Young Worker Advisory Council

The Young Worker Advisory Council is new committee that has been formed in order to encourage younger members of SEIU Local 509 to become active in their union.

Local 509 Recording Secretary Derek Goodwin wrote about its formation in his 2011 Annual Report:

…as attrition occurs, younger workers must take up the cause and become involved. Younger workers must join their Chapter Boards and the Joint Executive Board. They need to branch out beyond an office Steward and approach a role that connects themselves with other members of our Local.

How will the younger workers become involved? Start by coming to a Young Worker Committee meeting. As I write this, I am traveling to the Young Workers Summit hosted by the AFL-CIO. It is my goal to network with other young labor leaders from not only SEIU, but also other unions across America. The strategies of building upon our current foundation will come back with me to Local 509. Director of Administration Vanessa Story and Field Rep Israel Pierre are also attending, so contact one of us to find out how to become involved in securing your future!

If you’re a young member of Local 509, be sure that we have your email address and information on file (Click here), and be on the lookout for upcoming events.

Thank you for making Lobby Day a success!

On April 10, hundreds of 509 members came together at the State House to fight for bills that matter to us, like the Fair Share Amendment – a bill that would generate more revenue for public transportation and public education in our communities. Click here to see more photos from the day.

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AUG 7: Western Mass. ‘Purple Picnic’ in Goshen

Join us for a day of fun and relaxation!

Local 509 members work hard each day serving Western Mass families — so it’s about time we have some fun together as a union family! Join us August 7 for a ‘purple picnic’ filled with good food, great conversation and beautiful surroundings at DAR State Forest in Goshen.

The ‘Purple Picnic’ is a totally free, family-friendly event. We’ll provide the food and cover parking costs (identify yourself as part of the SEIU509 group), but feel free to bring a cooler, a dish to pass, games, musical instruments or anything else to make the day great. There’s also a great beach, so bring your swimsuit!

We want to make sure to have enough food and drinks on hand, so be sure to click here to let us know you’re coming.

for all union members and their families

Sunday, August 7
Set-up at 10:00AM
Gather and grill at 11:00AM
We’ll stick around until 5:00PM
(food will be provided but feel free to bring a cooler or dish to pass)

DAR State Forest
78 Cape Street — off Route 112
Goshen, MA 01032
(directions available here)


Please share this invitation with co-workers, retired 509 members and other friends and allies — the greater our numbers, the more fun we’re bound to have.

Hope to see you August 7!

Israel Pierre
Treasurer, SEIU Local 509

P.S. Have questions or ideas? Need additional information? Feel free to contact Union Representative Jerry Levinsky at or call (413) 336-3334. We look forward to hearing from you!

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2014-15 SEIU Local 509 Scholarship Details & Application

The SEIU Local 509 Scholarship Program funds educational scholarship awards for members and their dependents. Dependents are defined as children of members, or children under direct care of the member — such as a grandchild or foster child.  Apply by June 1, 2014.

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