When Fran Krugen’s late husband was first diagnosed with diabetes, his insulin cost about $35 a bottle.

As previously posted, Governor Baker filed the necessary legislation to fund our agreements with the commonwealth on August 19th.  The contract funding is

The pandemic has led many of us to take stock of our lives and our goals.

More Americans approve of labor unions today than at any time since 1965, according to annual Gallup poll results released around each Labor Day.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents – 68% – approved of labor unions. That means a clear majority of voters views labor unions favorably. Among adults 18-34 years of age, 77% approve of unions. Support is also high among those with annual household incomes under $40,000.

Last month, as wild fires raged across the Western United States, burning millions of acres from California to the Dakotas, a crew of twenty specially trained Massachusetts public employees set out from Hopkinton for a four-day cross-country drive loaded with gear, equipment, transportation, and expertise to provide assistance in fighting the fires affecting the region.

“AFSCME Council 93 believes that vaccinations are the safest and most effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and variants of the virus. However, we also firmly believe that any policy on vaccinations must be established through discussions and negotiations with the union. While a majority of our members may have already received a vaccination, many others have understandable concerns that we believe should be addressed in advance of any policy implementation.

We have good news to report. Earlier today, Governor Baker filed the required legislation to fund the Massachusetts Unit 2 contract and our separate agreement on hazard pay bonuses. Since this legislation is not limited to simply funding our contract, there are a number of factors that can impact how quickly the bill moves through the process, including but not limited to what other cost items and/or policy initiatives are included in the budget bill.

A few moments ago, AFSCME Council 93 Unit 2 members working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts voted to ratify a new three-year contract worthy of their hard work, and most importantly, their courage and dedication over the past 16 months.
Despite the challenges associated with voting while still respecting COVID-19 protocols, we had an incredible turnout of members voting at indoor and outdoor polling locations around the state with the vast majority voting in support of the agreement!
Contract negotiations are always challenging and this time

After more than a year of intense negotiations, the Alliance- AFSCME-SEIU Local 888 Unit 2 has come to an agreement with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on a new 3-year contract from July 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2023.

Ratification will take place on

Tuesday, July 27th

(See locations and times below)

On July 21st,  the Joint Committee on Public Service will be holding hearings on H2808 and