Three AFT chapters ratify concession deal

Three American Federation of Teachers chapters that represent 2,800 teachers at the state’s vocational-technical high schools, technical colleges and professionals at the University of Connecticut have ratified the tentative concession deal.

The governing councils at these three chapters voted to ratify the deal without another vote by rank-and-file members.

Jan Hochadel, head of the State Vocational Federation of Teachers made the announcement of her chapter reaffirming their previous vote during a rally at Bridgeport’s Bullard-Havens Technical High School.

During a phone interview Hochadel said her 40-member council overwhelmingly decided to ratify the agreement “because there were no negative changes to the agreement since the previous vote.” Her 1,000 members approved the concession package the first time around by a 9-1 margin.

AFT’s President Sharon Palmer said the remaining three chapters under AFT are in the process now of having their rank-and-file members voting on the package.