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On Labor Day 2014, we thank the workers who make Connecticut go and grow.

Seeking a "Connecticut moment" as opposed to a "Wisconsin moment," Council 4 endorses Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman.

A new study finds that pension benefit expenditures supported more than 40,000 jobs and $6.6 billion in economic activity in Connecticut.

Congratulations to the winners of AFSCME Local 1303 college scholarships.

Our members who work in public higher education system share their concerns about the system's future with Gov. Malloy.

Please make sure you are taking the necessary steps to comply with the Health Enhancement Program (HEP).

HEP compliance checks are expected to go out Aug. 8.

Official questionnaires are going out to state employees impacted by the illegal Rowland layoffs of 2003.

Clinton Town Hall Employees have established a permanent Sandy Hook Memorial to honor victims and recognize first responders.

The 3% General Wage Increase (GWI) for state employees goes into effect on July 1, 2014. Members should see this increase with their check on July 24, 2014.

 

AFSCME Local 1579 members support a fund to ensure American flags are flying in downtown Torrington.

Anti-union forces came up short in a Supreme Court ruling, but the judicial assault on workers' rights is far from over.

In Bristol, the pursuit of school cafeteria outsourcing hits a major roadblock in the aftermath of a ruling by the State Board of Labor Relations.

Check out our new website to see how unions create an economy that works fairly for all of us.

Quick thinking by AFSCME Local 1779's Bill Augustine helps save a student from choking.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders galvanizes the Connecticut AFL-CIO's political convention with his call to protect our bargaining rights.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders will address delegates to the Connecticut AFL-CIO political convention June 16-17 in New Haven.

Join the Rock Cats for the 6th Annual Organized Labor Night June 21 in New Britain.

Investing in the fugure and protecting our hard-fought gains are major themes at the NP-3 Adminstrative Clerical Stewards Conference.

Council 4 members take time out to honor state war veterans at our annual picnic in Rocky Hill.

The 11th Connecticut Veterans Memorial Picnic is set for Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the State Veterans Home in Rocky Hill, CT.

AFSCME Local 2663 members at Connecticut Valley Hospital make a difference helping patients grow and sell seasonal flowers, plants and vegetables.

Connecticut union members hear from Wisconsin public service workers who lived through the unprecedented assault on their rights on the job that began in 2011.

A sea of AFSCME green washed over the State Capitol April 23 as Council 4 members took part in our annual lobby day.

Tell your state legislators to help workers achieve a more secure retirement by passing SB 249, An Act Promoting Retirement Savings.

Catch the highlights from our 2014 Conference & Convention, including photos and video.


Across Connecticut, Council 4 members are fighting to protect our pay, pensions and health care, along with the bargaining rights that created a middle class economy.

The Roosevelt Institute's new project, The Future of Work, offers six reasons why unions are essential to broad-based prosperity.

Gov. Malloy recognizes public school paraprofessionals, including members of AFSCME Local 3429.

Local 2836 President Jody Barr urged Congress to increase federal investment in higher education.

There are a number of local and national scholarships available for AFSCME union members and their families. Find out what's available, including:
AFSCME Local 1303 Scholarships
Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship
Dik Days Memorial Scholarships

AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes will be the keynote speaker at Council 4's Conference & Convention April 12 in Rocky Hill. The event is free of charge and open to all Council 4 members.  Register Today

Join us April 5 in Middletown as Wisconsin public workers discuss the attack on their pay, pensions and healthcare.
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"A Tale of Two Wisconsins" flyer

There have been positive developments in the decade-old lawsuit by the state union coalition (SEBAC) against former Gov. John Rowland and his budget director Marc Ryan.

Many state employees have received letters of ‘non-compliance’ from Care Management Solutions, the private vendor handling the Health Enhancement Program (HEP) for the State. Here's what you need to know and do.

The 4-Word is Council 4's bi-monthly newsletter, reaching more than 30,000 members and retirees. Check out our most recent edition.

Council 4 members and retirees are part of a new coalition urging legislators to address the looming retirement security crisis.

Contrary to misinformation spread by politicians and pundits, America’s highest paid "government" workers are not your local teachers, nurses, or sanitation workers.

AFSCME Local 1186, representing New Britain city employees, contributes to a fund to help Officer Brett Morgan recover from injuries sustained on the job.

Council 4's office is closed Feb. 13 due to Storm Easton. Tonight's Executive Board meeting is postponed until Feb. 20.

We can fix Connecticut's looming retirement crisis. Tell your state legislators we need a public plan that provides secure retirement.

Storm Derby is dumping lots of snow on Connecticut, but public service workers are out in force to keep us safe, warm and protected.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro joined with the Connecticut AFL-CIO, Council 4 and other unions to condemn the latest fast trade legislation that in her words, "will hollow out the middle class."

North Stonington Town Hall Employees are pleased to have their first-ever collective bargaining agreement after voting to join Council 4 last year.

For the youngest Americans, it may seem that our annual commemoration of the lof Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has been a longstanding tradition.

Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano urges the Department of Correction's newest graduating class to be engaged both in the workplace and their unions.

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of AFSCME Local 1303, the voice of more than 8,000 municipal workers within Council 4.

Council 4 state bargaining leaders voted Jan. 13 to accept a tentative agreement on the pension breakpoint for Tier 2/2A/3 employees.

