Now that the state has engaged the Caine Brothers to do “an analysis of the health care market,” we are holding an institution-wide information session on what the governor’s team is telling us and what we’re hearing about his plans.
A great opportunity to speak with our elected officials in casual, small group settings, to let them know the issues that are important to you as a constituent and to working families in general. RSVP to one today, and encourage others to join you!
The General Assembly adjourned the 2019 legislative session sine die at midnight on Wednesday, June 5th. The so-called "long session" was a very successful one for working families and the Labor movement. After years of austerity budgets and dwindling pro-worker majorities, Labor advocates were able to take advantage of the 2018 election results and pass major legislation including HB 5004which raises the minimum wage to $15 per hour and SB 1which enacts a paid family and medical leave insurance program.
Read more in this recap from the Connecticut AFL-CIO.
The May episode of the AFSCME Council 4 podcast "Council 4 Unplugged" covers the proposed UConn Health public-private partnership. Guests include Chris DeFrancesco, our vice president for communication.
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.
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: