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Three years ago, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Police Lt. Paul Grech of AFSCME Local 1159, Council 4 suffered a broken neck on the job when a civilian motorist crashed her car into his city vehicle.

Council 4 and other labor organizations are making it clear it’s time for the Commission on Fiscal Stability Economic Growth to move on after its privately-funded attacks on working people and coll

A federal court has ruled in favor of working families and against wealthy special interests in D

Council 4 will be collecting new, unused and unwrapped toys, and gift cards  through December 13, 2018.

We will donate toys and gift cards to the United Labor Agency, which helps Connecticut’s working families in need. (If you’d like to make a monetary contribution, please make your check payable to the United Labor Agency.)

All locals, individual members and employees of Council 4 who wish to participate in this effort may bring donations to Council 4 in New Britain. 

Pamela Knight, a child protective investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS), was sent to check on the welfare of a child last fall. When she arrived at the child’s residence, the father viciously attacked her. She died months later as a result of the injuries she sustained during the attack.

Council 4 honored our members on the front lines of law enforcement and public safety at our union’s Courage of Connecticut Awards Banquet, held Nov. 7 2018 in New Haven.

 The Courage Banquet is held every other year to honor AFSCME-represented police officers and correction officers for extraordinary acts of valor on the job. (This is the first year Department of Corrections union members participated in the event.)

Council 4 AFSCME and the U.S. Department of Labor have reached an agreement to conduct new nominations, a new election and installation for the offices of Executive Director, President, Secretary, and seventeen (17) Vice Presidents, on or before April 30, 2019.

The new nominations election will take place under the supervision of the Secretary of Labor and in accordance with Title IV of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

The 2018 election was a resounding victory for working people across the state.

In key state and federal races, Council 4 members endorsed candidates who share our union’s values and recognize the importance of public service and the need for a strong and vibrant middle class.

Better than two-thirds of our AFSCME-endorsed candidates were elected. From volunteer labor walks and phone banks to direct mail, from worksite “lunch and learn” meetings to social media engagement, our Get Out the Vote efforts provided the margin of victory for pro-union candidates.

Election Day is November 6, 2018. The stakes are higher than ever.

Council 4's legislative and political action program is geared toward defending our pay, benefits and voice on the job -- all of which are under attack by the same ultra-wealthy and corporate special interests that bankrolled the Janus v. AFSCME case, in which the Supreme Court nationalized "Right To Work For Less."

Collective bargaining agreements reached in recent weeks with private sector employers for working women and men represented by Council 4 AFSCME-affiliated local unions provide a template on how to organize for power and build solidarity.

The individual contracts, impacting nearly 200 members of AFSCME Local 3145 (CT Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross) and nearly 30 members of AFSCME Local 1303-275 (Hamden School Cafeteria/Whitson’s Culinary Group), included significant gains that provide solid footing for the future.

As more Americans realize unions may be their best bet to reverse economic trends that favor the rich and powerful, the labor movement faces relentless attacks from the very forces that benefit the most from economic inequality. Shadowy front groups funded by billionaires spend millions of dollars attacking unions in the courts, in the media, and at the ballot box.