Sisters and Brothers,
Your Bargaining Team continues to work hard to negotiate for a fair and just contract. We must stay strong and united as OPEIU Local 6 members. Please know that we are not alone in this struggle. We are also working with our sisters and brothers at other public-sector local unions to present a united front to the Baker Administration who controls the economic parameters at the bargaining table for all of us.
That’s why I enthusiastically signed on to a letter to Governor Baker urging him to reconsider his unacceptable economic proposal. Joining me on the letter are union leaders representing over 30,000 state employees here in the Commonwealth. Some of you may have read stories in the Salem News and other news outlets reporting on the letter given to the Governor.
In spite of budget cuts and severe under staffing, OPEIU Local 6 members have continued to provide high quality services for citizens across the Commonwealth who use the court system. We hope that the Trial Court and the Baker Administration share our goal of continuing to ensure that everyone who seeks justice in the Massachusetts Trial Court System receive the service that they deserve.
Yet if our contract does not keep up with the cost of living, staff turnover will only worsen, which will ultimately hurt all who use the Courts. The cost of living and cost of health insurance continue to rise, and the administration’s current proposal of two raises of 0.5% each in FY18 does not keep pace.
The letter was hand-delivered to Governor Baker’s office, and you have my word that we will continue to make sure he knows where we stand. We have bargaining sessions scheduled for early November. Stay tuned and stand strong.