Community Engagement

Back to School and Working Together for Progress

As AFT Connecticut's elected leaders, we would like to welcome back our member educators from a much-deserved break and offer our best wishes for a smooth and successful school year. And to our retired teachers, we would like to once again express our appreciation for service in the classroom and our hope for continued involvement in our union.
 
We intend to stay in touch and keep you informed of significant developments in public education policy, as we did throughout the last school year and over the summer.
 

This Labor Day, Take the Pledge to Stand with Working People

The very first Labor Day was created to acknowledge and honor working people who aspired to the American dream and fought for a better life for themselves and their families. Together, each and every day, we build on the work they began decades ago. 
 
As a union that is 1.6 million members strong, we are immensely proud of who we are, and we thank our members for the work they do.
 

Resolved to Improve Common Core Implementation

AFT Connecticut last month participated in the release of the recommendations by the Educators’ Common Core Implementation Task Force that the Malloy-Wyman Administration established in March. Both the governor and lieutenant governor joined us and announced the launch of the "Connecticut Core Initiative" to immediately begin putting the working group's proposals to work.
 
Delegates to the AFT national convention three weeks later passed a resolution in support of the promise and potential of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) while criticizing inadequate implementation efforts. 
 

Weingarten Lays Out Bold Call to Move Country Forward

AFT President Randi Weingarten kicked off the AFT national convention in Los Angeles yesterday by outlining a bold plan to both fight back and fight forward to reclaim the promise of America and create economic and educational opportunity for all.
 
Click here for the text of President Weingarten's "State of the Union" speech.
 

AFT Announces 2014 Everyday Heroes

AFT has announced its 2014 "Everyday Heroes" after a nationwide nomination and voting process. Nine extraordinary women and men -- including four of our own AFT Connecticut-affiliated union members -- will be honored at the AFT's national convention in Los Angeles this July.
 
 

Comments on L+M Hospital Union Leader Appointed to African-American Affairs Commission

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on the appointment of L+M Hospital Licensed Practical Nurses and Technical Employees, AFT Local 5051 President Stephanie Johnson to the Connecticut African-American Affairs Commission (AAAC):
 

Hartford Community Leaders Rally on MLK Day to Announce "Community Bill of Rights"

On Monday, January 20th, 2014, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Hartford community leaders, activists, and parents of Hartford public school students, rallied outside J.C. Clark Elementary and Middle School in Hartford's north end. There, they highlighted Rev. King’s legacy, especially his "Poor People's Campaign," and announced their efforts to develop and adopt a "Community Bill of Rights." The social compact will seek to address the city’s high unemployment, disparities in civil rights, income inequality, and lack of a quality public education for all its students.
 
Click here to view a video of highlights from the event.
 

Defense Fund for L&M Hosp. Caregivers Locked Out Raises Over $20K in Less than 24 Hours

New London - Professional patient care providers locked out of Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital a week ago by their employer will have access to financial aid through the efforts of their union. Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC) last Saturday cut off pay and terminated medical and dental coverage for nearly 800 registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), healthcare technicians and technologists and their families. AFT Connecticut and its national union yesterday set up a militancy/defense fund that has already raised over $20,000.00 to provide relief with the economic hardship of the lockout.
 

Help Nurses and Caregivers Locked Out at L&M Hospital

Nearly 800 registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and healthcare techs and technologists at L&M Hospital have been locked out by the corporation that owns the community hospital. The community they serve has been asking how they can help in this, their most difficult time.
 

Community to Hartford Officials: "Our School is Being Snatched from Us"

Hartford - Parents of students at John C. Clark, Jr. Elementary and Middle School were joined last night by supporters for a press conference on the threatened take-over of their community school. The event was organized by members of the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and School Governance Council (SGC) ahead of a Hartford Board of Education meeting on the "redesign" of district schools. The parents announced their opposition to the superintendent’s proposal to phase-in control by an outside charter operator of the Clark School beginning next year, to be completed by 2016.
 
 
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