Mobilizing for Legislative Action

Claudine Wilkins-Chambers and Donna Monroe of Local 3429 talk to State Rep. Toni Walker (New Haven).

Council 4 AFSCME advocates for legislation and a state budget that protects public services as well as our pay, pension and health care. Knowing that "an injury to one is an injury to all," we also advocate legislation that improves workplace rights and benefits for everyone.

The 2012 legislative session convened February 8 and adjourned on May 9. Our union-wide legislative priorities included:

On May 2, nearly 200 members packed the State Capitol for our annual Council 4 Lobby Day. We heard from Gov. Malloy and several state legislators, and then fanned out to talk to our legislators about bills such as the minimum wage hike and the pension task force.

The legislative season concluded on May 9 with a flurry of activity, much of it centered around the education reform legislation. We were able to get legislators to address many of our priorities in the meantime.

Sen. Beth Bye, 2nd from left, talks with Bob Facey (Local 3713), and Sarah Schuyler-Gallaway and Anthony Miller (Local 269).

To learn more about our legislative action program, contact Brian Anderson at or  Matthew Brokman at