Leadership Opportunities & Elections

As Local 509 member, there are many opportunities to become more involved in your union. Make sure to bookmark this page as we update it frequently with new leadership vacancies and monthly nomination deadlines.

For additional details on the member-led selection process, please reference the 2018 General Election Policies & Procedures manual.


Below you will find the list of opportunities to serve on the SEIU 509 Unionwide Trustee, Joint Executive Board (JEB) and Chapter Executive Boards (CEBs). If you are interested in running for a seat — or nominating a colleague — please follow these instructions:

  • Submit nominations for vacancies in writing to Jenny Bauer by email (jbauer@seiu509.org), fax (508-485-8529), or US mail (293 Boston Post Road West, 4th Floor, Marlborough, MA 01752). When submitting the e-mail, please put “Nomination” in the subject line.
  • Nominations will be accepted on a quarterly basis. If we receive more than one nomination for a seat, an election will be held.
  • Only members in good standing are eligible for nomination. Members may nominate themselves or be nominated by fellow SEIU 509 members. The member doing the nominating also needs to be a member in good standing.
  • Vacancies remain posted and completely up to date. Nominations are accepted quarterly: January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 12 (The Annual Meeting).

When submitting the e-mail, please put “Nomination” in the subject line.

COPS, DCF & MRC Election Results Announced

Elections counted on March 3, 2016 by Local 509 Trustees

MRC Chapter, DDS Chapter Board Member (out of 55 votes)
Adrienne Hullum: 2
Paulina Mauras: 1
Stephanie Tusini: 52 (Elected)

DCF Northeast Region Vice President (out of 105 votes)
Gerard Murphy: 34
Natalie Ross: 70  (Elected)
Blank/No Vote: 1

Chapter On Public Safety Joint Executive Board Seat (out of 139 votes)
Deanna Acquefresca: 10
John Cunningham: 81 (Elected)
Daniel MacDonald: 36
Paul McAuliffe: 12

Interested in getting involved in your chapter? Check out the 509 Elections page for the latest leadership opportunities!


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Constitutional Amendment Results Announced

Results for the 2015 Constitutional Amendments are in! With all ballots tallied, one amendment was accepted by SEIU Local 509 members, while the second was declined. (A two-thirds majority is needed to amend the union constitution.) Detailed results below.

PASSED (720 Yes to 117 No): Article V Section 7
Higher Education members shall be considered in ‘good standing’ if they have taught at least one class in one semester during the 12 months preceding the nomination and have reasonable expectation that they will be teaching at least one class in one semester during the 12 months following the nomination.

DECLINED (472 Yes to 394 No): Article III, Section 1
Retired members of Local 509 Shall not be eligible to be nominated or elected as officers or delegates of Local 509. Current retired officers and officers who retire during their elected term of office shall be allowed to complete their term of service.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

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Leadership Job Descriptions

Participants in the 2014 ‘Real Time Strategic Change’ summit overwhelmingly agreed that the union must  “create a culture of accountability and high standards for every leadership role in the union.” To reach that goal, the resulting Accountability Workgroup established job duties for all union officers, which were then forwarded on for a formal vote.

The following job descriptions and duties were approved by the SEIU509 Joint Executive Board to ensure all leaders understand the expectations and accountability for the use of back-off time.




  • Lead Chapter Executive Board (CEB) meetings
  • Attend President’s Advisory meetings to advise Local President on Chapter issues
  • Attend monthly Joint Executive Board meetings
  • Review minutes from CEB meetings
  • Represent chapter at meetings with state agencies
  • Attend contract and impact bargaining sessions as appropriate
  • Educate and communicate with their membership
  • Chair membership meetings when appropriate
  • Appoint members to Chapter committees
  • Contact with Employers as higher level union representative when appropriate
  • Support to elected officers and chapter stewards
  • Develop new leaders
  • Manage Chapter budget
  • Sign off on expenses
  • Ensure representation of members across regions/divisions/worksites
  • Recruit stewards/activists
  • Function as steward, bargaining team member, etc. in own agency as appropriate
  • Assist stewards in dealing with cross-agency issues
  • Interact with Local 509 staff
  • Enforce by-laws of the Local
  • Enforce contract(s)
  • Media spokesperson for Chapter
  • Maintain communication with JEB and Chapter Board
  • Testify on bills/ lobby
  • Monitor Federal and state legislation
  • Build and maintain relationships with outside agencies
  • Work with CEB and staff to develop legislative and state budget priorities
  • Work with CEB and staff to develop chapter wide issues and strategies to address them
  • Advocate for chapter priorities within the Local
  • Promote union wide issues/campaigns among the membership



  • Communicate with membership
  • Liaison between members and management/members and union
  • Enforce contract
  • Hold regular membership meetings
  • Organize union actions
  • Advise members on political issues
  • Support other VP’s
  • Crisis management at worksites
  • Recruit and train new leaders
  • Advise and support Chapter President
  • Mentor new leaders
  • Chair Committees (as applicable)
  • Responsible for area/regional grievances, including Step II where applicable
  • Support, advise and recruit stewards
  • Coercive appeals (DTA chapter only)
  • Manage union bulletin board
  • Distribute union information (printed and electronic) to stewards
  • Organize area/regional labor management meetings
  • Participate in statewide labor management meetings
  • Organize steward meetings
  • Recruit and manage stewards
  • Chapter impact bargaining
  • Keeper of records/files/notes
  • Negotiations support for contract
  • May act as steward, as needed



