Workplace Safety

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.
 

Comments on Newtown Teacher's Service on Sandy Hook Advisory Commission

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks today after the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission's meeting to present its final report to Conn. Governor Dannel P. Malloy:
 

Labor History Lesson: "The Lone Fighter"

In his latest post, AFT Connecticut Secretary-Treasurer Ed Leavy tells the story of a rank-and-file member who took enormous risks to restore his union to its roots. This labor history column from the February edition of the "Vocational Instructor" is a both a look back to the labor movement's past and a look ahead to our future. 
 
As Ed says, the men involved in the rise of the New York Building Trades Council may be lost to history, "but the struggle for the soul of unions remains:"
 

Two Years After Tragedy, Newtown Still Needs Help

Mental health services must be sustained in Newtown so that people can continue the long, hard work of reclaiming their lives, a group of teachers who worked at Sandy Hook Elementary told AFT national, state and local leaders just days before the anniversary of the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting that killed 20 children and six educators at the school.
 

AFT's Weingarten to Visit Newtown

Washington -- American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten will visit with Newtown teachers and other school employees privately on Tuesday, hold a media availability with Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski and AFT Connecticut First Vice-President Steve McKeever, and present a commemorative piece of art at the evening school board meeting.
 
 

Statement on Office of Child Advocate Report on Newtown Shootings

Joint statement by AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFT Connecticut President Melodie Peters and Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski on the report released today by Connecticut's Office of the Child Advocate on the Dec. 14, 2012, killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown:
 

To Fight Ebola America Needs a "Top Doc" Now

In November of 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General of the United States. But right-wing politicians are standing in the way of his confirmation, leaving all of us without a "top doc" for the nation. Whether it’s the unprecedented spread of Ebola or a bad flu epidemic, healthcare workers are on the frontlines of public health scares and crises every day. There’s no place for politics when people are putting their lives on the line.
 
Click here to sign the petition to say you "stand with Vivek" for surgeon general.
 
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