Community Engagement

Hartford Teachers Support Effort to Prevent "Hostile Take-Over" of Community School

Hartford - Education professionals are pledging support for the community in response to the announced "redesign" and hand-over of John C. Clark, Jr. Elementary and Middle School to a charter operator. Hartford Public Schools' teachers, paraeducators, and classroom instruction support personnel on Monday and yesterday attended meetings with families of the students they serve at the school. There they committed to partner with parents to help elevate their voices and ensure that they maintain and continue growing the school’s well-rounded program of academics and enrichment opportunities.
 

LMC "More Interested in Strike Preparations than Mutual Negotiations"

New London - Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital nurses, caregivers and healthcare workers yesterday learned their employer has initiated hiring procedures for temporary replacements in the event of a strike at their facility. An online advertisement follows a pattern suggesting that Lawrence and Memorial Corporation (LMC) management has no interest in mutual agreement on contracts that expire next month for 800 of its employees. The news also followed the delivery last Thursday of a letter from Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy critical of the corporation's labor and community practices to LMC's chief executive officer.
 
 

Teachers Bring Lawmakers, Parents Together to Grow "Windham United for Great Schools" Movement

Willimantic - Teachers are welcoming pledges of support from Windham's legislative delegation to address growing concerns over the State Department of Education (SDE)-directed "turn-around" of their local public schools. State Senator Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-29) and State Representative Susan Johnson (D-49) last Wednesday attended a forum on the issues organized by the union representing the district's teachers. There they pledged to continue collaboration with local stakeholders and to raise their concerns with the commissioner of SDE and the "Special Master" assigned by the department to Windham's schools.
 

"I Am L+M" Campaign Unites L&M Hospital Workforce with Community for Patient Care

New London - Nurses, technicians and healthcare workers at Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital yesterday launched a public awareness campaign to hold accountable the corporation that manages the community’s acute care facility. Hospital workers were joined by activists from regional and statewide community organizations as well as elected officials to announce the "I Am L+M" citizen education and engagement effort.
 

Workers and their Unions Join Fight for "Fairness, Justice, and Equity" in Connecticut's Hospitals

Mashantucket - Nurses, caregivers, and healthcare workers applaud leaders of the unions in the Connecticut AFL-CIO for acting to combat unfair and irresponsible tactics by health management corporations in the state. Delegates to the biennial convention of the state’s largest labor federation yesterday adopted a resolution that seeks to address critical issues faced by Connecticut hospital workers and the patients they serve. 
 

Nurses and Healthcare Workers Commit to "Economic Civil Rights for All" in CT's Community Hospitals

Rocky Hill - Leaders of the 28,000-strong AFT Connecticut are committing to act to reverse inequities in employment, governing, and procurement revealed by a recent survey of the state's 30 hospitals. The labor federation's Executive Committee is laying out a three-point plan in response to a report released last month by the state conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The "Economic Reciprocity Initiative Healthcare Survey Report" found a significant lack of minority representation in private contracting, among workforces and governing boards, and in top executive appointments in many Connecticut hospitals.
 
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