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

The US Department of Labor (USDOL) sent a letter on January 31,  2019 to officers of Council 4 local unions that had not yet submitted delegate credential documentation for the upcoming nominations and elections.  

Click here to to read the USDOL letter.

Special meetings of the Council 4 Delegate Assembly have been scheduled as follows:

The 2019 Connecticut legislative session convened Jan. 9, 2019.

The power of collective bargaining to improve the lives of union members can be witnessed in New Haven, where the members of AFSCME Local 713, representing clerical and maintenance employees at Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of New Haven (HANH), recently ratified a new contract with significant gains.

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.

“Without surgery, I’d have been in a wheelchair,” the 19-year veteran said about the injury, which put him out of work for 10 weeks.

If not for their union, Grech and several other Bridgeport police officers injured on the job since 2015 would have been shortchanged permanently on a wage supplement owed them under their collective bargaining agreement with the city.

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 collective bargaining failed to gain legislative session in 2018.

A federal court has ruled in favor of working families and against wealthy special interests in Danielson v. AFSCME Council 28, a case out of Washington state.  

Council 4 will be collecting new, unused and unwrapped toys, and gift cards  through December 13, 2018.

We will donate toys and gift cards to the United Labor Agency, which helps Connecticut’s working families in need. (If you’d like to make a monetary contribution, please make your check payable to the United Labor Agency.)

All locals, individual members and employees of Council 4 who wish to participate in this effort may bring donations to Council 4 in New Britain. 

Pamela Knight, a child protective investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS), was sent to check on the welfare of a child last fall. When she arrived at the child’s residence, the father viciously attacked her. She died months later as a result of the injuries she sustained during the attack.