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12/06/2017
 
Posted By: Council 93
It is no secret that our health insurance costs have continued to rise year after year, while covering less and less. The ones who are feeling the pain are the dedicated state and municipal workers who are faced with uncertainty and confusion as plans are constantly changing.

AFSCME Council 93 has been working in coalition with other public-sector on legislation that would help stop cost shifting by increasing labor's representation on the GIC board, cap annual out-of-pocket expenses, and place all state and higher education workers at an 80/20 premium contribution rate split. Council 93 is working hard at the State House, but it is important that the GIC hears from the workers that are directly impacted by the policies and decisions made by the commissioners.

Next week you can make your voice heard and bring your issues directly to the GIC at one of three listening tour locations throughout the commonwealth.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12th
10:00 – 12:00 WORCESTER | CENTRAL
Worcester State University
Student Center, Blue Lounge, C*101, First Floor
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602
Directions | Parking | Campus Map

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13th
3:30 – 5:00 BOSTON | EAST
McCormack Building
McCormack Conference Room
1 Ashburton Place, 21st Floor
Boston, MA 02114
*RSVP to gic.events@massmail.state.ma.us

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th
9:00 – 11:00 DARTMOUTH | SOUTHEAST
UMass Dartmouth
Woodland Commons, Conference Room #3
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Directions | Parking Lot #7 | Campus Map

If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend or participate in these events please email your request to the GIC's ADA Coordinator, GIC.ADA.Requests@MassMail.State.MA.US, no later than Friday 12/8/2017. (An accommodation will not be assured if a request is not made in a timely manner.)


12/01/2017
 
Posted By: Council 93
Every year AFSCME Council 93 members help prepare their communities for the holiday season. Starting in early October and right on through to New Year's Day AFSCME members are setting up generators, stringing lights, decorating, putting up trees, directing traffic and crowds, and working to make the holidays festive. Their hard work helps make the holiday season a happy and joyous time.

This year when you are admiring the holiday displays take a moment to remember the AFSCME Council 93 men and women who helped make that happen.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!

Below is a list of communities where AFSCME Council 93 Members have helped set up holiday displays (if you would like to be added to this list please let us know!):

City of Springfield- Local 3065

Members of Local 3065 have been working since October 1st to string miles of lights to prepare Forest Park for Bright Nights 2017. https://www.brightnights.org/

City of Boston Locals 445, 296, and 804

Neighborhoods across Boston have trees, wreaths, lights, and decorations up for the holiday season.

This weekend is the Enchanted Trolley Tour to light the neighborhood trees! https://www.boston.gov/news/mayors-2017-enchanted-trolley-tour

Boston Common Tree Lighting was this Thursday and can be seen until New Years. https://www.boston.gov/calendar/2017-boston-common-tree-lighting

Town of Mansfield – Local 1702

The Light Department workers assisted with decoration across town. Decorating the North, South and East Commons as well as hanging wreaths and lights along S. Main Street, N. Main Street, West Street. They also decorated a large tree at the end of High Street at the intersection with N. Main Street.

City of New Bedford – Local 851

http://newbedford.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/community-services/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2017/Holiday-Tree-Lighting-Schedule-2017.-Community.Calendar.pdf

City of New Bedford workers placed wreaths, lights, and trees all across town. They even helped the library find, cut, and transport their tree. South Coast Today has the story highlighting the work that AFSCME members helped with http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20171128/new-bedford-finds-christmas-tree-after-challenging-search

Taunton Municipal Light Plant – TMLP – Local 1729

http://www.lightsonfestival.org/

Local 1729 helped prepare for the 104th lighting on the Green Festival in Taunton. The lighting of the Green is on Saturday, Dec 2nd from 3 pm until 8 pm. Our members at TMLP will have a float in the Taunton Lights On Christmas Parade this year. https://www.taunton-ma.gov/sites/tauntonma/files/uploads/end_of_parade_directions.pdf

Town of West Bridgewater – Local 1700

They place the Christmas tree at Town Hall and decorate the tree, Town Hall and the gazebo that is in the parking lot of Town Hall. They decorate the trees in the center of Town and they also place wreaths at the library.



11/27/2017
 
Posted By: Council 93

The Facts: Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31

Real freedom is having your hard work result in a decent living, having time to take a loved one to the doctor or attend a parent-teacher conference, and the ability to retire with dignity. But for decades, working people have been falling behind. Today, despite being more productive than ever, we are working longer hours for less money and fewer benefits. And despite promising to make things better, some politicians seem obsessed with making things worse – most recently by trying to take away our health care and vital public services.

