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Key to Protecting Our Future? Look Beyond Our Bargaining Unit

VP for Communication Chris DeFrancesco (pictured here advocating for UConn Health's patients and employees with Sen. Matt Lesser at the state Capitol) shares what he brings back from the 2019 AFT Collective Bargaining Conference.

Perspective From the Picket Line

Recognizing the Stop and Shop strike as an important moment in the labor movement, many of us became stakeholders and showed our solidarity. For one UHP member it was about even more than that.

Going on strike is a part of the labor movement that most of us as public employees can’t relate to because it’s not a legal option for us. But for Megan McCreesh, it was the only option. 

Mobilization in Montana

Recently our Jean Castagno (far right), a clinical office assistant in dermatology, was part of a group of union activists who went to Helena, Montana, to work with the newly merged Montana Federation of Public Employees (MFPE). It was part of AFT’s Member Organizing Institute (MOI) program. Here's what she had to say about it: 

Special Elections: Dems Keep Majority

Five Special elections were held Feb. 26 to fill three Senate and two House vacancies created when incumbent lawmakers resigned to accept positions in Gov. Lamont's administration. 

'Do Not Destroy the Only Public Hospital in the State'

"I would ask for your help to make sure you do not carve up part of the state’s flagship university. Do not destroy the only public hospital in the state. We treat many underserved patients, we treat people with conditions that are not profitable."

President Bill Garrity to the UConn Health board of directors March 4, 2019

Public Sector Union Bills Introduced

  • HB 6926 requires public employers to provide employee lists to the exclusive bargaining agent at least once per calendar quarter.
  • HB 6930 requires public employers to provide unions access to new employee orientations so the union can inform new hires of their rights, responsibilities and the role of the union and the benefits provided.
  • HB 6935 requires public employers to consult with the union before issuing mass employee communications regarding their rights to either join or support a union.
  • HB 6936 requires public employers to honor the terms of the authorization process for employee payroll deductions for union dues.

Learn more in this report from the CT AFL-CIO.