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Chartered as a labor union by the AFT in June 1947, the HFT is the second largest teacher local in New England. Originally founded to assure teachers of equity in regards to wages, hours and working conditions, and to help negotiate collective bargaining agreements. The HFT has grown from its first 10 members to over 2,400 members. The HFT represents not only teachers, but also school nurses, dental hygienist, special police officers, child development associates and substitute teachers. Together we are an organization of over 2,400 "Professionals Who Care."
The HFT has a long history of involvement both on the state and local level. We are often recognized as leaders by many neighborhood and community groups. Our ability to achieve employee rights and benefits, as well as improve the educational environment for Hartford's children, is only as strong as our solidarity as a union. This is why every member is so important.
The presidents of the nation's two largest teachers unions offered a solid shared vision for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act at a Washington, D.C., meeting with state policy chiefs and in a joint keynote address to a nationwide audience of classroom educators participating in Share My Lesson's third annual virtual conference.
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten looks at how Minnesota and Wisconsin have followed very different economic paths since electing new governors in 2010.
From grass-roots lobbying on Capitol Hill to a telephone town hall meeting, the AFT focused intense activity and energy in the first days of March on the all-important reauthorization of the keystone federal law for K-12 education, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
AFT PSRPs from two different locals in southern Illinois have created a training program to teach high school and college students about workplace safety
Public recognition comes rarely for school support personnel, but back-to-school season last fall provided a windfall of publicity for school bus drivers, bus attendants and cafeteria workers in southwestern Florida.