The continuing fallout from the national economic crisis has emboldened anti-worker forces who are playing politics with the lives of workers and endangering the middle class.
So Council 4 is fighting back.
On Jan. 28, 2011, during our legislative conference in Meriden, we unveiled our Campaign for the Middle Class, a multi-faceted program to restore the American Dream for Connecticut's working families.
The Campaign for the Middle Class provides a blueprint for action, starting at the job site and moving out to the communities where our members live and work. The pillars of this campaign:
In his keynote address at our conference, AFSCME International Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders praised our Campaign for the Middle Class, calling it critical to AFSCME's national campaign to repel the attacks that would cut middle-class jobs, depress wages and weaken workers’ rights. Listen to Saunders and Council 4 members talk about the fight for the middle class:
Discussing the current political climate in which elected officials and the right-wing media are vilifying public workers, Saunders observed, "This isn't only an attack on us. It's an attack on the whole middle class...We've got to fight back like never before."