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Strikes and shutdowns

In Los Angeles, UTLA members took to the picket lines because their schools are starved of resources. In Washington, D.C., President Trump has shut down the government to secure his border wall. In her monthly New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes that when our elected leaders fail, whether by not funding public schools or by shutting down services that provide for our safety, they strike at the very heart of what makes us a democratic republic. Read the full column.

Struggling in a ‘strong’ economy

In her monthly New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten highlights the massive gap between President Trump’s rhetoric and reality.  While the well-to-do are doing very well in the current economy, working Americans have been left behind. Weingarten demands leaders take action to benefit all Americans by ensuring accessible, affordable healthcare for all; reining in college debt; and adequately funding public education. Read the full column.

Nurses’ union would benefit Backus patients

Having worked at The William W. Backus Hospital as a registered nurse in surgical services for 23 years — I recently retired — I’m delighted that the nurses there are organizing a union.

Letter to the editor that appeared in both the Norwich Bulletin and the New London Day.

Nurses at Backus looking to unionize

By Judy Benson

Norwich - Organizers of an effort to unionize the largest employee group at The William W. Backus Hospital made their actions public Monday in a statement distributed to fellow hospital employees.

The statement announces that registered nurses are seeking to form a local affiliate of AFT Connecticut, the same union that represents RNs, LPNs and other staff at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London and seven other hospitals in the state. Sixteen Backus RNs signed the statement.