Workers Rights

Labor History Lesson: Homestead

Longtime activist and AFT Connecticut Secretary-Treasurer Ed Leavy writes a regular post for his local union's newsletter that explores the rich labor history of the United States. Beginning with his submission for the last edition of the "Vocational Instructor" we'll share his work here so it reaches an even larger audience.

Tech Professionals at Danbury, New Milford Hospitals Vote for Voice to Improve Care

Danbury - Surgical and radiology technologists, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and respiratory clinicians at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals on Friday voted "Union Yes" in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-supervised election. The caregivers cast their ballots 11 weeks after achieving majority status and seeking voluntary recognition of their union from the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN). The network refused, leading to lengthy and costly delays, a federal labor board hearing in October and Friday's secret ballot vote for the new bargaining unit of approximately 260 employees.

PSI Embraces Educational Support Staff

Members of AFT's Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) division and AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson joined Public Services International (PSI), the global public service workers union, to help kick off its new endeavor, the Educational Support and Cultural Workers Network, at its founding meeting Tuesday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The two labor organizations stood in solidarity with school support workers around the world to create a new structure for addressing such urgent issues as funding for public education, job security, privatization and the right to organize among public school support staff.

Comments on L+M Corp.'s Violation of "Core Principles" Labor Relations Agreement

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks in response to today's union election vote by caregivers at a New London Lawrence + Memorial Medical Group (LMMG) outpatient facility:

More than 100,000 Petition Signatures Delivered to Time

AFT President Randi Weingarten yesterday joined parents and teachers at the Time-Life Building in New York City to deliver more than 100,000 petition signatures to Time magazine. The petition asked the editors to apologize for its misleading November 3 cover, which casts teachers as "rotten apples" needing to be smashed by Silicon Valley millionaires with no experience in education.
Click here to watch brief video of the petition delivery.

WCHN Indicted for Refusing to "Respect Lawful Rights" of Technical Professionals

Danbury - Technologists and clinicians at Danbury Hospital are responding to two National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decisions supporting their ongoing efforts to unite for a voice in decisions impacting patient care. The board’s regional director yesterday directed a union election for approximately 300 surgical technologists, radiology technologists, licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and respiratory clinicians employed by the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN). Separately the board yesterday also issued a complaint and scheduled hearings over charges the non-profit network has engaged in illegal labor practices against the same group of employees.

Visiting Nurses' Caregivers Celebrate New Contracts, "Whole New Respect" for Aides

Waterford - Registered nurses (RNs) and home health aides (HHAs) employed by the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNASC) last week ratified the first contracts to cover both groups of patient care providers. The votes by the combined workforce of approximately 130 caregivers followed successful negotiations with management of the subsidiary of Lawrence and Memorial Corporation (LMC), the region's largest health service provider.

Caregivers at L+M Corp. Outpatient Facility Applaud Fed. Ruling Empowering "Own Vote, Own Voice"

New London - Nurses, medical assistants, and healthcare workers at a Lawrence + Memorial Medical Group (LMMG) outpatient facility are reacting to progress in their effort to unite for a voice on the job. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional director on Monday issued a decision clearing the way for employees at the Howard Street medical office building to vote to form a union. The decision followed an investigation by the federal employment agency that began when an overwhelming majority of the facility's employees signed cards expressing their desire to join AFT Connecticut. 

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.

Campbell Brown's Real Intent

Last Monday, former journalist Campbell Brown announced a lawsuit in New York that is going after teachers' job protections by trying to eliminate due process rights across the country. She has been making the rounds in the media selling the same "blame teachers" line we've heard from Michelle Rhee and right-wing politicians for years. Today on MSNC's "Morning Joe" we pushed back against Brown's attacks on teachers and addressed the real issues facing our public education system.
Click here to watch the clip from "Morning Joe."
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