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

Less than three months after its inaugural meeting, the legislative Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth last Friday released its recommendations to the General Assembly. Considering the panel's domination by corporate executives, their proposals are unsurprisingly heavily tilted in favor of the ultra-rich. Still, their plan to silence the voices of Connecticut's working men and women are cause for genuine concern — and a call to action.

Two of Council 4's union chapters are offering scholarships for the children of members who plan to attend college in 2018-19:

AFSCME Local 818, representing municipal supervisory employees throughout Connecticut, will be awarding three $500.00 scholarships this year to any Local 818 member children/dependents who are high school seniors or students currently enrolled in an education program beyond the secondary level in a 2 year, 4 year or graduate program.

“Our union. Our choice. You’re not gonna take away our voice.”

That was the rallying cry of more than 200 union workers and community allies who rallied on the steps of New Haven City Hall today to protect the rights and freedom of workers to negotiate together and fight for decent and equitable pay, affordable health care, quality schools, and vibrant communities.

Karen Moorehead, a police officer and President of AFSCME Local 2504 (Montville Police Department) is not afraid to run into danger or to right society’s wrongs.

That comes with the turf for the 19-year law enforcement veteran whose duties include serving as the Drug Abuse Assistance Education (DARE) Officer for the town’s schools.

Her fearlessness and concern for public safety transformed her from a spectator into a first responder when two explosives went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013, killing three and wounding 264 people.

Leaders of Connecticut’s labor movement took a strong stand against attacks on working people in a wide-ranging presentation to the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, advocating an approach that invests in public services and structures, makes Connecticut's tax structure fairer, and provides workers with the security and purchasing power needed for sustainable growth.

Across the United States, in communities large and small, working people took time out on Feb. 1 to honor the sacrifices of two Memphis sanitation workers whose deaths triggered the historic 1968 sanitation workers’ strike in that Tennessee city – and changed the course of civil and worker’s rights nationwide.

Last week, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership, which found that the number of union members rose by 260,000 in 2017.

In Connecticut, union membership rose by 3,000. This reflects critical organizing victories across a range of industries, which have reaped higher wages, better benefits and a more secure future for working people around the country.

From his perspective as a school custodian and local union leader, Mark Krauchick sees the economy growing more inequitable and the political invective directed against unionized workers more hostile.

It’s not his way to stay silent, which explains why Connecticut Working Families recently honored Krauchick, the president of AFSCME Local 1303-025 (Seymour Board of Education Custodians and Maintainers), as one of the Arthur Lee Perry Award for Worker Activism and Engagement at their annual banquet.