Press Room

HARTFORD, CT — The coalition of labor unions including the Connecticut AFL-CIO, Connecticut Education Association (CEA), State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC), and Connecticut Service E

The coalition of unions representing over 60,000 public education employees, which includes Council 4, issued the following response to state guidance yesterday regarding local school buildin

With a formal labor board hearing coming soon, the union representing Putnam school paraprofessionals, custodians and food service workers is calling on the Board of Education to rescind an agreeme

New Britain, CT–Organized labor in Connecticut criticized the Lamont administration for allowing the Department of Labor to enter into a no-bid agreements with two Virginia-based corporations, including Maximus, a Rowland-era privateer with a reputation for poaching safety net services. 

Unbeknownst to the public and to the State Contracting Standards Board, which is supposed to review contracts with outside vendors, the DOL has privatized Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) functions currently performed by agency employees represented by AFSCME Local 269. 

Just days after the majority of Connecticut students physically returned to the classroom, more than a dozen school districts across the state reported positive COVID-19 cases. From Newington to Naugatuck, Waterbury to Glastonbury, and East Hartford to West Haven, varying degrees of action have been taken at each impacted building. Some have shut down completely, others isolated cohorts of students and put classes in quarantine, some moved to all distance learning, and others did little or nothing.  

June 22, 2020--Ledyard School Paraprofessionals have not let the COVID-19 crisis prevent them from gaining a real voice on the job, as evidenced by their decisive vote to join Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a union representing 30,000 workers across the state.

June 1, 2020

Jody Barr, Council 4 Executive Director:
The shocking killing of George Floyd has unleashed a torrent of anger and protest in the middle of a devastating public health crisis that has deepened the fault lines that exist in our country. If ever there was a time for conversation about racism, economic inequality and health disparities, it is now. If ever there was a time for peaceful and meaningful protest – without violence, without illegal acts – it is now.

April 24, 2020 -- Frontline workers from the Department of Correction spoke out Friday to call attention to the agency’s failure to protect workers and inmates in Connecticut prisons.

New Britain, CT, April 14, 2020 – As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds within Connecticut’s state prisons, one group of unheralded but essential workers is sharing their mounting concerns over the Department of Correction’s lack of preparation and sensitivity: clerical employees.

New Britain, Ct, March 12, 2020 – Unions representing employees at the Connecticut Lottery Corporation in Rocky Hill are supporting newly proposed legislation that would terminate the quasi-public agency and transfer its operations to the Department of Consumer Protection.

New Britain, CT, Jan. 6, 2020 – The union representing 80 Torrington City and Department of Public Works employees is questioning the fitness of the city’s labor relations director to hold his position.