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We have several vacancies in the steward ranks due to the recent retirement wave. We are looking for the next generation of union stewards to step forward to protect and serve our fellow members. The time to apply is now and we welcome your application. If you think one of your union brothers/sisters may make a great steward, please tell them and encourage them to apply.

Applications are welcome from any agency. Our greatest current needs are it at DRS, DAS, DESPP, DMV, OPM, and DEEP, (both Hartford and PURA in New Britain).

Union stewards advocate for their colleagues in the workplace


We have become aware that an email is circulating amongst the staff at DRS requiring A&R union members attending the upcoming Professional Development seminar to justify in writing to their supervisor how the seminar relates to the employee's job assignment, in order to have the leave approved.  The requirement DRS is imposing misses the fact that the seminar, which is being sponsored by A&R, has long ago received all necessary approvals from the Office of Labor Relations.  We developed the seminar's framework with the explicit intent and understanding that it be applicable and beneficial to


A&R Candidate Endorsements

The A&R COPE committee (chaired by Lew Button) endorses candidates in every election year.  In CT, odd years mean "local elections".  This year, A&R is again seeking to endorse candidates running for local office who are committed to supporting working families and the collective bargaining process. A&R, typically, does not make numerous endorsements in local elections however, we generally like to support our own A&R members seeking elected office.  If you are seeking a local office and would like an endorsement from A&R you must complete/submit our Endorsement Application by our September 17th deadline.

Download the Endorsement form for A&R Members

Download the Endorsement form for non-A&R Members


Members who are enrolled in the Health Enhancement Plan and have one of the defined "chronic conditions" and completed all of the annual requirements within the calendar year of 2022 will be receiving their $100 payment in their September 9 paycheck (all requirements must have been completed DURING the calendar year to qualify for the $100 payment).

As a reminder to everyone: in order to remain on the HEP you must complete certain healthcare exams during a calendar year (exams are listed below, the frequency of the exams is age/gender dependent so not every exam needs to be done



8/20/2023 BINGO and Beer at Hops on the Hill (no cost). BINGO starts at 2PM so arrive earlier, limited seating (view flyer) (register online)

9/1/2023 A&R Summer Picnic at LaBella Vista (view flyer) (register online)

10/21/2023 Haunted Happenings - Salem, MA (view flyer) (register online)

11/26/2023 Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular (view flyer) (register online)

12/2/2023 NYC - DoYourOwnThing (view flyer) (register online)

7/10/23 Update  (5/31/23 Original post)

A&R has been working through over 250 Pandemic Pay Appeals and we still have 40 unresolved...for all of those that have been resolved, we are hoping that payment will be in the July 13 paycheck but we cannot guarantee this will be the case. If we have notified you that you are all set, then just know that your payment is pending and if it didn't make it into this paycheck, it should be in the July 27 paycheck; for all other appeals (including those disputing HighRisk/LowRisk), we are still pursuing those appeals and we will let you know when we receive