Nurses and Health Professionals

AFT Connecticut is the largest union of acute care hospital workers in the state, representing approximately 10,000 nurses and allied health professionals. The labor federation's members work in 10 of the state’s hospitals. From securing strong contracts to establishing safe staffing requirements, AFT Connecticut works to improve working conditions for all healthcare workers and provide its members with career training and professional development.

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Click here to watch union members at Windham Hospital join lawmakers to reject painful service and staff cuts threatened by the non-profit health network that took over and operates their facility.

Caregivers to Offer "Better Choices than Proposed Shutdowns" at Windham Hospital

Willimantic - Nurses, technicians and healthcare workers at Windham Hospital are responding to management's agreement to enter formal talks over planned patient care and hospital staff reductions at the acute care facility. Wednesday's announcement followed three weeks of community engagement efforts led by caregivers and the region's legislative delegation designed to save services slated for closure by the hospital's non-profit owners.

School Nurses: The Intersection of Health and Education

A panel discussion last month reinforced what our member school nurses have long known; qualified health professionals in every school make a difference in improving students' health and achievement. The session on the impact of school-based care was sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, AFT, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN).
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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.

Court Decision on Affordable Care Act is Win for Working Families

The U.S. Supreme Court got it right on access to affordable healthcare in its ruling released today in the King v. Burwell case. In a 6 to 3 decision the majority of justices upheld key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the law enacted in 2010 that expanded coverage to millions of Americans.
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