MacKinnon & Tousignant: What comes next for our union?

Join fellow SEIU members and community allies January 6 for a strategy session to determine our next steps

Dear Friends,

There’s no point in sugar-coating it. We were disappointed with much of the results on November 8. And regardless of how you voted, there’s no doubt the outcome of at least one race or ballot initiative bothered you too. With so many important issues at stake and so many mixed messages sent by voters across the country, we have a lot to think about in the wake of the 2016 election. 

One thing is for certain: change is coming, and it’s up to us to make sure our work continues and our communities stay strong in the face of whatever comes next

So we have to ask ourselves: What kind of state and country do we want to live in? What action are we willing to take to protect the things we value and make change where it’s needed? 

No matter what challenges we may face, know that this union will continue to stand up for human service workers, educators and the communities we live in — particularly those who who have been targeted by the disturbing rhetoric of this campaign. We will stand in support of those who feel threatened — whether due to their gender identity, orientation, faith, ethnicity or immigration status. We will stand for public and private sector workers whose right to collectively bargain will no doubt come under attack. We will stand with those fighting for a clean environment, criminal justice reform, economic equality and many other important causes. 

In short, we will stand together because we are stronger together.
And we’d like to invite you to an upcoming event where we will begin to chart our course forward:  


Friday, January 6
9:00AM to 5:00PM
(meals and translation services provided)

293 Boston Post Road West | Marlborough, MA


Join fellow SEIU members and community allies for a two-day ‘Legislative and Electoral Accountability Training’ January 6th at our office in Marlborough. With the 2016 elections behind us, we now turn our attention to holding elected officials of both parties at all levels of government accountable to an agenda that puts working families first.  

We will train attendees on the budget and legislative process, learn best practices on motivating colleagues to take action, hear from elected officials from both major parties, and have an open discussion to help determine issue priorities for the coming year and beyond. 

 Members will need to use their own time off (personal, vacation, flex, etc.), though our union will be reimburse for lost time/compensation and travel. Translation will be available. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP today. 

Even if these specific dates don’t work for you, there are a host of ways you can become more involved in our union and its initiatives:

  • If you’d like to join our efforts to win strong contracts and build more power in our worksites, please contact Shanna Weston.
  • If you want to help fellow workers organize and form new unions, contact Joao (John) Baptista.
  • If you want to play a part in growing our legislative and political strength on key issues, contact Chris Condon.

Needless to say, this is a critical time for human service workers, educators and the populations we serve. Our combined energy, strength and vision is more important than ever — so please don’t hesitate to contact us with your thoughts and ideas. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you for all you do!


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Susan Tousignant
Peter MacKinnon


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