Across the state, Council 4 members are working around the clock to keep our roads clear and our communities safe.

WATERBURY — The city has won a big victory in its fight against paying unemployment benefits to a school carpentry foreman fired in 2010 under allegations of misdeeds.

Our union family is saddened by the losses of Joe Bresh (Vice President, Local 3886), Alexis Hoyesen (President, Local 1303-275) and Rosalynd King (Local 1716 and daughter of Council 4 President Clarke King).

State Police Dispatchers represented by Council 4 are concerned that public safety will suffer as a result of consolidation in Eastern Connecticut.

AFSCME Local 1214, representing Charter Oak State College and the CT Distance Learning Consortium, support the Prudence Crandall Center.

Get our Q&A regarding the latest developments in the state employee union lawsuit against former Gov. Rowland.

AFSCME members join the nation in honoring the 20 children and six adult educators slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14, 2012.

The Council 4 Women's Rights Committee brought in Lori Pelletier, head of the state AFL-CIO, to talk economics, politics and worker's rights.

AFSCME Local 1471 helps the Hockanum Valley Community Council feed area residents.

Council 4's Next Wave Committee will host a holiday "Meet & Greet" Dec. 16 in Middletown.

On his first trip to the U.S. after being freed from prison, one of Nelson Mandela's few stops was the 1990 AFSCME International Convention in Miami.

The deadline for state employees to comply with the HEP preventive and chronic requirements has been extended to February 28, 2014.

Our members at Connecticut Valley Hospital are proud of a unique greenhouse program that benefits patients and the community through the sale of seasonal plants.

The calendar year is coming to a close. Use this section to check your HEP compliance status or to report any issues you may be having.


The stakes are personal for Local 1303-007's Vernon Page and other Council 4 members supporting locked out hospital workers in New London.

Council 4 AFSCME wishes all our members, families and friends a Happy (and Union-Made) Thanksgiving. And on Nov. 29, don't forget to support area workers fighting for respect on the job.

Help us make the holiday season more joyous by donating to our toy drive to support the United Labor Agency and Toys for Tots. Read more >>>


The potential bankruptcy in Detroit is not solely a Detroit crisis; it is an American crisis. Watch the AFSCME video and sign our online petition.

AFSCME Local 2267 members rally against the Bristol Board of Education's mindless attempt to outsource school cafeteria operations.

Candidates who stand with unions and the middle class prevailed in Connecticut and throughout the nation in the Nov. 5 election.


AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined Gov. Malloy to recognize state workers who are helping military veterans find public safety jobs.

Our members in Bristol and West Haven are engaging community support as they show why it's "unwise to privatize."

AFSCME Local 1183 members team up with Town Councilors and candidates in a Go-Kart Soccer event to support The Wallingford Wishing Well.

Recent media reports have created some confusion about the impact of the newly created Hybrid Plan – and particularly of employees who exercise their right to move from the ARP to the Hybrid Plan – on the finances of the State Colleges and Universities and the State. Please see the statement from SEBAC about this matter.

AFSCME Next Wave members from Connecticut and Rhode Island met to talk strategy and help fight back against corporate and right-wing attacks.

Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi lays bare the sordid system by which politicians looted public pensions, then blamed the retirees for underfunding.

Newington town and board of education employees stick together and secure a new four-year agreement.

Bridgeport wastewater treatment workers are mobilizing against their employer's indifference to their livelihoods. Join the Oct. 7 Rally.

The 2nd Annual Next Wave Regional Conference, sponsored by Council 4 and Council 94 (Rhode Island), is coming Sept. 28-29 to Mystic, CT.

Learn more about AFSCME Local 269 members who are working hard to put Connecticut residents back to work.

We mourn the passing of Don Denke of Local 1303-385 (Town of Westport) and Jeanette Robinson of Local 1716 (City of Hartford).


Council 4 members Stacie Harris-Byrdsong and Claudine Wilkins-Chambers were among the thousands who participated in the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The Connecticut State Employees' Campaign for Charitable Giving enables state employees to contribute to hundreds of worthwhile charities like the United Labor Agency.

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington Aug. 28 in Hartford.

State Correctional Officer Millie Brown of Local 387 joined hundreds of AFSCME Next Wave activists in Detroit to protest the governor's anti-worker agenda.

Former AFSCME Local 3144 member Toni Harp welcomes our union's endorsement in her bid to serve as New Haven's next Mayor.

The State of Connecticut announced a Special Open Enrollment period between July 9, 2013 and September 13, 2013 to give employees the opportunity to enroll a same-sex spouse for health benefit coverage.

Learn how you can run for your local town council or board of education.

A nationwide day of protests shines the spotlight on a stealth benefit cut to Social Security known as the chained CPI.

The AFL-CIO Summer School is set for July 15-16, 2013 at Central CT State University in New Britain.

What better way to spend July 4 than barbecuing and hosting a cookout that’s actually Made in America? Find out how you can celebrate our nation's birthday with products that have the union label.

On July 2, citizens will form a human chain in New Haven to protest proposed cuts to Social Security called the chained CPI.

Congratulations to the student winners of the 2013 AFSCME Local 1303 Scholarship Contest and their dedicated parents.

With General Wage Increases due this summer, new pay scales are available for our state employee bargaining unit members.

Tell Attorney General George Jepsen: Don't appeal the court ruling on Rowland's illegal layoffs.

