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Randi Weingarten and NYC teacher Tamara Simpson

Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.


Labor & Workplace

Moody's: Threat of Bankruptcy Removed, But Hartford Remains 'High Risk'
Moody’s Investors Service, which had warned of Hartford’s “likely” default last month, on Wednesday acknowledged that the imminent threat of bankruptcy has lifted with the newly adopted state budget.

Tipping May Be the Norm, but Not for Hotel Housekeepers
The tip doesn’t have to be big — $1 to $5, says the American Hotel and Lodging Association. But fewer than a third of hotel guests leave any money for the housekeepers.

Gothamist and DNAinfo Newsrooms Now Have a Union
Reporters and editors at the commonly


Robert - here is your October, 2017 e-newsletter (with updates since early September):

Union members during the second half of September worked overtime to overturn a fiscal package based on "failed and painful austerity policies" passed by lawmakers. Click here for a report-back on successful efforts to move the governor to veto the cruel state budget.
Staff who feed New London Public Schools' students in late September moved district officials to voluntarily recognize their free choice to join a
In a rigged economy, workers say the freedom to come together in strong unions is more important than ever

For Release: 

Thursday, September 28, 2017


Andrew Crook
WASHINGTON—The following statement was issued by members and leaders of AFSCME, AFT, NEA, and SEIU – the nation’s four largest public sector unions – in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant Certiorari in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31:
The Janus case is a blatantly political and well-funded plot to use the highest court in the land to further rig the economic rules against everyday working people. The billionaire

Conflict brings out both the best and worst in us, and the current state budget battle is no exception. Most of us are already battle-weary from months of debate at the national level around the Affordable Care Act, debt ceiling and tax reform. However, the Republican budget currently in front of Gov. Malloy just spit on public school teachers.

I’ve always respected spirited debate, trusting it allows for our better angels to emerge and find solutions from both sides of the aisle. Constellating figures come forward from the cauldron of contention, framing the argument in ways that clarify the


The 2019 SVFT Teachers of the Year have been selected by staff in each of our schools.  They were honored at a banquet at the Baci Grill in Cromwell on May 16th. In June, one member will be selected as the district Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to all our honorees!

The winners are:

Abbott Tech              Robert Roche

Bristol TEC                 Mark Jurczyk

Bullard-Havens          Joseph Pensanti

Cheney Tech              Laura Blake

Ellis Tech                    Sarah Bacchiochi

Goodwin Tech            Gina Antonacci

Grasso Tech               Patrick Schwanfelder

Kaynor Tech             


The SVFT Officer team is

Paul Angelucci, President  (Plumbing DH, Bullard Havens)

Vice President

Bob Riccitelli, Executive Union Representative (Sustainable Architecture DH, Platt)

Emily Lozinak, Treasurer (Related DH, Kaynor)

Tamara Connors, Secretary (General Ed DH, Wolcott)

The SVFT office is managed by Lindsay Hochadel.


An accident is an unpredictable event, difficult if not impossible to prevent – like when a meteor lands in your living room. Workplace deaths, unfortunately, are much less rare than meteors. They are also much more predictable. Decades of research and practice in workplace safety and health have identified the most common workplace hazards – and proven strategies for prevention.
If employers were to implement these strategies more consistently and effectively, thousands of workers who have died on the job would be alive today.

Please click on the link below to view the full report.



The SVFT thanks Norwich Tech Carpentry Instructor, Mr. John Kelly, Graphics Technology Department Head, Mr. Robert Bullard, and all of the students responsible for programming, manufacturing, and painting the new SVFT building signs.


The SVFT's Contract Committee has begun its work in anticipation of the negotiation of a new contract. Our current contract is in effect until August 31, 2016.  The committee has been meeting often during the 2014-2015 school year to examine the current contract, solicit input from members, and develop proposals for the negotiations which will take place during the 2015-2016 school year.

There will be ample opportunity for members to share in the process.  The committee developed an online survey and has completed the analysis of the responses.  In addition, an e-mail address has been created