Press Room

The members of Local 1303-029 of Council 4 AFSCME, representing South Windsor school custodians and maintainers, donated $250 to the South Windsor Food & Fuel Bank.

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.

NEW BRITAIN, CT — Members of the Council 4 Delegate Assembly tonight elected Jody Barr to be Executive Director of the union representing more than 30,000 public service workers in Connecticut.

Barr, a member of AFSCME Local 2836 (State University Organization of Administrative Faculty) received 25,284 votes to 1,756 votes for Charles DellaRocco, a member of AFSCME Local 749 (State Judicial Branch and Division of Criminal Justice.) The Executive Director's term is four years.

With two days left to go before the state legislature adjourns for the 2018 session, local police officers and their bargaining representatives, along with a prominent chief elected official, are calling for action on a proposed bill that would provide mental health treatment, including suicide prevention, for those impacted by on-the-job trauma.