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 hear nurses at Backus Hospital in Norwich on the 5th anniversary of forming their union reflect on what they have won for their patients and their profession.

L+M Unions Ratify Agreement; Parties Jointly Committed to System Success

New London - Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), health technicians and technologists at Lawrence + Memorial today ratified a tentative agreement reached between the two parties last week. The ratification marks the end of a labor dispute that began in November when the previous contract covering the nearly 800 members of AFT Locals 5049 and 5051 expired. 
 
Click here for video of the joint press conference on the agreement.
 

Nurses and Techs "Back to the Bedside" at L&M Hospital, Administrators End Illegal Lockout

New London - Caregivers illegally locked out of Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital 19 days ago today returned to work, temporarily halting a standoff over the future of health service delivery for the region. Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC) representatives on Tuesday unilaterally ordered an end to the unlawful activity after talks with the unions representing the hospital's caregivers failed to produce a mutual agreement.
 

Caregivers Locked Out of L&M Hospital Reject "Attempted Bribe," Stand Strong for Community

New London - Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital administrators this week committed multiple violations of federal law in rebuffing efforts by the facility's healthcare professionals to resolve the crisis of care impacting their community. Their union's representatives have filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over "bad faith" negotiating tactics and the ongoing lockout, now in its 12th day. An additional charge is planned over an "offer" publicly announced yesterday by the hospital's spokesman that is provoking a strong response from the caregivers.
 

Defense Fund for L&M Hosp. Caregivers Locked Out Raises Over $20K in Less than 24 Hours

New London - Professional patient care providers locked out of Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital a week ago by their employer will have access to financial aid through the efforts of their union. Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC) last Saturday cut off pay and terminated medical and dental coverage for nearly 800 registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), healthcare technicians and technologists and their families. AFT Connecticut and its national union yesterday set up a militancy/defense fund that has already raised over $20,000.00 to provide relief with the economic hardship of the lockout.
 
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