Less than three months after its inaugural meeting, the legislative Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth last Friday released its draft recommendations (below) to the General Assembly

Two of Council 4's union chapters are offering scholarships for the children of members who plan to attend college in 2018-19:

“Our union. Our choice. You’re not gonna take away our voice.”

Karen Moorehead, a police officer and President of AFSCME Local 2504 (Montville Police Department) is not afraid to run into danger or to right society’s wrongs.

That comes with the turf for the 19-year law enforcement veteran whose duties include serving as the Drug Abuse Assistance Education (DARE) Officer for the town’s schools.

Her fearlessness and concern for public safety transformed her from a spectator into a first responder when two explosives went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013, killing three and wounding 264 people.

Leaders of Connecticut’s labor movement took a strong stand against attacks on working people in a wide-ranging presentation to the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, advocating an approach that invests in public services and structures, makes Connecticut's tax structure fairer, and provides workers with the security and purchasing power needed for sustainable growth.

Across the United States, in communities large and small, working people took time out on Feb. 1 to honor the sacrifices of two Memphis sanitation workers whose deaths triggered the historic 1968 sanitation workers’ strike in that Tennessee city – and changed the course of civil and worker’s rights nationwide.

Last week, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership, which found that the number of union members rose by 260,000 in 2017.

In Connecticut, union membership rose by 3,000. This reflects critical organizing victories across a range of industries, which have reaped higher wages, better benefits and a more secure future for working people around the country.

From his perspective as a school custodian and local union leader, Mark Krauchick sees the economy growing more inequitable and the political invective directed against unionized workers more hostile.

It’s not his way to stay silent, which explains why Connecticut Working Families recently honored Krauchick, the president of AFSCME Local 1303-025 (Seymour Board of Education Custodians and Maintainers), as one of the Arthur Lee Perry Award for Worker Activism and Engagement at their annual banquet.

When a cold freeze of arctic proportions hit Connecticut the weekend of Jan. 6, members of AFSCME Local 353, the Waterbury Blue Collar Union, did their part to help the city’s most vulnerable residents.

At the request of Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, six city and board of education plumbers served on call throughout the weekend to answer calls and trouble-shoot problems, from frozen pipes to broken furnaces and everything in between.

AFSCME members like you set the standards of our pay, benefits and working conditions by coming together to negotiate for strong contracts.

We fight for justice in the workplace and in our communities. We negotiate not just for ourselves and our families but to meet the needs of the people we serve.

We stand for excellence in public service.

Here are some reasons why you ought to join together and strengthen AFSCME.

If you have already joined, thank you.

During this time of giving and reflection, a new opportunity has emerged to help move toward a more prosperous future for all. Most Connecticut politicians have for the past two years refused to ask millionaires and corporations to pay their fair share to protect and preserve our state's quality of life. But passage last week of massive, permanent federal tax cuts for the nation's rich and powerful offers hope in 2018 for reclaiming needed resources on behalf of working families.