Nurses and Health Professionals

Note - updates on the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on nurses and health professionals and members of healthcare local unions will be linked here. *
 
Click here for The New England Consortium (TNEC)’s online COVID-19 safety webinars (Jul 20, 2021).
 
Click here for our national union's vaccine webinar (Jun. 25, 2021).
 
Click here for our vice president's latest statewide report on healthcare locals (Jun. 1, 2021).
 
Click here for the state health department’s COVID-19 information for healthcare professionals (Apr. 29, 2021).
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for health professionals (Feb. 1, 2021).
 
Click here for our legal counsel's memo on COVID-19 and employment rights (Jul. 27, 2020).
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AFT Connecticut is the largest union of acute care hospital workers in the state, representing approximately 10,000 nurses and allied health professionals. Our labor federation’s members work in more than 20 hospitals, community clinics and school district and college-based settings. From securing strong contracts to establishing safe staffing requirements, our members advocate for improved conditions for all healthcare workers as well as career education, relevant training and professional development.
 
Click here to learn how members are engaging with their community to save vital services (Jul. 20, 2021).
 
Click here to sign and share the petition to restore Windham's labor and delivery services (Aug., 2020). 
 
* updates for members of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) will be linked to our main 'Public Employees' page.
 

Braving the Elements to Lock In "What Matters Most"

The ongoing COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) crisis meant that the majority of local unions' collective bargaining efforts over the summer focused on negotiating narrow pandemic-related agreements. Despite the unprecedented challenges, leaders of half a dozen AFT Connecticut affiliates successfully concluded efforts to ratify full successor contracts. We're featuring one that stood out because members not only overcame the virus, but also faced down a hurricane.
 

Students, School Staff and Families at Risk Due to Lack of State Policy Following COVID-19 Outbreaks

Just days after the majority of Connecticut students physically returned to the classroom, more than a dozen school districts across the state reported positive COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases. From Newington to Naugatuck, Waterbury to Glastonbury, and East Hartford to West Haven, varying degrees of action have been taken at each impacted building. Some have shut down completely, others isolated cohorts of students and put classes in quarantine, some moved to all distance learning, and others did little or nothing.
 

Demanding a Voice in Reopening Safely

Members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated local unions have for the past four weeks taken center stage in the debate over fall "back to school" plans. Teachers and education personnel have repeatedly called for prioritizing students and staff health in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. Efforts culminated this week in public actions organized with labor allies demanding state officials put safety first. 
 
Click here to sign and share our board of education (BOE) union coalition's petition.
 

Winning Hassle-Free Workers' Comp for "Frontline Heroes”

Union activists in late July last month scored a major victory in the fight to protect “essential" employees recovering after contracting COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) on the job. Governor Ned Lamont on July 24 issued an executive order establishing a workers' compensation “presumption" for those sickened during their service on the frontline of the pandemic. The action followed months of pressure coordinated by the state’s labor movement and which engaged members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions.
 
Click here for the official executive order. 
 
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