Higher Education Faculty & Support Staff

Note - updates on the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on college and university faculty and support staff and members of higher education local unions will be linked here. *
 
Click here for our "Q&A" on quarantine and illness policies (Aug. 25, 2020).
 
Click here for AFT's online forum with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director (Jul. 31, 2020).
 
Click here for results of our national union's survey on reopening safely (Jul. 31, 2020).
 
Click here for our legal counsel's memo on COVID-19 and employment rights (Jul. 27, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's webinar on safely "reopening" (Jun. 3, 2020).
 
Click here to report COVID-19 pandemic issues of concern/hardships impacting you (Mar. 23, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for higher education faculty and staff (Mar. 23, 2020).
 
Click here for the federal disease control agency website's higher education COVID-19 resources page (Mar. 19, 2020).
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Faculty and support staff at several public and private higher education institutions across Connecticut are members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions. These educators hold avariety of positions in their institutions, ranging from full-time, part-time or adjunct faculty to research, clerical, administrative, security staff and more. Though each may have unique concerns and needs, they share goals of promoting academic and institutional excellence and securing the rights and respect they deserve as higher education professionals.
 
Click here to learn more about the "Higher Ed, Not Debt" campaign.
 
Click here for our national union's campaign to unite contingent faculty, graduate and undergraduate workers.
 
* updates for members of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) will be linked to our main 'Public Employees' page.
 

 

New Leadership to Carry On "Solution Driven Unionism"

Rocky Hill - New officers chosen to serve AFT Connecticut through 2017 have taken office and recommitted the statewide labor organization's ongoing community engagement, worker organizing, collective bargaining and political activism efforts. Delegates representing affiliated local unions in May elected the federation's president, executive vice president, first vice president, secretary/treasurer and 22 vice presidents for two-year terms effective today.
 

Sen. Warren Charts Bold Path to College Affordability

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) this week reached beyond recent calls for student loan forgiveness and free community college to urge the nation toward an entirely debt-free education. Warren unveiled her proposal during a forum hosted by AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute noting specific actions to ease the debt she says is drowning young people, and drowning the country's future.
 
Click here to watch Sen. Warren's speech.
 

Student Debt: Inequity Far Past Graduation

The fact that student debt continues to soar is troubling enough; now there is clear evidence that it also deepens the gap between the haves and the have-nots. "The Debt Divide: The Racial and Class Bias Behind the 'New Normal' of Student Borrowing" describes the impact of near-universal reliance on student loans: they actually extend inequity. 
 
Click here for the full report.
 

Comments on GOP Legislators' Alternative State Budget

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks in response to state budget proposals announced today by Republican legislative leaders:
 
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