CALL NOW: Dangerous Healthcare Bill

A small group of Republican senators have been working behind closed doors to take health care away from millions of American families. Details are starting to emerge and, like the horrible bill that recently passed the House, the Senate bill will radically cut Medicaid and undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
They are trying to rush through a vote NEXT WEEK without any chance for public input or hearings. We can’t let that happen. Right now is the time for you to speak up.
This plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act is just cruel. It would slash and cap Medicaid, and as many as 24 million Americans of all stripes, including educators and their families, will lose their care or find themselves suddenly unable to afford coverage. They will create all of this suffering while giving massive tax cuts to the extraordinarily wealthy.
Please make a call today. Senators have told us their phones aren’t ringing, even with a vote rapidly approaching on a bill that would make such a huge difference in the lives of millions. Your senators need to hear from you. Our students, educators, and communities are depending on us to stop this.
Lily Eskelsen García
National Education Association

Waterbury CT Teachers Federal Credit Union

Click here to read the Summer-Fall 2017 Newsletter of the Waterbury Federal Teachers Credit Union

The News & Views Summer – Fall  e-newsletter is now available!
Read about…
  • Registration for the Member Appreciation BBQ
  • How you earn Double & Triple ScoreCard Points on your Platinum Visa
  • How to Refinance & Consolidate Student Debt & Save!
  • Our new Share Certificates Terms & new Rates (CD’s)!
  • Great rate Auto Loans & Car Buying Tools
Click here to read News & Views now!
A paper copy will be included in your June, quarterly checking statement mailing.
You can also stop by the branch for a paper copy after July 5th.
Member Appreciation BBQ
Wednesday 8/9 6 – 7pm at Quassy Amusement Park. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Members must register at to attend (1/Member). Online registration open 6/1 – 8/8. Park Pass Want a discounted Quassy All-day Ride & Waterpark Pass for 8/9? At Quassy, only on 8/9, WCTFCU Members
who have registered online for the BBQ dinner may purchase an 8/9 All-day Ride & Waterpark Pass directly from Quassy at the park, for $15.50 on 8/9. Non-Member Guests? When Members register online for the BBQ, they must register the number of non-Member BBQ guests (so we order enough food) who will be with them. Registered non-Member guests must pay for their $18 BBQ dinner ticket, at the WCTFCU tent 8/9 at Quassy, after which they may purchase an All-day Ride & Waterpark Pass
directly from Quassy for $15.50.


CEAGo News June 19, 2017


Thanks to our combined efforts—your activism and CEA leadership—Connecticut legislators struck down a plan that would have threatened public education and teachers’ pensions. But our work is not over, and the threat is still there as legislators try to develop a budget plan in special session this summer.

Read CEA President Sheila Cohen’s message.


We know this is your time to relax, recharge, and be with family, but legislators are not taking a break from presenting plans that could hurt our students, our schools, and our profession. Visit and make sure your home email address is current so that you don’t miss out on timely information you need.


Legislative leaders are meeting behind closed doors, scrambling to come up with a new budget, and whatever they decide will impact us. If the outcome is negative, we won’t have much time to fight it.

Be ready to take action immediately when your CEA leaders reach out to you.




A shiny apple to State Rep. Matthew Lesser for spearheading a bill that passed the legislature requiring all 403(b) retirement plan providers to disclose fees and compensation to teachers.

Read the New York Times story.


This year’s CEA Summer Leadership Conference will be held July 31 – August 2, 2017, at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. Each Local Association may send up to eight free attendees this year.

New this year: One-Day Conference Option: Wednesday, August 2. Please view the Summer Leadership Brochure to see your training and overnight accommodation options prior to registering.


You can make a difference in a child’s life just by playing golf in the Connecticut Education Foundation’s 23rd annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament to benefit The Children’s Fund (CEF). It will be held at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club on Monday, July 17, 2017.

Read the Golf Tournament brochure here.


Save on admission to Quassy Amusement Park and Lake Compounce with your CEA member discount. Visit for details.


Save $5 on admission (up to four people) at Mystic Aquarium when you show your CEA membership card.

End of Legislative Session – A Message from CEA

The legislative session ended last week without a new state budget, prompting a special session this summer to address the issue. We expect to face some fights in the coming weeks, as legislators negotiate budget plans behind closed doors, not giving us an open dialogue regarding proposals. That means we won’t have a lot of time to react and take action.

We need to be ready to fight back against any proposals that attack teachers, disregard the needs of our students, or ignore the resources our public schools require.

The state should not balance the budget on the backs of students, teachers, and communities. But some legislators’ schemes involve shifting the cost of teacher retirement to cities and towns, increasing teacher contributions to our pensions, and other harmful proposals. These proposals mean less money for our schools, higher contributions from teachers, and higher property taxes.

From teacher pensions to cuts in education funding, we know politicians have all of us in their crosshairs. We must be vigilant to ensure that legislators don’t try to pass a budget that would negatively impact us.

I know that school will be out within days and that you are looking forward to some well-deserved time off. But I encourage you to stay connected to each other, to your local Association, and to CEA.

Please be ready to take action immediately when we reach out to you so that collectively we can urge legislators to put the needs of public education ahead of politics.

When we reach out to you, please be sure to read our emails and take a stand by making a phone call, sending an email, or meeting with your legislators. I need you—and every one of our colleagues—to stand up for our students and our profession.

There is truly too much at risk to do nothing or to rely on someone else to do it for you.

NTL Election Results Announced


President – George Macary
Vice-President – Mary Johnson
Treasurer – Jenn Barbarito
Secretary – Maria Ryan

Negotiating Team:

NHS:  Cheryl Campbell and Deb Rutigliao

Grade 6-8 Teachers:  Cathy Lungarini and Thomas Tousignant

Pre K – Grade 5:  Cathy Lungarini, Sofia Karistinos-Solomon, Karen Schiaroli, Erica Ladrigan

Special Services:  Tracy Theroux and Armand Maniccia

Grades 6 – 12 At Large:  Michele Russell