Starbucks workers across the country walked out on "Red Cup Day" to demand an end to their employer's unfair labor practices. VP Comms Chris DeFrancesco and Treasurer Michelle Proper were among those who stood in solidarity with the Corbins Corner Starbucks baristas in West Hartford Nov. 16.
The executive council of the AFT Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution guiding the union on workplace vaccination policies. The resolution is one of several passed by the council since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, designed to protect the health and safety of AFT members and the communities we serve. It was brought to the council in light of the significant change in circumstances with the Delta variant and rising COVID-19 cases, infections in children and our ongoing effort to educate members and communities on the importance of vaccination. In response to the passage, AFT President Randi Weingarten said, “Throughout this pandemic, our No. 1 priority as a union has been to keep our members, our communities and those we serve safe. COVID is mutating, it’s spreading to kids, and vaccines remain our best defense to protect people and prevent the spread of disease; prevent hospitals from overflowing; keep our economy functioning, plus reopen—and keep open—our schools for full-time in-person learning.”