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.

Home Health Aides Vote to Improve Patient Care Services for Seniors, People with Disabilities

Waterford - Home health aides who serve patients of the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNASC) today overwhelmingly voted "Union Yes" in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-supervised election. The caregivers cast their ballots eight weeks after seeking voluntary recognition of their free choice to form a union from their employer, a subsidiary of Lawrence and Memorial Corporation (LMC).
 

U.S. Senators Urge Employer to Allow Home Health Aides to "Vote their Choice"

Waterford - Home health aides are welcoming efforts by their U.S. senators to uphold a scheduled union election threatened with delay by their employer, the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNASC). Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy on Tuesday sent a letter to VNASC's president and chief executive officer requesting she join the workers in allowing the vote to proceed tomorrow. At issue are routine notice requirements the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has permitted be waived in light of the recent federal government shutdown forced by U.S. House Republicans.
 

LMC "More Interested in Strike Preparations than Mutual Negotiations"

New London - Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital nurses, caregivers and healthcare workers yesterday learned their employer has initiated hiring procedures for temporary replacements in the event of a strike at their facility. An online advertisement follows a pattern suggesting that Lawrence and Memorial Corporation (LMC) management has no interest in mutual agreement on contracts that expire next month for 800 of its employees. The news also followed the delivery last Thursday of a letter from Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy critical of the corporation's labor and community practices to LMC's chief executive officer.
 
 

AFT Connecticut Wins National AFT Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism

Rocky Hill - The American Federation of Teachers’ Connecticut affiliate has won the national union’s inaugural Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism for its work in protecting the jobs and benefits of state workers, while saving the state a projected $1.6 billion, AFT President Randi Weingarten announced today.
 
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