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Three agencies continued to misapply the current SEBAC Telework agreement (DOT, DSS, and Office of the Attorney General).  Although we had already prevailed in arbitration on the issue of an

AFSCME is committed to helping you get the student debt relief you deserve.

The cost of college increased tenfold since the 1970s. Meanwhile, the top 1% graduate debt-free and politicians continue to choose corporate tax breaks over funding for higher education.

More than a dozen Council 4 AFSCME members recently joined hundreds of frontline workers and supporters to urge legislators to provide pandemic hazard pay to essential employees.

All 35 Local Bargaining Tables Reach Tentative Agreements;
Next Step: Ratification Votes

March 8, 2022--After over a year of negotiations with the Lamont Administration at both the coalition and local union levels, – including “outside employers” like the Judicial Branch, Higher Ed, Criminal Justice and the Public Defenders –  local unions at all 35 bargaining tables in the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) have reached tentative agreements that will proudly be reported to members in their entirety. 

State employees and union leaders spoke out during a virtual press conference March 1 demanding government investment in public services to help bridge the racial and economic gap in Connecticut.

The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) gathered employees from various state agencies, union leaders and state legislators to call on Gov. Ned Lamont and legislative leaders of both parties to publicly commit to protecting and expanding — not shrinking and privatizing — state services.

Today, following President Joe Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the United States Supreme Court, AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued a statement praising the historic selection.

The latest Council 4 Unplugged podcast, recorded for February 2022, examines the significance of Black History Month and the challenges facing the labor and civil rights movements. Our guests are Council 4 Civil Rights Committee Co-Chair Harold Brooks (Local 3144), and Committee members Patricia Davis (Local 318) and Claudine Wilkins-Chambers (Local 3429).

Click here to listen to our latest Council 4 Unplugged podcast. 

The General Assembly convenes on Wednesday, February 9, for a "short" legislative session that is concludes May 4.

Council 4's legislative priorities, informed by discussions with Council 4 leaders and members, reflect a commitment to advocating for workers’ rights and collective bargaining and properly funding quality public services at the state and local levels as we continue to deal with the pandemic.