U.S. Senate introduces measure to protect health workers from violence

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) has introduced a bill to protect healthcare and social services employees from workplace violence. Last month, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) introduced the House version of the bill. Patricia “Patt” Moon-Updike, a nurse and member of the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, testified before the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., in support of the measure. Moon-Updike lost her career to workplace violence when she was assaulted by a patient. Moon-Updike met with Sen. Baldwin, who was inspired by her story.

Education on the chopping block: Trump proposes $7 billion cut

President Trump’s new budget proposal sends a clear signal: He and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will continue to abandon public schools and the families they serve in favor of tax cuts for wealthy individuals and corporations. Trump’s budget would axe $7.1 billion from education funding and in a monumental blow to affordable health care, he’d eliminate more than a trillion dollars from Medicare and Medicaid. The AFT is fighting back with its Fund Our Future initiative.

Vermont techs celebrate new contract

The technical professionals at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington who are represented by the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals ratified a new three-year agreement with the hospital on March 6. Patient care was…

AFT launches massive national campaign to fund public education

The AFT’s long-time advocacy for public schools has just been turbo-charged, with a sweeping, multi-pronged campaign to fund the future of American public education. Amid the continuing wave of teacher activism shining a spotlight on massive shortfalls in education investment, the Fund Our Future initiative aims to take the teachers’ megaphone into Congress, statehouses and communities nationwide.

Silent no more

Patt Moon-Updike, a psychiatric nurse from Wisconsin came to Washington, D.C. on Feb. 27 to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, in support of recently introduced legislation that could provide vital safety measures for healthcare professionals. She was joined by fellow AFT nurse members from across the country who came to Washington to share their own experiences with workplace violence.

One custodian’s mission: Green cleaning

Head custodian Karen Murphy was worried. A little boy at her school was suffering greatly from asthma. “It would bother him so bad,” she says. Plus, the flu ran rampant in some classrooms, where absences from respiratory illnesses had begun impeding teachers’ ability to keep students on the same page. So when Marrianne Hayward, president of the Jefferson County AFT in Birmingham, Ala., selected Murphy to take part in the AFT Teacher Leaders Program, it seemed like a perfect opportunity. With her principal’s blessing, Murphy tried green cleaning and is now taking it schoolwide.