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04/04/2018
 
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.



05/07/2018
 
Posted By: Council 93

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04/27/2018
 
Posted By: John Killoy
SUPPORT A FAIR CONTRACT FOR AFSCME LOCAL 298

CALL TODAY!

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

INFORMATIONAL PICKET FOR A FAIR CONTRACT
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


04/26/2018
 
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






04/18/2018
 
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.


04/03/2018
 
Posted By: Council 93
AFSCME Council 93 is accepting registrations for our next Financial Standards Code/Treasurers Training to be held on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua, NH. This training provides an excellent introduction to, and overview of, the important financial responsibilities of local union officers.

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 lunch buffet.

Click here for more details including a registration form and information on overnight accommodations for those who may wish to stay on Friday evening.


03/26/2018
 
Posted By: John Killoy
Arlington, MA- School custodians in Arlington, MA are now guaranteed exclusive access to overtime shifts thanks to a recent arbitration win by the Council 93 legal team.

The February 14th decision by arbitrator Nancy Peace, ensures that the members of Local 680 will no longer be pushed further down the overtime rotation list by supervisors who have been wrongfully grabbing the valuable extra pay from union members since the year 2000.

Through the hard work and quality representation of their union, only Local 680 members will have access to overtime shifts going forward."Given that the collective bargaining agreement is a contract between the town and AFSCME Local 680, and that AFSCME is recognized as the exclusive representative of the custodians but not their supervisors, the overtime distribution provision must be read as a benefit applying only to AFSCME members and not to supervisors of custodians," the arbitrator wrote in her decision. "By allowing the supervisors to participate equally with the custodians on the overtime list, the town is improperly reducing the value of the overtime benefit for which the union has successfully negotiated."

The case started with a January 2014 class action grievance filed on behalf of the custodians. Local 680 President Mark Murphy lauded the cooperative effort and staying power of the Council and his union. "It was a long hard battle but Local 680 and Council 93 never quit," said Murphy.


03/20/2018
 
Posted By: John Killoy
In this issue we highlight recent AFSCME Council 93 news and events:

  • Privatization victory in New Hampshire
  • New members in Norfolk County
  • Improvements at the GIC
  • Statewide rallies to demand more union jobs
  • New state contract for Unit 2 in Massachusetts
  • Expanding workplace safety provisions
  • A special school in Canton
  • A campus police officer who went above and beyond
  • Some exciting upcoming events
Click HERE to read it!



03/15/2018
 
Posted By: John Killoy
We have good news to report in the ongoing fight to provide a safer work environment for our members.

Governor Baker has signed into law a bill that extends OSHA protections to public employees working in municipalities, public higher education, quasi-public agencies and authorities like the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.

The bill cleared the legislature earlier this month with the strong support of AFSCME Council 93, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, and other public-sector unions. It was signed by Governor Baker on March 9th. However, the new law will not take effect until February 1, 2019.

The legislation, which extends the same workplace safety standards afforded to private sector employees, builds on progress made in 2014 when a law was passed providing these important protections to state executive branch employees.

Under the new law, the Massachusetts Attorney General has enforcement powers and may bring "a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to enforce the law."

Council 93 is committed to working with our members to address any and all workplace safety issues. If you believe you are facing hazards on the job due to inadequate or wrongful safety practices, email Council 93 so we can work with you to address the problem.



03/02/2018
 
Posted By: Council 93
A dedicated group of private-sector human services workers are looking forward to a brighter future for themselves, their families, and the people they care for, after taking the courageous step of forming a union with AFSCME Council 93.

The workers, who provide quality, compassionate care for developmentally disabled adults at ARC of South Norfolk facilities in Westwood and West Roxbury, voted for the union after working with Council 93 over the past several months on an intensive organizing campaign.

Leaders of the group first reached out to Council 93 last Fall. Like all human services professionals, their primary concerns were focused not on themselves, but on the welfare and safety of the vulnerable individuals they care for on a daily basis. Their requests were simple. They wanted proper equipment, basic safety precautions, and a clean, safe environment for their medically fragile clients.

Michelle Sola, a program coordinator at ARC, summed things up perfectly for her colleagues during the organizing campaign. "If our voice isn't heard, the program suffers," Sola said. "AFSCME can help to give us that voice, and if our voice is protected, so are the voices of every individual we are honored to serve."

Sola's voice was echoed by her colleague Alicia Russell. "I support the union because I support the idea of standing beside my valued coworkers in hopes of adequately providing services for the remarkable individuals we serve," she said. "I also feel it's important to provide these services in an environment that is fair, comfortable and deemed respectful for direct care staff as well as the individuals we serve."

The voices of Sola and Russell, along with many others, had a resounding impact. Despite strong opposition from management, the group worked with the team at Council 93 to educate their co-workers and convince them that the union was the only pathway towards their goals. It worked. When it came time to vote on February 28th, an overwhelming majority of the group voted for the union.

It wasn't always easy, but AFSCME's organizing team were constantly by their sides. After some initial meetings, AFSCME organizers and attorneys took them step-by-step through the process of forming a union, guiding the workers and helping them refute and rebut the deceptive claims of management.

As a result, the men and women at the ARC of South Norfolk are now a part of the largest and fastest growing public sector union in the country. With over 1.6 million members nationwide, and over 45,000 in Council 93, AFSCME is widely-recognized as one of the most respected and influential labor unions in the country.

"We're honored by the trust that these workers have placed in our union and we look forward to working with them to achieve their goals," said Council 93 Executive Director Frank Moroney. "We have a long and successful track record of fighting and winning in this union. There will be challenges ahead, but I can assure these workers that we will be right by their side every step of the way to meet these challenges head on."

Interested in forming a union with AFSCME? It starts with a confidential conversation. Click here for more information.


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