Public Employee Advocate

Fall 2015

Feature Story
Reclaiming the promise of membership

Connecticut A&R blitz brings members unity and strength

At 3,000 members strong, the Administrative and Residual Employees Union in Connecticut is the largest AFT local in the state. Unfortunately, internal challenges were preventing the local from rising to the full measure of its strength—and many members and leaders knew it. A&R President John DiSette was one of them.

DiSette says that internal political battles had divided members. Many had become disconnected from their union, and the local’s relationships with the AFT state federation and other unions were not as close as they could have been. All of this was happening at a time when A&R members needed every ounce of strength they could muster. They’re entering contract negotiations facing very tough demands for concessions from leaders of a state government rocked by major budget deficits.

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