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AFSCME is committed to helping you get the student debt relief you deserve.

The 2022 AFSCME Council 93 Memorial Scholarship winners were recently announced. Each year, the AFSCME Council 93 Memorial Scholarship Fund provides five individual one-thousand dollar ($1,00

For nearly forty years, the harmful and unjust Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) have robbed millions of retirees of tens of thousands of dollars in hard-earn

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. Governor but gave up the position two years ago to run for Governor. He’s back this year and we’d really like to see him in the Lt. Governor’s office again.

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” movement.  The lawn signs, which have begun popping up in Aroostook County, mimic the coloring and design of Senator Jackson’s own lawn signs, but with the phrase “Defund the Police” added.  Tiny print at the bottom of the signs discloses the truth – the signs have been paid for by the Maine Republican Party.

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.