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11/18/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
The Annual AFL-CIO Scholarship and Labor Education Program is in its 62nd year. Through the program, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and affiliated unions are proud to award financial resources to high school students pursuing trade union programs or college/university study. ­The Massachusetts AFL-CIO administers half a million dollars of scholarship awards on behalf of unions and labor councils throughout the state. Individual awards range from $500 to $16,000.

Register online to take the scholarship exam!

Key Dates for 2020

  • October 2019: Online applications are open! Click here to apply. Once a student registers they must inform their high school guidance office that they intend to take the exam.
  • December 1, 2019: Scholarship study guide and interactive website will be available from this page.
  • December 20, 2019: Last day to apply. All applications must be received by 5pm to be eligible to take the scholarship exam.
  • February 10, 2020: Scholarship exam is administered at high schools across Massachusetts.
In order to be eligible for a scholarship, students must take the Labor History Exam. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO publishes a Labor History Study Guide, which covers a broad range of the history of working people organizing for justice in the United States. New for 2020, an interactive study website will be available, featuring supplemental materials and quizzes to test your knowledge.

The Labor History Exam is administered once per year, and awardees are determined by the Scholarship Committee of the MA AFL-CIO. The Scholarship Committee consists of current and retired union members.

All Massachusetts high school seniors are eligible to compete for certain awards. Additionally, students with a family or personal union affiliation are eligible for awards given by their family's specific local union or central labor council. About 2,000 students take the exam annually to compete for a scholarship.

Read more about application and eligibility on our FAQ page linked below. If you have additional questions, contact Scholarship Coordinator Carla Connolly at cconnolly@massaflcio.org.

PDF iconScholarship FAQ 2020

PDF iconScholarship Program Awards Booklet 2019

PDF icon2020 MA AFL-CIO Scholarship Flyer



09/10/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
Congratulations to U.S. Senator Ed Markey who received the unanimous endorsement of the Council 93 Executive Board this past weekend in his campaign for re-election in 2020. Below are statements from Executive Director Mark Bernard and Senator Markey:

"Our union is proud to continue our longstanding support for Senator Ed Markey," said Council 93 Executive Director Mark Bernard. "Throughout his more than three decades of work in the house and senate, Ed has been a consistent and strong supporter of our issues. There's a reason that unions and management consistently agree that the value of work experience should be recognized in every contract we sign. It's because both sides believe in ensuring that the most experienced people with the greatest amount of institutional knowledge are placed in the most important jobs. We view Ed's his long tenure in Washington as one of his strongest assets. With so much at stake in the U.S. Senate, now more than ever, we need seasoned leaders like Ed Markey fighting for us."

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of AFSCME and its members, whose efforts on behalf of working families are so important to Massachusetts," said Markey. "From our public universities and colleges, to our state parks, to correctional facilities, to our school campuses, Council 93 makes up the backbone of state and municipal government, working quietly behind the scenes as truly the unsung heroes of government services. I am humbled by the strong and vocal support my campaign is receiving, and I will continue to reach out to all of unions, organizations, and residents throughout the Commonwealth who believe in standing up for working families and fighting for progressive values."





08/20/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
Field Services
Steward's Training
Saturday, September 28th, 2019, at
Bridgewater State University Operations Center located at
200 Great Hill Drive, Bridgewater, MA.

AFSCME Council 93 will be conducting a Union Steward's Training for any AFSCME member that is interested in attending. All members and current or newly elected Union Officers and Stewards are urged to attend.

The training will cover such topics as:

  • Rights of Union Members and the Local Union Steward, such as "Weingarten Rights", Duty of Fair Representation, Information Requests, etc.
  • Source of the "Union's" Strength and Power
  • What constitutes a Grievance? Past Practice?
qGrievance administration, writing, investigating and presentation

Training runs from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lunch will be provided. You will only need to bring a copy of your contract.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Cathy Chapman at 774-202-8065 or via e-mail at cchapman@afscme93.org no later than September 20th, 2019.

*We must receive your name, phone number, mailing address and/or e-mail address and your Local #.


08/09/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
In this issue we highlight recent AFSCME Council 93 news and events:

  • New Leadership at Council 93
  • Janus Response Legislation
  • 13th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament
  • Maine State Contract Ratification
  • Council 93 Organizing Updates
  • And Much More
Click HERE to read it!


06/27/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
Summer is starting to heat up! Use your AFSCME Council 93 membership to cool off at two of New England's premier amusement parks- Six Flags New England in Western Mass and Canobie Lake Park in Southern New Hampshire!

Six Flags New England offers pulse-pounding roller coasters to gentler options for tots. Cool off at Hurricane Harbor or take a break at one of our entertaining shows. Catch a bite at one of our restaurants

Canobie Lake Park has over 85 rides, games, LIVE entertainment and attractions… just for fun! Test your skills at our many, exciting Midway Games! And enjoy Tax-Free Shopping at our numerous Gift and Retail Shops located throughout the Park for everything from everyday items to life-long keepsakes.



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05/30/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93

Local_787_Run_to_Remember20190530160806Over Memorial Day Weekend, AFSCME Local 787 Boston Public Health Commission sponsored nine members in the 15th Annual Boston's Run To Remember Five Mile Race. The nine runners are Campus Police Officers for the Boston Public Health Commission.

