Conference: A Call to Action

Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano swears in our new Vice Presidents.

Council 4's annual conference and convention took place April 21 in East Hartford. Nearly 200 members participated in a day filled with inspiring speakers, including U.S. Reps. John Larson (CT-1), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Chris Murphy (CT-5), as well as Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, House Speaker Chris Donovan, Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Secretary of State Denise Merrill.

There were plenty of thought-provoking workshops which led to packed meeting rooms. Through topics such as Internal Union Organizing, Saving the Middle Class and AFSCME at 75, our members explored the meaning of unionism against the backdrop of a hostile political and economic landscapes.

Our members elected an Executive Board with many new faces, including President Clarke King (Local 1716, Hartford) and Secretary Anna Montalvo (Local 1522, Bridgeport,).

Conference delegates also thanked outgoing President Thomas Ledoux (Local 2930) and Vice Presidents Linda Armstrong (Local 355, State Clerical) and Roberta Price (Local 610, State Clerical) for more than 30 years of combined service to our union.

L-R: AFSCME National Staff Rep Patricia Glynn, Local 269's Brian Cutler and Local 1161's Rich Rivera.

The conference closed with the presentation of Council 4 PEOPLE political action awards to Tom Stough (Local 991), Jon Green of the Working Families Party, and State Sen. Ed Gomes of Bridgeport (with Anna Montalvo accepting on his behalf).