AFT Connecticut

“AFT in Action:” Resisting a Health Chain’s Cruel Cuts

August 30, 2021

Community-based efforts to restore labor and delivery services at a small, rural hospital eliminated by the health network that owns it were the focus for this latest podcast episode. AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel was joined by local union leader Sherri Dayton, RN, as co-host for a conversation with a long-time civil rights advocate and retired labor activist.

Leah Ralls was for more than two decades a union member and currently serves as president of the NAACP's Windham/Willimantic chapter. She shared her experience teaming up with local caregivers, labor leaders and elected officials to mobilize the community to resist Hartford HealthCare (HHC)'s closure of their community hospital’s maternity ward.  


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