The deadline to retain the Grandfathered Normal Retirement Date for SERS Tier II, IIA, or  Hybrid Plan participants has been moved back to Sept. 1, 2013.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Comptroller Kevin Lembo announce a $1.68 billion reduction in retiree health care liabilities.

In a victory for workers' rights, a federal appeals court rules former Gov. Rowland acted illegally when he laid off 2,800 public service workers in 2003.

A crowd of nearly 300 thronged in Stamford to remind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker that his anti-worker ways are not welcome here.

Here's how you can help the victims of the tornado that slammed Moore, OK and claimed 24 lives.


AFSCME President Lee Saunders energizes state clerical bargaining unit members during their annual steward training.


Congressman Jim Himes joins tenants and workers at the Bridgeport Housing Authority to decry buget cuts to to public housing.

Some 300 Council 4 members deluged the State Capitol May 8 to urge legislators to stand up for working families.

AFSCME Local 1303-278 members in Old Saybrook helped 'Green Up' their town.

Our members will meet at the State Capitol to urge legislators to advocate for the middle class.

Our union is fighting to expand retirement security for all workers as part of our platform to rebuild the middle class.

Meriden school crossing guards mobilize against budget cuts that would slash their positions and endanger the kids they protect.

Council 4 took time out to remember workers who died or were injured on the job during our annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony.

The head of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance brought a special message of union solidarity to the Council 4 conference.

Our thoughts and prayers go to those who lost family members and those struggling with injuries suffered in the Boston Marathon bombing.


New Haven Public Library workers and patrons make their voices heard on National Library Workers Day.

Spring is finally here, but let's not forget the amazing work performed by public works employees during the tough Connecticut winter.

East Windsor emergency communication dispatchers join Council 4 and bargain a solid new contract.

The issue of wealth inequality across the United States is well known, but this video dramatically demonstrates the extent of that imbalance.

Salisbury Town Hall employees are among the newest members of the Council 4 union family.

On March 22, Council 4's Next Wave Committee will screen the classic movie Norma Rae. Our guest speaker is State Sen. and Labor Commitee Co-Chair Cathy Osten.

AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes and New York Taxi Workers Alliance Executive Director Bhairavi Desai will headline our annual Conference.

State legislators created a special fund to help cover the mental health costs of first responders, educators and other workers traumatized by the Newtown school massacre.

Learn about the process to report non-payment of the HEP chronic care bonus and other HEP-related news.

Seeking a stronger voice on the job, school secretaries employed by the Berlin Board of Education vote to join our Council 4 union.

Our State Corrections Bargaining Unit members joined a rally against private nursing home for inmates slated to open in Rocky Hill.

Protecting the working middle class was the theme at the AFSCME Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. Catch us on AFSCME TV.

Local 269 members participated in a day-long union steward training to help them mobilize on the job and in their communities.

Why not give your valentine some union-made sweets this Feb. 14? It turns out, there are many union-made treats you can give out on Valentine's Day.

Public service workers are laboring around the clock to help state residents cope with a record snowfall that lashed Connecticut over the weekend.

Council 4 will be closed Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 due to the blizzard. Thanks to all our members who will be working non-stop to keep us safe and warm.

Find out how you can have a union-made Super Bowl party on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Local 1303-028 members Mark Hilton and Tim Cronin are recognized for their role in averting a potentially destructive fire.

AFSCME Local 2836 members at Eastern Connecticut State University donate to the Windham Region No-Freeze Hospitality Center.

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday holds special importance for AFSCME members like Local 3429's Claudine Wilkins-Chambers.

Salisbury town hall employees vote to join the Council 4 union family.

We lost a valued friend and fighter with the passing of former AFSCME Local 387 President and Council 4 Staff Representative Thomas Pekrul.
 

Bring in the new year using a Made in America, union-made New Year's Eve shopping list from Labor 411.

Call your member of Congress now and tell them to stand up for middle class families.

Council 4 union members across the state are reaching out to support their local communities.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the massacre of innocent children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Sign our online card.

Find that perfect gift this holiday season using our Made in America, union-made gift guide. 

Call your members of Congress today and urge them to protect the middle class.

We are saddened by the sudden passing of Timothy Golden of AFSCME Local 1303-166 (East Windsor Public Works).

State P-2 members from AFSCME Local 2663 are helping the CT Food Bank serve people in need.

Corporate fat cats calling for cuts to worker retirement programs are sitting on massive retirement funds of their own.

Tell Congress to protect our future by opposing cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits and making sure the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share.

Walmart workers around the country are prepared to strike on Black Friday, November 23.
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Join the Council 4 Women's Committee for a viewing of A Crushing Love, a documentary honoring Latina activists.

This Thanksgiving, you can show solidarity when choosing the goods that garnish your table. Read more >>>

Nov. 11 is the day we officially honor our nation's veterans, the day when the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council reminds us to say, "Welcome home and thank you."

Council 4 and AFSCME-endorsed candidates swept to victory in the Nov. 6 election, overcoming millions of dollars in outside money from anti-union forces.
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Read Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano's editorial in today's Journal Inquirer newspaper.

Election Day is Nov. 6. Raise your voice and cast your vote for candidates who support unions and the middle class.

Hurricane Sandy will hit our state Monday with violent winds up and tidal surges along the shoreline.

