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There’s an old legal maxim that says justice delayed is justice denied.

On our latest Council 4 Unplugged podcast, we discuss the statewide election and worker-focused policy priorities for the next legislative session.

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice president-elect Kamala Harris on Monday brought together business and union leaders, including AFSCME President Lee Saunders, for a virtual meeting to discuss an

The holiday season is upon us. Recognizing that COVID-19 has made this a long a difficult year, our union has organized the following events in the spirit of giving and celebrating family:

Council 4 is once again collecting new, unused and unwrapped toys and gift cards for local families.

Because of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to step up and help those who are struggling and isolated.

We will donate toys and gift cards to the United Labor Agency, which helps Connecticut working families in need. (If you would like to make a monetary contribution, please make your check payable to the United Labor Agency.)

The members of AFSCME Local 1303-007, representing Groton Utilities, are extraordinarily skilled and responsive when it comes to responding to power-destroying storms or answering their customers’ calls help with for electric, water and sewage problems.

After serving 23 years in the military, Correction Officer Robert Beamon’s usual approach to Veteran’s Day is to take it easy. However, this year felt a bit more unique.

“Veteran’s Day is my day,” said Beamon. “The only thing that is different is we have a new leader and one that I can be proud of. I believe Joe Biden is an honorable person.”

With COVID-19 sweeping the nation, engaging our fellow Council 4 union members about the stakes of the 2020 election created an entirely new challenge.

Relying on direct mail, home-based volunteer phone banks, contactless literature drops, e-mails and texts, we reached out to our members about the importance of supporting candidates who support workers. The results were impressive, as 71% of the candidates recommended for endorsement by our Council 4 PEOPLE Committee (and formally approved by our Delegate Assembly) won their races. 

A year ago at this time, East Lyme school paraprofessionals, AFSCME Local 1250, had settled into a new school year and, having voted to join Council 4 in the spring of 2019, were preparing to negotiate their first-ever collective bargaining agreement with the Board of Education 

Nobody foresaw COVID-19, but the pandemic didn’t stop Local 1250 and Council 4 from reaching agreement on a new three-year contract this summer.

Due to the Governor rolling back to Phase 2, Council 4 will have a daily total occupancy limit of 25 people, effective Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. 

In keeping with COVID-19 protocols and our own commitment to safety, we require the following:

Election Day is almost here and COVID-19 has been a game-changer. On this episode, Secretary of State Denise Merrill and Local 2663 member and New Haven Alderperson Jeanette Morrison join us to talk about how they're working to engage voters ahead of Nov. 3.

Click here to listen to Council 4 Unplugged podcast (recorded Oct. 16, 2020).