The personal stories of workers featured in the above video paint a clear picture of what’s at stake in House Bill 59 — Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed changes to retiree healthcare. Simply put, HB59 goes to far.
Under House Bill 59, workers just two or three years from retirement could see the rules changed so drastically they would have to work another 22 years to receive promised benefits. The legislation has its biggest impact on low-wage workers, and offers no real cost-saving measures other than spiking out-of-pocket expenses for seniors – meaning future retirees will bear 100% of the cost burden of these reforms. Even worse, HB59 penalizes workers who must take a leave of absence for the birth of a child or death of a loved one.
That’s why hundreds of workers across the commonwealth are taking action to educate their legislators about the negative impact of House Bill 59 — testifying at public hearings, sending letters to Representatives and Senators, and meeting face-to-face with key legislative leaders. You can take action today to protect retiree healthcare.
- Read Local 509 President Susan Tousignant’s testimony on House Bill 59 here.
- Access the proposed legislation in its entirety by clicking here.
- Download the Special Commission’s report on Retiree Healthcare here.
- Invite fellow concerned workers to contact their legislators here.
Workers at MRC Lowell were among the thousands of state employees wearing “Fair Contract NOW!” stickers on the first day of negotiations.
State contract negotiations are already in full swing, and Local 509 members are more prepared than ever for the potential fight ahead. Dozens of leaders prepped at Bargaining Team caucus meetings, and more than 1,700 members responded to our contract survey –- sharing their ideas, concerns and priorities for the upcoming negotiation sessions. This trove of information will serve as the foundation for many of the proposals we put forward in the coming weeks, and we are fired up and ready to go!
The first Alliance Contract negotiation session took place on July 31, and Local 509 members put their solidarity on full display. Thousands of state workers rocked their ‘Fair Contract NOW’ stickers to send management a clear message: let’s get this thing done! (Check out the Local 509 Facebook Page to see a few of the many photos members sent in throughout the day.)
With so much at stake in this contract — from wages to benefits to working conditions — it’s incredibly important that as many workers as possible get engaged in the negotiation process. A quick and easy way to get involved is to sign up for the Contract Action Team (CAT) for your chapter/worksite. As a CAT member, you’ll communicate important negotiation updates to co-workers at your worksite and help mobilize members for key contract actions as the process moves forward.
Workers have set a goal of building a 750-member CAT team in the coming weeks, so there’s no shortage of opportunities to make a difference. Together we can win a strong contract for all state workers!
Throughout the summer months, concerned parents and child care providers generated hundreds of calls and emails to state legislators, urging them to protect funding for early education and care. Their work had a huge impact, and the legislature ultimately passed a budget that included more than $26.5 million in new funding for early education and care.
This significant investment was a major victory, but the KidsFirst Massachusetts team wasn’t willing to rest on its laurels. With the budget largely settled, parents and providers moved to the next — and perhaps even more important — step of calling for progress in contract negotiations. On July 10, a delegation of more than 75 stakeholders brought their message directly to Secretary of Education Matt Malone, calling for a contract that improves compensation and working conditions for providers, as well as increased access to affordable childcare for working families.
More than a dozen personal stories from impacted constituents were presented at the meeting — and Malone noted not only that he heard the delegation’s message loud and clear, but that he would personally bring the demands back to the Department’s negotiators and the governor. One thing’s for certain: the action underscored the power of parents and providers in the fight for quality, affordable child care.
December 20, 2011, 6:16 PM -8:30 PM
Campanale’s Restaurant – 88 Pearl St, Braintree, MA
CEB monthly meeting
RSVP to Maria Torres at 800-632-8079 x201
The next meeting will be held on January 17th at the same time and location
Today, state workers voted overwhelmingly to ratify their contract!
3252 – YES
212 – NO
8 – blank
237 – YES
4 – NO
Thanks to all of the poll captains and volunteers who staffed the 26 balloting sites across the state. Your hard work was instrumental in making today’s vote a smooth process.
To see the details of the newly ratified settlement, click here to read the Memorandum of Understanding