Local 714 member Dwight "DJ" Frederick tells why he is volunteering to canvass the homes of union members heading into election day. Read more >>>

AFSCME Local 466 members in Middletown ratify a settlement with the City and the Board of Education that brings labor peace. Read more >>>

AFSCME Local 2930 members in Newington support striking HealthBridge workers.

Clinton Town Employees, AFSCME Local 1303-199, are doing their part to help townspeople in need.

Council 4 and the Connecticut labor movement mourn the loss of our former political coordinator Dennis O'Neil, who died Oct. 12. Read more >>>

Council 4 Legislative and Political Coordinator remembers his colleague Dennis O'Neil: Read more >>>

South Windsor town employees, AFSCME Local 1303-28, are helping spread the word about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

New data from the Pew Center on the States shows unions boost economic mobility. Read more >>>

Norwich school secretaries ratify a new contract that includes economic and other gains. Read more >>>

The Ledyard Board of Education recognizes AFSCME Local 1303-108 members for their hard work and commitment. Read more >>>

Branford town hall employees and supervisors are the newest members of Council 4. Read more >>>

A new report shows the decline in unionization tracks with a decline in the share of income going to the middle class. Read more >>>


America needs good jobs and shared prosperity, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told delegates at the Democratic National Convention.

Esther Rozum of AFSCME Local 818 retires after an incredible 47 years of service to the Town of Seymour. Read more >>>

Unions are central to a middle class economic revival, Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano reflects in a new op-ed. Read more >>>

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy named AFT Connecticut union leader Sharon Palmer to serve as Connecticut's new Labor Commissioner. Read more >>>

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson writes that Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate confirms his contempt for working people and public services.

Front-line blood collection workers at the Red Cross are standing up to the company's heavy-handed acts of retaliation and discipline. Read more >>>

Happy 77th birthday, Social Security. As we celebrate Social Security's anniversary, let’s remember it has never missed a check.

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Our state higher education bargaining unit members can access an updated Q&A on the Hybrid Retirement Plan.

School paraprofessionals in Connecticut achieved long overdue rights under the Family Medical Leave Act. Read more >>>

Columnist Harold Meyerson says journalists have it wrong when reporting municipal union contracts as the reason for municipal bankruptcies.
 

AFSCME President Lee Saunders speaks with National Public Radio about the threats to public service employees and how we're responding.

Find out which candidates for political office have received our endorsement, and how you can help those who are running in the Aug. 14 primary. Read more >>>

Watch the new video spoof calling out "The Boehner Bunch" and tell Congress to get to work on fixing the economy.

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 AFSCME Local 1303 College Scholarships.

Unions are vital to the preservation of the American Dream, writes state employee and Local 562 member Patrick Kilby in a Journal Inquirer editorial.

Check out the AFL-CIO's Made in America blog series and celebrate the contributions of U.S. workers to our economy. Read more >>>

Connecticut AFSCME unions praise the Supreme Court's historic ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

Local 538 President Dawn Tyson helps galvanize AFSCME members at our union's 40th International Convention in Los Angeles.

Our commitment to the labor relations process resulted in the settlement of several D-SNAP fraud allegation cases involving our members.


Our members have begun mobilizing for the 2012 election campaign, starting with a special kick-off at Council 4. Read more >>>

Nearly 5,000 AFSCME delegates will convene in Los Angeles June 18-22 for our national union's 40th Convention. Read more >>>

Check out the story and photos from our annual CT Veterans Picnic. Read more >>>

Waterbury public service workers support an exciting playground renovation project in their city. Read more >>>

New Britain union members and residents are joining to stop cuts to vital public services.

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Our NP-3 union's steward training inspired state clerical members. Read more >>>

The 9th Connecticut Veterans Memorial Picnic is set for Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the State Veterans Home in Rocky Hill, CT. Read more >>>

The 2012 state legislative session concluded May 9 with some key accomplishments for our union members and other workers. Read more >>>

Council 4 members contributed to the fight against breast cancer by taking part in the CT Race in the Park in New Britain. Read more >>>

A year after joining Council 4, West Haven library workers have their first collective bargaining agreement in place. Read more >>>

Ask your State Senator to support legislation that would establish a task force to study creating a voluntary pension system for employees.

Council 4 members and staff honored the memory of Local 1026 member Nick Yetishefsky and all workers who have died and suffered on the job. Read more >>>

Nearly 200 members convened in East Hartford April 21 to help Council 4 chart its course, including the election of a new Executive Board. Read more >>>

Norwich public service workers are officially part of the Council 4 family after choosing our union in a representation election.

City workers in Bristol are standing up for quality public services as they take on ill-considered attempts to privatize operations.

State higher education employees considering switching from the Alternate Retirement Plan (ARP) to the SERS Hybrid Plan should read our new expanded "Q and A."

The cost for state employee and retiree health insurance will remain flat in 2013, according to Comptroller Kevin Lembo, setting a positive trend as more municipalities explore joining the state pool.

Tell your representative in Congress to vote No on the GOP budget plan introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Learn more about our union's push to rebuild the middle class by expanding retirement security for all workers. Read more >>>

Council 4's Annual Conference is Saturday, April 21 in East Hartford. We've got a great day planned, so be sure to check out the agenda online.

Council 4 is a proud supporter of the 5th annual New London Irish Parade on Saturday, March 17, 2012 in downtown New London.

