AFT Connecticut
January 2020 “AFT in Action”

January 2020 “AFT in Action”

January 30, 2020

AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel is joined by Jessica Harris, an affiliated local union leader and healthcare professional, for a timely discussion ahead of the General Assembly's 2020 legislative session. Together they co-host an episode focused on how non-profit hospitals — and the health networks that operate them — impact state and local budgets.

Joining them to answer union members' questions and offer a lawmakers' perspective is state Rep. Sean Scanlon, the House chair of the legislature's insurance and real estate committee. He helps connect the dots between tax-exempt health facilities and Connecticut's struggling cities, as well as industry consolidation and inconsistent access to quality care.

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AFT Connecticut's podcasts serve to provide a deeper dive into issues impacting members and the wider labor movement as part of the state federation’s engagement and communications programs.

Members are invited to send e-mail with their feedback as well as any questions and suggested topics for future episodes. *

Additionally, members can leave a message with their comments to be played on future episodes by dialing (860) 257-9782 and asking for extension 116. *

Breaking news, event announcements, and urgent actions are also posted at the union's Twitter feed, Facebook page and website.

Music: "Mission Statement," Digital Juice.

* Be sure to include your full name, local union and employer.

December 2019 “AFT in Action”

December 2019 “AFT in Action”

December 30, 2019

State federation president Jan Hochadel is joined by Peter Canning, an active affiliated union member and veteran healthcare professional, for an episode focused on solutions to the opioid epidemic. Their conversation focuses on legal efforts to hold corporate bad actors accountable for their role in fueling a growing national public health crisis.

Their guest is Attorney General William Tong, who is helping to lead a multi-state lawsuit targeting a major opioid manufacturer and its Connecticut-based owners. In addition to answering' members questions about the coordinated legal action against Purdue Pharma, he offers suggestions on how organized labor can help help end the epidemic.

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AFT Connecticut's podcasts serve to provide a deeper dive into issues impacting members and the wider labor movement as part of the state federation’s engagement and communications programs.

Members are invited to send e-mail with their feedback as well as any questions and suggested topics for future episodes. *

Additionally, members can leave a message with their comments to be played on future episodes by dialing (860) 257-9782 and asking for extension 116. *

Breaking news, event announcements, and urgent actions are also posted at the union's Twitter feed, Facebook page and website.

Music: "Mission Statement," Digital Juice.

* Be sure to include your full name, local union and employer.

November 2019 “AFT in Action”

November 2019 “AFT in Action”

November 30, 2019

For the final episode in a series of three on the issue of workplace violence, our state federation's president and secretary-treasurer drill down on its impact in Connecticut schools. Jan Hochadel and David Hayes bring their personal experience to the subject and focus on efforts to protect public education professionals from assault at the hands of students or colleagues.

Their guest is state Senator and former Hartford Public Schools teacher Doug McCrory, who co-chairs the legislature's education committee and is an administrator with the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC). He answers members' questions on recent initiatives designed to improve classroom safety and how to advocate for them more effectively during the 2020 session of the Connecticut General Assembly.

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AFT Connecticut's podcasts serve to provide a deeper dive into issues impacting members and the wider labor movement as part of the state federation’s engagement and communications programs.

Members are invited to send e-mail with their feedback as well as any questions and suggested topics for future episodes. *

Additionally, members can leave a message with their comments to be played on future episodes by dialing (860) 257-9782 and asking for extension 116. *

Breaking news, event announcements, and urgent actions are also posted at the union's Twitter feed, Facebook page and website.

Music: "Mission Statement," Digital Juice.

* Be sure to include your full name, local union and employer.

October 2019 “AFT in Action”

October 2019 “AFT in Action”

October 31, 2019

AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel is joined by our state federation's vice president for this second of three episodes addressing rising levels of workplace violence. John Brady, RN, brings his years of experience in the healthcare industry to a conversation focused on the risks in hospitals, medical clinics and social work settings.

Their guest is U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, who for years has led Congressional efforts to require employers report incidents of assault on health professionals to federal workplace regulators. He answers' members questions about the current lack of protections in place and proposed legislation that would establish enforcement standards for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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AFT Connecticut's podcasts serve to provide a deeper dive into issues impacting members and the wider labor movement as part of the state federation’s engagement and communications programs.

Members are invited to send e-mail with their feedback as well as any questions and suggested topics for future episodes. *

Additionally, members can leave a message with their comments to be played on future episodes by dialing (860) 257-9782 and asking for extension 116. *

Breaking news, event announcements, and urgent actions are also posted at the union's Twitter feed, Facebook page and website.

Music: "Mission Statement," Digital Juice.

* Be sure to include your full name, local union and employer.