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Workers Vote For Council 4 Difference

Maintenance workers at the Manchester Housing Authority voted to join Council 4.

Congratulations to Manchester Housing Authority employees and many other workers across Connecticut who have voted in union representation elections in to join the Council 4 family. Our newest union members include:

  • Ridgefield Board of Education custodial/ maintenance employees
  • Burlington Town Hall and Library employees 
  • Bolton Board of Education part-time paraprofessionals
  • Ledge Light (Groton) Health District employees
  • Cragin Memorial Libary (Colchester) employees
  • Sherman Board of Education school tutors
  • Woodstock Academy paraprofessionals and security officers

According to the AFL-CIO, AFSCME recorded recording the greatest growth last year among all the federation’s 57 national and international labor unions compared to 2008. 

“The AFL-CIO’s announcement that AFSCME led the labor movement in membership growth for 2009 confirms that we are on the right path with our plan to build strength through organizing,” says AFSCME International President Gerald W. McEntee. “We’re proud that public service workers are choosing to join with AFSCME to have a voice on the job and to improve the vital services they provide in states and communities around the country.”

National statistics show union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members.On average, union workers’ wages are 30 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts.

Ledge Light Health District workers voted to join Council 4.

While only 14 percent of nonunion workers have guaranteed pensions, fully 68 percent of union workers do. And, more than 97 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but only 85 percent of nonunion workers do.


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