Seeking a stronger voice at work as they head into contract negotiations this spring, Norwich City Hall Employees voted to affiliate with Council 4. They are now members of AFSCME Local 2422.
The workers cast 44 votes for our union, 10 for the Connecticut Independent Labor Union (their previous representative) and two for UPSEU.
The new bargaining unit represents more than 60 city workers.
“What does it mean to be a part of Council 4? It means we’ll have much-needed technical support from a competent staff for our contract negotiations and all of our issues in the coming years,” said Angelo Callis, a family therapist and local union president. “Council 4 will give us the organizational support we need to move forward.”
Local 2422 Vice President Debbie Delaporta, a clerk in the assessor’s office, said, “We want better representation in negotiations and respect from the employer. That’s why we voted for Council 4.”
Records clerk Christine Averna called the voting results “empowering.” She also plans to take advantage of the AFSCME Union Privilege benefits program.
“AFSCME just offered us more of what we needed,” Averna said.
In other organizing news, Council 4 is proud to represent two more groups of workers, Westport Town Supervisors and Barkhamstead Paraprofessionals/Tutors. Look for those stories soon.