Shawn Dougherty is a correctional substance abuse counselor at the Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Connecticut.

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.

If you work in Connecticut’s Judicial Branch, then you’re part of a system dedicated to making sure the scales of justice operate fairly.

More than 125 professionals in Connecticut's Judicial Branch have taken their own personal path to ensuring a fair workplace. They recently secured voluntary recognition of their free choice to unite with their AFSCME colleagues in Local 749 of Council 4 for a voice on the job – one of the latest developments demonstrating our union’s capacity to rebound through organizing.

Mark your calendars for the biennial Council 4 Conference, April 5-7, 2019 at the Mystic Marriot in Groton, CT.

We've got a busy and informative weekend planned. Highlights include workshops, our Member Recognition Dinner and our Women's Committee Gift Basket Charity Auction, which will benefit Safe Futures of New London, a shelter that helps victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Building bridges with the community has been a motivating force for Anthony Nolan, a New London Patrol Officer and member of AFSCME Local 724.

As a 19-year veteran on the force, Nolan views part of his job as “trying to close the gap between the police and the community. It encourages me to see the relationships I can build and the help I can provide.”

The Council 4 Delegate Assembly has endorsed the following pro-union candidates for the upcoming special legislative elections on Feb. 26:

Killingly school bus drivers – members of AFSCME Local 1303-261— see their work as more than simply transporting kids to school. They are responsible for protecting those kids, making sure they get to school and return home safe and sound.

Thanks to a collaboration with Council 4, they now have something they have been advocating for: miniature dash cameras that record the activities of motorists while the drivers are picking up and dropping off school children.

Tim Foley of AFSCME Local 818 (Municipal Supervisors) is a man who treasures stability.

For example, he’s been married to his wife Suzanne for 42 years. And on Jan. 31, he retired from the Vernon Water Pollution Control Authority after 44 years on the job.

The secret to his career longevity was simple.

“I loved the job,” he said with a characteristic mix of humor and earnestness. “Where else can you take [human waste] and turn it into clean water?”

A pension is more than a promise to current and future retired workers. It’s a great way to attract and retain workers to public service. Just ask State Parole Officer James Long of AFSCME Local 1565 (NP-4 Department of Correction Bargaining Unit).

“A defined benefit plan is a much better retirement tool than a defined contribution plan,” he says. “It’s one of the main benefits that attracted to me public service.”