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  • January 2021: Nomination and Election Notice. 

    A.F.S.C.M.E Local 749 will be conducting elections at 290 Pratt St. Meriden CT.

It did not take long for the COVID-19 crisis to hit home for Ginny Ligi, an eight-year correction officer at the Cheshire Correctional Institution. In early April, she tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“The virus literally knocked me off my feet for three weeks,” said Ligi, the union secretary for AFSCME Local 387 (NP-4 Corrections Bargaining Unit). “It was like I had vertigo on top of not being able to breathe well.”

The news media last week thrust state employees' contractual benefits into the spotlight following Governor Ned Lamont's public remarks at his daily COVD-19 (novel coronavirus) briefing. His comments further renewed attempts by Republican legislators to push for unlawfully breaking collective bargaining agreements.

The COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed some human activities; however, it cannot fully halt criminal ones. On the assumption there will be people breaking the law and arrested for doing so, there must remain mechanisms in place to protect the safety of the public.

One of the people who handles such mechanisms is Lisa Kaye of AFSCME Local 749 (State Judicial & Criminal Justice Employees). Kaye works in Middletown as an intake assessment, referral (IAR) specialist, also known as a bail commissioner, for the past 11 years.