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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!

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
Matt Boissonneault
Kelly McCabe
Eric Steinfeld
Brian Troccolo
Trish Stavens
Maggie DeVito
Amanda Lizotte
Adam Sample
Dawn Killiany
Josh Blumenthal
Kristen Cicchetti
Anne Tacinelli
Jessica Dumont
Carrie Jackson
Veronica Beaudoin
Kelle Barrieau

Marcy Deschaine
Amanda Brezicki

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.

Free Books for New Bristol Teachers! — October 16, 2019

Free Books for New Bristol Teachers!

Thanks for a partnership between AFT, First Book, and Dalio Philanthropies, teachers hired in Bristol since January 2019 are eligible for this wonderful opportunity!

Get books & resources at up to 90% off the retail cost!
The First Book Marketplace is full of specially curated books, school supplies, basic needs items, and other educational resources on relevant themes — all available at a discount every day exclusively for those serving kids in need.

To support schools and programs like yours in Connecticut, AFT Connecticut is excited to share a special opportunity to choose $50 of FREE books from the First Book Marketplace! This offer expires November 15, so don’t delay.

Use code: AFTCTOMG

How to choose your free books:

1. Sign up here:
to become a member of the First Book community if you do not already have an
account. Feel free to refer to the First Book OMG Webinar for assistance!

2. Choose books for your school or program and add them to your shopping
cart. Feel free to explore the popular categories below! While you are welcome
to add other items — such as basic needs or school supplies — to your cart, this
funding will only apply to books (including eBooks and audio books).

3. Use promo code AFTCTOMG at check out to take $50 off your order.
Please note that this code will only apply to orders shipping to Connecticut.*

4. Keep an eye on your email later this fall! Thanks to support from Dalio
Philanthropies, new member educators will have the opportunity to receive an
additional promo code for books and resources from First Book.

For Bristol Teachers On the Cusp of Retiring… — October 15, 2019

For Bristol Teachers On the Cusp of Retiring…

The AFT CT is hosting a pre-retirement seminar on October 26 at H.C Wilcox Technical High School located at 298 Oregon Road in Meriden. This seminar is for teachers who may retire in the next few years.

Due to limited spacing, and to discourage unnecessary “no shows,” there is a $10 per person deposit to hold a seat at the event, but this is REFUNDABLE on the day of the event for those who attend.

Please call 860 257 9782 or visit

After registering, send checks payable to AFT Connecticut to 35 Marshall Road, Rocky Hill, CT  06067