Workers Rights

Teachers Need Your Tweets

There's an important conversation happening Thursday night, and we need your help - and your tweets - to make sure the right questions are asked. Former journalist Campbell Brown is going on "The Colbert Report" to spin a new lawsuit she's pushing in New York state. It's a copycat of Vergara v. California, and it would strip New York's teachers of key job protections like due process. 
 
We need to make sure Campbell Brown doesn’t get a free pass from the press. We’re launching #Questions4Campbell to make sure our voices are heard every time she makes an appearance.
 

Technical Professionals at Danbury Hospital Unite to "Advocate for Patients, Community, Families"

Danbury - Technical and clinical professionals who serve patients at Danbury Hospital are urging the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) to recognize their skills, loyalty and contributions toward the acute care facility's success. An organizing committee representing the nearly 300 healthcare workers released a "mission statement" urging the hospital's non-profit owners to respect their "decision to organize" and begin negotiations without delay.
 

AFT Convention Recognizes L+M Hospital Union Leaders, Addresses Staffing Levels, Patient Care

Los Angeles - The AFT at its national convention in Los Angeles bestowed the Everyday Hero healthcare award to the leaders of three AFT Connecticut unions at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London. Delegates representing the second-largest nurse union in the nation also approved resolutions calling for safe staffing levels and efforts to reshape the healthcare industry to put patients before corporate profits.
 
Click here for the full video of the award presentation.
 

AFT's Weingarten on Harris v. Quinn Decision

Statement from AFT President Randi Weingarten on today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Harris v. Quinn case, which upheld union rights for public employees -- but denied rights to "fair share" fees from non-members among a new classification of "partial public employees:"
 

Vergara Decision Marks a Sad Day for Public Education

AFT President Randi Weingarten says today's decision in Vergara v. California is "a sad day for public education."
 
As the decision was rendered, she says, thousands of California classrooms were brimming with teachers teaching and students learning. "They see themselves as a team, but sadly, this case now stoops to pitting students against their teachers. The other side wanted a headline that reads: 'Students win, teachers lose.'
 

L+M Unions Ratify Agreement; Parties Jointly Committed to System Success

New London - Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), health technicians and technologists at Lawrence + Memorial today ratified a tentative agreement reached between the two parties last week. The ratification marks the end of a labor dispute that began in November when the previous contract covering the nearly 800 members of AFT Locals 5049 and 5051 expired. 
 
Click here for video of the joint press conference on the agreement.
 

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.
 

Corp. Operating L&M Hosp. Chooses "Reckless, Irresponsible" Lockout Over Critical Care

New London - The administration of Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital yesterday locked out its registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), healthcare technicians and technologists immediately following the end of a legally protected job action. Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC) representatives refused to allow the caregivers to complete an unconditional return to their patients offered before they began the first strike in the hospital’s 101-year history. The local unions representing the nurses and techs on Tuesday filed a complaint seeking injunctive relief with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the event LMC attempted their threatened lockout.
 

Caregivers at L&M Hospital "Won't be Bullied," Remain Committed to Patients and their Families

New London - Bedside patient caregivers are responding to their employer's attempts to intimidate the workforce into accepting proposals that fail to protect community access to healthcare services at Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital. The CEO of Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC), the acute care facility's operator, on Friday threatened to lockout employees in the event of a strike, harming efforts to reach a mutual settlement. The CEO also announced indefinite plans to rely on replacement workers to treat patients, raising questions about management's commitment to the hospital's reputation for delivering high quality care.
 

L&M Hospital Caregivers Prepared to Strike to Move Corp. to "Put Patient Care First"

New London - Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and healthcare technicians at Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital today voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike to protest their employer's violation of federal labor law. In a secret ballot election, the hospital's caregivers ratified a plan to hold accountable Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC), which owns and operates the community hospital, for tactics that impact patient care. In addition to a possible work stoppage at the region’s largest acute care facility, the caregivers will ramp-up public education efforts to expose LMC's unfair labor and community practices. 
 
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