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Posted By: John Killoy
On May 22nd, the Massachusetts State Legislature gave final approval to the Supplemental Budget that included funding for the Unit 2 State Contract. Both chambers passed the spending bill and within hours of being transmitted to his desk, Governor Charlie Baker signed the bill into law. The bill became law immediately, because of an emergency preamble attached to the spending package.

Over 8,000 Council 93 members across the Commonwealth will benefit from increased wages, forced overtime protections, expanded personal leave policies, better working conditions, and long-sought job protection language.

The new contract calls for up to 6% increase in wages. Starting with a 1% wage increase retroactive to July 2017. The first full pay period of July 2018 brings another 1% wage and 1% wage increases every six months until January 2020. There is guard optimism that an additional 1% wage increase, effective retroactive to the first pay period of 2017, will be realized if state tax revenues reach certain benchmarks.

The contract also includes a number of non-monetary benefits that will greatly improve members' quality of life and afford more opportunities for career advancement and growth. Under the new agreement, members gain greater flexibility in the use of personal leave time, a cap on man­dated overtime that prohibits forcing members to work more than 16 consecutive hours, and stronger protections against transfers and reassignments. In addition, they gain opportunities for career advancement through a dedicated Training and Career Ladder Development Fund.

After more than 40 years of fighting for recognition of their designation as emergency personnel, effective January 1, 2018 all such designated employees will be credited with one day of compensatory time every January to be taken within the calendar year, whether or not a state of emergen­cy is declared. This provision recognizes AFSCME mem­bers for their dedication to making it into work under any and all conditions to provide the citizens of Massachusetts with outstanding public services.

The three-year agreement was ratified in February by an 85% to 15% margin.

Posted By: Council 93

AFSCME Council 93 Memorial Scholarship
Click Here to Download Application

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.

Who is eligible?

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.

How do I apply?

Applicants must complete an application and submit a 500-750 word essay on "Why Unions Have Been Important to my Family." The essay should be typed and double spaced. 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, to relate their own experiences as possible topics for the essays.

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, this information will then be obscured to assure complete impartiality by the Scholarship Committee. The decision of the Committee is final.

Application Deadline

Applications and essays must be received for consideration by July 1, to be considered for the award.

Please send to completed applications and essays in one envelope to:

AFSCME Council 93 Scholarship Committee
8 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

The winner will be notified sometime in mid-summer and the award will be presented at the AFSCME Council 93 Convention in the fall. Complete criteria can be viewed in PDF form here.

Posted By: Council 93
The AFSCME Women's Leadership Academy Online is a wonderful opportunity for all AFSCME women to gain a deeper understanding of the issues that affect working women, strengthen leadership skills and activism, and be inspired to become strong leaders/activists in their workplace. As a participant, you will receive knowledge from experts on various topics pertaining to leadership development and women's issues. You will be supported by an amazing group of women leaders and activists in the AFSCME Women's Leadership Academy Facebook Group. And, you will be able to set and reach goals that help to strengthen your local.

The Academy will include:
• Five 60-minute webinar sessions that will be conducted once per month from May - October 2018
• Completion of a short quiz/evaluation after each session
• Completion of an AFSCME Strong action such as engaging in one-on-one conversations with co-workers to increase membership, signing up new PEOPLE contributors in your local, or even getting involved in an organizing/political campaign through your local or council/affiliate just to name a few.

To be a part of the Academy, please complete the one-page registration form by May 31st. We will send you a schedule of sessions upon completion.

If you have any questions, please call Tsika Pasipanodya 202-429-1214.


Posted By: John Killoy
Steward's Training

Saturday June 9th, 2018
Training runs from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

AFSCME Council 93 South Shore Office (2nd floor)
46 Foster St. New Bedford, 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?
  • Grievance administration, writing, investigating and presentation
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 June 1, 2018.

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

Posted By: Council 93
If you're one of the thousands of men and women who provide homecare and respite services, AFSCME Council 93 wants you to know more about a new contract between our union and the State of Vermont that provides you with certain rights, benefits and new wage increases. Want to learn more? Call the AFSCME office in Rutland at (802) 775-9577

As homecare and respite workers, you provide individuals and families with quality, compassionate care that allows seniors, adults and children to live with dignity and independence – all within the comfort and security of their home and community. That's why AFSCME fought so hard to secure the recognition you deserve in this new contract.

If you're a homecare or respite worker and receive your paycheck through Aris, call the AFSCME office in Rutland at (802) 775-9577 for more information

Posted By: Council 93

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Being an AFSCME Council 93 member doesn't only get you an advantage at the bargaining table – it also gets you access to discounts and benefits you can use to go shopping, take your family on a trip, save on insurance, and many more.


Union Members save 25% on all Teleflora flowers and GiftTree gift baskets — your discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Promotion code: BAAUP25
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Canobie Lake Park Member Perk!

