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.

Nurses, Health Techs Will "Strike for Our Community;" Stoppage to Start Tomorrow

New London - Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC) representatives today walked away from negotiations with nurses, caregivers and healthcare workers at Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital, setting in motion a strike set to begin tomorrow. Talks broke down when the corporation's representatives refused to keep working toward mutual resolution of issues impacting patient care sought by the unions representing approximately 800 of the hospital's employees. Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and healthcare technicians will walk off the job at 6:00AM tomorrow in the first strike at L&M in the hospital's 101-year history.
 

Caregivers at L&M Hospital "Won't be Bullied," Remain Committed to Patients and their Families

New London - Bedside patient caregivers are responding to their employer's attempts to intimidate the workforce into accepting proposals that fail to protect community access to healthcare services at Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital. The CEO of Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC), the acute care facility's operator, on Friday threatened to lockout employees in the event of a strike, harming efforts to reach a mutual settlement. The CEO also announced indefinite plans to rely on replacement workers to treat patients, raising questions about management's commitment to the hospital's reputation for delivering high quality care.
 

Comments on L&M Corp.'s Rejection of Offer by Hospital Caregivers to Avert Strike

Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital registered nurse (RN) Lisa D'Abrosca and L&M Hospital Sleep Lab technician Stephanie Johnson made the following statement on today's negotiations session with representatives of Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC):
 

L&M Hospital Caregivers Prepared to Strike to Move Corp. to "Put Patient Care First"

New London - Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and healthcare technicians at Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital today voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike to protest their employer's violation of federal labor law. In a secret ballot election, the hospital's caregivers ratified a plan to hold accountable Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC), which owns and operates the community hospital, for tactics that impact patient care. In addition to a possible work stoppage at the region’s largest acute care facility, the caregivers will ramp-up public education efforts to expose LMC's unfair labor and community practices. 
 
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