The fight to protect our pay, pensions and health care -- not to mention our bargaining rights -- took stage center April 12 as nearly 300 union members participated in Council 4's biennial Conference & Convention at the Sheraton in Rocky Hill.
The day-long event was an action- and information-packed call to action, built around an Electronic Town Hall meeting, an analysis of recent polling of Council 4 members and the development of a member-driven plan to build our "Four Pillars of Strength" now and into the future:
AFSCME International Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes served as our keynote speaker. Her remarks were blunt -- radical and deep-pocketed forces are out to dismantle the labor movement and workers' rights, using puppet politicans like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to do their bidding.
"There are those out there who don't share our value of respect and dignity for all workers," Reyes said. "They're not going to stop, and we need to be bigger, we need to be bolder, and we need to be even more determined for the months ahead because we're at war."
After her speech, Secretary-Treasurer Reyes presented special plaques of recognition to retiring Executive Board members Jim LoMonaco of Local 2836 and Tom Stough of Local 991. (John Ondusko of Local 749 also retired, but could not be present to receive his plaque.)
Other convention highlights included finalizing the election and swearing in members of the Council 4 Executive Board. (Scroll down for a complete list.)
Click here for a photo gallery from our conference & convention.
Click here for a special video featuring Council 4 members made for the convention.
Thanks to everyone who made the day possible, including members of the Conference Committee: Thursa Issac (Local 562), Chair; Tom Stough (Local 991), Clarke King (Local 1716) and Council 4 Staff Joe Aresimowicz, Megan Batchelder and Peter Thor.
And special thanks to Stacie Harris-Byrdsong of Local 1303-132, who did a masterful job of serving as a plenary session presenter/facilitator.
Executive Officers (2014-18):
Vice Presidents (2014-16):