OPEIU Local 6 Joins Other Public Unions to File Legislation for a 7% Wage Increase!
As you know, Governor Baker has imposed artificially low economic parameters on the Commonwealth’s public employers, including the Trial Court. We don’t have to remind you that we received an average of 2% annual wages since 2017, the first year that Governor Baker got involved setting the economic parameters for negotiations. That is a 10.5% wage increase from 2017 until the present. Based on the data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Boston-Cambridge-Newton area increased from July 1st, 2016 to March 1st, 2022 by 18.984%.
As a result of the Governors insensitivity to the plight of state employees, including OPEIU Local 6 members, we have joined a coalition of public sector unions including NAGE, AFSCME, MOSES, SEIU 509, SEIU 888, and the MNA to advocate for a wage adjustment directly from the state legislature, independent of collective bargaining.
Today, our coalition delivered the attached letter to Speaker Mariano and Senate President Spilka. We are seeking legislative approval for a 7% across-the-board wage increase for all state employees in response to the inflation crisis. Recent economic metrics illustrate that, during Governor Baker’s tenure, public employees have fallen 7% below the pace needed to meet the cost of living in Massachusetts, which is why we are asking for 7%.
With the clock running out on the legislative session, it is important to temper expectations on what the legislature may be able to do in the near term. However, it is imperative that we continue to advocate strongly for much needed relief for all OPEIU Local 6 members and their families. It is equally important that our legislative advocacy also begin to pave the way for eventual negotiations with a new administration in January. It is our sincere hope that whoever enters office in 2023 will be a better partner to public employees than the current Governor.
We will continue to keep you updated on any developments with regard to our request in the coming weeks.
Your OPEIU Local 6 Officers and Staff