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Stay Safe from Identity Thieves

img_id-theftThe latest data breach making headlines—affecting five million Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue customers—is a powerful reminder that identity theft is a real and constant threat.

CEA-endorsed USI Insurance has personal risk specialists to help you safeguard your personal information. They’ve put together a checklist of practical steps to protect yourself against everything from phishing scams to hotel Wi-Fi hackers.

Come to Member Appreciation Days at the Hartford Yard Goats!

Screen Shot 2018-04-18 at 3.57.12 PM.pngBaseball season is in full swing. Save on tickets to CEA Member Appreciation Days at the Hartford Yard Goats. Hurry—games sell out fast!

Back by popular demand, the Hartford Yard Goats are holding three CEA Teacher Appreciation Days this baseball season—Saturday, May 5Friday, July 27; and Friday, August 24—with discounted tickets and fireworks after each game.

The last day to buy tickets to the May 5 game is April 21—so don’t wait! Read more

Free Dental Clinic April 20-21 at Torrington High School

572627_3_ctmomAre there children at your school who aren’t receiving dental care? CEA is partnering with the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach to get the message out about an upcoming clinic that provides free dental care to underserved and uninsured children and families throughout the state.

A flier, available in English and Spanish, contains details about the free dental clinic. Please share it with families in your district.

The free clinic will take place April 20-21 at Torrington High School. Read more

Music in Our Schools Month

pexels-photo-462430Now, when public school music programs face budget cuts, is a critical time to support music in our schools. March is Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) website provides ideas for how to participate in MIOSM and promote support for school music.

Lesson Plans has a number of K-12 lesson plans suitable for MIOSM as do ArtsAlive and ArtsEdge. Here are some sample lessons and activities:


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

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

img_stand-with-usENOUGH! The outrage of yet another gun-and school-related tragedy is incomprehensible, in its actual occurrence as well as in the inaction of those in the halls of legislative bodies throughout this nation who have had and continue to have the capacity to make a difference and help make our schools havens for all.

CEA is at the forefront of efforts to draw attention to the problem and spur Congress to take action to keep our schools safe and end this epidemic of mass school shootings plaguing and terrorizing our country. CEA is planning several activities that tie into the national events—activities that include walk-ins and rallies. Read more

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