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The birth of a baby is a blessed event, but it can be stressful, too.

There’s no avoiding the reality of what’s happening to our environment.

On Sept. 11, 2001, we as a nation faced a tragedy unique in our history.

Council 4 will be collecting new, unused and unwrapped toys, and gift cards  through December 13, 2018.

We will donate toys and gift cards to the United Labor Agency, which helps Connecticut’s working families in need. (If you’d like to make a monetary contribution, please make your check payable to the United Labor Agency.)

All locals, individual members and employees of Council 4 who wish to participate in this effort may bring donations to Council 4 in New Britain. 

Pamela Knight, a child protective investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS), was sent to check on the welfare of a child last fall. When she arrived at the child’s residence, the father viciously attacked her. She died months later as a result of the injuries she sustained during the attack.

Council 4 honored our members on the front lines of law enforcement and public safety at our union’s Courage of Connecticut Awards Banquet, held Nov. 7 2018 in New Haven.

 The Courage Banquet is held every other year to honor AFSCME-represented police officers and correction officers for extraordinary acts of valor on the job. (This is the first year Department of Corrections union members participated in the event.)

Council 4 AFSCME and the U.S. Department of Labor have reached an agreement to conduct new nominations, a new election and installation for the offices of Executive Director, President, Secretary, and seventeen (17) Vice Presidents, on or before April 30, 2019.

The new nominations election will take place under the supervision of the Secretary of Labor and in accordance with Title IV of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

Election Day is November 6, 2018. The stakes are higher than ever.

Council 4's legislative and political action program is geared toward defending our pay, benefits and voice on the job -- all of which are under attack by the same ultra-wealthy and corporate special interests that bankrolled the Janus v. AFSCME case, in which the Supreme Court nationalized "Right To Work For Less."

Collective bargaining agreements reached in recent weeks with private sector employers for working women and men represented by Council 4 AFSCME-affiliated local unions provide a template on how to organize for power and build solidarity.

The individual contracts, impacting nearly 200 members of AFSCME Local 3145 (CT Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross) and nearly 30 members of AFSCME Local 1303-275 (Hamden School Cafeteria/Whitson’s Culinary Group), included significant gains that provide solid footing for the future.

As more Americans realize unions may be their best bet to reverse economic trends that favor the rich and powerful, the labor movement faces relentless attacks from the very forces that benefit the most from economic inequality. Shadowy front groups funded by billionaires spend millions of dollars attacking unions in the courts, in the media, and at the ballot box.