AFT Connecticut
July 2019 “AFT in Action”

July 2019 “AFT in Action”

July 30, 2019

This first of two episodes devoted to the topic of retirement security is co-hosted by Jan Hochadel, state federation president, and Don Williams, the Connecticut Education Association's (CEA) executive director. In returning to the series' traditional format, they sit down with a single guest and narrow the focus of their conversation to recent efforts to stabilize pensions for certified educators.

Joining them is State Treasurer Shawn Wooden, whose responsibilities include serving as the principal fiduciary for the Teachers Retirement System (TRS). He answers members' questions on reforms developed by his office, both unions and the administration of Governor Ned Lamont that address the plan's unfunded liability and strengthen its benefits.

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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.

June 2019 “AFT in Action”

June 2019 “AFT in Action”

June 28, 2019

The latest episode features a review in two parts of the public policy gains made during the 2019 regular session of the state's General Assembly, which adjourned on June 5. AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel leads both discussions, and is joined by Teri Merisotis and Jim Vigue, who together coordinate the state federation's legislative and political programs.

Merisotis and Vigue share a report-back with highlights of the session during part one and join Hochadel as co-hosts for part two. Their guests for the second discussion are state and local leaders John Disette, Ed Leavy and Bill Garrity, RN, who each share an example of legislation impacting their unions' members.

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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. *

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.

May 2019 “AFT in Action”

May 2019 “AFT in Action”

May 31, 2019

The latest episode in AFT Connecticut's podcast series features another in-depth discussion of public policy issues impacting union members in their workplace and their community. Jan Hochadel, state federation president, once again leads the conversation and is joined by Mary Yordon, an executive committee vice president and local union leader, as co-host.

Their guests are Dalio Philanthropies' Education Director Barbara Dalio and Chief Education Officer Andrew Ferguson. They discuss their record of collaboration with public school teachers, administrators and advocates across Connecticut and answer members' questions regarding the foundation's recently announced new state-level partnership.

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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. *

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; members can access our federation's 2019 legislative priorities, which will be discussed in the next episode.

April 2019 “AFT in Action”

April 2019 “AFT in Action”

April 29, 2019

AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel and Legislative/Political Action Chair Ally Sexton co-host the latest episode in the state federation's podcast series. Their conversation continued last month's discussion on issues at the General Assembly important to union members and all working families.

Their guest is state Rep. Roland Lemar, the House chair of the legislature's transportation committee. He answers questions on the latest proposals for reviving tolls in order to invest in Connecticut's aging infrastructure. He also addresses the latest efforts by the finance, revenue and bonding committee, on which he also sits, to level the playing filed for middle and working class taxpayers.Apr-Podcast-Photo-MD.jpg

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. *

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.