Workers Rights

Danbury Hospital Leadership Indicted on Charges of "Restraining, Coercing" Caregivers

Danbury - Service, maintenance, environmental workers and nursing assistants at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals are reacting to a complaint issued in response to charges their employer violated federal labor laws. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Thursday scheduled hearings over illegal practices conducted by Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) managers and consultants against the group of approximately 800 employees. The board's complaint cites violations that were part of a coordinated campaign by the non-profit's top executives to subvert their healthcare workers' legal rights to form a union.
 

Advocates, Leaders Call for Greater Scrutiny of Windham Hospital Service Changes

Hartford - Community leaders and Windham Hospital staff yesterday delivered approximately 3,000 names of residents opposing planned changes for the facility to the state's Office of Health Care Access (OCHA). The legislators, caregivers, and advocates on behalf of a coalition formed to save vital services threatened by Hartford HealthCare (HHC) hand-delivered individual cards to a Department of Public Health (DPH) representative. Each included a name on a petition launched in July by the unions representing Windham Hospital's caregiver workforce urging HHC leadership to drop planned service cuts for the facility.
 

Hospital Board Member Challenged for "Putting Squeeze" on Caregivers

New Orleans - The responsibility of a Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) board member for wasting patient care dollars was today raised at the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA)'s national meeting. Leaflets calling attention to IIABA Vice Chair Spencer Houldin's role in ongoing labor disputes at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals were distributed at the association's fall leadership conference. AFT President Randi Weingarten was joined by AFT Connecticut Vice President Shellye Davis in distributing the information and discussing the issue with industry chiefs from across the country.
 

US Gov't: Danbury, New Milford Hospital Management Interfered with "Employee Free Choice"

Danbury - Healthcare professionals at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals are reacting to the recommendation yesterday by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to invalidate the results of their June 19 union election. In her report, Hearing Officer Jo Anne Howlett cites evidence to sustain charges of unlawful interference with employees' free choice by management of the non-profit network that operates both facilities. The report is based on testimony provided in July by impacted workers who recounted illegal, anti-union conduct by managers and outside consultants retained by the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN).
 

I Am My Union

In her annual Labor Day message, AFT President Randi Weingarten asks us all to consider the attacks unions face today and what they mean for all American working families. And she calls 1.5 million teachers, paraprofessionals and schools personnel, higher education faculty and staff, public employees, nurses and healthcare professionals to stand up and declare "I Am My Union:"
 

Report: 'The Union Advantage for Women'

AFT has joined a coalition to raise public awareness of union-led reforms that are particularly important in the lives of working women. Many, such as paid sick leave and paid family leave policies, are highlighted in a report, The Union Advantage for Women, released yesterday by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR).
 
Click here for the full report.
 

Court Hearing Set for Rowland Layoffs Settlement

State employee union members are receiving updates about the proposed settlement in the class action lawsuit against former Governor John Rowland at their homes and in their workplaces. Notices announcing a hearing on the settlement's final approval has been set for October 1 at the U.S. District Court in Hartford are being distributed to members employed since 2002.
 
Click here to access the latest worksite notice.
 

Labor History Lesson: The Women's Strike

The struggle by women to close the gender wage gap and achieve pay equity has been a global one. But the specific methods and efforts of equal rights activists has varied greatly among the countries of the world. In his latest "Vocational Instructor" labor history column, AFT Connecticut Secretary-Treasurer Ed Leavy shares how the women in one Nordic nation took the path of direct action:
 

Voice for All Workers at Risk in High Court Case

Union leaders are expressing disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to hear arguments in a case challenging fees that support wage increases and benefits for non-member workers. A majority agreed to take up Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), which endangers the legal precedent allowing "fair share" fees to support public sector unions' collective bargaining costs.
 
Click here for press coverage of the court's decision.
 

Rowland Layoffs Class Action Update

Now that the legislature has approved the settlement in the lawsuit over former Governor John Rowland’s illegal layoffs in 2003 it is important to identify all impacted state workers. The attorneys representing the lead plaintiffs and the coalition of Connecticut state employee unions last fall mailed questionnaires to affected state workers to begin the process. Union members who did not complete it can still do so.
 
Click here for the questionnaire.
 
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