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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the AFSCME Local 714 Scholarship Committee has decided to extend the deadline for submissions to July 1, 2020.

Council 4 represents 30,000 state, muncipal, board of education and private sector non-profit workers in Connecticut. Together we have a powerful voice to protect our jobs, pay, benefits, working c

If you are an active member or retiree of AFSCME Council 4, you can take advantage of a no-cost $4,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment benefit.

Editor’s note: The following is a story from the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, as told by a member in Washington state:

“My name is Kristina Johnson-Short and I am a social services specialist with the Division of Children, Youth and Families in Washington state. I’m a proud AFSCME member, a shop steward and president of AFSCME Local 1054 (WFSE). I am also a domestic violence survivor.

It’s become clear that relief bills Congress has approved thus far, including the record $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, won’t be enough to quell the health and economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What other aid should Congress provide? AFSCME has recommendations.

AFSCME members working for the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) are hopping busy these days fulfilling a critical mission. They are helping Louisianans survive as the Bayou State’s economy buckles under pressure from the coronavirus pandemic.

The petition has been delivered. We are awaiting results! 

While most people are taking steps to limit contact with others, the vital job duties of AFSCME members require that they do just the opposite. Council 4 members are, and will continue to be, on the front lines providing the vital public services that individuals and families of Connecticut need during this unprecedented global health crisis.

Updating wills before heading into work. Extending the lives of single-use masks. Self-isolating from their own families. These are just some of the shameful realities and conditions health care workers on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic are facing each day.

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 best way to do that is to get DSS to provide front-line workers with the technology they need to provide those benefits from the safety of our homes.

If you are a member of AFSCME Local 714, please sign our online survey to DSS Commissioner Deidre Gifford.

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.