AFT Connecticut
“AFT in Action:” Winning Pro-Worker Policies

“AFT in Action:” Winning Pro-Worker Policies

June 30, 2021

The latest podcast episode features a discussion of public policy achievements secured by union members during the Connecticut General Assembly's regular 2021 session. State Federation President Jan Hochadel was joined by Chris DeFrancesco, a leader and activist with an affiliated local union recently recognized for his legislative advocacy, to co-host the conversation.

Their guest was State Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, who answered members' questions about several priority bills passed by lawmakers and since signed by the governor. He also addressed future issues, including ongoing efforts aimed at generating stable revenues to preserve public services, as well as state employee union contract negotiations.

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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.

“AFT in Action:” Preserving Higher Education’s Promise

“AFT in Action:” Preserving Higher Education’s Promise

May 28, 2021

Efforts aimed at protecting students' access to a quality, affordable two-year degree from the state's public community colleges was the focus of our state federation's latest podcast episode. Local union leader Dennis Bogusky joined AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel to co-host a discussion with the co-chair of the legislature's Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee.

State Representative Josh Elliott weighed-in on efforts to secure reliable long-term funding for the 12-campus system, as well as additional legislative proposals impacting faculty and students. He also answered members' questions about lawmakers' attempts to reign-in an on-going, ill-advised consolidation scheme that threatens future higher education learning opportunities.

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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.

“AFT in Action:” Standing Up for Frontline Workers

“AFT in Action:” Standing Up for Frontline Workers

April 29, 2021

Legislation providing relief for the heroes who allowed most residents to "stay home and stay safe" at the height of the pandemic was the focus for this latest podcast episode. AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel was joined by local union leader Bill Garrity, RN, as co-host for a conversation with two lawmakers spearheading efforts to pass the new law.

State Senator Julie Kushner and Representative Robyn Porter share their motivation for helping the essential workers impacted most acutely by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) crisis. They tackle union members’ questions about the specific policies in S.B. 1002 and H.B. 6595 — and what it will take to get them adopted before the 2021 legislative session adjourns.

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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.
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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:” Getting the Facts on Vaccines

“AFT in Action:” Getting the Facts on Vaccines

March 30, 2021

The topic of the latest episode in AFT Connecticut's podcast series is the impact of vaccination against the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) to reduce the virus’ chokehold on our communities. State federation president Jan Hochadel and vice-president John Brady, RN, co-host a discussion on progress since Connecticut's health professionals, school staff and older residents began to be inoculated.

Joining them is Saud Anwar, MD, who serves as a state senator in the General Assembly and works at Manchester Memorial Hospital as a pulmonologist. He answers union members’ questions about vaccine safety and efficacy, as well as the state’s distribution efforts to date. Senator Anwar additionally looks ahead to post-pandemic life in Connecticut and what is needed to make it brighter for all working families.

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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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