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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."

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 #.

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!

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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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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • $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!

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.

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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.

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

Posted By: John Killoy
Danvers, MA- Dozens of AFSCME Council 93 leaders, activists, and staff gathered in Danvers, MA this past weekend for Council's 19th Biennial Legislative Conference.

The three-day event, held September 14-16, provided delegates with an opportunity to help set the Council's political and legislative goals for the next two years, featured workshops on union financial standards as well as organizing and communicating with our members in a post-Janus world, and speeches by a number of candidates for state and federal office from across Council 93's Northern New England Region.

The Conference opened with remarks from Council 93 leadership on the important work being done by our members across Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and the continued vigilance needed to protect and promote the value of our members' contributions to their communities.

Council 93 Executive Director Frank Moroney noted that the Janus decision, which the right-wing supporters had hoped would deal a crushing blow to public sector unions, has only strengthened our resolve. "Through our AFSCME Strong campaign, we had thousands of one-on-one conversations with our members, Moroney told delegates. "We worked together to educate our members on the hidden agenda – the smoke screen – behind this court case. Through specific issue-based campaigns and contract fights, we demonstrated the power of our union. And we re-ignited our members' activist spirit, and belief in the strength of collective bargaining."

AFSCME International President Lee Saunders, Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steve Tolman, and Senator Edward Markey from Massachusetts addressed the Conference throughout the weekend stressing the important work AFSCME members do throughout Northern New England and staying strong in the face of increased attacks on the rights of working men and women.

Democratic Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, Jay Gonzalez assured delegates that as governor he would "not propose or support closing our state hospitals. We need more hospitals across our state right now, not less." After addressing the delegates, Gonzalez received the endorsement of AFSCME Council 93 in his bid to become the next Governor of Massachusetts.

Also receiving endorsements at the Legislative Conference were-Janet Mills for Governor of Maine, Molly Kelly for Governor of New Hampshire, and David Zuckerman for re-election to Lieutenant- Governor of Vermont Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, Attorney General Maura Healy, State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, and State Auditor Suzanne Bump were also endorsed.

Additionally, in an effort to regain control of the US Congress and Senate and to stop and eventually reverse the anti-union, anti-working family direction the country is headed in, the delegates endorsed all Democratic candidates running for US Congress and US Senate across the four-state region. Notably receiving the AFSCME Council 93 endorsement was United States Marine Veteran Jared Golden who is running a highly-competitive campaign in Maine's 2nd Congressional District, which is crucial to Democrats re-taking control of the House of Representatives.

Delegates put forth resolutions on a wide-ranging platform of issues to improve the lives of AFSCME members and their families. The political and legislative platform proposed for the coming years includes: protecting members' personal data from anti-union organizations; supporting increased access to tuition assistance and reimbursement programs for members and their families to pursue higher education; continued fights against efforts to privatize public services; the right to strike for public employees; continue building and strengthening public-sector coalitions to support all public workers; and improving workplace safety, line-of-duty injury, and death benefits for all public employees

Workshops were offered throughout the weekend to teach delegates best practices on building strength in their locals, communicating with members and organizing in a post-Janus world, 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 announced 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. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the hard work of our scholarship committee, and the success of our fundraising efforts this year we are proud to announce 5 well-deserving scholarship winners. The winners were Jessica Contois who is majoring in psychology with a minor in education and social work at UMass Amherst, Breanna Franzoni who is studying Environmental Engineering at Siena College in New York, Maxwell Kane who has accepted an appointment to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he will focus his studies on Marine Science Environmental Protection and Biology, and Loreal Williams who is majoring in Sociology at Barnard College in New York City.

Executive Vice-President Kevin Hanley was presented with the 2018 AFSCME Council 93 Memorial Leadership Award for his years of service to Council 93 and as a long-time officer of Local 1067- Massachusetts Higher Education. In accepting the award, Hanley remarked that "the Council has always been there for me. All of you are brothers and sisters. All of you have helped me along the way. And anything I can ever do for any of you I'm here for you. Thank you."

The convention came to a close Sunday morning with the winners of the Memorial Scholarship Fund raffle prizes being announced. The Memorial Scholarship Fund raised nearly $7,000 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.

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