It is no accident that working people are struggling. Corporate CEOs have used their wealth to influence politicians to rig the economic rules to benefit the wealthy and powerful at the expense of everyone else. Now, the same corporate CEOs and special interests are behind a Supreme Court case called Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31 that threatens to make things even worse for working people.

What is this case really about? The Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31 aims to take away the freedom of – and opportunity for – working people to join together in strong unions to speak up for themselves, their families and their communities. When teachers, nurses, police officers, firefighters and other public service workers are free to come together in strong unions, they win benefits like better working conditions, better wages, health care, clean and safe environments and retirement security that benefit non-union members as well. But the CEOs and corporate special interests behind this case simply do not believe that working people should have the same freedoms and opportunities as they do: to negotiate a fair return on our work so that we can provide for ourselves and our families. They are funding this case through the National Right to Work Foundation, because they strong unions as a threat to their power and greed.

What is the real impact of this case? When working people have the freedom and opportunity to speak up together through unions, we make progress together that benefits everyone. If the billionaires and corporate CEOs behind this case get their way, however, they will take away the freedom of working people to come together and build power to fight for the things our communities need: everything from affordable health care and retirement security to quicker medical emergency response times. The CEOs and billionaires want to use the highest court in the land to take away our freedom to create the power in numbers to win better lives for ourselves, our families, our communities and our country.

What have people in unions won for all of us? People in unions continue to win rights, benefits and protections not only for union members, but for all working people and their communities in and outside of the workplace. When nurses, firefighters, 911 dispatchers and EMS workers belong to strong unions, they fight for staffing levels, equipment and training that save lives. And when union membership is high, entire communities enjoy wages that represent a fair return on their work and greater social and economic mobility. Without the freedom to come together, working people would not have the power in numbers they need to make our communities safer, stronger and more prosperous.

Who is behind this case? The National Right to Work Foundation is part of a network funded by corporate billionaires to use the courts to rig the rules against everyday working people. For decades, the corporate CEOs and billionaires funding this case have used their massive fortunes to pay politicians and corporate lobbyists to chip away at the freedoms people in unions have won for every single one of us. Now they want the highest court in the land to take away our freedom to come together to protect things our families need: a living wage, retirement security, health benefits, the ability to care for loved ones and more.

Where did this case come from? This case originated from a political scheme by billionaire Bruce Rauner, governor of Illinois, to advance an agenda benefiting corporations and the wealthy. Rauner launched a political attack on public service workers immediately after taking office, filing a lawsuit on his own behalf to bar the collection of fair share fees by public service unions. A federal judge ruled that Rauner could not bring this action because he was not himself an employee paying fair share fees. But the legal arms of the National Right to Work Committee and the Liberty Justice Center were able to carry the case forward by finding plaintiffs as stand-ins for Rauner in the federal lawsuit. The district court dismissed the case, based on long-standing precedent. The plaintiffs asked the lower court to fast-track their appeal and rule against them in order to more quickly get the case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

What are fair share fees and why are they important? Unions work because we all pay our fair share and we all benefit from what we negotiate together. Fair share fees provide public service workers with the power in numbers they need to negotiate better wages, benefits and protections that improve work conditions and set standards for everyone. Each individual public service worker chooses whether or not to join a union, but the union is still required by law to represent and negotiate on behalf of all public service workers – members and non-members alike. The corporate special interests behind this case want to take away the freedom of public service workers to have the power in numbers to provide for their families and make their communities stronger. That is why they want the Supreme Court to rule that workers can receive all the benefits of a union contract without contributing anything in return. Look at it this way: If you go out to dinner with a group of friends, you still pay your fair share of the check even if you didn't get to choose the restaurant.

Is anyone ever forced to join a union or pay for politics? No. The simple truth is that no one is forced to join a union and no one is forced to pay any fees that go to politics or political candidates. That is already the law of the land. Nothing in this case will change that. This case is about taking away the freedom of working people to come together, speak up for each other and build a better life for themselves and their families.







11/22/2017
 
Posted By: John Killoy


11/16/2017
 
Posted By: John Killoy
Nashua, NH- AFSCME Local 365 members won a decisive victory in Nashua on Election Day, playing a key role in electing a 6-3 pro-worker majority to the school board that
will hopefully spell final defeat for efforts to privatize school custodial services.

