Public Employee Advocate: Summer 2015

  • AFT endorses Hillary Clinton

    “Clinton is the champion working families need in the White House”

    The AFT executive council voted overwhelmingly on July 11 to endorse Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary for president of the United States. The AFT is the first national union to endorse a candidate in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.

    “In vision, in experience and in...

  • Where We Stand

    Raising our collective voice Randi Weingarten, AFT President

    I don’t have to tell you about the attacks that are ricocheting across the country. I don’t have to tell you because in so many ways public employees are on the frontlines of these attacks.

    In Alaska, 10,000 state employees received layoff notices in June. In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback has...

  • Public Employees Stand Their Ground

    Public employee unions are fighting to save quality services in the standoffs between state lawmakers and governors

    As states prepared to begin a new fiscal year this summer,
dozens faced budget shortfalls. To close the gap, public employees found themselves fighting governors and state lawmakers, urging the leaders to keep them on the job providing important, high-quality public services. The continued...

  • 2015 AFT Public Employees Conference Award Winners

    Award for Public Safety Advocacy

    Connecticut Judicial Professional Employees Union for its attention and focus on the unique issues facing public safety professionals and for bringing attention to these issues throughout our union.

    Standing Up for Quality Public Services Award...

  • Building a better future

    Public employees mobilize to fight for strong communities

    When the union unites with the community and engages its members in building a better future, the combination can make for a powerful force for change. This was the message AFT President Randi Weingarten brought to the more than 200 AFT members who gathered in Denver in late May for the AFT...

  • Court decision threatens America’s working families

    Unions disappointed with high court’s plan to hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

    The leaders of five major unions issued a statement June 30 expressing their disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, that challenges the fees nonunion members pay.

    ”We are disappointed that at a time when big...

  • Workers triumph in suit over illegal layoffs

    Courage and tenacity have paid off for thousands of Connecticut public employees, whose union membership made them the targets of a coercive, outrageous round of job cuts in 2003 under former Gov. John Rowland. The cuts targeted only union members and sparked a suit against the executive branch—...