New Faces at OPEIU Local 6

Please join us in welcoming four new members to the Local 6 Team who joined us this spring. They are Business Manager George Noel; Business Agents Joe Montagna and Sheila McGillicuddy; and Finance Administrator Steve “Doc” Rutstein. Read more…

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Local 6 Wishes Dick Martin well as he retires!

Sisters & Brothers:

Please join me in wishing our former Business Manager Dick Martin a fond farewell as he embarks on the next chapter in his life. If I was limited to one word to define Dick, it would have to be service- service to his family; service to his country; service to the public and service to our union.

Dick is a dedicated family man. Prior to coming to the Trial Court, as a U.S. Army veteran Dick honorably completed tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam. In 1976, he began his career at the Trial Court in the Office of Commissioner of Probation. He is a smart and caring colleague who was like a father to those who have been fortunate enough to work with him. He retired from the Trial Court in 2006.

Dick served our union in a variety of capacities. He served on our executive board, as a business agent, and most recently as our business manager. Dick represented OPEIU Local 6 as a member of the Greater Boston Labor Council. He is well-respected in the labor movement in Massachusetts.

I admire Dick’s profound commitment and dedication to our membership and their families. He has been our tenacious and tireless advocate. He has been our loyal friend.

Dick has been invaluable to me during this period of transition in our Local Union. He is a wealth of institutional knowledge. I will miss seeing that mischievous glint in his eye. It is comforting to me and I am certain to you that he remains a resource that is only a telephone call away. Good luck Dick! We wish you a long and enjoyable retirement.

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ISIS Hit List

Sisters and Brothers:

Earlier this week, the Boston Globe and other news outlets reported that an “ISIS cyber affiliate” published a “hit list” that contained the names of 264 Massachusetts public employees. We received several inquiries asking if any OPEIU Local 6 members’ names appeared on that list from concerned members. By all reports this is not a credible threat. That being said the leadership of our Local Union takes any threat to the safety of our members seriously and had discussions with Trial Court senior management on this matter.

We are happy to report that only a small number of Trial Court employees and no OPEIU Local 6 members names appeared on the so called “hit list”.

In solidarity,

George Noel

Business Manager

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Richard Lanigan Elected President and Mary Mahoney Elected Secretary-Treasurer at 27th OPEIU Convention

electionOrlando, Florida (June 6, 2016) —  Delegates to the Office and Professional Employees International Union 27th Convention today elected Richard Lanigan to serve as president for the next three years.  Also reelected to her third term was Secretary-Treasurer Mary Mahoney.

Lanigan was named president by the OPEIU Executive Board in December following the resignation of Michael Goodwin.  In February 2016, Lanigan was sworn in as a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council. Lanigan has served as Secretary-Treasurer of OPEIU Local 153 and as an International vice president for Region II since 1994.

Mahoney is also president of OPEIU Local 6 in Boston, Massachusetts, serving in that role since 1995.

Approximately 400 OPEIU labor leaders representing 103,000 members from throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico are gathering this week in Orlando, Florida, for the OPEIU’s 27th convention.  The week’s theme, “Working Together,” recognizes OPEIU’s diverse professional membership that includes administrative and clerical employees, as well as a host of other professions such as nurses, insurance agents, podiatrists, appraisers, Minor League Baseball umpire, teachers and helicopter pilots.

During the convention, OPEIU will also be electing 17 vice presidents from seven regions throughout the United States and Canada.

Scheduled speakers include AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; NAACP Washington Bureau Director Hilary Shelton, CNN Commentator Van Jones, Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams, North Carolina AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Marybe McMillan, AFL-CIO Deputy Chief of Staff Thea Lee and Organizing Director Elizabeth Bunn, among others.

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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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