New Britain Local 1186 Supports Mitten Tree and Other Charities

L-R: Michael Thompson; Christopher Montes; Mayor Timothy O’Brien; and Claudia Havelevitch.


New Britain, CT, Dec. 20, 2011 – AFSCME Local 1186, representing New Britain City, Board of Education and Housing Authority employees, has donated $1,500 to area organizations serving citizens in need.

Local 1186 donated $1,000 to the Mitten Tree, a gift and food program administered by the New Britain Youth & Family Services/Youth Service Bureau. In addition, AFSCME Local 1303-332, representing the City Professional Union, contributed $250 to the Mitten Tree.

Mayor Timothy O’Brien praised union members for their contribution to the Mitten Tree. “I applaud AFSCME Local 1186 members and all the New Britain public service workers who have stepped up to the plate this holiday season,” Mayor O’Brien said. “These workers care about their jobs and they care about the community they serve.”

“We are grateful for the generosity of AFSCME Local members,” added Christopher Montes, Administrator for the New Britain Community Services Division. “Their wonderful show of support will help us meet the growing needs of the children and families we serve.”

AFSCME Local 1186 also donated $250 each to the New Britain Food Pantry and to the Council 4 AFSCME Union Toy Drive, which directly benefits the United Labor Agency.

“The Mitten Tree is a wonderful public service offered by the City,” added Local 1186 member Claudia Havelevitch, a city accounting clerk. “We’re proud to support this project, as well as the Food Pantry and the United Labor Agency at a time when more and more families are in need.”

“It’s important for us as union members to give back to the community, both on the job and off, especially in this tough economy,” said Local 1186 President Michael Thompson. “I hope our donations will in some small way bring a smile to people and help them enjoy the holidays.”

AFSCME Local 1186 represents more than 400 New Britain public service workers and is affiliated with the 35,000-member Council 4 AFSCME union. Learn more at