OPEIU is pleased to introduce the newest union benefit for all OPEIU members – the OPEIU Free College Benefit. Just as the name implies, OPEIU members and their families can now earn an associate degree completely free of charge.

Download the Free College Benefit flyer

With all the expenses working families have to deal with these days, it’s good to know that meeting the costs of rising tuition and textbooks doesn’t have to be one of them. If you have children graduating from high school and planning to attend college or you are looking for a way to advance your own career, the OPEIU Free College Benefit is here to help. Beginning this summer, every member or retired member, as well as spouses, children, grandchildren and dependents of OPEIU members, can earn a two-year degree online for free. You read that right – free college just for being an OPEIU member in good standing.

The leadership of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 6 are proud of our members who serve as Official Court Reporters (OCR) in the criminal courtrooms in the Massachusetts Superior Court. Their responsibility in that courtroom is to assure that every motion or trial is being preserved in the most reliable way possible. They have been memorializing the spoken word in our courts since 1888.

Almost two years ago, the Court Reporters were informed that they were no longer needed by the Trial Court and were to be replaced by machines no later than June 30, 2016. Under our contract and Massachusetts labor laws, the Trial Court was obligated to bargain over the impact of these changes.

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.

Lydia Maria Child

The Officers and Staff of OPEIU Local 6 want to wish our members who are fortunate to be fathers a happy and safe Father’s Day.

Bargaining Underway!
With our current contract set to expire at the end of June, the Local 6 Bargaining Committee has been hard at work negotiating with Trial Court management to craft a new agreement to cover our members across the state of Massachusetts.  To date the parties have met four times since April 6—with more dates scheduled through the month of June.

Two more OPEIU Local 6 members who utilized the OPEIU towing/service calls benefit, administered through Nation Safe Drivers, in the month of April 2017 saved 176.40.

Each member is entitled to up to two tows per year, valued at up to $100 each, for the member and family living in the same household.

Local 6 is happy to share with you the announcement of the OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program.  Please find the rules and regulations for the OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program on our website opeiulocal6.org. This program provides five awards of $2,500 each year to a member who has completed an associate or undergraduate degree and who can demonstrate they have at least $10,000 in student debt and their account is current.

The application deadline is June 30th.  All applications must be signed by the Local Union President, Secretary Treasurer or authorized officer before submission to the International Union.

This is a great benefit for OPEIU members.

Download the application

Download the eligibility requirements

Due to expected inclement weather, the general membership meeting is being changed to Tue 3/28, at 6:00 p.m.

The date of our Executive Board meeting is remaining the same, 3/28, but the time is changed to 5:00 p.m.

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

We are pleased to announce several scholarships that you and your families are eligible for as OPEIU Local 6 members. The 2017 OPEIU Scholarships are: the John Kelly Labor Studies Scholarship, the Howard Coughlin Memorial Scholarship, and the Romeo Corbeil/Gilles Beauregard Summer Camp. OPEIU scholarships a great benefit for our Local 6 members and their families.

The deadlines for the John Kelly Labor Studies and the Howard Coughlin Memorial Scholarships are March 31, 2017. The deadline for the Romeo Corbeil/Gilles Beauregard Summer Camp is May 15, 2017

In addition, OPEIU Local 6 members are eligible for several $1000 and $500 scholarships distributed by the Central Massachusetts AFL-CIO. To be eligible, the student must be a 2017 graduating high school senior going on to college and a child, grandchild or member who’s local union is affiliated with the Central Massachusetts AFL-CIO. Union members must live or work in the jurisdiction of the Central Massachusetts AFL-CIO. All names must be submitted to the Central Massachusetts AFL-CIO by April 28, 2017.

Please click on the documents below to find out how to apply to each scholarship.

Scholarship cover letter

Central MA Scholarship Infomation

Romeo Corbeil/Gilles Beauregard Summer Camp

John Kelly Labor Studies Scholarship

Howard Coughlin Memorial Scholarship

2017 OPEIU Local 6 Scholarship Announcement 02.07.17

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