The election night win was the culmination of a more than two-year battle against a reckless outsourcing plan that would replace approximately 100 dedicated, professional school custodians with contract employees.

The union's fight began in September of 2015 when the board of education took a secret 8-1 vote in executive session to outsource the work, with former school board member Kim Kleiner the lone vote in opposition. The vote, held just days after the deadline for candidates to declare their candidacy for the school board, created an uproar in the city and left many believing it was timed to insulate the board members from voter backlash. But at the first public school board meeting after the secret vote, board members soon realized they were not going to be let off the hook. More than 200 custodians, teachers, students, and parents turned out to criticize the board and oppose privatization, starting one of the most remarkable and unified campaigns against privatization in the state.

In the weeks and months that followed, Local 365 members and Council 93 staff kept a regular presence at weekly school board meetings. Working together, they prepared an extensive list of the many duties and responsibilities of the custodians, which helped to shape the school district's Request for Proposal (RFP) bidding process and resulted in significantly higher minimum bids from private vendors. It also generated greater awareness of the value the workers provided to the school communities and a deeper appreciation for their work. A number of media, public relations, and legal strategies were employed including a court case based on violations of the union's collective bargaining agreement that ultimately worked its way up to the State Supreme Court. While the court eventually ruled against the union, the work of the Council 93 legal team, combined with the wide-range of other actions, served to delay a final vote by the board to award the contract to a private vendor.

"We're extremely proud of what our members and our Council accomplished in Nashua," said Council 93 Executive Director Frank Moroney. "The election night victory was critical, but if not for the perseverance and hard work of our members and staff over the past two years, these jobs would have been outsourced a long time ago. We fought hard and never gave up. That put us in a position to make a difference in this election and hopefully end this long ordeal. This has been very difficult on our members and we are looking forward to giving them some well-deserved peace of mind."

According to Local 365 Chapter Chair Donna Grady, getting politically involved and educating the public were the keys to success. The Local's first foray into electoral politics was during the November 2015 election. Since the board took the vote to privatize after the deadline for candidates to run for the school board, AFSCME worked with the Nashua Teachers Union to recruit a slate of write-in candidates. In less than two weeks' time, there was an extensive public education campaign that garnered 19,000 votes for five write-in candidates. Although it did not swing the majority, it was enough to get the attention of privatization proponents on the board and proved the union would be a force in the next election. The strength of the write-in campaign, combined with ongoing public and union pressure, led some board members to begin reconsidering their support for privatization. In June of 2016, a motion to abandon privatization and open contract negotiations with the custodians failed by just a 5-4 margin.

When the 2017 election season rolled around, the union was well prepared. Local 365 worked with the Council to thoroughly vet candidates and make formal endorsements. They then moved into an enthusiastic Get-Out-the-Vote campaign. On Election Day, fifty-seven members, more than half of the unit, joined Council 93 staff members at the polls educating the public on the candidates appearing on the ballot.

The union has come a long way however, custodian and Local 365 Chapter Chair Donna Grady cautions that there is still work to be done. "We had a positive outcome on Election Day, but the fight is far from over," she said. "In the coming weeks, it will be critical that we remain engaged with the board of education."

But despite the work that still lies ahead, Grady is encouraged and heartened by how much the public and decision-makers have learned about the value of the custodians. "Gone are the days when the custodian merely emptied the trash, swept the floors, and cleaned the bathrooms," she said. "We are part of the family known as the Nashua School District. Although we still clean the buildings, we also find ourselves interacting with the students, greeting them in the morning, repairing their broken zippers, and sitting with them at night until their parents pick them up. We work with the entire education community to ensure we help promote a positive learning environment for all of our students. Not only do we give them clean and safe havens to spend their days, but we are their protectors, mentors, and coaches. But most of all, we are their friends. We care about these students and will do everything we can to stop privatization and prevent strangers from taking over our buildings."


11/15/2017
 
Posted By: John Killoy
Manchester, NH- History was made this month when AFSCME Local 298-backed candidate Joyce Craig was elected as the first female mayor of Manchester, NH. Mayor-Elect Craig won the November 7th election handily with a 53% to 47% margin over incumbent Ted Gatsas, who has led the city since 2010.

