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Contract Ratified!

The vote to ratify was nearly unanimous with 99.5% voting YES!!
 
This is a historic conclusion to a historic campaign! We could not have accomplished any of this without all of us standing up and standing together.
 
Our fight was won because it was built on the unity of each and every nurse in our union.

TA Info Session & Ratification Vote Scheduled

An online info session on the tentative collective bargaining agreement (TA) for a new four-year contract with Hartford HealthCare’s representatives has been scheduled for Tuesday, 10/20 at 8:00PM. The ratification vote is scheduled Wednesday, 10/21 from 9:00AM to 9:00PM at our local union hall in Norwich.

MANAGEMENT ACCEPTED OUR PROPOSALS!

There will be at least two info sessions next week to go over all the proposals. We will have the vote to ratify on Thursday, October 22nd. Times and location to be determined.
 
Your bargaining team and strike captains are available to answer questions outside of the info sessions and copies of the full tentative agreement will be available as soon as possible (give Logan a few days to prepare). 

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Sharing more pathways to student debt relief

As the landscape of student debt shifts, and more and more opportunities allow borrowers to have their debt relieved, the AFT is using every avenue to ensure that the word is out. In affiliate meetings, telephone town halls, media coverage and social media, the union is spreading the news, and at a student debt clinic at AFT headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 31, AFT President Randi Weingarten vowed to reach as many people as possible with information that could save them tens—and sometimes hundreds—of thousands of dollars.

Celebrating student loan relief

“It was like waking up and learning you won the lottery.” That’s just one of the comments flooding the AFT offices from members who are elated to be free of student debt at last. After relentless advocacy, including an AFT lawsuit against former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that was so broken is finally doing what it is supposed to do: delivering relief from student debt for thousands of borrowers. So far, $6.2 billion in student debt has been forgiven for 100,000 public service workers like teachers, nurses and professors.

Your vote is your voice

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

#Strike Vote!!!

Hospital management gave us an ultimatum to accept or reject their “best” offer. The offer does not address our priorities, and we are rejecting it. Management has also continued to violate the law and commit unfair labor practices.  We believe it is time to take a stand for PPE, wage equity, safe patient limits and decent healthcare. A super-majority of nurses have said they want to strike. That’s why the negotiation committee has decided to call for a strike vote!
 

Epic Update

Members

We were able to negotiate with the hospital to avoid a 10 week blackout on summer vacations d/t epic training and go live. Here are the details: