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Last week, Council 93 President Charlie Owen, Executive Board Member Kelly Abreu, and Local 24 President Mary O’Brien traveled to San Antonio, TX with AFSCME Volunteer Member Organizers (VMOs) from

For Vermont Lieutenant Governor, the Council 93 Executive Board voted in early June, 2022 to endorse David Zuckerman. David formerly held the position of Lt.

In an astonishingly dishonest turn of events, the Maine Republican Party has targeted Senate President Troy Jackson (D-Allagash) by posting lawn signs falsely linking him to the “Defund the Police”

The elected leaders of AFSCME Council 93 are backing Maura Healey in her campaign to be the next Governor of Massachusetts. Members of the Council’s Executive Board voted unanimously endorse at the most recent Executive Board meeting in June. 

First elected to the State Senate in 2014, Council 93 has a long-standing relationship with Senator Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow).  We know who he is and what he stands for, and as a State Senator he has fought hard for AFSCME members.  For example, Lesser has been the lead sponsor in the Senate of our line-of-duty death benefit legislation.  This bill would provide a one-time payment of $300,000 to the beneficiaries of any public sector employee killed in the line of duty.  Currently only public safety workers have that benefit, but we think it should be available to all public employees.  Se

In this issue of the 93 Beacon:

If there is any elected official in Massachusetts who embodies the expression, “It ain’t broke, so don’t fix it,” it is Secretary of State Bill Galvin.  Bill Galvin has been the Secretary of State in Massachusetts since 1994.  Indeed, he’s held the office longer than any other politician in state history, and he is probably the most knowledgeable and effective Secretary of State in the country.  While longevity can sometimes lead to stagnation and a resistance to new ideas, Bill Galvin has remained current and nimble in his approach to the job.  Ov

With the critical 2022 primary election less than three months away, leaders of AFSCME Council 93 have voted unanimously to place their support behind a group of four candidates seeking statewide office in Massachusetts.

The votes were held on June 11, at the quarterly meeting of the Council 93 Executive Board in Portland, Maine.  Council leaders also voted to endorse in the races for Governor of New Hampshire and Lt. Governor of Vermont.   

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived at a time when our nation’s health care workers were already experiencing burnout. The National Academy of Medicine, in a report from 2019, said that 35% to 54% of nurses and physicians in the United States had “substantial symptoms of burnout.”

Then things got worse.

Earlier this week, Local 2948 President Brad Gallant and Local 3485 President Kevin Drake spoke to The Boston Globe about the chronic understaffing and underfunding at the more than 140 parks, reservations, reservoirs, and beaches managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
A state-commissioned report released in December found that full-time staff at DCR has dropped by 300 since 2009, about 25 percent, while the use of