Union Blog

Middletown Police Officer Matt Silvestrini, member of 

On Sept. 20, 2021, Officer James O’Donnell was gravely injured after a suspect intentionally assaulted him with a motor vehicle. 

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.

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.

Council 4 (and our national AFSCME union) offer a wealth of free training and education opportunities, both in-person and online.

In 2020, Council 4 is launching "Saturday Study Hall" trainings at our office in New Britain.  We've scheduled classes on a wide range of subject matter, from grievance handling, social media and CPR/Opioid training to post-retirement planning, union treasurer responsibilities and OSHA certification.  We are also teaming up with the Connecticut AFL-CIO for a special training geared toward union members running for political office.

Here’s a big reason to join a union – a bigger paycheck.New numbers from U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show just how much of a difference a union makes in terms of worker pay.

On Sept. 11, 2001, we as a nation faced a tragedy unique in our history. And we promised each other to never forget — never forget those who lost their lives or those who put their lives on the line to save others.

Less than three months after its inaugural meeting, the legislative Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth last Friday released its recommendations to the General Assembly. Considering the panel's domination by corporate executives, their proposals are unsurprisingly heavily tilted in favor of the ultra-rich. Still, their plan to silence the voices of Connecticut's working men and women are cause for genuine concern — and a call to action.