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.
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”.
Orlando, 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.
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
CITY HALL PLAZA
POST OFFICE SQUARE PARK
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Website is www.opeiulocal6.org
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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