Public Employees

AFT Connecticut represents thousands of public employees in nearly all agencies in Connecticut’s Executive and Judicial branches, as well as the Office of Higher Education. Our members provide a diverse range of vital services; healthcare, vocational education, financial management and planning, probation and child support enforcement, higher education administration and faculty, banking and fiscal regulation, forensic investigations and analysis, and facilities inspection and enforcement.
 
Our federation is also part of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC), which serves to unite all fifteen unions representing approximately 50,000 full and part-time Connecticut state workers. The coalition was recognized in 1986 by Public Act 86-411 to negotiate with the State on healthcare and retirement security, which impact its individual unions' active members, as well as retirees.

Educators' Voices Heard on ESEA Reauthorization

From grass-roots lobbying on Capitol Hill to a national telephone town hall to in-district meetings with elected officials, AFT members from across the country have focused on the all-important reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). AFT Connecticut-affiliated union members last week traveled to Washington, DC and met with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy in New Haven to press for a return to the original mission of the keystone federal law for K-12 education: equity.
 
Click here for photos of the meeting with Sen. Murphy.
 

Is There a Public Sector Retirement Crisis?

A panel of nationally known experts on pensions -- particularly, on retirement plans for public employees -- gathered this week at AFT's national headquarters to debate the question of whether there is a pension crisis in the country. The event was the latest installment in the Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Conversation Series, sponsored by the AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute.
 
Click here to watch the introduction to the March 11 event.
 

Career Technical Education: Leading by Example

Excellent career and technical education (CTE) programs are an irreplaceable bridge from high school to productive middle-class lives for many students, and Congress must recognize that fact by placing excellent CTE at the heart of its overall strategy for schools. That is the message an AFT Connecticut union leader delivered last week to a U.S. Senate panel in Washington, D.C.
 

Clinton Initiative Praises Union Pension Investments

Our AFT national president last week had a unique opportunity to share the positive impact that union pension fund investments are having on rebuilding the nation's infrastructure at the winter meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). There she also discussed the AFT's work in areas such as career and technical education (CTE) and rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
 
Click here to watch video of the meeting's plenary session.
 
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