Groton City Police Vote To Join Council 4

Council 4 is pleased to welcome the nearly 30 members of the City of Groton Police Department to our union family.

“We were impressed with everything we saw about Council 4,” said Sgt. Steven Smith, the Local Union President. “The depth of this organization will provide us with the resources we need to advocate for our members and better protect the community we serve.”

Groton City Police join more than 2,000 municipal police officers who are part of the 30,000-strong membership of Council 4.

Middletown Police Officer Derek Puorro of AFSCME Local 1361, who chairs our union’s Public Safety Committee, says law enforcement personnel need strong union representation.

“As law enforcement officers, we proudly serve and protect every day. AFSCME  representation provides us with the tools to protect our pay, pensions and healthcare. Council 4 also gives us an incredibly strong voice at the legislature," Puorro commented.

Other workers besides Groton City Police are finding their voice with Council 4. In recent weeks, New London Board of Education Secretaries and Groton Town Employees also voted decisively to join AFSCME.

Council 4’s commitment to organizing new members is further proof that our union is well positioned to withstand the aftermath of last year’s Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which made “Right to Work For Less” the law of the land in the public sector.

Council 4 will recognize our newest members, including the Groton City Police, during our Biennial Conference April 5-7, 2019 in Groton.