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01/29/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93
Attention members of AFSCME Unit 2

Sign up for FREE courses now!

You can register for a course in 3 easy steps!

1)Check out the Training and Career Ladder Program website, to view available courses.

2)Log into PACE, select the Course Catalog enter TCL in the keyword search box and select your bargaining unit.

3)Select the enroll button and you will be automatically be registered.

Please note, space in these courses is limited and requires prior supervisor approval.

Some of course offerings include:

  • Supervisory Skills Training
  • PESI Online Training for behavior health professions
  • Project Management
  • OSHA Training
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Computer Classes
Additional courses are added to the TCL Course Catalog as they become available, so please check the Training and Career Ladder Program website often. Unit 2 Training Opportunities

In addition, there are a limited amount of LinkedIn Learning Licenses available to members of NAGE Units 1, 3 and 6, SEIU 509 Units 8 &10, and AFSCME and SEIU 888 Unit 2. Please email careerladderprogram@mass.govto request your license today.

If applicable, please complete your reimbursement by May 29th 2020. For more information please check out the Training and Career Ladder Program website.

Need Help? Contact careerladderprogram@mass.gov for assistance.



01/08/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93
AFSCME Members in Massachusetts: Do you receive health insurance coverage through Group Insurance Commission (GIC)? Are you looking for an opportunity to urge decision makers to maintain quality coverage and prevent further increases in out-of-pocket costs?

If so, plan now to attend one of the upcoming "listening sessions" scheduled by the GIC Board of Commissioners in the coming weeks.

Sessions will be held in Worcester, Brockton, Springfield, Boston, Lawrence, and Barnstable.

RSVP Here- https://forms.gle/yjUFGsCa17gXRVtL6

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 and costs continue to go up.

You have a chance to make your voice heard by the GIC!

AFSCME Council 93 has been working in coalition with other public-sector unions 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.

You can make your voice heard and bring your issues directly to the GIC at one of nine GIC Public Hearings from January 22nd to February 4th throughout the Commonwealth.

RSVP Here- https://forms.gle/yjUFGsCa17gXRVtL6

Wednesday, JANUARY 22

Thursday, JANUARY 23

5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

WORCESTER

Worcester State University Student Center - Blue Lounge 486 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA 01602

Parking: Any available lots on campus

5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

BROCKTON

Massasoit Community College Lecture Hall - Liberal Arts Building One Massasoit Boulevard Brockton, MA 02302

Parking: Lot across from Business Building

Tuesday, JANUARY 28

Wednesday, JANUARY 29

5:00 – 6:30 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD

MassMutual Center Meeting Room 1, First Floor 1277 Main Street

Springfield, MA 01103



Parking: Civic Center Garage or MGM Springfield

5:00 – 6:30 P.M.

BOSTON

McCormack State Office Building 21st Floor Conference Rooms One Ashburton Place

Boston, MA 02108

Blue Line: Bowdoin Station Green/Red Line: Park Street Station Orange Line: State Street Station

Thursday, JANUARY 30

Tuesday, FEBRUARY 4

5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

LAWRENCE

Lawrence Public Library - Main Branch Sargent Auditorium

51 Lawrence Street

Lawrence, MA 01840

Parking: street parking on Haverhill & Oak Street

5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

BARNSTABLE

Barnstable High School Knight Lecture Hall 744 West Main Street Hyannis, MA 02601

Parking: Ample parking in area campus lots



01/02/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93
Support a fair contract for New Bedford City Employees at the City Council Meeting January 9th!

-New Bedford City Employees deserve the RESPECT and DIGNITY of a fair and competitive contract.

-New Bedford should invest in PEOPLE! After a 2-year wage and
classification study almost all positions in New Bedford have been
brought up to area standards.

-Local 851 negotiated a 3-year contract that is fair to City Employees and City Taxpayers alike and will continue to provide New Bedford with excellent public services!

When- January 9th @5:30pm
Where- New Bedford City Hall 133 William Street New Bedford MA


12/10/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
Here is the latest addition of The 93 Beacon Newsletter!

In this issue we highlight recent AFSCME Council 93 news and events:
  • 24th Biennial Convention
  • Election Updates
  • Janus Response Legislation
  • Council 93 VMOs on the ground in San Antonio
  • Council 93 Organizing Updates
And Much More!

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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."





08/09/2019
 
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.


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