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

“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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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:” Securing Fair State Employee Contracts

“AFT in Action:” Securing Fair State Employee Contracts

July 29, 2021

Ongoing efforts to negotiate successor collective bargaining agreements for state employees is the primary focus of this latest episode in our podcast series. AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel was joined by executive committee vice president and local union leader Kathy Fischer for a timely discussion now that most individual unit contracts have expired. 

Returning as their guest was state Representative Mike D’Agostino, who addressed the current negotiations and provided relevant historical context from a lawmakers' perspective. He also discussed policy proposals passed in the General Assembly’s 2021 legislative session that impact state employees and the public services they deliver.

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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:” 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.

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