Less than three months after its inaugural meeting, the legislative Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth last Friday released its recommendatio

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.”

Our latest Council 4 Unplugged podcast takes on the topical issue of sexual harassment.

Our guests are Tanjorie Godwin (AFSCME Local 1565) and  Cathy Osten (CSEA-SEIU), who were among the union members who fought back against the culture of sexual harassment cultivated by Department of Correction management more than 12 years ago.

Godwin, who retired from DOC in 2015, and Osten, a three-term State Senator, say their unions made a big difference in advancing their fight for justice.

AFSCME members across the country, including Correctional Officer Matt Quigley from Local 1565 of Council 4, offer insight into how a Supreme Court case called Janus v. AFSCME threatens the rights and freedoms of all workers, union and non-union alike.

  • Click here to learn more from Matt and other AFSCME members, and join the fight to stand up for our union.

Wethersfield, CT Dec. 4, 2017 -- Responding to the continued problem of food insecurity throughout Connecticut, members of AFSCME Local 318, representing more than 600 state administrative and clerical workers in central Connecticut, have donated $500 to Foodshare.

On Nov. 7, 2017, voters across Connecticut’s municipalities turned out and delivered a strong message demanding change in electoral politics – including the need to show greater respect for the right of union members to bargain for decent pay and benefits.

Nearly three-quarters of the candidates endorsed by Council 4 won their seats in local elections.

(Click here for the list of endorsed winners.)

Highlights included:

For Immediate Release
Oct. 23, 2017

Council 4 members are responding to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month to grant Certiorari in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, which would make the entire public sector “right-to-work” in one fell swoop.

Oct. 26, 2017 -- The Connecticut General Assembly has reached agreement on a two-year, $41.3 billion budget. The budget passed both chambers by veto proof margins of 33-3 in the State Senate and 126-23 in the House of Representatives.

More than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, nearly 1 million Americans (of the 3.5 million who live on the island) still have no drinking water.

Bill Seedman’s father once told him the worst thing in the world is wanting to work but not being able to find a job. Today, those words are echoed in Seedman’s devotion to his work at the Connecticut Department of Social Services, where he helps deliver education and training to people seeking work.