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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

A Republican legislative leader last week launched a politically motivated media attack on gains made by state employee unions. At issue are contractual bonuses due later this month as part of a 2017 agreement to protect jobs, extend benefits and preserve services. In reality, the true targets are the collective bargaining rights that secured them — rights which face an uncertain future in the wake of a recent U.S.

We mourn the loss of former Council 4 President Lois O'Connor, a true stalwart in the struggle for labor, civil and women's rights. Lois passed away July 9 at the age of 90.

Across the country, front-line blood collection workers at the American Red Cross, including members of Local 3145 of AFSCME Council 4 in Connecticut, are fighting to improve working conditions in national contract negotiations with their corporate employer.
 
Local 3145 is part of a national union coalition representing more t

Any day now, the United States Supreme Court will issue a ruling on Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. This lawsuit aims to take away the freedom of public workers to join together in strong unions. When the highest court in the nation heard the case on February 26, the nine justices essentially heard arguments for and against Right to Work For Less for public sector workers across the nation.

AFSCME Local 1303, representing 7,500 municipal employees across the state, announced the winners of the 2018 College Scholarships, awarded annually to the children of union members pursuing their higher education degrees.

Local 1303’s Scholarship Committee selected eight high school seniors and two collegiate freshmen to receive individual scholarships of $1,000 to apply to their studies next year. Scholarship applications included an essay on how union membership benefited a student’s life and family.

When Ellington school cafeteria workers heard that school officials were entertaining options to outsource their work to a private company, they shifted into overdrive to stop the effort before it gained any momentum.

The cafeteria workers are part of Local 1303-242 of Council 4, a bargaining unit that represents more than 50 Board of Education custodial, maintenance and food service employees.

Out-of-state special interests have taken advantage of Connecticut’s Freedom of Information (FOI) laws to exploit your privacy. Funded by anti-worker billionaires, they have sent requests to multiple Connecticut agencies for their employees' names and personal information. They will likely initiate the same maneuver with municipalities and boards of education.

Rocky Hill, CT, May 26, 2018 – Council 4 union members kicked off the 2018 Memorial Day weekend as they have since 2003: with a big “thank you” to state military veterans.

 Their thanks came in the form of the Council 4 Veterans Picnic at the State Veterans Home in Rocky Hill. This year marked the 15th anniversary of the event, which over the years has raised nearly $200,000 to improve programs and facilities on the Rocky Hill campus and to help other veterans’ organization around the state.

Marine veteran Ron Coveney expressed appreciation for Council 4’s efforts.