Over 3,000 delegates to the AFT national convention came to Los Angeles in July. Click here to watch and share a brief video with highlights that features Connecticut union members in action and being recognized for their efforts to "Reclaim the Promise."
2014 AFT CT Convention
The theme of the 67th Annual Convention on May 17th was “Picture This.” Click here for a video shown to delegates that reminds us how without unions, workers lack the power to stand up for themselves, their families and their communities.
Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on today's appointment of Meriden Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1478 President Erin Benham to the Connecticut State Board of Education (SBOE):
Washington, D.C. - Today in a back-to-school event that included a panel with teachers who are members of AFT-affiliated unions, U.S. Secretary of Arne Duncan thanked educators for their dedication. He also formally announced that states can take an extra year before they have to integrate test scores into their teacher evaluation systems - action that AFT President Randi Weingarten called for more than a year ago.
Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on the announcement today by the Malloy-Wyman Administration that the State Department of Education's commissioner would not serve a second term:
AFT is challenging the assumptions of a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute on school support staff, which suggests that the increase in the number of these employees is "adding more hands, but not necessarily more value."
A bill introduced in Congress will help advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) better meet their patients' needs -- and help address the growing physician shortage -- by ordering home health services. Click here today to send a message to your representative and senators urging their support for the "Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act."