Lunchtime Rally May 11

WEDNESDAY MAY 11, 2016
LUNCH HOUR RALLY

SUPPORT STRIKING VERIZON WORKERS
6 BOWDOIN SQUARE BOSTON.

(LOCATED ON CAMBRIDGE STREET BETWEEN CITY HALL AND MGH}

IF YOU WORK DOWNTOWN PLEASE JOIN US
SEND A MESSAGE TO VERIZON
AMERICAN WORKERS ARE UNITED AGAINST GREED!

SUPPORTERS WILL BEGIN MARCHING AT
11:30 FROM 3 LOCATIONS AND MEET AT BOWDOIN
SQUARE AT NOON.
THE HOOKER ENTRANCE AT THE MASSACHUSETTS
STATE HOUSE
CITY HALL PLAZA
POST OFFICE SQUARE PARK

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House Holds Line on Health Insurance

We are pleased to report that due to the efforts of your OPEIU Local 6 Leadership Team and our OPEIU Local 6 members in partnership with our brothers and sisters in the Massachusetts labor movement, House leaders held the line on health insurance costs in the House FY 2017 budget proposal and soundly rejected Governor Baker’s scheme to drive up your and your families’ health care costs.

The House of Representatives released its FY17 budget proposal on April 13, 2016.  Included in the plan was a recommendation to hold steady the health insurance premium split for some state workers at 80/20.  The governor had proposed raising that split to 75/25!

House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) and House Ways & Means Chairman Brian Dempsey (D-Haverhill) listened to OPEIU Local 6 leaders and OPEIU Local 6 members as well as our brothers and sisters in other unions on this important issue.  Please call them and thank them for watching out for you and your family.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo:  617-722-2500

House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Brian Dempsey:  617-722-2990

 

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OPEIU Local 6 is moving to new address

OPEIU Local 6 News Flash October 15, 2015

OPEIU LOCAL 6 ON THE MOVE.

We are moving our office:

Where: 150 Wood Road, Suite 400 Braintree, MA 02184

When: November 2, 2015

New telephone number is 781-848-6006 New fax number is 781-843-1236

OPEIU Local 6/Trial Court of MA Health & Welfare Fund New Health & Welfare Fund office telephone number is 781-843-3820 New Health & Welfare Fund office fax number is 781-843-3817

Email address is opeiulocal6@opeiulocal6.org Website is www.opeiulocal6.org

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Trial Court Members Group Two Hearing

OPEIU Local 6 News Flash

September 10, 2015

GROUP TWO HEARING

Former Senator Kennedy’s bill redefining Group 2 (Senate Bill 1387, An Act relative to defining employees in group 2) has been scheduled for a hearing before the Joint Committee on Public Service. The hearing will be Tuesday, September 15th at 1:00pm in State House Room B1 In fact, all of the bills relative to group classification will be heard on this day. Those members wishing to attend that have personal testimony of work place violence are welcome to attend. However, you will be responsible for using your own time.

 

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General Membership Meeting September 8, 2015 at 6:00PM

OPEIU Local 6 News Flash

September 1, 2015

General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, September 8, 2015, is our next regularly scheduled General Membership Meeting. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the OPEIU Local 6 office, 77 Parkingway, Quincy, MA.

From Metro West:
Take I-95 S / RT-128 S. At the Braintree split, take the ramp toward Braintree / Providence, R.I.
Merge onto US-1 N.
Take the Rte.-3 S exit- (Exit 7) toward Cape Cod.
Take the Washington Street exit- (Exit 19) – toward T Station / Quincy Center.
Turn slight left to take the ramp toward T Station / Quincy Center.
Merge onto Burgin Parkway/ Thomas S. Burgin Parkway. T
urn slight right onto Granite Street.
PARKING WAY is the street immediately on your right.

From the South:
Take Rte. 3 North.
Take Exit 19 toward T Station/Quincy Center.
Merge onto Burgin Parkway/ Thomas S. Burgin Parkway.
Turn slight right onto Granite Street.
PARKING WAY is the street immediately on your right.

From the North:
Take 93 South.
Merge onto MA- Rte. 3 South.
Take the Washington Street Exit (Exit 19) – toward Quincy/Adams/Train Station/Braintree.
Merge onto Burgin Parkway/ Thomas S. Burgin Parkway.
Turn slight right onto Granite Street.
PARKING WAY is the street immediately on your right.

 

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Update to GIC Lobby Day – OPEIU Local 6 News Flash 4.2.15

Maintaining Affordable Health Care For State Workers

• The Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 6 (“OPEIU”) is an organized labor union that represents roughly 3,300 trial court workers in Massachusetts.

• OPEIU opposes a proposal in Governor Baker’s fiscal year 2016 (FY16) budget that would substantially increase health care costs for state employees. Specifically, section 18 of the Governor’s FY16 budget proposal would raise the state employee’s share of the health insurance premium paid by 25 percent through shifting the 80/20 contribution ratios to 75/25. OPEIU opposes this initiative as it would result in additional and significant cost shifting to state employees who are already struggling to meet the demands of rising health care costs.

• The cost of health insurance for state employees was already increased for FY16 through changes approved by the GIC. The GIC has increased copays, deductibles and approved higher annual premiums (with an average increase of 5.7%) for FY16. In total, these changes represent $160 million in increased costs shifted to state employees for FY16 alone.

• The Governor’s FY16 budget proposal results in an additional shift of $34 million in health care costs to state employees. If section 18 passes, it is estimated that 45,000 employees statewide, who are on the 80/20 premium split, would take on an additional 25% of premium costs through the 75/25 premium split.

• If the Governor’s proposal is adopted, trial court workers will struggle to meet greater out-of-pocket costs, higher deductibles, higher co-pays, and a greater share of what are already increased GIC premiums. The average OPEIU member makes slightly over $42,000 a year. If the Governor’s proposal is implemented, the cost increase to the employee for a GIC family health insurance plan could be as much as $1,500 in 2016. Within the OPEIU’s membership, 70% of employees are women, almost half of whom are single mothers with children. These additional premium increases simply do not provide an affordable health care option for many of our state employees.

• OPEIU strongly recommends that the House and Senate not adopt Section 18 of the Governor’s FY16 budget proposal into the House and Senate budgets. Moreover, OPEIU respectfully requests that the House and Senate oppose any measures that would operate as continued cost shifting of rising health care costs to state employees.

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Update on Early Retirement Bill !

OPEIU Local 6 News Flash

March 26, 2015

Massachusetts House Passes Early Retirement Proposal; Does Not Extend Early Retirement to Trial Court Employees

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed legislation authorizing an early retirement incentive for only executive branch employees in Group 1 yesterday. Despite giving serious consideration to including trial court and higher education employees in this early retirement proposal, the Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey opted against recommending the same. As reported in the State House News Service, Court Administrator Harry Spence expressed concerns that an early retirement incentive would leave the judicial branch seriously understaffed. Governor Charlie Baker had previously stated his opposition to the option of including higher education and trial court employees. It is expected that the Massachusetts Senate will consider and pass this early retirement proposal soon. While it is unclear whether the Senate will limit the bill’s reach, there is a very strong sense that they will also limit its application to only executive branch employees at this time. We will keep you posted with further updates as the early retirement legislation progresses.

 

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