Norwalk elected officials join members of AFSCME Local 2405 as they rally against efforts to privatize public trash collection.

A panel of experts warns against efforts to diminish retirement security for working, middle class Americans.

Visit the new site created by the AFL-CIO to celebrate the work we all do.

Council 4 mourns the passing of two former staff representatives who served our union, Jeff Moore and Joel Schweidel.

AFSCME Local 391, representing state correctional employees, is supporting a unique campaign by Simsbury students to honor Dr. Martin Luther King.

Growing income inequality is a threat to improving our fragile economy and reviving the middle class.

Find out what happened during the 2012 legislative session that adjourned May 9.

Council 4 welcomes Governor Malloy's proposal to stabilize the state pension fund.

More than 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the American Dream "a dream yet unfulfilled." Our AFSCME union says it's time to pull together to find real solutions to our nation's problems.

AFSCME Local 1303-266, representing non-certified school employees (paraprofessionals, secretaries, custodians and IT) in the Region 1 school district has donated $500 to each of the social services agencies in the towns of Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury and Sharon.

School cafeteria workers in the town of Burlington are standing up for the quality of their jobs by voting to join the Council 4 union family.

AFSCME Local 287, representing New Haven school custodians and maintenance workers, is brightening the holidays for students with the presentation of special gift cards paid for by union members.

AFSCME Local 1214 members who work for Charter Oak State College in New Britain and the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium in Newington channeled the holiday giving spirit directly into the education of young people.

Across Connecticut, our members and their unions are supporting the communities where they work.

The Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations ruled in Council 4’s favor when it dismissed the effort of a Massachusetts-based business seeking to represent our NP-4 Corrections Bargaining Unit.

Council 4 mourns the loss of our friend and colleague Rich Sivel, who died suddenly Dec. 18.
 

Our members who work as state public safety dispatchers are questioning the wisdom of a proposal to consolidate operations and its impact on public safety.

Our members who work for the Southington Department of Public Works held a successful food drive to restock the town's food pantry.

Join us December 6 in New Haven for the "We are the 99%" rally and march. And sign our "9 Demands of the 99%" to get our country back to work and back on track.

Our members in AFSCME Local 3145, representing Red Cross blood collection workers, ratified a new collective bargaining agreement after working nearly three years without a contract.

Newt Gingrich wants to fire union workers and hire kids to clean schools. Take action and tell Gingrich his "idea" is outrageous.
 

Council 4 union members are helping to ease Connecticut's growing "food insecurity" problem with holiday contributions to area food banks.
 

AFSCME Local 3145, representing blood collection workers at the American Red Cross, has reached tentative agreement on a new contract.

Council 4 and Local 2663 successfully fight to get 37 laid off social workers rapidly re-employed after they were let go by the top-heavy Department of Children and Families.

Red Cross blood collection workers from AFSCME Local 3145 are on strike. Learn more about their struggle and how you can help. 

We are saddened by the loss of Nicholas Yetishefsky, a member of Council 4 Local 1026 (Metropolitan District Commission), who died suddenly Oct. 17, 2011.

Council 4's popular Night at the Movies returns Oct. 27 at 7:00 p.m. with "North Country," based on the true story of women coal miners who fought sexual harrassment.

Council 4 members journeyed to Washington, DC, where they dedicated the Martin Luther King National Memorial and marched for jobs.
 

AFSCME Local 1186 President Jim Amato says his city of New Britain and all of Connecticut would benefit from President Obama's American Jobs Act.

AFSCME Local 2663 members are calling on Gov. Malloy to rescind the layoffs of 37 DCF employees.  Take action to support our workers.

Hamden School Cafeteria workers, Local 1303-275 of Council4, unanimously ratify a four-year collective bargaining agreement.

Council 4 members and retirees mourn the passing of former Executive Director Dominic Badolato, who successfully fought for the rights of working people.
 

Our NP-4 Corrections Bargaining Unit leaders say inmate overcrowding in Connecticut's prison is a threat to public safety.

AFSCME Corrections United recognized Local 391's Michael Whitehead as its national correctional officer of the year.

Local 2663's Jeanette Morrison and 13 other union-backed candidates swept to a stunning victory in the New Haven alderman primary.

Three Connecticut police officers from AFSCME Local Unions were among the many public service workers who answered the call on 9/11. Watch their story in a new video.

DCF Commissioner Katz is choosing to lay off 37 union members who were not permanent on July 1, 2011. Click here to contact Commissioner Katz and ask her to keep all front line staff working.

New Haven Dispatcher and Local 884 member David Mancini helps save a four-year-old boy from drowning.

AFSCME Local 1522 members who work for the City of Bridgeport and the Board of Education have ratified a new contract that protects public services and provides savings.

Read Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano's response to the latest effort to distort the facts about the state employee health plan and SustiNet legislation.

Council 4 members are trying to stop layoffs and legislative efforts to weaken collective bargaining rights and prevent layoffs.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 AFSCME Local 1303 Scholarships, awarded annually to college-bound children of our AFSCME Local 1303 Municipal Chapter.

Council 4 would like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Peter Beyer of Local 1303-94, Litchfield Public Works. Peter died suddenly June 16, a week before his retirement.

Our members who work at the Mid-CT trash-to-energy plant in Hartford are fighting CRRA's effort to privatize the facility and lay off 71 workers.

