When you spend some time with James Carey, you realize that public service and AFSCME activism run in his blood.

The news media last week thrust state employees' contractual benefits into the spotlight following Governor Ned Lamont's public remarks at his daily COVD-19 (novel coronavirus) briefing.

Jeanette Morrison of AFSCME Local 2663 (P-2 State Social & Human Services) has always been charismatic and outgoing. Growing up in New Haven while attending Hillhouse High School she captained her cheerleading team and held the title of Miss Hillhouse. She never expected these traits would lead her into a life of public service for her city, but when the opportunity came, she was more than willing to accept it.

AFSCME praised today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that extends protections under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to millions of LGBTQ workers.

In a statement, AFSCME President Lee Saunders said such protections are long overdue and represent an important step in the fight for equality and justice for all workers.

Congressman Joe Courtney from CT’s 2nd District joins us on Council 4 Unplugged to talk about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and congressional efforts to secure a robust federal aid package -- an initiative we're calling "Fund. the Front Lines" -- to support our state, cities and towns. 

Click here for our latest Council 4 Unplugged podcast. 

We’ve all heard stories and seen movies of the heroic dog protecting their owner at all costs. Dog saves person from a burning building. Dog rescues owner from falling through the ice or down the well. What happens when the roles are reversed and the dog needs rescuing from danger?

Cue to Officer Dan Witts of the Montville Police Department (AFSCME Local 2504). Half of his 5 years with the department have been spent with his K-9 German Shepard, Barrett. He never expected what would happen to him one frightful morning in May.

Cynthia Harris-Jackson, President of AFSCME Local 1303-467, knows what it means to transition, especially in terms of career and job scope.

This past decade, she went from working as a corrections officer at Cheshire Correctional Institute to a school nurse. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, these last few months she shifted from a nurse for her school, Conte West Hills Magnet, to a nurse for the entire city of New Haven. Regardless of the career shifts, she has been an AFSCME Council 4 member throughout.

Council 4's union office in New Britain is closed to the public unless there is essential business. Our staff is fully available to represent our members during this crisis.
Please click here to read Executive Director Jody Barr's message dated May 21,2020.

If you are an active member or retiree of AFSCME Council 4, you can take advantage of a no-cost $4,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment benefit.

The COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed some human activities; however, it cannot fully halt criminal ones. On the assumption there will be people breaking the law and arrested for doing so, there must remain mechanisms in place to protect the safety of the public.

One of the people who handles such mechanisms is Lisa Kaye of AFSCME Local 749 (State Judicial & Criminal Justice Employees). Kaye works in Middletown as an intake assessment, referral (IAR) specialist, also known as a bail commissioner, for the past 11 years.