Press Room

On Sunday, Dec. 4, the Middletown Police Department announced that Officer Matt Silvestrini, who had fought a long battle with brain cancer, died Saturday.

AFSCME Local 1522 and its parent union, Council 4, applauded a ruling this month by the state labor board that found

On Jan. 12, Bridgeport school paraprofessionals and AFSCME Local 1522 members Rayvon Cox and Ranese Cox of AFSCME Local 1522 came their respective schools wearing black hoodies emblazoned with white writing that read, #Blackout4SafeSchools.

The Board of Education (BOE) Union Coalition, which includes Council 4, is calling on state and district officials to take specific additional steps ahead of students’ return from winter break. Action is needed now as the COVID-19 omicron variant continues transmitting at the highest levels since the start of the pandemic.

Members of AFSCME Local 3689, representing 100-plus paraprofessionals in the Killingly school system, are pleased with their new tentative agreement, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Education Dec. 15, 2021.

Friday, October 1, 2021--HARTFORD -- State employees currently providing essential services at unprecedented short-staffing levels are requesting a 20-day extension on Governor Ned Lamont’s vaccination mandate that allows for a temporary process of testing in lieu of vaccination at some workplaces. 

Sept. 23, 2021—Frustrated by their agency’s refusal to honor a recently negotiated telework agreement, AFSCME union members who work for the state Department of Social Services have taken their objections directly to Gov. Ned Lamont and agency Commissioner Deidre Gifford.

More than 600 members of AFSCME Local 714 and AFSCME Local 2663 signed a petition demanding that DSS comply with the telework agreement signed July 31, 2021 between the administration and the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC).

Aug. 23, 2021—Killingly School Paraprofessionals and their union, Local 3689 of AFSCME Council 4, say they are concerned by the exodus of their colleagues to neighboring towns offering better wages and working conditions while negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement have reached formal impasse.

For Immediate Release
Monday, Aug. 2, 2021

Council 4 Executive Director Jody Barr on Vaccine Mandates

Thanks to the advocacy of Council 4 and our partners in the Board of Education Union Coalition, our recommendation for the adoption of a parallel vaccination plan for public schools was included in directives announced yesterday by Governor Ned Lamont.