Join Council 4 for Organized Labor Recognition Night at the New Britain Rock Cats on June 25. We've got free tickets for Council 4 members.

Hundreds of Council 4 members and retirees descended on the State Capitol in Hartford May 18 to stand up for the middle class during our annual Lobby Day.

West Haven Public Library workers stand up for their services by voting unanimously to join the Council 4 union family.

The unions representing front-line state prison employees are questioning the wisdom of shutting down prisons and releasing inmates.

Council 4 members issued a call to Rebuild the American Dream during the May 1 "Enough is Enough!" rally at Bushnell Park in Hartford.

The 1,300 sanitation workers who participated in the historic 1968 strike in Memphis, Tennessee -- members of AFSCME Local 1733 -- were enshrined into the U.S. Department of Labor's "Labor Hall of Fame" on April 29, 2011.

Council 4 will honor the memory of AFSCME Local 1026 member Nick Yetishefsky at our Workers Memorial Day ceremony April 27. Read more >>>

Check out some recent profiles of our members, including MSNBC's feature on Ken Gilbertie, a Town of Westport dispatcher and vice president of AFSCME of Local 1303-387.

Our AFSCME Local 3145 members who work on the front lines of blood collection for the American Red Cross marked the second anniversary of working without a contract.


Council 4 members are among the thousands who crowd New Haven's streets to remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

March 25 marks the 100-year anniversary of the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist fire in which 146 young, mostly immigrant women, were killed and comes at a key moment for our nation.

Be a part of something special when workers, the unemployed, the faith community, students and many more join together for the We Are One March and Rally on March 30 at 5:30 p.m. in downtown New Haven.

AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders and the Rev. Al Sharpton rally the New Haven community in support of public service workers.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has signed a bill to strip away collective bargaining rights from most of the state’s 175,000 public service workers, including 60,000 AFSCME members.

In the latest assault on workers' rights and the middle class, Wisconsin Senate Republicans rigged a vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to eliminate public employee collective bargaining from the budget bill.

Join national civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton and AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders for a rally to support New Haven public service workers on March 14, 2011 at United Methodist Church in New Haven.
Take action: Sign our petition to Mayor DeStefano

Be a part of Council 4's annual conference, which is coming April 1-3, 2011 in Groton, CT.

Hundreds of people thronged to the State Capitol Feb. 23 for our solidarity rally in support of Wisconsin workers fighting Gov. Scott Walker's attack on the middle class.

Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the State Capitol in Hartford, CT as we rally in solidarity with Wisconsin workers and our Campaign for the Middle Class.

Our members who work in state juvenile detention centers are calling for improved staffing and safety at their facilities.

Our members who work at the Metropolitan District are fighting to stop CRRA from privatizing the the Mid-CT waste-to-energy plant.

Learn about our effort to rebuild the pillars of Connecticut's middle and working class economy.

We will roll out our "Campaign for the Middle Class" at our Legislative Conference on January 28.

Newington public works employee Joe Cirigliano of Local 2930 exemplifies the spirt of public service workers responding to a run of winter storms.

MSNBC's Ed Shultz interviews filmmaker Robert Greenwald about the attacks on public service workers.

The Connecticut Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) delivered some holiday cheer to striking SEIU 1199 members in the form of Stop & Shop Gift Cards.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a strong connection with the labor movement and that connection lives on today as we remember the man and his dream.

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explains the right-wing plan to pit working people against one another.

Council 4 is calling on Gov. Malloy and state legislators to create good jobs, grow the middle class and value the role of public services.

Council 4 members are reaching out during the holiday season to remember those who need a helping hand.

Less than a year after voting to form a union, Burlington Town Hall and Library Employees ratify a first contract that protects services.

AFSCME Local 1214 members step up to help two area non-profits, the Friendship Service Center and Newington Food Bank, serve people in need.

Local 2193 of Council 4, representing the New Haven County Marshals Association, donated $1,000 to help a local man with Lou Gehrig’s disease re-equip his special needs van, which was stolen and later found partially stripped of the special equipment.

Members of AFSCME Local 2663 ushered in the holiday season by supporting the Connecticut Food Bank in a time of need for our residents.

Tuesday Dec. 7 is a day of online solidarity with America's long-term jobless workers. Take action and let jobless workers know you’re on their side.

Rebuilding Connecticut's economy won't be easy, but state public service workers hope to partner with the incoming Malloy administration.

While nearly 27 million U.S. workers are either jobless or in need of full-time work, America’s corporations are sitting on record profits that could be used to put people back on the job.

The Connecticut Alliance for Retired Americans honored Council 4's Lois O'Connor at the organization's annual awards banquet Nov. 15.

Our members who clean and maintain Hartford's public schools say a shortage of staff and supplies undermines cleanliness in the classrooms.

Council 4 members mobilized to elect candidates who will respect workers and support public services. Now it's time to hold them accountable.

Hundreds of New Haven public service workers marched on City Hall to air their concerns over Mayor John DeStefano's effort to slash services and jobs.

An arbitrator's ruling allows Alternate Retirement Plan (ARP) participants within some of our higher education bargaining units to transfer from the ARP to the State Employees Retirement System (SERS). The deadline for such a transfer has been extended to May 31, 2011.

