Council 4 Releases Priorities for 2021 Legislative Session

Council 4 members work in a wide and diverse array of occupations that are the backbone of the Connecticut economy. Our 2021 legislative reflects that diversity, and underscores the importance of making sure state lawmakers and the governor hear our union's voice, and and respect our jobs, services and bargaining rights amid the havoc caused by COVID-19.

When the General Assembly convenes Jan. 6, the State Capitol Complex will remain closed to the public. This of course limits access to legislators and places a premium on using other means to advocate for the core issues that matter. To compensate for the lack of in-person contact with legislators, we need to utilize other channels like phone calls, emails, and social media posts.

2021 will shape up to be a challenging session. State Comptroller projects a 2021 FY budget deficit of $615.2 million. The coronavirus has aggravated the situation by increasing joblessness, widening Connecticut’s wage and wealth gap, and aggravating an unfair tax burden on the middle- and lower-income wage earners. Clearly, our state needs to generate revenue in a fair way to support the services people need.

COVID-19 intensifies the need public policies that will protect the physical and economic health of Connecticut’s working class. Corporate conservative politicians are using the pandemic to blame union employees and erode the gains that have lifted so many into Connecticut’s middle class. 

We will fight these false and dishonest efforts to degrade our jobs, our services and our rights as we push for fair and progressive policies that lift up Connecticut workers.

Our union members make the best grass-roots lobbyists. If you want to learn more and get involved, please contact Council 4's Legislative & Political Advocates: Brian Anderson at [email protected] or Zak Leavy at [email protected]. You can also click here to sign up for legislative action, news updates and more. Be sure  to include your local union number, personal email and cell phone.

Click here  or on the graphic above to download our 2021 Legislative Agenda in pdf form. 

2021 Council 4 Legislative Agenda:

Protecting Collective Bargaining & Workers’ Rights

  • Support approval of all state employees collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards.
  • Oppose harmful changes to municipal employee pensions and health care bargaining rights.
  • Support expanding post-traumatic stress injury coverage under workers’ compensation to include Corrections employees, Judicial Branch hazardous duty employees, and state/municipal emergency dispatchers.
  • Support the right of employees to join or keep their union.
  • Support changes to police accountability bill that impacted collective bargaining rights.
  • Oppose attempts to weaken binding arbitration for municipal, board of education and state employees.
  • Oppose efforts to unilaterally change state employee pension and healthcare rights.

Supporting Fair Budgets and a Healthy Economy

  • Support restoring taxes on the rich, closing corporate loopholes and increasing capital gains rate to fund state and local services.
  • Support relief funds to prevent job loss due to COVID-19.
  • Support increasing and/or maintaining funding for state agencies, municipalities, and local boards of education to protect vital services.
  • Support requiring municipalities to explore savings by joining the Connecticut Healthcare Partnership 2.0 Plan.
  • Support the creation of a public health care option as advocated by the State Comptroller.

Stopping Corrupt Privatization While Improving Accountability

  • Oppose efforts to privatize state, municipal, or quasi-public agencies.
  • Oppose expansion of public-private partnerships for state and municipal services.
  • Oppose any recommendations for a public-private partnership at the UConn Health Center.
  • Empower the State Contracting Standards Board to review contracts to outsource services.

Strengthening Public Education At All Levels

  • Support education funding for local boards of education and protections for school employees impacted by COVID-19.
  • Support improving professional development opportunities, pay, and benefits for school paraprofessionals.
  • Support increasing funding for the CSU system/University of Connecticut
  • Oppose consolidation of the 12 independently accredited community colleges.