The State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) and the Lamont administration met July 8, 2019 to work on the details of a re-amortization of the state pension fund.  

Seeking the same rights and protections that other employees have gained through unionization, 54 public service workers in Manchester joined the Council 4 union family.

AFSCME is on a roll. We are notching victories coast to coast – at the bargaining table, in the organizing trenches and in state capitals.

Public service comes in different forms, usually on two legs. Sometimes, on four.

Meet Uno, a 95-pound German shepherd and K-9 with the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Uno is much more than a dog or a pet to Marie Cetti, a Bridgeport police officer and K-9 handler. He is like her child, work partner and protector in one.

East Lyme, CT – There are nearly 120 public school paraprofessionals in the East Lyme who touch the lives of students in countless ways and help raise their system to Blue Ribbon levels of achievement.

Recognizing a need for greater respect and a seat at the table when it comes to protecting the quality of their jobs, these unsung heroes of the classroom, who had been without union representation, recently voted by an overwhelming margin to join Council 4.

Recent news reports indicate that the recently passed state budget included $450 million in savings related to state employees. It’s important to reiterate that these reported savings are NOT the result of labor concessions.

The General Assembly adjourned its regular 2019 legislative session June 5, providing Council 4 and the labor movement with an opportunity to reflect on significant accomplishments:

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed into law a historic bill granting 20,000 state workers the right to collectively bargain.

The bill, which he signed Wednesday, is the largest expansion of collective bargaining rights for state workers anywhere in the U.S. in 16 years, and it will position those workers to better fight a rigged economy that favors the wealthy.

Congratulations are in order for the eight winners of the 2019 AFSCME Local 1303 College Scholarships. These scholars are ready to take the next step toward their higher education, aided by a $1,000 award from Local 1303, which represents more than 7,000 municipal and board of education employees across Connecticut.

Editor's Note: The 2019 legislative session adjourned on June 5. Our review is coming soon!

With the legislature drawing closer to its adjournment, Council 4 members made their voice heard in support of workers’ rights at the State Capitol in Hartford.

The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) has reached an interim agreement with the state Executive Branch that makes telecommuting a bargaining right for many state employees.

This is an interim document stemming from the 2017 SEBAC savings and job protection agreement.

It's also further proof that collective bargaining makes a difference when it comes to empowering state workers to get their jobs done.