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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 Co

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 Conne

Milldale, CT, Nov. 1., 2018 – Rudy Demiraj, President of AFSCME Local 387, representing correction officers and other front-line staff throughout the Cheshire Correctional Complex, issued this statement regarding the escape and capture of inmate Luis Clark:

New Britain, CT, Sept. 24, 2018 -- Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has filed two formal labor complaints against the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch over the elimination of the Supreme Court Police Department.

Council 4 filed the complaints with the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations on behalf of affiliated Local 749, which represents 1,500 employees throughout the Judicial Branch.

New Britain, CT, Sept. 18, 2018 -- Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) today filed a formal complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that M&J Bus Inc., fired a North Stonington school bus driver due to union activity.

The union representing front-line employees at state Juvenile Detention Centers in Hartford and Bridgeport is calling on the Judicial Branch to address deteriorating working conditions at the facilities that endanger staff and residents.

A respected economic think tank is urging support for Westport police union members and cautioning against the negative impact of efforts to scale back pension benefits.

In a blog post published by the Economic Policy Institute of Washington, D.C., staff economist Monique Morrissey said the national trend for slashing benefits could prove harmful in Westport, where the police union, Local 2080 of AFSCME Council 4, is in pension arbitration with the town.

Members of the Council 4 Delegate Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a recommendation from our PEOPLE political action committee to formally endorse Ned Lamont in the 2018 gubernatorial election.

Delegates to our special June 12 meeting also accepted recommendations to endorse William Tong for Attorney General, Shawn Wooden for Treasurer, Jahana Hayes for Congress in the 5th District and several candidates for State Senate and State Representative.

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday issued its long-anticipated ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 lawsuit — one that favors billionaires out to destroy America's labor movement. The 5-4 decision overturned a four decades-old precedent and has long been the goal of a shadowy network of deep-pocketed political operatives.

The unions representing correctional employees in Connecticut’s Cheshire-area prisons today are calling for action in the wake of multiple assaults on staff at Manson Youth Institution.

AFSCME Local 387 President Rudy Demiraj, a state correctional officer, said there have been three attacks directed at MYI staff that he described as “violent.” The assaults occurred on May 17, May 31 and most recently June 4. The respective victims of the assaults were a teacher, a correctional lieutenant and a correctional officer.