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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.

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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.

In solidarity,

Mary Mahoney, President
Patricia Pelletier, Secretary Treasurer
Lois Ciuffredo, Vice President
Deborah Puopolo, Recording Secretary
George Noel, Business Manager

The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, 5/14/19 at 6 pm at our office at 150 Wood Road, suite 400, Braintree, MA 02184.

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

We would like to give you a brief update regarding the Office of Court Management (OCM) Fiscal & Facilities reckless reorganization.

Business Manager George Noel, Special Assistant to the President Dick Martin and Business Agent Phil Basile met with Chief Justice Paula Carey, Court Administrator Jon Williams and Director of Labor Relation Mark Conlon to voice our strenuous objection to the OCM Fiscal and Facilities reckless reorganization and the manner in which it was announced to our members in those departments. We informed them that this type of activity taking place on the heels of the Classification and Compensation Study where the Trial Court committed to our members that “there would be no layoff or reduction in pay” has shaken the confidence and credibility of the entire Trial Court Leadership in the eyes of OPEIU Local 6 and our members. We further advised them to stop this ill-conceived reorganization plan immediately.

Chief Justice Carey and Court Administrator Williams listened to our concerns and asked for some time to consider our comments and suggestions.

As reported yesterday, we sent a Cease and Desist Letter to the Trial Court as well as an Information Request. Our attorney will be filing a prohibited practice charge with the Department of Labor Relations today. Copies of these documents can be found on our website.

We have received a response to our Cease and Desist letter in which the Trial Court stated that it, “… does not intend to take any steps to implement these plans without engaging in collective bargaining.” Part of the Cease and Desist Letter and the Trial Court’s response prohibits Trial Court managers from negotiating or discussing this issue with you. If a manager approaches you to discuss this reorganization, bring it to our attention immediately.

We will keep you informed of any recent events that may occur or actions that we suggest you take regarding this matter.

In Solidarity,

George Noel, Business Manager

4.24.19 Signed Prohibited Practice Charge Direct Dealing

04.24.19 RJB to Judge Carey and Judge Gants

04.24.19 RJB to Conlon [Inforamtion Request re Fiscal and Faciliies FY 2019]

Response to Cease & Desist Local 6 ltr 04.25.19