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

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed into law a historic bill granting 20,000 state workers the right to collectively bargain.

The bill, which he signed Wednesday, is the largest expansion of collective bargaining rights for state workers anywhere in the U.S. in 16 years, and it will position those workers to better fight a rigged economy that favors the wealthy.

Congratulations are in order for the eight winners of the 2019 AFSCME Local 1303 College Scholarships. These scholars are ready to take the next step toward their higher education, aided by a $1,000 award from Local 1303, which represents more than 7,000 municipal and board of education employees across Connecticut.

Editor's Note: The 2019 legislative session adjourned on June 5. Our review is coming soon!

With the legislature drawing closer to its adjournment, Council 4 members made their voice heard in support of workers’ rights at the State Capitol in Hartford.

The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) has reached an interim agreement with the state Executive Branch that makes telecommuting a bargaining right for many state employees.

This is an interim document stemming from the 2017 SEBAC savings and job protection agreement.

It's also further proof that collective bargaining makes a difference when it comes to empowering state workers to get their jobs done.

Council 4 union members showed their appreciation to state military veterans by holding our 16th annual Council 4 Veterans Picnic on May 25, 2019 at the State Veterans Home and Health Care Facility in Rocky Hill.

Every year Council 4 kicks off the Memorial Day holiday weekend with a huge barbeque prepared and served by union volunteers. 

 The picnic has special meaning for members like Dwight “DJ” Frederick, a retired Army veteran who has done two tours of duty in the Middle East.

The immigrant’s journey is rarely easy but often inspiring. Marek Morawski's path from classically trained musician in Warsaw, Poland to public works union leader in East Hartford, Connecticut is no exception.

“In the United States,” Morawski  said, “if you work hard, you can achieve what you want.”

Morawski , who emigrated to Connecticut in 1984, is no stranger to hard work. He is a Maintainer for the Town of East Hartford and President of AFSCME Local 1174. The 58-person bargaining unit includes Parks, Public Works, Sanitation and Mechanics.

Members of AFSCME’s law enforcement community take countless risks to keep our communities safe. When those brave heroes make the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, our obligation is to never forget them.

National Police Week is a time to honor fallen law enforcement officers, as well as a time for the law enforcement community to stand in solidarity with each other.

Shawn Dougherty is a correctional substance abuse counselor at the Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Connecticut. He is also a member of Local 391 of Council 4. On Tuesday, he testified on Capitol Hill about the need for lawmakers to fund the Loan Repayment Program for Substance Abuse Treatment Workers.

Click here to view Shawn's testimony.