Nashua, NH- The two-and-a-half year battle against privatization of Nashua School Custodian Services ended in a clear and decisive victory this week when the city's newly-elected school board voted to end the district's pursuit of outsourcing.

Statement by AFSCME Council 93 Executive Director Frank Moroney on Governor LePage's closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility

"Early this morning, under the cover of darkness, Governor LePage moved forward with his reckless plan to close the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport. Approximately 65 inmates were moved to the overcrowded and understaffed Mountain View Correctional Facility in Charleston and 31 experienced and dedicated AFSCME Corrections Officers received layoff notices effective March 2.

The Group Insurance Commission will meet next week and vote to reconsider the decision to eliminate healthcare providers.

The following is a statement by Council 93 Executive Director Frank Moroney on the good news:

On Thursday morning, the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission (GIC) voted to eliminate Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and Fallon Health from the group of GIC healthcare providers. The changes will become effective July 1, 2018.

WASHINGTON — AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement on the U.S. House and Senate's final passage of their tax bill:

"The tax bill passed by Congress confirms the absolute worst fears average Americans have about our leaders in Washington. The right wing of this Congress and the president have chosen not just to enrich wealthy and powerful corporations and CEOs, whose army of lobbyists helped to draft this bill in secret, but to personally enrich themselves at the expense of our communities.

Every year AFSCME Council 93 members help prepare their communities for the holiday season. Starting in early October and right on through to New Year's Day AFSCME members are setting up generators, stringing lights, decorating, putting up trees, directing traffic and crowds, and working to make the holidays festive. Their hard work helps make the holiday season a happy and joyous time.

This year when you are admiring the holiday displays take a moment to remember the AFSCME Council 93 men and women who helped make that happen.