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'Union Yes' for Branford Town Workers

Council 4 Staff Rep Anne Peckham swears in Local 1303-458 officers Ed Giaimo, Laura Magaraci and Joe Abbatello. Not pictured is Shannon Greenwood.

Nearly 40 Branford Town Hall Employees and Town Supervisors gained a real voice on the job this summer when they voted to affiliate with Council 4.

The workers became immediate members of Council 4 when the town voluntarily recognized both bargaining units. Council 4 Field Representatives Dena Fleno and Bob Parziale worked on the organizing effort.

“We were the only unaffiliated groups in town and we felt devalued,” said Local 1303-458 President Joe Abbatello, an IT network engineer. “We wanted to have a say in how we were treated. We wanted respect.”

Local 818-60 President Janice Plaziak, the town engineer, echoed that sentiment.

“We faced so much political uncertainty and we felt like we were being treated inequitably,” Plaziak said. “It seemed like the right time to have union representation with Council 4.”

L-R: Local 818 officers Janice Plaziak, Kathryn LaBanca, Anthony Cinacola and Barbara Neal.

Both local unions have begun preparing to negotiate for a first contract, with Council 4 Staff Representatives Anne Peckham and Tricia Cardin advocating for Locals 1303-458 and 818-60, respectively.

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