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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.

Members of AFSCME Local 3689, representing 100-plus paraprofessionals in the Killingly school system, are pleased with their new tentative agreement, which was unanimously approv

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.

The members of AFSCME Local 2422, a union representing 50 city hall workers in Norwich, are hoping to lift up the community they serve during the holiday season.  

Union members voted to expand their annual holiday giving program this year by selecting 11 local organizations to receive $100 donations. Those organizations are: 

HARTFORD – As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Connecticut and across the country, leaders of the Board of Education Union Coalition today presented a petition signed by nearly 14,000 education and community members urging the state to take immediate steps to protect the health of students, staff and communities.

With the surging COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) infection rate — the highest since May — consistent statewide safety protocols must be established and strictly enforced, along with uniform transparency in reporting and responding to cases, for schools. If that's not possible, Connecticut must shift to full-time remote learning until after the holidays. Those are some of the required statewide steps outlined in the Board of Education (BOE) Union Coalition's "Safe and Successful Schools Now," report released today.