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Some of the nation’s largest cultural institutions accepted more than $1.6 billion in federal help to weather the coronavirus pandemic, but continued to let go of workers – even though the assistan

Three weeks after failing to attend a hearing on legislation that would provide a safer work environment for Department of Youth Services (DYS) Employees, DYS Commissioner Jane Tewksbury appeared before a legislative panel to defend her opposition to the measure.

Ten days after passing legislation that restricted healthcare collective bargaining rights and provided municipalities with the power to shift a greater share of healthcare costs to public employees, members of the House and Senate today accepted a series of amendments to the measure, which help to lessen the impact on municipal workers. 

The amendments, offered by Governor Deval Patrick, provide workers with a greater share of cost savings achieved through plan design changes and better protections for retirees and individuals who highly utilize their benefits. 

Less than ten days after Massachusetts legislators passed a measure that reduced collective bargaining rights and enabled municipalities to shift a greater share of healthcare costs to public employees, it appears that a coalition of public employee unions have convinced Governor Patrick to make amendments to the measure that mitigate the impact on municipal workers. Anticipated changes by the governor include providing workers with a greater share of cost savings achieved through plan design changes and better protections for retirees and individuals who highly utilize their benefits. 

Council 93 members working in Maine state corrections and mental health facilities have reached a contract agreement with the state.  The contract, ratified last night, provides for a one-year extension of the current contract. 

Proponents of union-busting Right to Work legislation were dealt another defeat this week when New Hampshire Republican House Speaker William O’Brien announced he would continue to run from an override vote that would have killed the latest attempt to implement the legislation in the Granite State.

The victory comes just three weeks after labor effectively led a Republican-controlled legislature to “table" a public-sector Right-to-Work bill in Maine until the next legislative session in January. 

Members of the Chelmsford, MA School Committee recently voted to outsource the jobs of 24 AFSCME school custodians, leaving the long-serving public employees two choices – unemployment or a 60% cut in pay working for the for-profit company that duped the naïve committee members into signing the agreement.