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 vaccine-related resources for local union leaders (Dec. 16, 2020).
 
Click here for our vice president's latest statewide report on healthcare locals (Dec. 5, 2020).
 
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 the state Department of Education (SDE)’s webinar on contact tracing (Aug. 20, 2020).
 
Click here for our "Core Principles Regarding the Safe Reopening of School Buildings" (Aug. 19, 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.
 

Education Coalition Responds to Misguided State Policy on "Prolonged" Remote Learning

The coalition of unions representing over 60,000 public education employees issued the following response to state guidance yesterday regarding local school building COVID-19-related closures:
 

Backus Hospital Nurses Secure New Contract That Ensures "Great Quality Care" for Region

NORWICH—Registered nurses at the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, yesterday voted nearly unanimously to approve a settlement with the hospital, which followed a two-day strike. The agreement reached Saturday with Hartford HealthCare (HHC), which operates the 213-bed acute care facility, improves protective gear policies and empowers the caregivers to address staffing issues. The pact also resolves long-standing recruitment and retention concerns by making significant economic investments in the workforce.
 

Braving the Elements to Lock In "What Matters Most"

The ongoing COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) crisis meant that the majority of local unions' collective bargaining efforts over the summer focused on negotiating narrow pandemic-related agreements. Despite the unprecedented challenges, leaders of half a dozen AFT Connecticut affiliates successfully concluded efforts to ratify full successor contracts. We're featuring one that stood out because members not only overcame the virus, but also faced down a hurricane.
 

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.
 
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