AFT Connecticut
“AFT in Action:” Teaching in the Time of Pandemic

“AFT in Action:” Teaching in the Time of Pandemic

April 30, 2020

The latest in AFT Connecticut's podcast series is the first to be recorded since the implementation of "Stay Safe, Stay at Home" policies to curb the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Executive committee vice president and local union leader Mary Yordon joins state federation president Jan Hochadel to provide context for the episode, which focuses on the pandemic's impact on teachers.

Together they set the stage for sharing highlights of a tele-town hall recently organized in coordination with the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) that answered members' questions on the crisis. The event featured Dr., Miguel Cardona, state education department commissioner, along with two of his top deputies at the agency; Desi Nesmith and Charlene Russell-Tucker.

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The full audio of the tele-town hall, along with a slideshow presentation of members’ questions, is also available.

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 COVID-19-related questions or concerns to be addressed. *

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 — where COVD-19-specific information and resources are also available.

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

Talking COVID-19 on “AFT in Action”

Talking COVID-19 on “AFT in Action”

March 30, 2020

Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), the topic announced in our previous episode has been postponed for a future conversation. In the meantime, we are planning at least two separate discussions on the impact of the pandemic on our members, their families and communities here in Connecticut.

The first will focus on the issues facing PreK-12 public school teachers and support staff as well as higher education instructors and faculty as they adapt to online learning. The following will address the challenges for healthcare professionals and public employees — many of whom are literally on the frontlines of this growing crisis.

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Members are encouraged to send e-mail with their COVID-19-related questions or concerns to be addressed. *

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. *

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.

Breaking news, event announcements, and urgent actions are also posted at the union's Twitter feed, Facebook page and website — where COVD-19-specific information and resources are also available.

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

February 2020 “AFT in Action”

February 2020 “AFT in Action”

February 28, 2020

AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel and Council 4 AFSCME Executive Director Jody Barr team up once again to co-host the latest episode in the state federation's podcast series. Their discussion is focused on the 2020 U.S. Census — and why a complete count is so important to union members and the public they serve.

Their guest is Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, who co-chairs the statewide Complete Count Committee for the Census. She answers union members' questions on the stakes in this once-in-a-decade effort and their role as trusted voices in communities where effective outreach is vital.

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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.

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

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.