Join New Haven public services workers for a march and demonstration in front of City Hall that coincides with Mayor John DeStefano's "Mayor's Night In."

Leaders of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) criticized Gov. Rell's proposals for reducing unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities, describing her proposals as political grandstanding.

Wall Street greed and double-dealing sparked much of the nation’s recent near-financial collapse, yet many in the chattering classes instead are attacking public employees for this rolling recession.

Members of Local 1522 cheered as the Bridgeport Board of Education voted to accept $9 million in new stimulus money, preventing the elimination of vital math and library services to the students.

We are saddened by the death of of Robert Upson, who helped organize our NP-4 Corrections Bargaining Unit and then served our members for 26 years as a Council 4 representative.

AFSCME members just won a huge victory in Congress that will save tens of thousands of our jobs and the public services we provide.

The Connecticut labor movement lost a great leader and friend with the sudden passing of UFCW Local 371 President Brian Petronella, seen here walking the picket with AFSCME Local 3145 members during their recent strike.

The Teamsters union and the Cirigliano family of Newington have established funds to honor the memory of workers who died in the tragic shooting at Hartford Distributors. 

Delegates to AFSCME's 39th International Convention pay tribute to former Secretary-Treasurer William Lucy, a giant of the labor and civil rights movements.

Our members in New Haven are fighting the DeStefano administration's efforts to destroy good jobs in the community.

Members of AFSCME Local 1378 sponsored a successful book drive to boost summer reading and literacy program in New London.

Our union members ushered in the Memorial Day 2010 weekend May 29 with Council 4's annual Veterans Picnic at the Connecticut Veterans Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill.

State correctional officers applaud lawmakers for passing a bill that regulates inmate access to staff personnel records under FOIA statutes.

The state's controversial rest stop deal with the Carlyle Group is the Rell administration's latest failure to implement contracting standards created by law.

Congratulations to Laura Johnson, who has been awarded an AFSCME Family Scholarship. Laura is the daughter of Maria Johnson of Local 2267.

Biologist Becky McClain, who blew the whistle on Pfizer Inc. for exposing workers to a dangerous virus, headlined Council 4's annual Worker Memorial Day on April 28.

Letters to the Editor
Westport News

I am proud to work for the town of Westport. My colleagues and I take great pride in our work. We believe that our efforts help make Westport an attractive place to live and work. However, we feel it is grossly unfair for members of the Board of Finance to treat Westport's public service workers as scapegoats rather than assets.

Council 4's annual Workers  Memorial Day remembrance will feature Becky McClain, who took on pharmaceutical giant Pfizer for exposing its workers to dangerous viruses and other biohazards.

Thanks to his perseverance and a strong union, AFSCME Local 681's Tyrone Douglas is back at work for the City of  West Haven.

Our members at the Hamden Public Library say National Library Week is a good time to remember the important role libraries play in our communities.

Griswold residents apokw out at a public meeting and successfully turned back efforts to slash services provided by the members of our town hall bargaining unit.

Union members in Middletown, including AFSCME Local 466, have partnered to create the Kleen Energy Family Fundraiser on April 17, with all proceeds to benefit the families of the workers who lost their lives in the tragic blast. 

The 7th annual Council 4 Picnic for Veterans takes place Saturday, May 29, 2010 at the State Veterans Home in Rocky Hill, CT.

Wall Street has treated Main Street as a giant ATM—gambling with the economy and coming back with their hands out for help. People are fighting back.

Council 4 members help achieve passage of the U.S. Senate bill that that provides $26 billion for public services and jobs.

Congratulations to AFSCME Local 681's Earl Predom who just celebrated his 50th year on the job as a West Haven city employee.

Council 4 and the AFL-CIO joined with legislators to call for new federal investments in public services and to release a report showing how Connecticut would benefit.

Our hearts go out to the workers and families affected by the fatal explosion at the Kleen Energy Plant in Middletown.

Our members who work for the Stamford Housing Authority are fighting layoffs and service cuts. And the residents stand behind them.

Employees of the Manchester Housing Authority said "Union, Yes!" when they voted to join Council 4.

Council 4 members like those from AFSCME Local 184 (Metropolitan District Commission) are mobilizing to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

A recent state labor board decision supports our members who work for the Derby Department of Public Works.

Local 3145 and Council 4 are fighting efforts by the American Red Cross that would weaken the workforce and put donor and blood safety at risk.

Paraprofessionals and security officers at Woodstock Academy voted unanimously to join Council 4.

Members of AFSCME Local 2267 (Bristol Board of Education) get in the holiday spirit with a huge donation of toys to area children in need.

Our union members in the Vernon Department of Public Workers excelled in statewide and regional snow plow safety competitions.

Enough is enough! Please join us for a rally to protest Gov. Rell's latest proposed ervice cuts on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 at 11 a.m. outside the State Capitol.

Our members who work in state prisons say the governor's proposal to close Webster Correctional Institution in Cheshire is a public safety risk.

ENFIELD — Correctional employees are organizing a raffle next month to benefit one of their brethren, a former correctional officer who was stricken with brain cancer earlier this year.

Members of AFSCME Local 749 are organizing efforts to keep open the Norwalk Courthouse that Governor Rell wants to close.

On the heels of a national report questioning the Red Cross's commitment to donor safety, the Connecticut Blood Services Region lays off 19 front-line blood collection workers.

