Off to Pittsburg for the AFT national convention.
Over 100 Connecticut Delegates will represent our 30,000 members.
First, as Vice President, I need to pause and consider what an honor it is to be in this position.
30,0000 of the best Connecticut workers; teachers, paraprofessionals and school support staff, nurses, Techs, healthcare workers, probation officers, social workers, and so, so many other public servants, have selected us to be the delegates that represent them.
It is an honor, a privilege, and a great responsibility.
Our members share the fact that they have all dedicated their work lives to helping others, and they share the knowledge and belief that standing in unity gives them the power to do so.
That’s what a union is all about.
That’s why those of us privileged enough to be representing our sisters and brothers in Pittsburgh are taking these planes, trains and autos. We carry the voice of our members to chart the course of our union for the next 2 years.
Yesterday I had the privilege to represent Jan at a press conference with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, AFT President Randi Weingarten, CT AFL-CIO President Lori Pelletier, and New Haven Federation of Teaches President David Cicarella.
The message was that the Janus decision will not cripple unions as the Koch Brothers, the DeVos family and other right wing groups hope.
It will not silence the voice of workers.
Workers understand that to be able to advocate for ourselves, our families, our students, our patients, and the public we serve, we must have a voice. And to have a voice we must stand together in unity.
This is the message the 100 plus AFT Connecticut delegates carry to our national convention on behalf of our members.
Our members will not be silenced.
We are strong, we are united, we are the union.