety first. 
 
Click here to sign and share our board of education (BOE) union coalition's petition.
 

Winning Hassle-Free Workers' Comp for "Frontline Heroes”

Union activists in late July last month scored a major victory in the fight to protect “essential" employees recovering after contracting COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) on the job. Governor Ned Lamont on July 24 issued an executive order establishing a workers' compensation “presumption" for those sickened during their service on the frontline of the pandemic. The action followed months of pressure coordinated by the state’s labor movement and which engaged members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions.
 
Click here for the official executive order. 
 

"Securing Our Wins" Before the Pandemic Hit

Local unions' collective bargaining efforts immediately following the declaration of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) crisis as a public health emergency focused on the pandemic's impact. At the same time, final action on several negotiated agreements before Connecticut residents were urged to "stay safe and stay home” was delayed. We're highlighting two such examples of new contracts finally in force but which at the peak of the crisis faced uncertain outcomes.
 
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