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.

Workers and their Unions Join Fight for "Fairness, Justice, and Equity" in Connecticut's Hospitals

Mashantucket - Nurses, caregivers, and healthcare workers applaud leaders of the unions in the Connecticut AFL-CIO for acting to combat unfair and irresponsible tactics by health management corporations in the state. Delegates to the biennial convention of the state’s largest labor federation yesterday adopted a resolution that seeks to address critical issues faced by Connecticut hospital workers and the patients they serve. 
 

Home Health Aides Unite to Preserve "Heart" and "Compassion" in Patient Care for Southeastern CT

Rocky Hill - Home health aides who serve patients of the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNASC) have informed their employer of their choice to unite for a voice on the job. The caregivers on September 13 requested voluntary recognition from the VNASC, a subsidiary of L&M Corporation (LMC), after a majority of the workforce signed a petition to form a union.
 

Nurses and Healthcare Workers Commit to "Economic Civil Rights for All" in CT's Community Hospitals

Rocky Hill - Leaders of the 28,000-strong AFT Connecticut are committing to act to reverse inequities in employment, governing, and procurement revealed by a recent survey of the state's 30 hospitals. The labor federation's Executive Committee is laying out a three-point plan in response to a report released last month by the state conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The "Economic Reciprocity Initiative Healthcare Survey Report" found a significant lack of minority representation in private contracting, among workforces and governing boards, and in top executive appointments in many Connecticut hospitals.
 

Lawrence & Memorial Corporation Chooses Painful Cuts to Services and Jobs to Protect its Profit Margin

New London - Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital workers are responding to the announcement by L&M Corporation (LMC) to cut vital services and lay off caregivers despite reporting sound finances earlier this year. Tuesday the corporation asserted it was forced to slash child car-seat inspections, parenting classes, injury and teen pregnancy prevention programs and hand-out pink slips to 33 local workers. Nurses, technicians and healthcare workers are questioning LMC’s actions just seven months after a corporation official claimed they held over $200 million in unrestricted investments.
 
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