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Council 4 is on the lookout for members who are dedicated unionists and labor activists always going the extra mile for their union siblings, or are outstanding citizens making a difference in thei

The following is adapted from remarks delivered by President Saunders at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s Martin Luther King Day Breakfast on January 14, 2023.

The General Assembly convened last week for a "long" legislative session that concludes June 7.

Sotonye Otunba-Payne works as a court recording monitor in New Haven Superior Court. She’s the person you see sitting in front of the judge typing every word spoken while court is in session, creating the official record. People anywhere in the world can, and do, request these transcripts, so it’s a responsibility Otunba-Payne always has taken seriously since she started nearly 25 years ago.

AFSCME Council 4 offers a variety trainings and workshops to our members and recently announced several events scheduled for January through June 2023.

December 23, 2022

Yesterday marked the second and final day of the arbitration hearing between SEBAC and the State of Connecticut over the amount of pandemic pay due to frontline essential state employees. 

U.S. Army veterans Robert Beamon and Stan Sudduth forged a bond 20 years ago that remains strong as union members in AFSCME Local 391 (State Corrections).

They have stayed side by side through military deployment to becoming correctional officers to serving as union leaders.

Beamon, Local 391 vice president, and Sudduth, an executive board member, met in the Army in 2000 through the military police in Hartford.

Thanks to efforts by the Biden administration and AFSCME, many public service workers, including AFSCME members, have seen their student loans forgiven under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

Many AFSCME members work in high-stress fields such as public safety, health care, emergency medical services and firefighting. Their jobs have become even more stressful since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many of these workers to put their and their families’ well-being at risk while serving their communities.

But when these everyday heroes face mental health issues as a result of the high-stress environment and duties that expose them to trauma, they are often expected to deal with such challenges on their own.

It’s time to change that.

AFSCME Council 4 Statement on Bristol Fallen Officers

"We’re devastated by the deaths of Bristol police officers Sgt. Dustin Demonte and Ofc. Alex Hamzy who were killed in the line of duty," Jody Barr, AFSCME Council 4 Executive Director said

"This shocking news reminds us all of the commitment police officers make every day to serve and protect their communities despite the imminent dangers they face on the job. 

It might seem like a long way from performing in shows like “42nd Street'' to mentoring students at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.

The way Angela Ruggiero sees it, working as the associate director at the Center for Pre-Professional Programs fills her with a passion and sense of accomplishment similar to what she experienced during her professional career in musical theater.