Dear Brothers and Sisters:

I regret to report that that the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) is considering a proposal that would shift significant health care cost increases onto the backs of our members and retirees. Those changes currently under consideration include:

  • Medical benefit plan design changes
  • Significant deductible and co-pay increases
  • Adding tiers and deductibles to the pharmacy benefit
  • Narrowing provider networks

I find this proposal to be nothing short of outrageous.

If approved, these changes would severely impact all public employees, including Local 6 members, who depend on GIC –provided health insurance to cover their most important health care needs and those of their families.

On Friday, January 13, I joined with other public sector union leaders and retiree advocates to discuss strategies to fight this latest attempt to shift health insurance costs to public sector workers. While we discussed many different approaches to the issue, we all agreed that the first step has to be slowing down the approval process. Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steve Tolman reached out to House Speaker Deleo and Senate President Rosenberg with the hope that they could exercise their influence over the Governor and the GIC.

On Tuesday, January 17, I joined a delegation of union leaders from the public sector that met with both Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Rosenberg to update them on the proposed changes and the detrimental impact they will have on our respective members. Both leaders expressed concern over the financial impact of increased out-of-pocket costs on employees, and yesterday each sent a letter to the Commission requesting that a vote be delayed until after a public hearing is held. Please see their letters below.

There is no question that the rising cost of health insurance is a challenge that must be addressed and Local 6 stands ready to partner with the state and the GIC in seeking solutions that are fair and responsible. Cost-shifting, as currently being contemplated by the GIC, is not.

I assure you that Local 6 will make every effort, on our own and in concert with our brothers and sisters in the Massachusetts labor movement, to protect our current and retired members from this shameful attempt to cut costs by shifting those costs onto the state’s public workers.

Yours in solidarity,
George Noel
Business Manager

GIC Letter – Speaker DeLeo
GIC letter – SP Rosenberg

Holiday-clipart-clipart-cliparts-for-you-3Sisters and Brothers,

The holidays have a way of bringing family and friends together. They help us appreciate the people in our lives that we sometimes take for granted.

The Officers and Staff at OPEIU Local 6 wish our members and their families the peace, joy and all the best this wonderful holiday season has to offer. Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday.

In solidarity,

Mary Mahoney

George Noel
Business Manager

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American Holiday. As we reflect upon all the things that we are grateful for, the Officers and Staff of OPEIU Local 6 want to wish you and your families a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

In solidarity,

Mary Mahoney, President
George Noel, Business Manager

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

George Noel, Business Manager

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

With this important election quickly approaching, I cannot stress enough the importance of your involvement in helping decide who will lead our government. These races will determine the future for not only union families, but for every American across the country.

Donald Trump is no friend of working people. Trump stiffs contractors who work for him, and Trump clothing and other products are made in China, Bangladesh and other low wage countries where workers are treated poorly. He buys Chinese steel in his buildings. Yet he claims that he will bring the very jobs that he has personally out-sourced back to America.

Trump claims to love veterans. He shows is admiration by insulting a Gold Star Family and by calling Vets who struggle with mental illness “weak”. Yet he sought and received five draft deferments for himself.

Hillary Clinton has spent her entire life striving to better the lives of children and working families. From her early days expanding children’s health care to advocating for a living wage and access to paid sick leave, Hillary Clinton will fight for working people. She will invest in our country’s crumbling bridges and highways, creating good paying jobs that will help our economy grow. She opposes “right to work” laws and bad trade deals like TPP.

Here in Massachusetts we have another major battle of Wall Street v Main Street right on our voting ballots in the form of Question 2, which our local is strongly opposed to. The out-of-state groups behind lifting the charter school cap are backed by Wall Street billionaires who want more charters schools that are run by for-profit companies. This year alone charter schools will drain more than $400 million that would otherwise stay in neighborhood public schools to help all students. Not to mention, lifting the cap on charter schools will raise our taxes because our cities and towns will have to pay more to borrow money. If some of our schools are falling short we should fix them, not keep taking more resources from them. That’s why 200 school committees are also opposing Question 2.

How you vote is a personal decision, but your union has carefully researched the issues in these races, and we hope you will join us in voting for Hillary Clinton and NO on Question 2.

In solidarity,

Mary Mahoney

George Noel
Business Manager

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.

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.

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

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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