After coming within 64 votes of unseating Mayor Gatsas in 2015, voters made it clear in September's primary that they were ready for a change. Joyce Craig beat the incumbent mayor by over 800 votes, marking the first time in five consecutive elections that Gatsas was not the top vote getter and setting up the historic Election Day victory.

AFSCME Local 298, which represents municipal employees throughout the Queen City, was instrumental in Joyce Craig's election victory. Getting actively involved in this year's local election, the union was eager to flex its political muscle by engaging in a robust member-to-member education program that included mailings, member conversations, and worksite visits.
The day before the election, Joyce Craig joined AFSCME Local 298 leadership in rallying the membership to get the vote out on Election Day.

Local 298 President Dennis Bourgeois understood the importance of his union and its members getting involved in these local elections, "Very rarely in life are you given the opportunity to elect your bosses. The hardworking men and women of AFSCME Local 298 sent a clear message to the toxic Gatsas Administration by wholeheartedly supporting the only clear choice for Manchester- Joyce Craig."

The union got involved because of the terribly-strained relationship between Local 298 and the current administration. Bourgeois was happy to announce that "the destructive tactics of Ted Gatsas will no longer be welcome in our city."

On her decisive victory, the Craig had this to say, "Thank you to the men and women of AFSCME for your support in this election and your service to Manchester. AFSCME members knocked doors, made phone calls, sent emails, and talked to their friends and neighbors about the importance of this election - and it really made the difference. I'm honored to serve as the next Mayor of Manchester and I look forward to working with the hard-working men and women of AFSCME to build a stronger Manchester."

In addition to endorsing in the mayoral race, AFSCME Local 298 participated in an extensive and exhaustive endorsement process for Alderman candidates as well. Through this process, 10 candidates were endorsed. Four of AFSCME Local 298's endorsed candidates for Alderman won as did the endorsed unopposed candidate for Alderman at Large.

The AFSCME supported winning candidates are:
  • Ward 1 Alderman: Kevin Cavanaugh
  • Ward 4 Alderman: Chris Hebert
  • Ward 10 Alderman: Bill Barry
  • Ward 11 Alderman: Normand Gamache
  • Alderman At Large: Dan O'Neill
The 2017 Manchester Municipal Elections were part of an ongoing effort by Council 93 to encourage and assist local unions across its four-state region to get move actively involved in local elections. Municipal governments are directly involved in the day-to-day lives and well-being of tens of thousands of AFSCME members and that involvement is most evident in the elected officials who sit across the bargaining table from us.

AFSCME Council 93 Executive Director Frank Moroney, who stressed the importance of active involvement in municipal elections at the Council's November 3-5 Biennial Convention, was elated with the victory. "It is imperative that we are active in advocating for candidates that understand the needs and concerns of our members and respect the work we do," Moroney said. "I want to congratulate Local 298 for having the courage to get involved and most importantly, following up on their endorsements with the hard work needed to make a difference. We look forward to duplicating this model in cities and towns throughout our four-state region."



11/14/2017
 
Posted By: John Killoy
Leominster, MA- It's only two months into the school year in Leominster, but school officials have already acted to abandon their experiment with privatization. After numerous complaints from teachers, staff, and students about dirty and uncleaned school buildings; rodent sightings; multiple no shows by contracted workers; and generally poor learning and working conditions, the Leominster School Committee voted October 17th to re-hire the AFSCME school custodians, who were laid off in July. The twenty-seven Local 1817 members returned to work for the first time on November 13th.

Scott Lanciani, President of Local 1817, remarked that "I am thankful that my members are getting back to work. Hopefully now the school committee will value the work we do to ensure that the students of Leominster are able to have a safe learning environment every day they come to school." Lanciani lamented that after the layoffs "it felt like we were getting thrown out like the trash we take out every night.

The Junior Custodians represented by Local 1817 will all be reinstated to their previous positions and retain their seniority status for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year.

Last month the Leominster School Committee had voted 7-0, at the recommendation of Mayor and School Committee Chair Dean Mazzarella, to reverse their earlier decision to layoff the custodians and outsource the work to a private company. The members of Local 1817 were unceremoniously terminated on June 30th without severance, vacation, or longevity pay. The union was also denied the chance to offer a counter proposal which would have maintained the high level of custodial services while also saving the school district a substantial amount of money going forward.

