AFT Connecticut
”AFT in Action:” Organizing to Win Together

”AFT in Action:” Organizing to Win Together

July 27, 2022

Building on an uprising of momentum to grow the labor movement was the focus of delegates this summer attending state and national union conventions. AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel was joined by local union leader Monika Nugent as co-host for a conversation with a leader and an activist engaged in coffee industry organizing efforts.

Richard Bensinger is a long-time labor veteran and currently advising Starbucks Workers United, which has since last fall supported a surge of more than 200 union election victories nationwide. Marc Tomko is a barista at the second of the chain’s Connecticut shops where employees have successfully organized for a voice on the job. Together they shared their experience mobilizing the coffee giant's workforce and galvanizing its customers to write a brand new chapter in American labor history. 

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Sign and share the Starbucks Workers United "No Contract, No Coffee! Pledge."

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 encouraged to send e-mail with their questions or concerns to be addressed in a future episode. *

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

We're proud to be part of the Labor Radio/Podcast Network, which collectively gets our movement's message out to working people via the Internet.

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

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

”AFT in Action:” Turning Political Action into Tangible Gains

”AFT in Action:” Turning Political Action into Tangible Gains

May 31, 2022

AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel and Legislative/Political Action Chair Ally Sexton team up once again to co-host the latest episode in the state federation's podcast series. Their conversation centers on gains made during the recently-concluded 2022 session of the General Assembly - and looks ahead to legislative and constitutional officer elections later this year.

Their guest is state Rep. Joshua Hall, a long-time educator, former union leader and lawmaker elected in 2017 on AFT Connecticut's "labor is your neighbor" platform. He answers questions about key public policy wins at the legislature and offers sound advice for members on engaging in electoral politics - both as activists and as candidates themselves.

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Learn more about the book Representative Hall references, "House of Good Hope: A Promise for a Broken City."

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 encouraged to send e-mail with their questions or concerns to be addressed in a future episode. *

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

We're proud to be part of the Labor Radio/Podcast Network, which collectively gets our movement's message out to working people via the Internet.

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

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

”AFT in Action:” Assuring Safe, Accessible Patient Care

”AFT in Action:” Assuring Safe, Accessible Patient Care

March 31, 2022

AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel is once again joined by local union leader Sherri Dayton for a relevant conversation on legislative proposals impacting healthcare professionals currently before the General Assembly. Together they co-host an episode focused on initiatives that would help achieve safe patient care and to hold health chains accountable for gutting vital services.

Joining them to offer the perspective of both a lawmaker and an advocate is state Rep. Jillian Gilchrist, the House vice chair of the legislature's public health committee. She illuminates union members on the role of direct activism in making systemic changes within an increasingly corporatized healthcare industry. Additionally she suggests concrete steps for improving working conditions and protecting access to care in the closing weeks of the General Assembly's 2022 session. 

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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 encouraged to send e-mail with their questions or concerns to be addressed in a future episode. *

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

We're proud to be part of the Labor Radio/Podcast Network, which collectively gets our movement's message out to working people via the Internet.

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

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

”AFT in Action:” Defending the Public Good from Profiteers

”AFT in Action:” Defending the Public Good from Profiteers

January 27, 2022

Resisting repeated attempts by special interests to privatize the services public employees provided to residents and businesses was the topic of discussion in this latest podcast episode. AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel was joined by local union leader Bill Garrity, RN, as co-host for a conversation aimed at debunking the mythical claims of outscoring schemes.  

Their guest was opinion leader and responsible contracting activist Donald Cohen. The founder of the national policy center In the Public Interest shared insights on the issues he and his co-author gathered for their latest book, "The Privatization of Everything."

Copies or access to an e-book version can be purchased online

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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 encouraged to send e-mail with their questions or concerns to be addressed in a future. *

Additionally, members can leave a message with their comments to be played on either episode by dialing (860) 257-9782 and and entering extension 116. *

We're proud to be part of the Labor Radio/Podcast Network, which collectively gets our movement's message out to working people via the Internet.

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

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

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