Council 4 Unplugged
Fighting for Safe Jobs

Fighting for Safe Jobs

November 18, 2019

Pamela Puchalski and Steve Schrag of the Connecticut Council on Occupational Safety & Health join us to talk about the fight for safe and healthy workplaces. Thanks to the efforts of unions and safety advocates like COSH, the lives of more than half a million workers have been saved by strengthening workplace protections. There is much more work to be done, as we learn in a wide-ranging discussion.

Local Elections Matter!

Local Elections Matter!

October 21, 2019

Municipal election day is Nov. 5, 2019. We visit with two Council 4 members and local office holders who are running for reelection: Manchester Mayor Jay Moran (Local 2836) and Middletown Common Councilor Phil Pessina (Local 1361 retiree).

“It’s About People Getting Help”

“It’s About People Getting Help”

September 27, 2019

State correctional officers are pioneering a new kind of employee assistance program through their unions. Our guests are Aaron Lichwalla (AFSCME Local 387), Michael Vargo (AFSCME Local 1565) and Millie Brown (CSEA).

Council 4 Union Scholar Interns

Council 4 Union Scholar Interns

August 28, 2019

College students Andrea Dominguez and Alexandra Guerrera share their experience and perspective after working with us as AFSCME Union Scholar Interns.

Talking Pensions

Talking Pensions

July 29, 2019

Alisha Blake of the Connecticut Coalition for Retirement Security joins us to talk about the impact of public pensions and the threats to our retirement security.

State Legislative Wrap-Up

State Legislative Wrap-Up

June 25, 2019

The 2019 state legislative session brought some victories for working people. Council 4 legislative advocates Brian Anderson and Zak Leavy discuss the outcome and the challenges ahead.

UConn Health: Public Hospital for the Public Good

UConn Health: Public Hospital for the Public Good

May 23, 2019

The UConn Health Center is looking to partner with a private corporation – a move that imperils patient care, education and research. Health Center employees Chris DeFranceso (UHP Local 3837) and Elizabeth Appel and Janice Oliveri (UCHC AAUP) talk about the importance of keeping their cherished institution in public hands.

The Happiest Countries

The Happiest Countries

April 16, 2019

We visit with retired labor leader Leo Canty, who toured the 10 happiest countries in the world, and found a shared respect for workers' rights and the need for a strong social safety net. 

Council 4 Conservative Caucus

Council 4 Conservative Caucus

March 18, 2019

Council 4 members Frank Ladore (Local 2836) and Jeremy Whetzel (Local 818) join us to talk about our union's new Conservative Caucus.

Connecticut Working Families.

Connecticut Working Families.

February 25, 2019

We visit with Lindsey Farrell, State Director of Connecticut Working Families, to learn about the campaigns to raise Connecticut's minimum wage and enact paid family and medical leave.