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AFSCME members working for the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) are hopping busy these days fulfilling a critical mission.

Updating wills before heading into work. Extending the lives of single-use masks. Self-isolating from their own families.

The Department of Social Services needs to focus on protecting the safety and health of front line staff who deliver critical, life-saving benefits to Connecticut residents in need.

The petition has been delivered. We are awaiting results! 

Before the announcement early Wednesday of an unprecedented $2 trillion deal to combat the coronavirus pandemic, AFSCME President Lee Saunders and three front-line workers put pressure on federal lawmakers to come through with a robust aid package for state and local governments so they can rebuild decimated public services.

The State Employee Bargaining Coalition continues to have strong concerns about both the protection of state workers performing essential services on the job and the implementation at an agency level of the Governor’s directives and statements that those workers who can work at home be allowed to do so, and “only the essential people go to work as needed.”

The coronavirus aid package that cleared Congress is just not good enough for public service workers. That’s the takeaway message from AFSCME President Lee Saunders.

Council 4 Executive Director Jody Barr issued the following statement to Council 4 Local Presidents, Executive Board and Delegates to share with all our members:

We recognize that this is a challenging time for everyone.

I would like to thank each of you for your hard work, dedication and flexibility during this pandemic. As you know there is no play book for handling these situations.

If you are a Council 4 local union member and have a question regarding the pandemic and associated state/municipal/private sector closures, you can submit it to [email protected]

Council 4 (and our national AFSCME union) offer a wealth of free training and education opportunities, both in-person and online.

In 2020, Council 4 is launching "Saturday Study Hall" trainings at our office in New Britain.  We've scheduled classes on a wide range of subject matter, from grievance handling, social media and CPR/Opioid training to post-retirement planning, union treasurer responsibilities and OSHA certification.  We are also teaming up with the Connecticut AFL-CIO for a special training geared toward union members running for political office.

AFSCME members sat down with congressional lawmakers last week to share stories about how the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act would improve communities and empower workers.