Council 4 Unplugged
Journalists Join The Union.

Journalists Join The Union.

March 9, 2020

Hartford Courant reporter Rebecca Lurye shares her perspective as a journalist covering the city of Hartford and as unit chair of the Hartford Courant News Guild, the newly formed union at Connecticut's oldest paper.

Comptroller Kevin Lembo and the State of Our State

Comptroller Kevin Lembo and the State of Our State

February 3, 2020

How is Connecticut really doing? We turn to Comptroller Kevin Lembo for fact-based answers on this episode of Council 4 Unplugged. The Comptroller tackles many topical issues, including the certified savings yielded by the 2017 SEBAC agreement, a program to improve access to health care for municipal employees and an initiative to improve government transparency.

The Perils of Privatization

The Perils of Privatization

January 3, 2020

Federal, state and local governmental bodies spend $7 trillion of our tax dollars on public services. Is it any wonder big corporations want a piece of that? Donald Cohen of In The Public Interest joins Council 4 to discuss the latest trends in privatization and outsourcing, and how unions must be engaged in the campaign to stop private interests from subverting the public good.

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.