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March 2022

February 2022

Local, state and national union leaders laud membership vote to ratify a four-year collective bargaining agreement that resolves a months-long labor dispute.
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.

Randi Weingarten at a Massachusetts high school

Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.


What unions do


In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.

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!
Who: YOU! All full union members are eligible to vote. You must vote in person. One member, one vote. Come out and make your

Leaders of the Backus Federation of Nurses made the following public remarks regarding their request Friday to postpone negotiations and extend their current union contract:

After months of calling the nurses of Backus Hospital “heroes,” management has resisted bargaining a fair contract, and instead chosen to violate our rights under the National Labor Relations Act. We’ve filed Unfair Labor Practice charges calling out Backus managers and Hartford HealthCare (HHC) executives on their intimidation and threatening of nurses for union activity. We’re taking a stand for what we need in these negotiations to be able to work safely during the next wave of this pandemic.
We have given legal notice that a strike will occur on October 13th if a settlement is not reached

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