AFSCME Council 93 filed a charge of Prohibited Practice with the Department of Labor Relations over the treatment of the Leominster custodians. A state investigator recently determined that there was probable cause to substantiate the union's complaint. The investigator stated the school committee "has failed to bargain in good faith by transferring bargaining unit work to non-unit personnel without giving the Union prior notice and an opportunity to bargain to resolution or impasse about the decision to transfer bargaining unit work and the impacts of that decision on employees' terms and conditions of employment" was in violation of state law, and "derivatively interfered with, restrained and coerced its employees in the exercise of their rights guaranteed" under state law. The investigator's findings were significant but ultimately it the need for stability and quality services that led to the swift return of the union custodians.

Lanciani was impressed with the dedication and support AFSCME Council 93 staff provided his members throughout the ordeal, "they were there with us every step of the way and helped us prove to the school committee that privatization would be a bad idea for the city."

Council 93 Executive Director Frank Moroney said he was "pleased but not surprised" by the school board's decision. "We know that privatization invariably proves to be a failure in our municipalities and school districts, but sometimes communities need to experience the negative impact firsthand," Moroney said. "We applaud the school committee and mayor for acting quickly to correct this mistake and we look forward to working with them for many years to come to ensure that Leominster's public schools are safely and professionally maintained by a union workforce."



11/09/2017
 
Posted By: John Killoy
Danvers, MA- More than 200 AFSCME Council 93 leaders, activists, and staff gathered in Danvers, MA this past weekend for Council's 23rd Biennial Convention.

The three-day event, held November 2-5, provided delegates with an opportunity to help chart the union's course for the next few years and featured a wide-range of training programs aimed at helping our members prepare for the challenges that are expected to arise from a pending United States Supreme Court decision on the legality of agency fee.

Council 93 President Charlie Owen and Executive Director Frank Moroney opened the convention by speaking to delegates on the importance of our AFSCME Strong Campaign. Formed directly in response to right-wing legal challenges to agency fee, the campaign is designed to build the ranks of dues-paying members and reinvigorate our union by engaging members in issues and fostering more communication between leaders and rank and file members.

In his opening remarks, Moroney stressed that the likely negative court decision would make us all vulnerable to the types of attacks we are seeing in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa. "All the challenges, all the struggles, that we have faced in the past. Are nothing compared to what we are facing now," Moroney told delegates. "The future of the public sector labor movement is in very real and very imminent danger. And for those of you who are thinking that won't impact my local or my state because we only have a handful of free riders, let me tell you something. You're dead wrong."

Owen urged delegates to be proactive by taking full advantage of the training programs and resources provided throughout the weekend. "I cannot stress enough the value and importance of these workshops," he said. "The things you will learn and the tools you will be given to help your locals, will be absolutely critical over the next few years. We are counting on you not only to attend, but to also bring the knowledge and skills you gain back to your local."

The threat to public sector unions from the impending Janus versus AFSCME Supreme Court Case was a frequent topic of conversation- from featured guest speaker AFSCME International President Lee Saunders to workshops on best practices for local leaders to the breakfast table and everywhere in between. While Janus is indeed a very real threat, everyone left the convention with a renewed sense of purpose to continue fighting and to make AFSCME Council 93 stronger than ever. Convention delegates made a commitment to the AFSCME Strong campaign to sign-up more members and grow the union.

During Saturday's session, AFSCME International President Lee Saunders and Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steve Tolman were the honored guests and convention speakers.

Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Tolman warned of the "dangerous, insidious, and corrupting influence of dark money" in our political system geared towards weakening the labor movement at all levels. He reminded everyone in the hall that the power and strength of organized labor is in its members joining together to speak up for the rights of working people everywhere and joining together to elect politicians that respect and honor the work that union members do day in and day out.

AFSCME International President Lee Saunders addressed the convention and highlighted the strength and power the 1.6 million member "mean, green AFSCME machine" has even in the face of adversity. Saunders spoke of AFSCME members waking up to serve and better their communities through the work they do every day. He urged all convention goers to "to fight for our union, to fight for our public services, and to fight for our country," because if we "fight back and make our voices heard we can win."

Workshops were offered throughout the weekend to teach delegates best practices on building strength in their locals, teaching new employees about the many benefits of AFSCME membership, and financial responsibilities for Secretary-Treasurers. These well attended workshops gave convention goers the tools and skills necessary to make their locals stronger over the coming years.

