HARTFORD, Conn. – Nearly 630 people attended a job fair held in Hartford on September 6 in conjunction with an AFSCME Staff the Front Lines bus stop.

With Council 4 leading the way, paraprofessionals across Connecticut won a huge victory in the ongoing fight for dignity and fair treatment, with the creation of the Paraprofessional Healthca

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When: Wednesday, September 6, 11am-2pm

Where: Hartford Yard Goats Stadium

Did you know there are hundreds of thousands of public service job openings all across the country? That's a lot of jobs! We're talking about positions like clerical, maintainers, custodians, social workers, dispatchers, and many more.

AFSCME members in Hawaii urgently need our help.

Please donate to our union’s Fallen Heroes Fund so we can send help to members affected by the wildfires in Hawaii, particularly those in the island of Maui.

In addition to Council-hosted trainings, the AFSCME Education and Leadership Training Department is launching the AFSCME Labor Lab, which will provide high-quality training and leadership development for AFSCME leaders, stewards and staff, allowing them to enhance their union activism anywhere, at any time.

Waterbury city workers have something more to celebrate. Over 400 blue-collar workers with AFSCME Local 353 won a contract that will provide generous wage increases over four years without major increases in their health care costs – an unprecedented accomplishment they never expected.

The contract which was approved in May, with wage increases retroactive to June 2022, includes a new salary schedule with higher minimum and maximum wage rates, along with an overall average wage increase of 13.6 percent. Other highlights of the contract include:

Two students from AFSCME Council 4 families will head to college this Fall with some help from their union family.

Council 4 awarded Logan German and Emma DeVito as the winners of the 2023 Education Scholarships. Each will receive $2,000 – renewable for up to four years.

As part of its Staff the Front Lines nationwide bus tour, AFSCME will be holding job fairs in cities across the country to recruit people who are interested in good, union jobs working in public service.

States, cities, towns and schools face a staffing crisis. Hiring for public service jobs has failed to keep pace with the private sector. In April, for instance, there were 833,000 job openings in state and local governments, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In response, AFSCME is kicking off a national bus tour this summer to recruit talented, diverse and dedicated people to staff the front lines.