BFT Holiday Party Details and RSVP

The BFT Holiday party is for BFT members and their children age 10 and under. It’s a day of games, crafts, food, and gifts!

This year will also have a special visit from Santa!

When: Saturday, December 6 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Greene Hills K-8 School

How: Call 860 582-6732 to RSVP by December 1. A grab bag will be held – For each child attending, parents are asked to donate a gift of approximately $10 value for the grab bag.

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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Uncategorized


BFT Contract Goes to Arbitration

The BFT negotiating team regrets to inform the membership that regular negotiations and mediation have not produced a full contract agreement. Only a few, very minor language changes were agreed to.

Therefore, insurance, salary, and duration of the next BFT contract will be decided using binding arbitration.

A written statement with more details will be sent to each member shortly, summarizing the events that occurred during negotiations and detailing the language that was proposed by both sides. Additionally, a general membership meeting will be held to discuss the matter and provide greater elaboration.

We ask for patience as this legal process unfolds.


The BFT Team

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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Uncategorized


Labor Walks in CT This Weekend

The Bristol Labor Council is hosting a labor walk on Sunday, November 2 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Bristol Labor Council office at 61 East Main St, Forrestville. This is the last “get out the vote” walk before the election, and local labor-endorsed candidates are likely to appear.

November 4th is just around the corner. Come help us drive voters to the polls at a Labor Walk this weekend. Join us at an all day Labor “Super” Walk this Saturday, November 1st. The first walk will be from 9:00am to 12:00pm and the second walk will be from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Lunch will be provided! We will also be walking on Sunday, November 2nd from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

The Saturday, November 1st walks will be held at the locations below:

E. Hartford/Manchester Labor Walk with Congressman John Larson

357 Main St., East Hartford

New London/Waterford Labor Walk with Congressman Joe Courtney
L&M Nurses
43 Converse Place, New London

Hamden Labor Walk 
IUOE 478
1965 Dixwell Ave., Hamden

Bridgeport Labor Walk 
AFSCME Local 1522
4270 Main St., Suite 300, Bridgeport

Meriden Labor Walk
35 Pleasant St. – Left Side Basement

The Sunday, November 2nd walks will be held at the locations below:

Bristol Labor Walk
Bristol CLC
61 E. Main St., Bristol

Willimantic Labor Walk 
Windham Fed. of Teachers
893 Main St., Willimantic

E. Haven/Branford Labor Walk
Stoners Club
1455 North High St., East Haven

Norwalk Labor Walk
UFCW 371
290 Post Rd. West, Westport

New Britain Labor Walk 
AFSCME Council 4
444 East Main St., New Britain

If you want to volunteer on Monday, November 3rd and on Election Day, November 4th, call Peggy Buchanan at 860-571-6191 or Jan Schaffer at 603-867-4891.

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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in Uncategorized


Late Buses – What to do?

The problem of buses arriving late has been a continuing problem, one especially prevalent at the elementary and K-8 levels. What teachers need to know is that a new TRANSPORTATION CONTRACT exists that addresses the issue.

By contract, buses must not only arrive, but depart school within 20 minutes of dismissal. Buses are considered to be late starting 20 minutes after dismissal. For elementary, that would be 3:45 PM. If a bus arrives between 9 and 20 minutes late, the bus company must pay a fine equal to 25% the daily bus rate. For elementary, that would be between 3:54 PM and 4:05 PM. Buses more than 20 minutes late (which would be 40 minutes after dismissal) must pay a fine equal to 50% of the daily rate. It is hoped that these provisions of the new contract will encouraged the bus company to design realistic routes and arrive in a more timely manner.

Additionally, the BFT encourages all teachers at the individual schools to arrange for administrators to relieve teachers of bus duty 20 minutes after dismissal.

Emergency Student Supervision Protocol: Any teacher who is left in a school building supervising a student or students at the end of the teacher work day because of a late bus arrival or for other reasons of an emergency nature and who is without an administrator in the building should immediately contact the following personnel:

Greg Boulanger – Director of Transportation – 860-302-1939
Ellen Solek - Superintendent of Schools – 860-480-3689
Sue Moreau – Deputy Superintendent of Schools – 860-877-1699
Sam Galloway - Human Resources Director  – 860-416-8675
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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in Uncategorized


Save the Date: BFT Holiday Party

The BFT will hold its annual holiday party this year on Saturday, December 6. The party is for BFT members, their spouses, and children. Once again, the event will be held at Greene-Hills School.

More details, such as start time and a list of events, will be posted as the date approaches.

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Posted by on October 5, 2014 in Uncategorized


Debate in Bristol this Monday

The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce will host a debate for local state Senate and House of Representative candidates Oct. 6 at Saint Paul Catholic High School.

The debate will take place in the auditorium of the school at 1001 Stafford Ave. from 6 to 9 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and political reporter Tom Monahan, formerly from NBC30, will serve as moderator. AFT CT staff will be on hand to distribute t-shirts to teachers who show up starting at 5:15 PM.

The debating candidates are:

77th District state House of Representatives — Chris Wright (D) and Cara Christine Pavalock (R).

78th District state House of Representatives — Whit Betts (R) and Dan Santorso (D).

79th District state House of Representatives — Frank Nicastro, Sr. and Josh Levesque (R).

31st District state Senate — Henri Martin (R) & Rob Michalik, Jr. (D).

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Posted by on October 4, 2014 in Uncategorized


Getting Involved in the 2014 Elections

Opportunities abound for BFT members to get involved in local or state elections.

- a phone bank for Rob Michalik, running for state senate, will happen on Oct 21st at his campaign headquarters from 4:30-7:30 PM

AFT Connecticut Union Phone Bank at AFSCME, New Britain: 10/14 from 4:30-7:30pm and 10/27 from 4:30-7:30pm

-Labor Walk -on 10/18 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the Bristol Labor Council office at 61 East Main St, Forrestville

- PRE-DEBATE RALLY, Thursday, October 2ND, 5:30 PM Rally, UCONN, In front of Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized




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