There is indeed strength in numbers. Just ask front-line American Red Cross blood collections workers in Connecticut, who are represented by Local 3145 of Council 4 AFSCME.

Faced with the management’s refusal to remedy unfair labor practices and address workers’ major priorities during contract negotiations, AFSCME Local 397 (District Counc

The cost of college increased tenfold since the 1970s. Meanwhile, the top 1% graduate debt-free and politicians continue to choose corporate tax breaks over funding for higher education.

For two new college students, Vanden Haviland and Bernae Webb - their future looks promising and a little more at ease.  

AFSCME Council 4 members employed in public schools provide a range of support outside of the classroom: school security, food service, college and career planning, student health.

As a new school year starts, we spoke with some of our members who work as school support staff about how they contribute to student success and how the union, in turn, supports them.

Union conventions are staple gatherings for members to build solidarity, take part in democratic governance of their union and become re-energized to continue in growing the labor movement.

This summer, Council 4 members served as delegates for two union conventions held biannually — Connecticut AFL-CIO political convention and AFSCME International convention. 

The months of June and July can be a busy time for collective bargaining agreement  settlements, with many contracts going into effect July 1, the start of the fiscal year.

Members of AFSCME Local 1303-392, representing a group of 45 Litchfield school employees, ratified a two-year contract on June 3, effective July 1, which the Litchfield Board of Education approved at its meeting June 9.

Council 4 AFSCME offers a variety trainings and workshops to our members and recently announced several events scheduled for September through December.

Topics include multi-part trainings for Class 1 and Class 2 stewards, a look at the roles and responsibilities of local officers, workers' comp, duty of fair representation, new member outreach for leaders, tips for running an effective meeting, new laws that public sector employers are required to follow, a review of the Freedom of Information Act and a special estate planning workshop for members and guests with lunch provided.

Frontline essential state workers sacrificed their health and safety throughout COVID-19 to ensure that the critical public services our 3.6 million Connecticut residents rely on remained accessible.

While Connecticut can never fully repay frontline essential workers (private, municipal and state), it can certainly take a step to respect these workers. Pandemic pay is that step.

The union makes its members brothers and sisters, but we also have parents and their kids who are AFSCME members — sometimes working together side by side.

Local 1716 President Orlando Mercado Jr. works alongside his father, Orlando Mercado Sr., in the City of Hartford Public Works garage.

The younger Mercado has been the local president for almost a year and on the job for 10 years. He’s an automotive mechanic, working on police cruisers, the mayor’s car and other city vehicles.