Professional Education

Welcome to the web page for the Professional Education & Librarian Chapter of SEIU Local 509.

This page belongs to all the members of the chapter. The material posted here is intended to reflect the labor concerns of our chapter's diverse professional membership. We hope to provide current information about upcoming events as well as ongoing issues important to our chapter. You can also find information on how to contact your chapter representatives.

Feedback regarding the information here is welcomed, and remember that the web page is also yours. Let us know what you want to see on this site. Please email Chapter President Peter D. Cirioni at with suggestions for items to post.

Chapter President, Peter D. Cirioni 4th floor x6294
Joint Executive Board Representative, Vacant 4th floor x3706
Secretary of Grievances, Dean Paolillo 4th floor x3703
Recording Secretary, Ruth Derfler* 3rd Floor x6604
Chief Steward, Meg Murphy* 3rd Floor x3857
Gary Gomes 4th Floor x3851
Simone Johnson 2nd Floor x3501
Irene Shurdut-Kelley 1st Floor x6654
Joel Krakow 4th Floor x3747
Jennifer Malonson* 2nd Floor x3626
Kevin Matthews* 4th Floor x3941
Mary Rauh* 3rd Floor x3803
Anping Shen 2nd Floor x3640
Jean Anthony 4th Floor x6457
Joan Brinkerhoff 4th Floor x3715
Barbara Dee 4th Floor x3382
Russ Fleming 5th Floor x6259
Robin Haunton 4th Floor x3760
Alex Lilley 5th Floor x6212
Nina Marchese 4th Floor x3711
Anne-Marie McDonald 4th Floor x6492
Lynn Summerill 4th Floor x3735
Sandra Wellens 4th Floor x3716
Board Library Commissioners
State Library
Bette Siegel 617-727-6279
Division of Administrative Law Appeals
Paul O'Brien 617-626-7263

* Also serve as Stewards.

House Bill 59: It Goes Too Far.

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.

Retiree Healthcare Click Here Button Additional Resources

  • 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.
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Alliance Contract Negotiations in Full Swing!

MRC Lowell Staff Rally for a Fair Contract

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!

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State Worker Contract Ratified Overwhelmingly

Today, state workers voted overwhelmingly to ratify their contract!

Voting Results:
Unit 8
3252 – YES
212 – NO
8 – blank
Unit 10
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

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