Settlement in Lawsuit Over Illegal Layoffs

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit against former Governor John Rowland for retaliating against union members with job cuts in 2003 today announced a settlement after nearly 12 years of litigation. The agreement is a testament to the courage and tenacity of workers who stood up for the rights of free speech not just themselves but for all of us.
 
Click here for the state unions coalition's press statement.
 

Survey: Educators' Working Conditions

While many countries have studied the effects of work environments on educators and school staff, no real study of the issue has been done in the United States. AFT has created a robust survey for members of affiliated unions representing PreK-12 teachers and paraprofessionals & school-related personnel (PSRP) to help make the case for a thorough scientific review.
 

 
Click here to take the anonymous survey online.
 

Comments on GOP Legislators' Alternative State Budget

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks in response to state budget proposals announced today by Republican legislative leaders:
 

"Fast Track:" Bad for Our Economy

The so-called "Fast Track" bill on trade promotion authority introduced last week in the U.S. Senate will hurt everyday working people and stack the deck in favor of corporations. The legislation threatens to limit the ability of labor unions, environmental advocates, and all Americans to have meaningful input on our nation’s trade policy.
 
Click here to tell Congress to stop Fast Track.
 
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