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AFSCME Local 1303, representing 7,500 municipal employees across the state, announced the winners of the 2018 College Scholarships, awarded annually to the children of union members pursuing their

When Ellington school cafeteria workers heard that school officials were entertaining options to outsource their work to a private company, they shifted into overdrive to stop the effort before it

Out-of-state special interests have taken advantage of Connecticut’s Freedom of Information (FOI) laws to exploit your privacy.

Rocky Hill, CT, May 26, 2018 – Council 4 union members kicked off the 2018 Memorial Day weekend as they have since 2003: with a big “thank you” to state military veterans.

 Their thanks came in the form of the Council 4 Veterans Picnic at the State Veterans Home in Rocky Hill. This year marked the 15th anniversary of the event, which over the years has raised nearly $200,000 to improve programs and facilities on the Rocky Hill campus and to help other veterans’ organization around the state.

Marine veteran Ron Coveney expressed appreciation for Council 4’s efforts.

CEO pay for major companies in the United States rose nearly 6% in the past year, as income inequality and the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs have increased. According to the new AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch, the average CEO of an S&P 500 Index company made $13.94 million in 2017—361 times more money than the average U.S.

The General Assembly concluded another tumultuous session on May 9, 2018.

It came as no surprise that a standoff directly threatening Connecticut public sector workers' collective bargaining rights delayed but did not derail a bipartisan budget that keeps the state funded for the rest of the year.

The 2018 session included multiple attacks on workers' rights and freedom that were fueled in large part by the recommendations of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, a panel dominated by CEOs and multi-millionaires.

Public service workers across the country are losing their foothold in the middle class. So says an article in The New York Times this week that serves as a reminder of why labor unions are more needed now than ever.

Against a backdrop of legislative and judicial attacks aimed at destroying the rights and freedoms of unionized workers – including the forthcoming Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 – more than 200 members of affiliated local unions and chapters helped chart a path forward during Council 4’s biennial business convention on April 14 in Farmington, CT.

Convention highlights included keynote remarks by Danny Homan, President of AFSCME Council 61, which represents public sector workers in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

The staff and administration of Russell Library in Middletown took time out April 10 to mark National Library Workers Day.

“There is no better time than National Library Workers Day to salute the contributions of our dedicated employees who make this institution a vibrant and integral part of the Middletown community,” said Russell Library Interim Director and CEO Brandie Doyle.

The second Tuesday of April every year is celebrated as National Library Workers Day, in recognition of the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

Derby Police Sergeant Brian Grogan and Patrol Officer Frank DeAngelo have been a regular and reliable presence at Derby High School since the fall.

But the two officers, members of AFSCME Local 1376, are not patrolling the hallways for safety and security reasons. They and other Derby police officers are in the classroom to provide students with real-world lessons in civic engagement.