The Connecticut General Assembly convenes Feb. 5, 2020 and adjourns May 6, 2020.

It’s hard to imagine nearly 700,000 Americans going hungry, but that’s the anticipated impact of a harsh rule change imposed by the Trump administration for the Supplemental Nutrition Assista

Ledyard Youth Services Director Kate Sikorski calmly manages her many responsibilities with a little bit of help from an unlikely source: Lola, her family’s nine-year-old pit bull.

Lola provides a soothing presence for the individuals and families who turn to Sikorski for town-sponsored mental and behavioral health services that are in ever-higher demand.

“Lola is definitely a benefit,” Sikorski smiled. “She makes people more comfortable.”

With former Vice President Joe Biden confirming his participation on Tuesday, the AFSCME-sponsored presidential candidate forum on Aug. 3 will be the biggest event of its kind in our union’s history.

Seeking the same rights and protections that other employees have gained through unionization, 54 public service workers in Manchester joined the Council 4 union family.

Our newest union members include:

AFSCME is on a roll. We are notching victories coast to coast – at the bargaining table, in the organizing trenches and in state capitals.

Public service comes in different forms, usually on two legs. Sometimes, on four.

Meet Uno, a 95-pound German shepherd and K-9 with the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Uno is much more than a dog or a pet to Marie Cetti, a Bridgeport police officer and K-9 handler. He is like her child, work partner and protector in one.

East Lyme, CT – There are nearly 120 public school paraprofessionals in the East Lyme who touch the lives of students in countless ways and help raise their system to Blue Ribbon levels of achievement.

Recognizing a need for greater respect and a seat at the table when it comes to protecting the quality of their jobs, these unsung heroes of the classroom, who had been without union representation, recently voted by an overwhelming margin to join Council 4.

Recent news reports indicate that the recently passed state budget included $450 million in savings related to state employees. It’s important to reiterate that these reported savings are NOT the result of labor concessions.

The General Assembly adjourned its regular 2019 legislative session June 5, providing Council 4 and the labor movement with an opportunity to reflect on significant accomplishments: