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

The General Assembly concluded another tumultuous session on May 9, 2018.

It came as no surprise that a standoff directly threatening Connecticut public sector workers' collective bargaining rights delayed but did not derail a bipartisan budget that keeps the state funded for the rest of the year.

The 2018 session included multiple attacks on workers' rights and freedom that were fueled in large part by the recommendations of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, a panel dominated by CEOs and multi-millionaires.

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Public service workers across the country are losing their foothold in the middle class. So says an article in The New York Times this week that serves as a reminder of why labor unions are more needed now than ever.

Against a backdrop of legislative and judicial attacks aimed at destroying the rights and freedoms of unionized workers – including the forthcoming Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 – more than 200 members of affiliated local unions and chapters helped chart a path forward during Council 4’s biennial business convention on April 14 in Farmington, CT.

Convention highlights included keynote remarks by Danny Homan, President of AFSCME Council 61, which represents public sector workers in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

The staff and administration of Russell Library in Middletown took time out April 10 to mark National Library Workers Day.

“There is no better time than National Library Workers Day to salute the contributions of our dedicated employees who make this institution a vibrant and integral part of the Middletown community,” said Russell Library Interim Director and CEO Brandie Doyle.

The second Tuesday of April every year is celebrated as National Library Workers Day, in recognition of the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

Derby Police Sergeant Brian Grogan and Patrol Officer Frank DeAngelo have been a regular and reliable presence at Derby High School since the fall.

But the two officers, members of AFSCME Local 1376, are not patrolling the hallways for safety and security reasons. They and other Derby police officers are in the classroom to provide students with real-world lessons in civic engagement.

AFSCME Local 1565 member Leighton Vanderburgh was among the thousands of people who marched in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death and the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike.

“It was quite impactful,” Vanderburgh said. “People from all over the country came together to honor Dr. King and to reflect on the taking of his life. But they also came together because of the fights we have today and the attacks on labor.”

Killingly, CT, March 26, 2018 – Killingly school paraprofessionals, members of AFSCME Local 3689, are deeply committed to making a difference in the lives of the children in their classrooms.

After months of intense bargaining, they now have a contract that reflects their commitment after overwhelmingly ratifying a three-year contract agreement with the Killingly Board of Education.