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 vice president's latest statewide report on healthcare locals (Apr. 3, 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.
 

 

Protecting Caregivers' Lives with Solution-Driven Unionism

Researchers and students teamed up with engineers and scientists to defend clinical care providers treating patients afflicted by COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The fruits of their labor will replenish supplies of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline heroes battling the pandemic’s spread. Working together, AFT Connecticut-affiliated local union members, their colleagues, students and administrators are demonstrating the power of collaboration when lives are literally on the line.
 

Empowering School Nurses to Fight the Pandemic

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Governor Ned Lamont nearly two weeks ago issued an executive order closing all public schools in Connecticut. Among the unintended consequences were furloughs and layoffs of education support personnel — including nurses and health professionals — in districts across the state. AFT Connecticut and affiliated local union leaders responded to the crisis by negotiating opportunities to re-deploy affected members to the frontlines of the pandemic.
 

Preparing for a Possible Public Health Emergency

The continuing spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) across the globe and here in the U.S. is a growing concern. As professionals working with students, patients and the general public, our members must be prepared — not panicked. We are working with our national union and state public health officials to provide tools and information in the event of a possible outbreak in Connecticut.
 
Click here for AFT's round-up of coronavirus resources.
 

Making Gains "That Weren't Given to Us"

Gallup last year reported that Americans' approval of labor unions in 2019 continued its decade-long upward trend. A clear driver is the pay differential; wages and salaries average 10 to 30 percent higher for workers able to exercise collective bargaining rights to secure employment contracts. We’re spotlighting two recent examples that show how this "union difference" works at the negotiating table for new and veteran members alike. 
 
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