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Feb. 21: Your Pension Is Under Attack!

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A message from 1st VP Ivonne Hamm:

We have been getting lots of questions about our retirement benefits and what's going to happen to them. This is an opportunity to make a difference, let our Legislators know what we think and feel. If anyone would like to testify let me know. But what I'm asking for is that members show up and support those who are testifying. We want to pack the room.

Learn more here:

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The governor presented his proposed 2017 state budget package in a Feb. 8 speech that should serve as a call to action for all union members. As expected, his plan looks a lot like the same one he put forward last year — again premised on austerity policies that threaten our state's quality of life.

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Anti-worker politicians in the Connecticut legislature are trying to silence the voices of teachers, firefighters and all public employees and strip their rights to negotiate a better future. A proposed bill would roll-back the ability to collectively bargain over pensions or medical insurance, stealing working families’ access to affordable care or retirement security.
 
Join us at the public hearing on this bill and help build resistance to attacks on working families at the State Capitol.
 
 
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Get Involved in UConn Health's Nursing Journey to Excellence!

VOLUNTEER TODAY TO BE A CHANGE AGENT.
YOUR INTEREST AND PARTICIPATION IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR SUCCESS.

  • If you are considering joining one of the councils, please find the detailed description of each council's function/accountability to aid in your selection.
  • It's easy to join, simply send an email to Sue Ellen Goodrich indicating your interest along with the name of the council that you would like to join.

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Following is from AFT Connecticut:

Gov. Malloy’s reference to "state employee concessions" during his "State of the State" address may give some the impression that the governor expects a small minority of the population to resolve Connecticut's fiscal challenges. The reality is that the scope of the problems facing us all requires a broader, far more comprehensive approach.

As always, our union is willing to work with state elected leaders to find a way forward in a difficult economic environment. Our members do important work and are an economic asset.

Click here for the Economic Policy

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Our VP for communication tells of the rapport he's built with his new state rep as an illustration of the importance of talking to our elected officials.

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Here's your chance to meet in small groups with state lawmakers and make sure they know (1) we're paying attention, (2) we vote, and (3) we're counting on their support at the Capitol for issues important to working families, health care workers, and public employees. Plus, there's an easy online tool to find out who your elected officials are. MORE
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Please see this important message from AFT President Randi Weingarten and her leadership team. And happy Labor Day! MORE
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Many of our officers and members already have written their lawmakers urging them to support the SEBAC agreement that would enact our contract. Here's what one state rep had to say in reply. MORE