Workplace Safety

"More Must be Done" to Prevent Workplace Violence

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reveals that violence is a daily and growing threat for America's 15 million healthcare workers. Union members from Connecticut last week joined other caregivers and elected leaders for the formal release of the congressional watchdog's comprehensive study. Among its findings are escalating rates and severity of workplace violence in hospitals and healthcare facilities across the nation.
 
Click here for press coverage of the report's release.

 

Legislation Recognizing Paraprofessionals' Vital Role Advances

Paraeducators in Connecticut are applauding yesterday's bipartisan vote in the General Assembly's Education Committee in support of House Bill 5305, An Act Concerning School Paraprofessional Training. The proposed legislation would require school districts to provide at least one day of paid training and to paraprofessionals prior to the start of the school year. 
 
Click here for the bill's language.
 

Labor History Lesson: No Mercy for Injured Workers

Laws to compensate working people hurt while on the job have existed since 1908 when first passed in Wisconsin, where today anti-worker politicians are aggressively rolling them back. AFT Connecticut Secretary-Treasurer Ed Leavy shared some little known labor history that illustrates the limits of an employer's mercy for injured workers in a recent "Vocational Instructor" column:
 

Tech Professionals at Danbury Hospital Recommit to Putting "Patients Before Profits"

Danbury - Surgical and radiologic technologists, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and respiratory therapists at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals yesterday voted to retain their union representation and resume contract negotiations with their employer. The decertification election was scheduled two weeks earlier following a petition to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by a minority of employees within the group of approximately 260 caregivers.
 

"Say Something" to Prevent Another Tragedy

AFT Connecticut has joined our colleagues in the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) and the Connecticut Federation of School Administrators (CFSA) to support teaching students how to better recognize warning signs of violence. Last week our unions, along with additional education advocates, endorsed the "Say Something" program offered by Sandy Hook Promise, a national organization dedicated to safer, healthier schools and communities.
 
Click here to learn more about the initiative.
 

"Green Cleaning" for Safer Schools

The state's environmental protection and public health agencies have teamed-up to create a tool to help educators reduce their students' exposure to dangerous chemicals and toxins in our schools. A new video campaign, "Wastebusters," was last month launched to debunk green cleaning "myths" and help teachers, school support staff, administrators, and parents avoid using hazardous cleaners, sanitizers or disinfectants.
 
Click here for the first "Wastebusters" video.
 

Nurses Converge on Capitol Hill for Patient and Caregiver Safety

As National Nurses Week came to a close, nurses and health professionals convened in Washington, D.C., to talk directly to their representatives in Congress. AFT on May 12 organized the effort to bring union leaders and members from across the country to the nation's capitol and advocate for improved safety in the healthcare industry.
 
Click here to watch the nurses share their experience.
 

Survey Shows Need for National Focus on Workplace Stress

The results of a new AFT survey on working conditions and pressures facing education professionals across the country provide vital information about sources of stress on the job. They demonstrate the need for a scientific study on how work affects the health and well-being of teachers, paraprofessionals and school support staff -- and we're mobilizing union members to urge the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to take on this task.
 
Click here to ask the DOE to conduct this research.
 

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.
 

"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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