Council 4 members who work for the Department of Labor are fighting to save the vital, economy-boosting services their agency provides to Connecticut residents.
The Malloy administration announced plans in early August to lay off 95 front line workers and close 6 of 11 regional job centers (Enfield, Meriden, New Britain, Norwich, Torrington and Willimantic).
The cuts, which are scheduled to go into effect Oct. 1, 2015, will reduce the number of workers available to help people who need unemployment benefits, job training and reemployment services.
Members of AFSCME Local 269 and other Council 4 bargaining units are making their concerns public in a variety of ways, including holding public protests across the state.
They kicked off Labor Day weekend with a rally outside the Meriden American Job Center. Tonoa Slater of Meriden, who relies on our members at the Job Center, expressed her concern:
“Closing this center right here is going to be very devastating and probably heartbreaking to the city,” she said.
Also expressing his concern was Meriden Police Officer Jeff Selander, a member of Local 1016 of Council 4 "People come here for a hand up, not a hand out," he said. "Don't shut them out, embrace them."