Offering Simple Lessons in Public School Finance

AFT Connecticut Field Representative Ed Leavy brings his experience in public education and labor activism to a wider audience in a recent nationally-published commentary. He delves into the deep disparities in our state public schools' funding, exposing a wide chasm between wealthy communities and cities struggling with poverty. Leavy's analysis serves as a warning of an approaching tipping point that "will become impossible to ignore:"
 

Lifting Up Labor Leaders and Helping Students Soar

More than 100 delegates representing members of AFT Connecticut's affiliated local unions came together in-person for the first time since 2019 for our state federation’s convention. Capping the June 4 event was a luncheon where labor activists who over the previous 12 months lived up to the event's theme of "better days ahead" were recognized. Annual scholarships aimed at helping members and their families beat the rising cost of higher education were also announced.
 

Sending Hope and Taking Action on Gun Violence

Members of our AFT Connecticut-affiliated local unions representing educators and support staff in Newtown Public Schools relive the Sandy Hook massacre with each school shooting headline. Yesterday's incident in Texas closely mirrors their own horror, in which six of their colleagues and 20 of their students were in December, 2012 slain. Trent Harrison, a science educator at the town's high school and president of our Newtown Federation of Teachers, captured his colleagues' emotions in an open letter to the nation:
 

Realizing Historic Wins to Secure a "Better Future"

Lawmakers in late April approved significant investments in the state workforce, capping union members' efforts aimed at successor contracts. Our latest quarterly collective bargaining report showcases seven affiliated public employee locals and their wider coalition's landmark achievement - their first such agreements without concessions in more than a decade. Together they demonstrated how a seat at the table yields much more than pay raises and better conditions.
 
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