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Take Immediate Action on Teacher Tax and Teacher Assault

Call-to-Action-FBYour voice can make a critical difference! But you must act today.

The legislature has just announced that it is holding public hearings this week on whether to repeal the increase in the Teacher Payroll Tax, and on helping to prevent assaults on teachers.

CEA is making it easy for you to submit written testimony to the legislature—no need to take time off and travel to the Capitol. Please take a few minutes to write a paragraph or two (or more if you have time) on the following: Read more

You, Too, Could Win!


Laura Bittner of the Sprague Education Association was a winner earlier last month. She received her bag from CEA UniServe Rep Michael Casey.

All members who subscribe to BlogCEA through Friday will be entered for a daily chance to win a CEA swag bag. The BlogCEA bag contains a flash drive, cell phone pocket, clip, and more.

For your chance to win, just click here and subscribe today.

Winners for the second part of February are Read more

2018 CEF Read Across America Reading Bus Tour Makes Final Stop in Plainfield

After rolling through six towns in five days, the CEF 2018 Read Across America Bus Tour made its last stop at Plainfield Memorial School, where—in spite of wet and windy weather—eight fourth-grade classes were...

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Working People Rally to Protect Their Freedom to Negotiate Together

Untitled design(3)On Monday, February 26, at 12:00 p.m., working people will hold simultaneous rallies in four cities across Connecticut to stand up for their freedom to come together and fight for decent and equitable pay, affordable health care, quality schools, and vibrant communities. They will join thousands of workers across the country who will be taking action over the weekend and into the week.

Workers are taking action on the 26th as oral arguments begin before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case called Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. Wealthy special interests, backed by the Trump Administration, want the Supreme Court to rig the economy even more in their favor with the Janus case. The corporate CEOs and wealthy special interests behind this case simply do not believe that working people should have the same freedoms and opportunities as they do. Read more

Stand With Us to Keep Our Schools Safe

CEA is at the forefront of efforts to draw attention to the problem of gun tragedies in our schools and spur Congress to take action to keep our schools safe and end this epidemic of mass school shootings plaguing and terrorizing our country.

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Five February Deals for CEA Members

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and we have some sweet deals for you!

We’re introducing our newest CEA Member Benefits partner, Nelson Hall in Cheshire, where CEA members pay only $28 for any seat, any event! Read more

CEA Spearheads Bold Reforms Along With Other CT Labor Unions

Don Williams, Commission Fiscal Sustainability

CEA Executive Director Donald Williams (from right) presented with fellow labor leaders Lori Pelletier, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, Sal Luciano, executive director of Council 4 AFSCME, and Attorney Daniel Livingston, chief negotiator for the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) to the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth.

Connecticut must take the high road and not attack the middle class was the message labor leaders gave today in testimony before the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth.

“We need bold tax reforms that help grow the state’s economy and ensure that Connecticut remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family,” said CEA Executive Director Donald Williams. “A cornerstone for Connecticut’s future stability and growth is a stable and predictable revenue stream. Connecticut has one of the best school systems in the country, but there are still pockets of significant need and inequality, and we need the resources to support all of our schools and students. Our state needs stable and reliable revenue to support critical state services, and a quality education for our children.” Read more

What Does Connecticut’s New General Assembly Session Mean for Teacher Pensions, School Funding?

Connecticut State CapitolThough his opening address to the 2018 General Assembly today emphasized Connecticut’s tradition of fairness and the state’s future generations, the governor’s new budget proposal delivers mixed news for Connecticut students, teachers, and schools.

On the plus side, the governor’s plan includes a proposal to restructure state payments to the teacher retirement fund in a way that promotes the long-term solvency and stability of the fund.

“We support this initiative,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen, “but the plan must go further.” CEA is calling on the state to repeal the recent 1% increase in the teacher payroll tax, which increased the state’s pension obligation debt by $20 million.  Read more

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Photo by Satomi Ichimura via Flickr.

Help students put in perspective Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

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2nd Generation Union Rep Says Being Proactive Key to Helping Members

Building-Rep-Superhero-TMacCall.jpgBeing a local Association building rep is a complex job, but Ledyard building rep Tiffany MacCall describes the essence of her role simply. “I try to make days better for teachers because everything’s getting harder and harder. I want to make sure teaching is a profession that still has joy.”

The Juliet W. Long third grade teacher says, “Members really come to depend on you. It’s often the little things—questions about when the first paycheck of the year will be, or about the contract.” Read more