Meet Your Legislators

Saturday February 29th (yes, it's a leap year!!!), AFT-CT is hosting a legislative conference at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford (you can park in the LOB garage for free).  It is a private event held at the LOB for A&R/AFT-CT members to meet and listen to State Senators and Representatives about the current legislative agenda.  This is your opportunity to hear and interact with legislators directly to see what they intend to accomplish in this legislative session.  The event is free and runs from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 29, 2020.  Breakfast and coffee are s

Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plans to replace UnitedHealthcare Plans

As you may recall, Comptroller Kevin Lembo recently announced  that Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be the sole administrator of the state employee health plan beginning July 1, 2020.   Those who currently utilize UnitedHealthcare plans will be moved into Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield at that time.  In the vast majority of circumstances, healthcare providers that accept UnitedHealthcare will also accept Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, but there may be exceptions.

A&R Scholarships

Every year, A&R awards scholarships to qualifying children of A&R/AFT Local 4200 members or children of former A&R members who are now members of the A&R Retiree Chapter. 

Ten scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each will go to 2020 high school graduates or seniors who have been accepted to and will be entering a post-secondary educational institution.  These are one-time only awards. 

Five awards in the amount of $1,500 each will go to post secondary students who are continuing their education.  The continuing student awards are also one-time only, but the recipient may previously have received an entering student A&R scholarship.

One of the applicants will receive a $2,500 Harry Zilber Scholarship Award presented in recognition of community service activities.  The name of the Zilber Award winner is displayed at the A&R Headquarters on a commemorative plaque.

If you have a qualifying child who is continuing their education and wishes to apply for a scholarship, please complete the application and return it to the A&R Office by the April 2, 2020 deadline.

2020 A&R Scholarship Application


In addition, there are scholarship opportunities provided by AFT-CT and AFT National

The AFT Connecticut Scholarship Selection Committee awards two $2,500.00 scholarships each year:
  • The George C. Springer Scholarship is for AFT Connecticut members; and
  • The AFT Connecticut Scholarship is for members' spouses or domestic partners or children of members.
  • AFT Porter Scholars Program - Application Deadline: April 14 (updated Feb., 2020)
This program offers four-year, $8,000.00 post-secondary scholarships to students who are dependents of AFT members, as well as one-time $1,000.00 grants to AFT members. A mix of national AFT contributions and voluntary contributions from AFT affiliates, members and allies make the Robert G. Porters scholars program possible.

Anthem As Only Healthcare Choice in 2020

Comptroller Kevin Lembo announced  that Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be the sole administrator of the State employee health plan beginning July 1, 2020.  We do not have any details of how this will impact those who currently utilize UnitedHealthcare plans but we will provide updates as we get them.  This will not impact Medicare Advantage for retirees over age 65; the Medicare Advantage plan will remain under UnitedHealthcare.

Special Election Endorsement

A&R has endorsed Brian Smith for the 48th state house district.  This is a special election to be held on Tuesday January 14th covering parts of the towns of Colchester, Lebanon, Mansfield, and Windham.  This seat was occupied by Linda Orange, who sadly passed away at the end of November.  Her passing required a special election which will be held on 1/14/2020.  The polls will be open from 6AM to 8PM and we encourage anyone covered by the 48th district to support the A&R endorsed candidate.


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