Check out the inimitable Stephen Colbert and his satiric take on a prison privatization proposal in Arizona. It's called "The Green Mile," and it sends a strong message about the absurdity of privatizing public services.

Twelve members of the Major League Baseball Players Association, including the Yankees' Mark Teixeira, have come forward to say that they want the union representation that they have to be more easily available to other workers, through the Employee Free Choice Act.

In a letter to the Hartford Courant, Local 2663 Paul Lavallee says it's high time the governor and her staff listened to front-line workers about the need for a state-run juvenile detention center for girls.

Hartford school custodial and maintenance workers say staff shortages and a lack of cleaning supplies compromise the health of students and staff.

Council 4 Local 2663 members at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School have provided desperately needed sandals for Haitian school children.

Calling for real health care reform with a public option, Council 4 members join AFSCME nurses in the "House Calls for Health Care" program.

A new report raises concerns about donor safety and the security of the nation’s blood supply at the American Red Cross, the country’s largest supplier of blood and blood products.

Local 818 member Theresa Foss, who served as Plainfield's Animal Control Officer, died Oct. 8.  The Council 4 union family extends its sympathy to Theresa’s family and friends.

Council 4 Staff Representative Nick D'Andrea retired Oct. 1 after a 40-year career in the Connecticut labor movement, including the last 25 at our union. Nick is seen here with legendary farmworkers union president Cesar Chavez at a 1973 rally in Waterbury.

Members from our five bargaining units in Vernon are making sure they voice is heard in defense of the services they provide to residents and businesses.

On CNBC, AFSCME's Richard Ferlauto discusses the need for performance-based and reasonable pay for CEOs.

Council 4 union and health care activists protested at Aetna's headquarters in Hartford. Our message: We're sick of Big Insurance trying to scuttle reform.

President Barack Obama had a strong, inspiring message for delegates to the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention in Pittsburgh: We’re going to make this country work again. Catch the video here.

Today young workers are less likely to have health care or economic security than they were 10 years ago, and one-third live in their parents’ home, according to a new national survey released by the AFL-CIO.

There were no shout-downs or death panel hysterics as the Council 4 Retirees held their own town hall-style meeting with Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5th).

Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 7, 2009. Here’s a fun fact for the Labor Day holiday weekend: America was started in a union hall. Read Journal Inquirer labor columnist Leo Canty's reflection on the significance of this holiday.

Our members from AFSCME Local 3145 recently rallied to protest the anti-worker, anti-donor practices of the American Red Cross-CT Blood Services Region. Our blood collection workers say the company is putting profits ahead of safety.

With a strong push by members of Council 4's NP-4 Corrections Bargaining Unit, the state legislature overrides Gov. Rell's veto of a prison safety bill.

Members of AFSCME Local 1303-028 (South Windsor Department of Public Works) are among the many public service workers we represent who are fighting to protect servics in our cities and towns.

Connecticut citizens gathered at the State Capitol July 7 to urge Gov. Rell to sign into law two landmark health care bills, the Connecticut Health Care Partnership and Sustinet.

AFSCME Local 1303 has awarded eight college scholarships to the children of local union members. "It's a way of giving back and investing in our future," says Chapter President Edward Zimnoch.

Members of Council 4 AFSCME Local 1303-026, representing Southington town employees, donated $500 to the campaign to build a playscape on the site of the new South End Elementary School.

Connecticut is on the brink of major health care reform if Governor Rell signs two pieces of landmark legislation: Sustinet and the Connecticut Health Care Partnership.  Please call Governor Rell at 800-406-1527 and urge her to sign the CT Healthcare Partnership and SustiNet bills!

Council 4 members joined with state legislators to protest Gov. Rell's proposal to close the New Britain branch of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Residents of the CT Veterans Home in Rocky Hill christened a newly renovated baseball field made possible by the annual Council 4 Veterans Picnic.

Nearly 200 active and retired Council 4 members made their voices heard loud and clear at the State Capitol May 27 during our union's annual Lobby Day.

SEBAC Unions Hit The Airwaves With New TV Ad, "A Simple Problem"

The unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) are back up on the air with another message to the Governor and lawmakers that they need to act. Otherwise, we could face the same economic crisis again in two years.

Visit InThisTogetherCT.org to learn more about the campaign for a fair budget and a livable state with great public services.

"2009 has been a year of firsts for me. I witnessed the inauguration of our first African-American President and I attended the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) convention in my first term as a newly elected member of CBTU’s International Executive Council."   These are the reflections of Council 4 Field Representative Kathy Jackson after returning from the recent CBTU Convention in Atlanta.

Learn more about how our members from AFSCME Local 3145 are standing up against the anti-worker, anti-donor practices of the American Red Cross.

Our members from Local 3145 at the American Red Cross-Connecticut Services Region are standing up for blood safety and their own livelihoods as they attempt to negotiate a new contract with their employer.

Marsha Tulloch of Council 4 Local 269 speaks at the Better Choices for CT Rally. "Good services and fair taxes are the only choice for Connecticut," Tulloch told a cheering crowd outside the State Capitol.

Grass roots action paid off for state correctional employees represented by Council 4 as the NP-4 Corrections arbitration award became an enforceable contract on Feb. 13, 2009.

Although our state workers' cost-savings agreement provides two years of job security while saving more than $700 million for taxpayers, services the public needs more than ever are still at risk.

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