Bristol Federation of Teachers

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SDE Commissioner Webinar — April 26, 2020

SDE Commissioner Webinar

Do you have questions for the State Department of Education (SDE) about distance learning challenges, when school buildings will reopen or other issues related to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)? Join our live teachers tele-town hall for answers from Commissioner Miguel Cardona and members of his staff:

Jointly hosted between AFT Connecticut and the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), the town hall is open only to union members in good standing and limited to the first 3,000 to register. Be sure to submit your reservation request now — the deadline is Wednesday at 12:00PM.
If space is available and your membership can be verified before then, you will be sent an online registration link and further information via follow-up e-mail. To maximize time, questions are required in advance (verified members will have the opportunity to submit theirs when registering).
Because this is being organized on short notice, the audio and video for next Wednesday’s event will be available at our website to watch online soon after. We know you have many questions, so we hope this is an opportunity to get some answers — and perhaps some peace of mind — in this uncertain time.
More to come, and in solidarity,
Mary YordonVice President for Pre-K-12 Teachers, AFT Connecticut
David HayesSecretary-Treasurer, AFT Connecticut
Jan HochadelPresident, AFT Connecticut
P.S. Click here for our AFT Connecticut website’s PreK-12 teachers page for updates, official information and tools you can use.

CARES Act and AFT CT Survey — April 24, 2020

CARES Act and AFT CT Survey

Please complete this survey on opinions about returning to school.  AFT CT is eager to represent member views carefully on this subject.

Survey Link is below

Reopening Schools Questionnaire

or

(Open in Forms)

Below is new guidance from the SDE.

Federal CARES Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund

AFT Membership Update — April 8, 2020

AFT Membership Update

Let us first thank you for all that you have taken on during this challenging time. You are facing a host of issues related to distance learning and “ed tech” — and we want to hear about them.

That’s why AFT Connecticut has once again teamed up for another survey with our sisters and brothers in the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) and media partners with WFSB-TV Channel 3. This time it’s just 22 questions focused on how things are going for you and your students right now — and the implications for the future of public education.

Click here to complete the brief survey online by this Friday.

Your responses will remain anonymous — unless you specifically choose to be interviewed by Channel 3 (the final question). They are planning to use the results to report on how educators across Connecticut are adapting distance learning while our school buildings remain closed.

We know you are being asked to do a lot online right now. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts on how the pandemic is impacting you, your students and public education.

More to come, and in solidarity,

Mary Yordon

Vice President for Pre-K-12 Teachers, AFT Connecticut

David Hayes

Secretary-Treasurer, AFT Connecticut

Jan Hochadel

President, AFT Connecticut

P.S. Click here for our AFT Connecticut website’s PreK-12 teachers page for updates, official information and tools you can use.

Updated BFT officers and stewards — December 2, 2019

Updated BFT officers and stewards

The current officers and stewards at each school (see table below). Stewards at each building are holding monthly meetings with your building administrators to address issues at your school and to discuss possible solutions/resolutions. Please contact your building steward or a BFT officer if you have any issues to ensure your voice is heard.  Any teachers interested in filling the open steward positions at BEHS, BCHS, CHMS, NEMS, WB, Southside, Edgewood, or Ivy Drive- please let a steward or officer know. Thank you!

Position
PresidentMike Reynolds
High School VPDavid Lattimer
Middle School VPChristine Heimgartner
Elementary VPKathryn Morales
SecretaryDavid Luchina
TreasurerPaul Pinette
VP At LargeJohn Stavens
VP At LargeWalter Lewandowski
VP At LargeDennis Griffin
BCHS 
Matt Boissonneault
Kelly McCabe
BEHS
Eric Steinfeld
CHMS
Brian Troccolo
NEMS
Trish Stavens
Maggie DeVito
WB
Amanda Lizotte
GH
Adam Sample
Dawn Killiany
Josh Blumenthal
Kristen Cicchetti
Anne Tacinelli
EDGE
Jessica Dumont
EPH
Carrie Jackson
Veronica Beaudoin
IVY
Kelle Barrieau

MTV
Marcy Deschaine
Amanda Brezicki
SSS

STAFF
Karen Kulesa
Amanda Marcotte

Part 3 – WFSB Teacher Survey — November 24, 2019
Part 2 – WFSB Teacher Survey Results — November 21, 2019
WFSB Teacher Survey Results — November 19, 2019
WFSB Teacher Survey Now Online! — November 13, 2019

WFSB Teacher Survey Now Online!

Bristol Teachers,

AFT CT has collaborated with CEA and WFSB to create an anonymous survey on teacher issues. This is actually the first of 2 surveys that will occur, with the second expected in January 2020.

The survey will be online through Monday morning, and takes about 5 minutes to complete. WFSB will then use the results next week on air for several segments during ratings “sweeps” week.

Rarely are teachers given an opportunity to voice their opinion. Don’t miss this chance to describe what is really going on.

Here is the link: wfsb teacher survey

What Are Your Rights As A Teacher? Get the Facts. — November 12, 2019

What Are Your Rights As A Teacher? Get the Facts.

Back by popular demand, we are hosting another session on the many legal issues facing educators for members of affiliated PreK-12 unionsPlan ahead now to join us, because available seats will fill up fast

From work-related injuries, obligations as a mandated reporter, what to do and not do in a Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigation, use of reasonable restraint of a student, and rights to union representation, a wide variety of relevant topics will be addressed.
Presenters are AFT Connecticut legal counsel Eric Chester and James Demetriades. Light dinner will be served.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 17 from 5:00 to 7:00PM.
WHERE: The 2nd floor Soifer conference room of AFT Connecticut union headquarters, located at 35 Marshall Road in Rocky Hill (plenty of free parking available).

Click here to register online for this free workshop (light dinner will be provided).

If understanding the legal obligations of working in public schools today is a priority for you, make arrangements to join us next month in Rocky Hill for this indispensable course!.

More to come, and in solidarity,
Jennifer Benevento
Professional Issues & Development Coordinator, AFT Connecticut

Mary Yordon
Vice President for Pre-K-12 Teachers, AFT Connecticut
Bristol Elections — November 3, 2019

Bristol Elections

This week as Bristol heads to the polls, be aware of the AFT CT endorsed candidates.

Ellen Zappo for Mayor

Peter Kelly for City Council

Mary Fortier for City Council

Greg Hahn for City Council

Each of these candidates sought out union endorsement, and underwent an interview and vetting process by AFT CT before being voted on for endorsement.