When you spend some time with James Carey, you realize that public service and AFSCME activism run in his blood.

The news media last week thrust state employees' contractual benefits into the spotlight following Governor Ned Lamont's public remarks at his daily COVD-19 (novel coronavirus) briefing.

Comptroller Kevin Lembo recently issued the state’s first annual SEBAC Savings Analysis Report, detailing how the 2017 State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) agreement has saved Connecticut $1.7 billion since 2018. 

2020 is here. It's a perfect time for Council 4 members to get ahead with their education.

The AFSCME Free College Benefit makes it possible for you and your family members to earn an associate degree completely online – for FREE.

This union benefit is open to all active, dues-paying members, their spouses, children and grandchildren, as well as retired AFSCME members.

Through our national union's partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College in Ohio,  you can choose from the following degree programs:

Paraprofessionals are the quiet heroes of the school system. They significantly shape students’ lives and futures; on some occasions, they literally save lives.

That's the case in Killingly, where 125 paraprofessionals are represented by Local 3689 of Council 4.

Two years ago, a paraprofessional acted quickly and decisively to save a student from choking to death.  According to Local 3689 President Courtney Poirier, that incident was a catalyst to ramping up AFSCME’s commitment to offer on-the-job CPR training.

Members of AFSCME Local 1214, representing employees at Charter Oak State College, the state’s flagship online college in New Britain, have plenty of reasons to be thankful.

In keeping with their tradition of supporting community causes, throughout the year, the union’s Giving Committee donated $550 to the Malta House of Care Mobile Medical Clinic, which provides high-quality, free primary health care to uninsured adults in Greater Hartford; and $550 to Hands On Hartford, which serves Hartford residents in need of food, housing & related services.

Building on the momentum created by the enactment of groundbreaking legislation that provides post-traumatic stress benefits to police officers and fire fighters, Council 4 members urged state lawmakers to expand coverage to include other emergency responders.

Despite high levels of stress on the job, many state and local workers say they highly value serving the public and their communities and feel generally satisfied with their jobs.

This finding, from a national survey commissioned by the National Institute on Retirement Security, will not surprise many AFSCME members, who work in state, county and local governments and never quit on their communities.

Winter brings a special set of challenges to the worklife of AFSCME Local 818 member Michael Thompson, who for the last four years has served as the Superintendent of Field Services for the New Britain Department of Public Works.

A 31-year veteran of city employment, Thompson got more added to his plate on Nov. 5, 2019, when New Britain voters elected him to serve a two-year term on the Common Council. 

Thompson, who is unaffiliated, is excited to bring his union values to New Britain politics.

AFSCME members who work in health care and social services jobs face workplace violence daily. Now they are closer to having it.