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TouchPoint Chapter Reaches Tentative Agreement on First Contract

The Food Service, Housekeeping and Linen workers at St. Francis Hospital just wrapped up their first contract negotiations with their new employer, TouchPoint. The bargaining team fought hard to get the best benefits, wages and working conditions possible. Members are set to vote on the contract on March 31st. See summary here

Voting to ratify the new contract will take place on Friday, March 31st in the Felecian Room (outside the cafeteria) at the hospital from 0730-1700.

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Thousands rally nationwide to save Affordable Care Act

On Jan. 15, thousands of people, including great representation from AFT members, rallied in cities across the country to stand up against plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as well as efforts to privatize Medicare and Medicaid.

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Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.

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Court decision threatens America's working families

The leaders of five major unions issued a statement expressing their disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, that challenges fees non-union members pay.

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To improve patient care, nurses need to tell their stories

Suzanne Gordon believes that healthcare unions save lives. She became convinced of this during a recent hospital stay. Gordon recounted that experience to attendees at the AFT Nurses and Health Professionals Issues Conference and National Federation of Nurses Annual Labor Academy, held in Chicago, May 20-22. “As nurses and health professionals, your job is to keep patients safe.

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Nurses weigh in on the 40-hour workweek debate

Registered nurses Irene Jadge and Janice Stauffer, members of the Danbury (Conn.) Nurses' Union, traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak out against a Republican proposal to redefine who qualifies as a full-time worker under the Affordable Care Act.

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New Jersey nurses vote for union representation

By an overwhelming ratio of 6-to-1, nurses working at Inspira Medical Center Woodbury in New Jersey have voted in favor of union representation by Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE), an AFT affiliate.

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