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AFT Connecticut welcomes new healthcare members

Healthcare workers at Community Health Services Inc. in Hartford, Conn., voted on Feb. 1 to join AFT Connecticut.

"As the largest representative of acute care hospital workers in Connecticut, we believe that the healthcare workers at CHS fit perfectly within our union," says Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut.

The new local has 37 employees with a variety of titles, including diabetes coordinator, registered dietitian, physician assistant, registered nurse, psychiatrist, dentist, pediatrician, licensed professional counselor, dental hygienist and licensed practical nurse.

"The courage and determination of the providers at CHS Hartford to provide care and access for the impoverished and afflicted of our community will be enhanced through our union empowerment," says podiatrist Irving Buchbinder.

"I appreciate having a union now because it strengthens our voice," says Phyllis Schling, an advanced practice registered nurse. "Having a stronger voice means we will be better able to advocate for our patients."

"The healthcare services provided by CHS are invaluable to the North End of Hartford," Peters says. "We look forward to working with them as they continue to provide the best care possible for the community." [AFT Connecticut]

February 5, 2013