Dear Sisters and Brothers:
What would you like to see in the next contract with the Trial Court? What are the challenges you face on the job? What is important to you? How can we as a union improve our workplace and our quality of life? Who would you like to see on your negotiating team? Do you have any suggestions?
Please join us at a location convenient to you to discuss the upcoming negotiations with the Massachusetts Trial Court and to nominate and elect members to the negotiating team. We are hosting Demand and Proposal Meetings in the following locations.
As a member of OPEIU Local 6, you are entitled to membership benefits provided by OPEIU to its members. These are provided to you at no additional cost. Further information about each benefit can be found at opeiu.org under Member Resources and on the OPEIU app:
Nation Safe Drivers Towing/Service Calls – Up to two towing/service calls per year for each member (includes family members living in the same household as the member) valued at up to $100 USD each ($80 USD call plus $20 USD administrative fee) administered through Nation Safe Drivers;
$2,000 Death Benefit & $2,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit – Certificates can be found on the website and app and can be printed and kept with your other important documents;
Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.5 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education—over 3,000 families have benefited so far. One such student is Selma Gezlev, daughter of two union members—her father is a Bricklayers (BAC) member and her mother an AFT member. She started college this past fall at Hofstra University, where she hopes to major in civil engineering. The home of Selma’s family was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. She says, “Our union leaders came through for us and have become like family. Being a union member is about job security and protection, but for us, it is so much more than that. It is about having a bond that connects us forever.” Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $4,000 and are for study beginning in fall 2020. Current and retired union members, as well as their spouses and dependent children, are eligible to apply. The 2020 application is due Jan. 31. To learn more and apply, visit unionplus.org/scholarship.
The Greater Boston Labor Council (GBLC) made history last week with the election of the first woman of color to its top office. Darlene Lombos, IUPAT took the helm a executive secretary-treasurer, replacing Richard Rogers, who officially retired after leading the GBLC for the past 16 years. Lombos brings to the position more than 20 years of community and youth organizing experience in the labor movement. “I am honored to lead such an amazing group of dedicated workers in the Boston area,” Lombos said. “Rich was a true mentor, and I look forward to continuing his legacy of empowering working families for years to come.”
OPEIU Local 6 applauds the election of Sister Lombos to lead the GBLC. We also want to thank Brother Rogers for his tireless dedication to our Labor Movement.
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
As we prepare to observe Veterans Day, the Officers and Staff of OPEIU Local 6 want to express our gratitude to our sisters and brothers who served and to all veterans across our great nation. We want to wish our members and their families a happy and safe Veterans Day. Thank you for your service.
Mary Mahoney, President
Patricia Pelletier, Secretary Treasurer
Lois Ciuffredo, Vice President
Deborah Puopolo, Recording Secretary
George Noel, Business Manager