BOSTON – SEIU Local 509 President Peter MacKinnon today issued the following statement on the GIC’s 12-2 vote to reinstate state worker’s health insurance plans:
“Together, state workers and their unions successfully fought back against drastic changes to our healthcare and kept the continuity of care that workers and their families deserve. The 8,300 SEIU 509 members impacted by the GIC’s actions are relieved that they won’t need to find new doctors and other medical providers, go to the back of waiting lists for their children’s treatment, or spend valuable time trying to preserve the quality of their healthcare. Through our union, we’ll continue to watch and speak out to ensure that the GIC doesn’t try to take our benefits away again.”
SEIU Local 509 represents nearly 20,000 human service workers and educators throughout Massachusetts. We provide a variety of social services to elders, at-risk children and people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities — as well as educational services in both public and private sector settings. From mental health clinicians and social workers to early childhood educators and university lecturers, Local 509 members are united in our mission to raise living standards for working families while improving the quality and affordability of the services we provide. SEIU Local 509 is part of the 2.1 million member Service Employees International Union, the fastest-growing labor union in the United States. Focused on uniting workers in four sectors –- public services, long term care, property services, and hospital systems — SEIU is the nation’s largest health care union, the largest property services union, and the second-largest public employee union.