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TOY Challenge Winner Announced

The winner of the 2013 Teacher of the Year Challenge is Brian Bisson, Carpentry Instructor at Windham Tech.  Brian proposed a clock called "Cutting Time in Half" that will be made by his students and personalized with an engraved plaque for the SVFT Teachers of the Year in each building.  The plaques are scheduled to be engraved in Jim Cardin's Manufacturing shop at Windham.  Thanks to Brian, Jim, and their students for creating a memorable appreciation gift for our Teacher of the Year honorees.


SVFT helps with Storm Sandy Relief Effort (UPDATED)

The SVFT sent a contingent of helpers to Coney Island, New York on November 10th as part of AFT's Storm Sandy Relief Effort.  AFT-Connecticut chartered a bus and our members helped fill it with food, clothing, and personal care supplies that were distributed to folks struggling to recover from the storma that washed away homes, schools, and businesses in New York and New Jersey.  The SVFT attendeees included Kate Norton (Special Ed.

Congratulations to the Teacher of the Year


Felicia Williams, a mathematics teacher at Wilcox Tech in Meriden, has been named the 2012-2013 Connecticut Technical High School’s Teacher of the Year.  An eleven-year veteran, Felicia was selected from a group of seventeen Teachers of the Year, each selected by their peers at one of the system’s schools last spring.  After completing a detailed questionnaire, and an interview before our president, Jan Hochadel, and the superintendent, Felicia was chosen to represent our system in competition for Connecticut’s Teacher of the Year.

Member Raises Thousands for Charity


Many of you know Steve Bourque, Plumbing instructor and SVFT building rep at Eli Whitney as an all-around great guy.  But what you may not know about Steve is that in addition to the roles he plays in our system, he is also the president of a foundation that has raised and then donated tens of thousands of dollars to help families fight cancer. Recently, the Michael Bourque Memorial Fund for Children, and Steve its President, donated $43,000 they had raised to Yale’s Smilow Cancer Center for Children.

New Britain Rock Cats Honor SVFT

In honor of our continued participation in Organized Labor Recognition Night, the New Britain Rock Cats recently honored the SVFT and presented our union with a personalized commemorative bat.

SVFT Dues Reduction is Official

The historic reduction of SVFT union dues, which was voted on and approved at the May General Membership meeting, will take effect this September.