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.
George Noel brings decades of experience in labor-management relations and tireless advocacy for workers and their families. Prior to joining Local 6, he was a public sector field representative for SEIU 509 representing social workers who work for a wide variety of Massachusetts state agencies.
George was initiated into IBEW Local 1505 in October 1975. His service to the labor movement began as shop steward and later as a chief steward at Local 1505. George was elected Business Manager/Financial Secretary of Local 1505, representing over 2000 maintenance and production workers at all Raytheon facilities across the Commonwealth as their chief contract negotiator and principal officer of the union.
George served as a delegate to the Greater Boston Central Labor Council and the Greater Lowell Central Labor Council. He also took a leadership role in the labor movement across the Commonwealth with his 2002 election as vice president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and he helped form the Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council and was elected its first President.
In January 2007, Governor Patrick appointed George as Director of the Massachusetts Department of Labor. During his time in state government, George was the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) Director of Field Operations where he oversaw the Massachusetts Rapid Response team, the National Emergency Grant Program and the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program aiding displaced workers. George also administered the Workers’ Compensation system in the Commonwealth as the Department of Industrial Accident’s Deputy Director and Director.
Throughout his career, George has been actively involved in efforts to retain and create jobs. He was labor representative on the Massachusetts Defense Technology Initiative, a public-private partnership formed to save 33,000 defense-related Massachusetts jobs during military restructuring. George also served on the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board one of its labor representatives and later as the representing EOLWD.
George earned his bachelor of arts in Labor Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He lives in Billerica with his wife Anne. They have two sons, George J., a civil engineer for the U.S. Department of Transportation and Michael, a union paramedic for the Town of Billerica. George and Anne are the proud grandparents of Sam and Grace Noel.
Sheila McGillicuddy is a 15 year veteran of our labor movement who brings an enthusiasm and passion normally reserved for those who are new to our craft. Sheila came to us from CWA Local 1400. She is an experienced steward and organizer.
Sheila organized Budget Rent-A-Car workers at Logan International Airport in Boston into Local 201 CWA/IUE. US Airways/Piedmont ramp, tower and customer service representatives became CWA members due to Sheila’s efforts. Sheila helped optometrists in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and AT&T Wireless workers in Maine and New Hampshire gain a voice in their workplaces by joining together in a union.
Sheila served as a Job with Justice Solidarity Committee Co-chair and delegate to the North Shore Central Labor Council. Sheila earned her BA in Marketing and AS in Management at Bentley University.
Prior to bringing his 27 years of labor experience to Local 6, Joe Montagna worked as a Business Agent for the New England Joint Board of UNITE-HERE where he represented workers in the garment, textile, and manufacturing industries. Before that, he spent 14 years as the Business Agent for AEEF-CWA Local 1300 representing 400 television, radio, and multimedia professional, technical, and clerical workers at WGBH. Long an active member of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, he has worked on organizing labor-community solidarity efforts for campaigns such as Caterpillar, A.E. Staley, UPS, and Justice for Janitors.
Steven “Doc” Rutstein comes to Local 6 with financial and management experience in a wide variety of industries. He served for eleven years as the Office Manager for Global Neckwear Marketing. Doc earned his BS in Management and Certificate in Accountancy from Bentley University.
Our new team members joined Local 6 seasoned veterans: Business Agents Dick Russell and Garrett Mahoney and Benefits Administrator Louise Mahoney. By all measures we had a very fruitful spring and summer. We negotiated and ratified contacts for our members at the: MA AFL-CIO, Plymouth Registry of Deeds, Wareham School Secretaries Association, a contract extension for the nurses at the Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, VT, the Town of Westford, MA and the City of Berlin, NH. We are currently in bargaining for several other small units.
At the Massachusetts Trial Court, we are preparing for upcoming bargaining sessions with management as our contract with the Trial Court expires on June 30, 2017. Our team is involved in impact bargaining for our dedicated and talented court reporters whose existence is in jeopardy due to new technology acquired by the courts. We have initiated a Performance Review Labor/Management Committee to oversee the Trial Court’s performance reviews of our members.
We have initiated Labor/Management meetings with the Trial Court’s Facilities Management. We are confident that our bi-monthly statewide meetings and bi-monthly regional meetings will solve problems and improve our members working conditions.