Category Archive: Government Relations
Posted: Sep 8th, 2020
Posted: Mar 5th, 2019
There’s a lot going on!
On Monday, representatives from UCH unions addressed the UCH Board of Directors and urged them to support keeping UCH a public hospital. President Kevin Claffey, Dr. Laks, and Dr. Audrey Chapman, Ph.D. spoke on behalf of UCHC-AAUP. Please click here for text. Everyone did an excellent job and thank you for making your way to the meeting in spite of the storm!
Tomorrow is the State Appropriations Committee hearing at 5:30pm. Please let us know if you can attend or send in testimony.
Our suggestion for the content of testimony is that it argue in support of funding our public hospital. The content could focus on the care we provide to the public, our research and educational efforts for the public good. We also want to support legislative relief for the high unfunded liability fringe cost, specifically as it relates to research.
All are welcome as we are trying to have a good showing. It will also be a great opportunity for us to meet with our lobbyist to discuss legislative happenings.
On Feb. 21, UCH scientists testified at the Higher Ed Committee seeking relief from the high costs of the unfunded pension liability passed on to research grants. Scientists also submitted testimony online. If you’d like to see the testimony, please click here. Thank you to everyone who provided testimony!
If you are not currently a member of UCHC-AAUP, we encourage you to join our advocacy organization. Please click here for a membership form.
Kevin Claffey, Dr. Laks, and Audrey
Chapman after speaking with BOD on Monday.
Posted: Apr 12th, 2018
This Saturday is the 2018 March for Science in Hartford! While technically not a ‘march’ there will be a gathering with exhibitors and speakers from 12noon-3pm.
The gathering is at the Minuteman Park (at 328 Capitol Ave, next to the Legislative Office Building) and is hosted by March for Science, Hartford in conjunction with the 2018 March for Science.
Please see this FAQ for important information if you’re planning to attend. *
PS. Here’s an article about the March for Science organization from Science magazine at http://www.sciencemag.org/
news/2018/04/2018-march- science-will-be-far-more- street-protests
*From the FAQ- The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is holding a pro-gun rally at the Capitol the same date as the March for Science. The Legislative Office building provides a large physical barrier between the two events, and both Capitol and Hartford police will be present at the CCDL rally. We do not anticipate any problems, but please be aware that this is occurring.
Let’s stand together in the face of a possible national ‘right to work’ decision by the Supreme Court!Posted: Apr 9th, 2018
By Cindy Polinsky, Executive Director
Last week we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. (assassinated the day after he supported striking sanitation workers). His words still ring true and wise. The quote in the photo above is about so-called right to work states, the slogan that means that everyone in the union receives the same benefits whether they pay dues or not. Unions are much weaker in the divisive environment of ‘right to work’ states. The upcoming Janus decision threatens to weaken public sector union across the country. We’re asking everyone to stick together by signing new membership forms. The new forms will provide members an annual window in which you can withdraw your membership. Of course, we want to encourage everyone to stay in the union! To see more information about the impact ‘right to work’ legislation, click here. (click here to download a card. After you sign it, contact me at email@example.com and I will come pick it up!)
Posted: Mar 22nd, 2017
Last week I was in London to participate in a scientific symposium. During coffee breaks, many British colleagues asked me and other American visitors to explain the bewildering news that President Trump had announced his intention to cut the budget for the National Institutes of Health by 18.3 percent, about $5.8 billion.Read More
Posted: Mar 6th, 2017
When the Greenwich Alliance for Education held its annual trivia challenge last week, Carol Sutton worried a bit when the topic turned to finance. Ms. Sutton, the president of the teachers’ union in Greenwich, Conn., and her table full of educators weren’t quite equipped for the question about debentures.Read More
Posted: Feb 22nd, 2017
Under attack for decades of bad decisions regarding their pensions, Connecticut’s labor unions are uniting to fight back against a bill that would exempt retirement benefits from collective bargaining.Read More
Posted: Feb 20th, 2017Anti-worker politicians in the Connecticut legislature are trying to silence the voices of teachers, firefighters and all public employees and strip their rights to negotiate a better future. A proposed bill would roll-back the ability to collectively bargain over pensions or medical insurance, stealing working families’ access to affordable care or retirement security.Join us at the public hearing on this bill and help build resistance to attacks on working families at the State Capitol:
WHEN: Tuesday, February 21 beginning at 2:00PM (the hearing will run into the evening, so come when you can).WHERE: The Legislative Office Building, located next to the State Capitol in Hartford at 300 Capitol Avenue (free parking is available in the adjacent garage).
Posted: Feb 14th, 2017
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has cultivated a national reputation as a passionate progressive on social issues. From transgender rights and immigration to abortion and criminal justice policy, he has been an enthusiastic ambassador for the Democratic party’s liberal wing – and a vocal opponent of President Trump’s agenda.Read More
Posted: Feb 7th, 2017
NEW BRITAIN, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy offered a preview Monday of what municipalities and school districts can expect when it comes education aid.Read More