The evening banquet was held Saturday evening and featured award presentations. During the dinner, the AFSCME Council 93 Memorial Scholarship Fund gave out its annual scholarship awards. Awarded in memory of all of our departed members, the scholarship is renewed for each year the recipient is enrolled in an accredited higher education program. This year's recipients were: Amanda Lobo- who is studying Psychology at Westfield State University, Jillian Connelly- who is studying Liberal Arts at Greenfield Community College, and Samantha Jones - who is beginning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Joanne Cooke, Local 72 President, was honored during the dinner with the Memorial Leadership Award for her decades of dedication to her members, the community she serves, and to Council 93. In a speech nominating Cooke for the award, Local 72 member John Lewis noted that she has worked tirelessly for over four decades to stand up for her members, a quality exemplified when she helped lead the fight to save Taunton State Hospital. Her efforts in that campaign not only saved the jobs of her members, but also served to keep the only source of inpatient mental health beds in southeastern Massachusetts open.

Because of her efforts in mobilizing her members and community support, Joanne led the charge that blocked Governor Deval Patrick's closure plan three separate times. Joanne continues to fight for the safety, protection, and well-being of her members and the vulnerable population that they serve. She is currently spearheading an effort to get the Department of Mental Health to install metal detectors to prevent weapons and contraband from being smuggled into the hospital.

The convention came to a close Sunday morning with the election of a new Executive Board Member from Suffolk County and the winners of the Memorial Scholarship Fund raffle prizes. Local 296 President Walter Woodberry was elected by acclamation and sworn in by Executive Director Moroney. The Memorial Scholarship Fund raised nearly $10,000 through the sale of gift basket raffle tickets, the baskets were generously donated by a number of locals and individuals, and the ever popular 50/50 drawing.

In his closing remarks, Executive Director Frank Moroney reminded convention goers to stay vigilant, noting that "united we're strong, divided we're gone."



10/26/2017
 
Posted By: John Killoy
Oct 25, 2017
From the Nashua Telegraph
Adam Urquhart
Staff Writer





DPW employee Anthony Bibbo (middle) stands with Mayor Jim Donchess (left) and DPW Director Lisa Fauteux (right) after being recognized for his lifesaving action. (Photo: Adam Urquhart)

NASHUA – The city of Nashua recognized three Division of Public Works employees for their lifesaving efforts earlier this month.

The three employees, Phil Thibodeau, Eric Johnson and Anthony Bibbo, were on the job going about their trash route on New Searles Road on Oct. 14 When Thibodeau noticed smoke coming from a second-story window of a house at 19 New Searles Road.

The three then immediately pulled over, banged on the door and alerted a young woman who came to the door holding a kitten that there was a fire in the building.

The woman was unaware of the fire upon answering the door, and then notified her boyfriend. They both made it out of the house safely with the kitten and their dog.





DPW employee Phil Thibodeau (middle) stands with Mayor Jim Donchess (left) and DPW Director Lisa Fauteux (right) after being recognized for his lifesaving action. (Photo: Adam Urquhart)

"If it weren't for the these DPW employees' actions, they may not have made it out in time," said Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess. He recognized these three employees at Nashua Solid Waste Department at 840 W. Hollis St., during a 1 p.m. ceremony on Tuesday. He described their actions as "speedy" and "thoughtful" with all three of them pulling over instantly to notify the occupants inside the home. He said Nashua Fire was then able to respond and put the fire out in 14 minutes.

After Donchess presented each of the employees with a document recognizing their lifesaving efforts, DPW Director Lisa Fauteux addressed them.





DPW employee Eric Johnson (middle) stands with Mayor Jim Donchess (left) and DPW Director Lisa Fauteux (right) after being recognized for his lifesaving action. (Photo: Adam Urquhart)

She described her employees' work as "dangerous" and said, "You all make the job look effortless. I appreciate all of you."





10/20/2017
 
Posted By: Council 93



Mayor Walsh has received the unanimous endorsement of the AFSCME Boston Presidents Committee in his campaign for re-election. We invite all AFSCME Council 93 members to join their brothers and sisters in the City of Boston as we show our support for Mayor Walsh.

We will have signs and AFSCME t-shirts on hand for all who attend. Details of the event are as follows:

DATE: Tuesday, October 24th

TIME: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

LOCATION: WGBH Studios

1 Guest Street

Brighton, MA 02135



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