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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.
Using a phone bank and other organizing tools, support staff at the Oregon School Employees Association's Centennial Chapter 113 spent months recruiting 2,000 classified employees, teachers and social service employees to sign up for First Book, a national nonprofit dedicated to putting books in the hands of children who need them most.
Following a new report detailing how Wall Street sold toxic deals to school districts and municipalities that are costing communities billions in fees, interest and other payments, educators, parents, community members and local officials have joined together for a Day of Action in cities across the country.
The AFT has awarded AFT Innovation Fund grants for teachers in New York and Connecticut to offer solutions to problems with their state's rollout of the Common Core State Standards.
A broad-based group of organizations has released "A New Social Compact for American Education"—a groundbreaking rethinking of accountability that replaces the current paradigm of "test and punish" with a focus on what is needed to support and improve teaching and learning.
One rotten apple at Time magazine—specifically, the cover of an upcoming issue about teacher tenure—is generating lots of anger and activism among AFT members and our friends and allies.