Weathering Another Storm

Simsbury Public Works employees -- members of AFSCME Local 2945 -- clearing the roads. Photo courtesy of Simsbury Patch.

Connecticut residents are still digging (and now de-icing) their way out of a storm that left up to 40 inches of snow in some regions and paralyzed the state over the weekend.

Gov. Malloy, as he did Feb. 8, instructed most state employees to stay home and urged private employers to keep their workers off the roads while state and municipal crews respond to the horrendous conditions. State universities and public schools are closed as well.

We at Council 4 thank all the public service workers helping us weather the storm. From public works crews plowing our streets to first responders like police and fire to prison employees, they have been working around the clock to make sure we are safe from harm.

At a time when a well-funded cadre of government-hating, union-despising people are out in force bashing the work of our members, along with their hard-earned pay and benefits, and pushing for even more devastating cuts to services we rely on, it's comforting to know we represent thousands of dedicated public service workers who keep Connecticut moving forward.