Day Passes- $32.00 Save 15%

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  • Day Passes- $42.00 Save 39%
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  • Picnic in the Park (Pass, Parking, and meal)- $48.24

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Be sure to check back soon for more Council 93 Membership Benefits!

Posted By: John Killoy


ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Call the Manchester Aldermen today and tell them to negotiate in good faith with Local 298!

Anthony Sapienza 603-624-6493 Ward 5 Alderman

Elizabeth Moreau 603-782-6776 Ward 6 Alderman

William Shea 603-622-8079 Ward 7 Alderman

Barbara Shaw 603-626-4681 Ward 9 Alderman

Keith Hirschmann 603-668-2548 Ward 12 Alderman

Joseph Kelly Levasseur 603-622-7575 Alderman at Large

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Show the Manchester Aldermen we want them to negotiate in good faith with Local 298!
May 1st
May 7th
May 8th
Manchester City Hall
Starting at4:15pm

Posted By: John Killoy
CLICK HERE FOR the 2018 Linda Horan Scholarship Instructions

CLICK HERE for the Linda Horan Scholarship Fund Application

CLICK HERE for the Linda Horan Scholarship Contribution Form

This year, in honor of Sister Linda Horan, the NH AFL-CIO will again award scholarship assistance. Members in good standing of an affiliated local union, their spouses, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, or legal wards are encouraged to apply. A minimum of three scholarships will be awarded; one for $1,500, one for $1,000 and one for $750. Additional prizes may be awarded contingent on funding available.

Scholarship applicants must submit a 750-1,000 word (3 to 4 pages double-spaced) essay on the following topic:

What effect has the decline in Union membership had in rising income inequality? What can be done to reverse it?

Essays will be judged on understanding, writing style, and significance to Labor Unions. Applicants are encouraged to draw on the experiences of their families and communities. Two copies of the essay must be submitted – one may be a photocopy. All wording identifying the union member or the name of the member's union will be redacted, so please avoid use of such identifying information in your essay.

Those eligible are members in good standing, or the spouses, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, or legal wards of a member in good standing, of unions affiliated with the NH AFL-CIO. The union member must live or work in New Hampshire.

A completed application form must be verified by your local union official and must accompany the essay. Forms are available from your local union or the NH AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH 03106 (or call 603-623-7302).

The scholarship award(s) will be announced on or before Friday June 22, 2018. Winners will also be honored at the NH-AFL-CIO's annual LABOR Day Breakfast. Winners must provide proof of undergraduate enrollment in a college, community college, university, or recognized trade school for the fall semester, 2018.

Essays and application forms must be received by the NH AFL-CIO Scholarship Committee, no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday June 8, 2018 at: NH AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH 03106.

CLICK HERE for the Linda Horan Scholarship Fund Application

Posted By: Council 93
Members of the Massachusetts House of Representative will be debating their proposed FY2019 budget starting on Monday, April 23.

As part of our ongoing effort to control Group Insurance Commission (GIC) healthcare costs for our members, AFSCME and other public sector unions are seeking to amend the house budget to provide unions with additional representation and stronger voting power on the GIC.

As workers who rely on the GIC for health insurance coverage, AFSCME members know all too well that their out-of-pocket costs have risen steadily over the past several years through drastic increases in co-payments and deductibles. These increases are voted on and approved by the appointed members of the GIC. Unfortunately, the labor representatives on the commission are significantly outnumbered by management representatives, making it extremely difficult for us to stop this continued cost shifting.

Amendment #379 would address this imbalance and give us a fighting chance to stop cost shifting and other potentially harmful initiatives.

We are asking all AFSCME Massachusetts members who receive coverage through the GIC to take some time soon to contact their state representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor and fight for amendment #379.

Members can find the contact information for their state representative by entering their address in this link.

Calls are most effective but those who are not comfortable making a call are encouraged to at least email their representatives.

Please note at this time we asking for calls to state representatives only. We will ask for calls to state senators at a later date.

Below are some suggestions and talking points for making calls and sending emails:

For far too long, the voices of workers and their families have been under-represented on the GIC due to a drastic imbalance between management and labor representatives on the commission.

Amendment #379 would help to address this imbalance by providing labor unions with just two additional seats on the Group Insurance Commission.

The amendment does not add any additional costs to the bottom line of the budget.

I am respectfully urging my state representative to co-sponsor and fight for this amendment.

Close your call/email by sharing how steady increases in co-payments and deductibles have impacted you and your family.

Finally, hold your representative accountable by asking the person you speak with to get back to you to inform you of the representative's position.

Please email any responses you get to Jim Durkin. You can also call Jim anytime with questions or comments at 617-367-6012.

Posted By: Council 93

In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Memphis, TN to express his solidarity with striking AFSCME Local 1733 members. It was there, 50 years ago today, that he was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

On anniversary of his death, we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dedication to civil, social, and labor rights for all.

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