Taking place on Memorial Day weekend each year, Boston's Run To Remember honors the service of fallen 1st Responders; this race has become a destination event for many participants and offers a one of a kind experience to show solidarity with law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth. Yearly, the race has over 10,000 runners, representing all 50 states and over a dozen additional countries.

Net proceeds of Boston's Run To Remember benefit local youth and community programs supported by our 1st Responders. The race also raises funds for several local charities, including the Alzheimer's Association, Children's Hospital, Cops For Kids With Cancer, Muscular Dystrophy, the Boy's and Girl's Club and Sole Train.

"As a union, we assist our members in a time of need attempting to improve quality of life and to encourage unity to help each other," said Local 787 Vice President Sgt. Tony DeMarco. "The members who ran this race exhibited those traits his past Sunday helping to aid families who have made the ultimate sacrifice."

Local 787 Officers Janelle Labbe, Damian Shallow, Arthur Bacon, Fred Kenawy, Nelida Rodriguez, Luis Pires, Darrell Hudson-Jones, Peter Starus, and Lissette Camacho all ran in and completed the event.


05/21/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
AFSCME Council 93 is proud to announce its 22nd Annual Council 93 Memorial Scholarships. In 2019, the program will award five individuals $1,000 scholarships to students enrolled in a two-year or four-year accredited college. Scholarships are renewable for each year of attendance.

ELIGIBILITY:
  • Open to Council 93 members and their spouses, children, stepchildren, grandchildren, or legal dependent. (Proof of AFSCME membership required)
  • Acceptance into or already attending an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school at the time of the award. Graduate students are not eligible.
  • Only one application will be accepted per individual.
DEADLINE DATE:
  • Applications and essays must be received by July 1, 2019.
Please send to:
AFSCME Council 93 Scholarship Committee
8 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

Or by email: aowen@afscme93.org
  • Winners will be notified by July 30, 2019. The scholarship awards will be made at the AFSCME Council 93 Conference Banquet.

AWARD CRITERIA:
  • $1,000 scholarship awarded each year for a two-year or four-year accredited college. Proof of enrollment must be received by July 1st of each school year.
  • Applicants must submit a typewritten, double-spaced essay based on the prompt: "Unions have been important to my family because…" The essay must be 500 to 750 words. The Scholarship Committee suggests that students contact their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors or friends to learn what labor union membership and participation may have meant to them. Union members are encouraged to discuss the essay with their children, grandchildren and others, in order to share their own experiences as possible topics for the essay.
  • The Scholarship Committee will determine the award based upon the essay and completed application form. Upon receipt of each scholarship application, the applicant's name and local number will be separately indexed. Once completed, the Scholarship Committee will then obscure this information to assure complete impartiality. The decision of the Committee is final.
To learn more and download the application click HERE!


02/12/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93

AFSCME Council 93 is accepting registrations for our next Financial Standards Code/Treasurers Training to be held on Saturday, May 4th 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center located at 1657 Worcester Road in Framingham, MA.

This training provides an excellent introduction to, and overview of, the important financial responsibilities of local union officers.
All Local Union Presidents, Treasurers, Trustees and Executive Board members are welcome to attend and newly-elected officers are urged to attend.

The $40.00 per person registration fee includes a continental breakfast starting at 8:00 AM and a lunch buffet.

Click here for more information including a registration form and information on overnight accommodations for those you may need them.


02/01/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93

Registration

Sponsorship

Each year, the AFSCME Council 93 Memorial Scholarship Fund provides three individual one-thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships to students enrolled in a two-year or four-year accredited college. Awarded in memory of all of our departed members, the scholarship is renewed for each year of attendance. Over the past two decades, more than $43,000 in funding has been awarded to deserving AFSCME families. Council 93 members and their spouses, children, stepchildren, grandchildren, or legal dependent. (Proof of AFSCME membership required) Applicants must be accepted or already attending an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school at the time of the award. Graduate students are not eligible.


10/16/2018
 
Posted By: Council 93
Join us and AFSCME International President Lee Saunders as we rally with striking Marriott workers and say one job should be enough! On October 20, the biggest hotel company in the world will hear us from Boston and more cities across the U.S. and Canada.

When: Saturday, October 20th @ 2:00pm
Where: Copley Square MAP

On October 3, workers walked out at seven Marriott-operated hotels, including the Aloft Boston Seaport District, the Element Boston Seaport District, the Ritz-Carlton Boston, the Sheraton Boston, the W Hotel Boston, the Westin Boston Waterfront, and the Westin Copley Place. This is the first hotel strike in Boston's history.

Marriott is the largest and most profitable hotel chain in the world, but UNITE HERE Local 26 workers in Boston have had their contracts expire as they struggle to win basic job security, safer working conditions, and jobs that are enough to support their families. Although UNITE HERE workers provide the exemplary guest services that keep Marriott profitable, too many find that when you work at Marriott, one job is not enough. Workers are making a sacrifice to win jobs that are enough to live in the communities where they work and have the dignity of job security and workplace safety. Please help us make this a reality.

One job should be enough—to live in the cities where we work.
One job should be enough—to provide for our families.
Our job should be enough—to retire with dignity.
Our job should be enough—to meet our demands for safety and respect.


See you in the streets October 20! #MarriottStrike #1job


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