  • Attend monthly Joint Executive Board (JEB) meeting
  • Approve local budget
  • Keep union members updated on Union events and activities and JEB decisions
  • Recruit new members and train them as leaders
  • Promote solidarity among members
  • May present at new staff orientation
  • Welcome and orient new members
  • Educating members on union political structure and procedures
  • Organizing meetings with the stewards at job sites
  • Enforce ethical responsibility
  • Enforce contract
  • Enforce by-laws of the Local
  • Promote coalition building (team building)
  • Participation in JEB meeting as appropriate
  • Assist with interpretation of the contract
  • Resource for members on union issues
  • Represent the union at community events as appropriate
  • Promote union wide issues/campaigns among the membership
  • Ensure members’/chapters concerns are addressed by JEB
  • Participate in developing local-wide issues and strategies



  • Attend Chapter Executive Board meetings
  • File motions, vote, approve chapter budget, and record minutes as needed
  • Assist with setting agenda for Chapter Board
  • Answer member email and calls
  • Maintain flow of information from members to leadership of Chapter and Local
  • Project assignments from Chapter President
  • Organize legislative lunches
  • Participate in contract negotiations as appropriate
  • Recruit stewards/activists
  • May type up and distribute minutes
  • Promote union issues/campaigns among the membership
  • Communicate to members actions of the CEB
  • Update new member/member contact information
  • Participate in union leadership activities in own agency
  • Represent the chapter at meetings with state agencies, legislators, outside groups
  • Act as spokesperson for the union as appropriate
  • Participate in bargaining as appropriate
  • Attend Chapter Board meetings: file motions/ vote, approve Chapter Budget, record minutes
  • Conduct/attend meetings at worksite
  • Problem solve at worksites
  • Post meeting notices and other union information
  • Enforce by-laws of the Local
  • Enforce contract
  • Promote union’s issues/campaigns among the membership



  • Address worksite issues as needed– in communication with Chapter Leadership and Field Representative
  • Participate in labor management meetings as appropriate
  • Write, file, argue and follow up on grievances in communication with Field Representative
  • Welcome and orient new members, collect membership cards
  • Collect Committee on Political Education (COPE) cards where allowed
  • Advisor on contract questions
  • Interpret and enforce contract
  • Call and conduct meetings to communicate with members
  • Represent the union at community events as appropriate
  • Resolve issues informally
  • Represent members at Weingarten meetings
  • Represent members at worksite
  • Share information from local with members
  • Share info from members with local leaders
  • Attend and chair local labor management meetings
  • Advise members on remedial plans
  • Assist and train other stewards
  • Inform members of local’s issues/campaigns and solicit participation
  • Participate in negotiations as appropriate (contract, mid-term)
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Philip Wachsler Elected as Union Trustee

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Philip Wachsler, DTA Chapter

With 51.8% of the vote, Philip Wachsler has been elected in the race for Local 509 Union Trustee. Wachsler, a longtime steward and Secretary of Grievances from the Department of Transitional Assistance chapter, will join fellow Trustees Patrick Barry Michael Grunko.

Trustees are charged with safeguarding the finances of the union, working with the Treasurer to oversee annual audits and select banks and other investment vehicles. The trio also oversee special elections to fill vacancies between General Elections and serve as Ex Officio members of the Joint Executive Board.

Please join us in welcoming Phil to the Local 509 Trustee team.

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Local 509 Election Results Announced!

All ballots cast in contests for SEIU Local 509 offices and Constitutional Amendments were tabulated today by TrueBallot — the independent authority managing the 2013 elections. Results are included below for all contested races.

Winners will be sworn in at the next Local 509 Joint Executive Board Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00pm. Officers who ran unopposed will also be sworn in at that time. Congratulations to the our incoming leaders!





SEIU 509 President Susan Tousignant       75.35% 1186
Paul Guimond 24.65% 388
DCF Regional VP/Northeast Region Anthony Labo 86.42% 70
Peter MacNeill 13.58% 11
COPS JEB/Chapter Wide Seat (Vote for 2) Joe Grady 39.59% 78
  Pat Toolin 37.06% 73
Jennifer Boyts 23.35% 46
DOR Chapter President Jim Cunningham 70.06% 117
Mary Brawn 29.94% 50
DTA Regional VP/Region 1 Boston Sonrisa Haynes 62.50% 60
Alvina Silva 37.50% 36
DTA Regional VP/Region 2 North Shore Joe Malone 75.00% 36
Thomas Tognazzi 25.00% 12
DTA Regional VP/Region 3 South Shore and Cape Cheri Antelo 66.67% 64
Paul Bowman 33.33% 32
DTA CEB member/Region 4 Merrimack Valley (Vote for 2) Michelle Auterio 38.00% 19
  Thomas Foster 32.00% 16
Mike McDonough 30.00% 15
IST Chapter President Linda Delman 57.89% 33
Eileen Caffrey 42.11% 24
IST JEB member Robert O’Haver 59.26% 32
Andy Arvantis 40.74% 22
Local 509 Constitutional Amendment #1 Yes 91.50% 1335
No 8.50% 124
Local 509 Constitutional Amendment #2 Yes 89.63% 1314
No 10.37% 152

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509 News Election Edition 2013 Now Available

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With the Local 509 Annual Meeting now behind us, elections for local-wide and chapter offices are now underway — along with votes on key constitutional amendments. Ballots will arrive in the coming week, but you can get to know the candidates and issues at stake now with the special Election Edition of the 509 News.

This edition of 509 News includes statements from the candidates and arguments for the passage of specific amendments, along with reports on new organizing drives, legislative priorities and ballot initiatives.

Keep an eye out for the 509 News Election Edition, arriving in mailboxes soon — or download a digital copy here.

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