Union Blog

Nearly 8 months after the attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, it’s important to remember what police officers endured while defending our democracy.

It will take some time and examination to determine exactly how the new laws that the state legislature passed will impact police officers.

Organized labor’s determination to help essential workers who were made sick on the job by COVID-19 has led to the creation of the Connecticut Essential Workers COVID-19 Assistan

We’ve all heard stories and seen movies of the heroic dog protecting their owner at all costs. Dog saves person from a burning building. Dog rescues owner from falling through the ice or down the well. What happens when the roles are reversed and the dog needs rescuing from danger?

Cue to Officer Dan Witts of the Montville Police Department (AFSCME Local 2504). Half of his 5 years with the department have been spent with his K-9 German Shepard, Barrett. He never expected what would happen to him one frightful morning in May.

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to devastate the nation’s physical and fiscal health, U.S. Rep Jahana Hayes (CT-5) took time out to urge Council 4 members to make their voices heard in the fierce political battle to approve massive federal aid for states, cities and towns.

Lanette Kinsella of AFSCME Local 318 is a Motor Vehicle Examiner for the Department of Motor Vehicles in Wethersfield. With more than 13 years on the job, and a desire to advance in state service she is not standing pat when it comes to furthering her education.

Kinsella is among many AFSCME members across the country who took advantage of the AFSCME Free College program to earn an Associate’s Degree in Business Management.

If you are an active member or retiree of AFSCME Council 4, you can take advantage of a no-cost $4,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment benefit.

During Law Enforcement Week, we honor public safety officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. We also recognize the unique role that first responders like AFSCME law enforcement members play during times of crisis.

Congress has passed – and the president on Friday quickly signed – a $484 billion relief bill for small businesses and hospitals hurting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ramp up coronavirus testing. But the measure fails to provide another critical piece of aid – assistance to state and local governments whose ability to provide basic services will collapse absent federal intervention.

Council 4's union office in New Britain is closed to the public unless there is essential business. Our staff is fully available to represent our members during this crisis.
Please click here to read Executive Director Jody Barr's message dated May 21,2020.

Public service comes in different forms, usually on two legs. Sometimes, on four.

Meet Uno, a 95-pound German shepherd and K-9 with the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Uno is much more than a dog or a pet to Marie Cetti, a Bridgeport police officer and K-9 handler. He is like her child, work partner and protector in one.