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We have more progress to report regarding legislative funding for the one-time COVID bonus agreements signed in conjunction with our new contract.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders on Monday joined President Joe Biden and members of his administration, as well as a bipartisan group of lawmakers, for 

Council 93 leaders and activists from across the four-state region gathered in Danvers, MA this past weekend for the Council’s 16th Biennial Legislative Conference. 

Paul Moreno: How Public Unions Became So Powerful
Source: Wall Street Journal

Public-employee unions and the entire labor movement play a vital role in broadening the middle class in our nation. It is no coincidence that workers' wages have risen when unions are strong and have fallen when unions and workers' rights are weakened.

Golfers of all skill levels hit the links on July 20 for 18 holes of fun, relaxation and friendly competition all aimed at a great cause – raising money for Council 93’s M. Michael Botelho Scholarship Fund. 

Earlier this month, Gov. Deval Patrick vetoed a $5 million budget item to keep 45 beds at Taunton State Hospital. Then the state’s Senate and House of Representatives voted unanimously to override Patrick’s veto, throwing a wrench into the administration’s plan to shut down the Taunton facility.

Senate overrides governor’s veto, protects Taunton State Hospital
Source: wickedlocal.com

BOSTON - State Sen. Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton, announced that the Senate voted Thursday, July 12, to protect mental health services in the state by overturning two of Governor Patrick’s vetoes.

Our View: Override Patrick's veto on Taunton State Hospital
Source: South Cost Today

Gov. Deval Patrick's Community First Initiative, his justification for vetoing the plan to keep several dozen beds open at Taunton State Hospital for the mentally ill, aims to provide "care to individuals with disabilities in appropriate settings."

The disagreement over the closing of Taunton State Hospital and the effort to reverse closure of the Glavin Regional Center in Shrewsbury might seem to matter to only a few.

But such facilities ably serve some of our most needy individuals. They are staffed with gifted professionals. Most especially, they are places where hope pours in daily from family members and others who cherish their special someone who lives there.

BOSTON - Advocates for quality mental health care and maintaining the comprehensive and award winning services available at Taunton State Hospital scored a significant victory today when Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers agreed to a Fiscal Year 2013 budget that keeps the facility open through next the next fiscal year beginning July 1.  The budget provides funding for 45 state-operated beds at the hospital and includes language calling for an advisor