On Wednesday June 27, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Union Office in Watertown there will be an open meeting to review the two pending Memorandums of Understanding with the Department of Correction. Following the meeting (tentatively around July 6th) we will be mailing the ballots for the member’s ratification. This process will allow the membership the full measure of understanding of the Memorandums and the process. If you have any questions, please contact any of your E-Board members for further clarification.
Derek Goodwin and I had the pleasure of attending the SEIU conference in Denver last week.
Some of the convention highlights were:
Both Derek and DCF President Peter MacKinnon gave inspiring talks to the convention from the floor regarding amendments, hopefully these will soon be available on the 509 web site.
Union leadership is listening to members on issues taking a bottom up approach instead of just dictating.
More training will be offered around Union issues and developing future leaders.
The attendance reflected the diversity of SEIU membership.
The 99 % issue is world wide for all those seeking a just society.
The Union will be devoting time and money to elect and reelect those politicians who support issues of the 99 % and hold them accountable after election.
President Obama addressed the convention via closed circuit television giving a moving speach to support our issues.
Elections were also held for internal Union officers. We can all be proud that our own President Susan Tougsinant was among those elected to national office.
There was also an ample amount of time to meet delegates from other areas. It’s good to be from MA as we are not facing the cuts and obstacles that many others are.
Next convention scheduled in four years for Detroit.
The House and the Senate have both passed their state budgets for the upcoming year, but before the budget goes to Governor Patrick’s desk, the differences between the House and Senate versions need to be worked out. There are a number of issues that are very important to Local 509 members that are up for debate in the Conference Committee that works out the differences.
In order to make sure that our concerns are included in the final budget, we urge all members to contact their legislators to tell them how important these changes would be to them and the individuals that we work with. Click the links below to contact your legislators today.
- Prevent the Closure of Taunton State Hospital: Stop and Study – Calls for a comprehensive study of the actual mental health services available in our state and what is needed before we allow the closure of Taunton State Hospital or cuts to any other services.
- Human Services Salary Reserve – Provides a long overdue pay increase for private sector human service workers, most of whom make $9-$10 an hour. A Salary Reserve is vital as well because it includes language that requires that salary reserve increases be above and beyond any already negotiated pay increases.
- Increase DTA Funding – As caseloads continue to rise at DTA, it is vital that we have the staff to process these requests in an efficient and accurate manor.
- DDS FY13 budget priorities – Service Coordinators provide case management, safety, monitoring and oversight for the DDS population. Since 2008, 82 Service Coordinator positions have been lost — despite increases in the population of vulnerable citizens that need these services.
Last month a number of Local 509 members were honored for their contributions in last year’s tornado recovery efforts. Congratulations to Nancy Butler (DDS) and Carmen Rosa, Ana Muller, Tina Cookish, Igdalia Morales, and Diane Niemiro (all from DTA) for receiving the honor!
Click here to read the state’s press release on their honor