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LAS VEGAS — More than 160 AFSCME members gathered in Las Vegas last week to lift up the voice of public service workers and move our union forward.  

Council 4 and other labor organizations are making it clear it’s time for the Commission on Fiscal Stability Economic Growth to move on after its privately-funded attacks on working people and coll

A federal court has ruled in favor of working families and against wealthy special interests in D

LOS ANGELES — As fires burned in Northern and Southern California and the death toll continued to rise; as smoke engulfed nearby cities, prompting health warnings to stay indoors; and as survivors relocated to makeshift camps and hoped for the best, the best often

Pamela Knight, a child protective investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS), was sent to check on the welfare of a child last fall. When she arrived at the child’s residence, the father viciously attacked her. She died months later as a result of the injuries she sustained during the attack.

The 2018 election was a resounding victory for working people across the state.

In key state and federal races, Council 4 members endorsed candidates who share our union’s values and recognize the importance of public service and the need for a strong and vibrant middle class.

Better than two-thirds of our AFSCME-endorsed candidates were elected. From volunteer labor walks and phone banks to direct mail, from worksite “lunch and learn” meetings to social media engagement, our Get Out the Vote efforts provided the margin of victory for pro-union candidates.

This summer, I joined thousands of union members at a rally in Philadelphia to speak out against the Trump administration’s family separation policy. I was there to represent our union’s vision and values. We reject an immigration policy based on fear and cruelty. We embrace an immigration policy based on our common humanity, one that treats everyone with decency and dignity.

Council 4 will be collecting new, unused and unwrapped toys, and gift cards  through December 13, 2018.

We will donate toys and gift cards to the United Labor Agency, which helps Connecticut’s working families in need. (If you’d like to make a monetary contribution, please make your check payable to the United Labor Agency.)

All locals, individual members and employees of Council 4 who wish to participate in this effort may bring donations to Council 4 in New Britain. 

The best spokespeople for anyone running for elected office are everyday Americans spreading the word to their neighbors, co-workers, friends and relatives. That’s why public service workers who are AFSCME members came out this year across the nation to help elect candidates who support working families.

And we won big.

We won at every level of government and in almost every state. AFSCME members made our voices heard, helping our partners in For Our Future knock on 7.5 million doors and hold 925,000 conversations in targeted states.

Election Day is November 6, 2018. The stakes are higher than ever.

Council 4's legislative and political action program is geared toward defending our pay, benefits and voice on the job -- all of which are under attack by the same ultra-wealthy and corporate special interests that bankrolled the Janus v. AFSCME case, in which the Supreme Court nationalized "Right To Work For Less."

Larry Groh, Jr. is a retired Council 4 union member who wants to bring a working person’s perspective to the Connecticut General Assembly as he seeks to represent the 51st House District (Killingly, Putnam and Thompson) in the Nov. 6 election.

Groh is a retired member of Local 1565, one of three AFSCME bargaining units representing the NP-4 Department of Correction employees.

“I believe in unions and the right to organize,” he said. “I will support those rights at the General Assembly.”