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Save the Date: Major ‘RaiseUp’ Legislative Announcement November 29!

Through our Raise Up Massachusetts coalition, human service workers and educators have been on the front lines of the fight to tackle income inequality and build an economy that works for everyone. Together, we won an historic increase in the minimum wage, …

2016 General Election Endorsements

Jump to: SEIU 509’s Legislative Priorities State Representative Endorsements State Senator Endorsements Vote ‘NO’ on Question 2 What is COPE? Click here for information about where to vote and who is on your ballot.   Here’s just a few of …

Henry: Rising Insurance Premiums Signal Next Congress Must Get Serious About Healthcare Costs

Washington, DC – SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement in response to an increase in premium rates from insurance companies for some plans offered through healthcare.gov: “The fact that insurance companies are increasing healthcare premiums is not …

September 10: Rally to ‘Raise America’ through Fair Wages!

Human service workers and educators have long been at the forefront of the fight to raise wages and improve working conditions across Massachusetts. With the support of faith leaders and community allies, we’ve won major increases in the minimum wage, secured earned …

SEIU’s Henry: Working families need Clinton-Kaine ticket to win a better future for our families

WASHINGTON— SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement today on Hillary Clinton’s selection of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) as her vice presidential running mate: “For working families, the 2016 election is the most consequential of our lifetimes. …

ACT NOW: Retirement Equity for Correctional Program Officers

Contact your legislators today to urge passage of our priority Group 4 legislation! Dear Colleague, I write with great news! House Bill 2425, An Act to Amend Retirement Benefits of Certain Employees of the Department of Correction, just passed the …

Fair Share Amendment: Contact Your Legislators Today!

  The stakes couldn’t get much higher than this. On Wednesday, May 18, the State Legislature will vote on the Fair Share Amendment, our effort to invest in education and transportation across Massachusetts. If at least 50 of 200 legislators vote …

Sign Up to Take #WageAction Today!

On Thursday, April 14, Local 509 members will join low-wage workers from across the Commonwealth for a day of grassroots lobbying and in-the-streets action. Together, we’ll bring the fight directly to decision-makers to ensure they hear our voices on the …

Join us in thanking Elizabeth Warren for standing up for students and faculty!

Dear friends, My name is Laurie LaPorte, and I’m an adjunct lecturer of Anthropology at Boston University. I hope you’ll join me in thanking U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren for urging the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) to keep accreditation standards …

Local 509’s Dawn Davis on the Friedrichs Attack on Public Workers: “I’ve had enough”

Today I have one task at hand: lifting my voice to help ensure working families don’t lose our power to join together — to have a say in our working conditions, wages and other issues that impact the critical services we …

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Affordable Care Act!

More than 8 million Americans keep lower-cost health coverage through the Affordable Care Act  WASHINGTON, DC— SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued this statement today in response to the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in King v. Burwell that upholds …

Take Action to Stop the Attack on Earned Sick Time!

Urge your legislators to reject Senator Mike Rodrigues’ attempt to stall implementation of Earned Sick Time for working families! Last fall, a vast majority of voters across the Commonwealth approved the Earned Sick Time ballot initiative. This critical legislation guarantees that …

April 14 #WageAction Bus/Transportation Info

Don’t live near Boston? Need assistance with transportation to Tuesday’s #WageAction rally in Boston? We’ve got you covered! Below, you’ll find bus times and locations around Massachusetts for April 14th. 4 PM Forsyth Park Rally Buses To reserve a spot or submit a question about …

RSVP Today to Take #WageAction April 14!

The nationwide #Fightfor15 movement grows each day — pushing to raise wages, improve working conditions and ensure the right to form unions without retaliation. Human service workers and educators have always been at the forefront of the fight, and it’s up …

Help Thank Rep. Patricia Haddad for her Leadership on the Behavioral Task Force!

SEIU’s Eliseo Medina on Immigration Reform: “We’re not going anywhere.”

At a press conference on the National Mall today, SEIU’s Eliseo Medina made clear the need for action on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. For two weeks and counting, Medina has led a group of activists in a fast, pushing the US House …

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry: It’s About the People behind the ACA Numbers

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry offered this statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ release of enrollment numbers for the federal marketplace under the Affordable Care Act: “Before the new federal marketplace opened on …

Help ‘Raise Up MA’ with Katherine Clark for Congress!

SEIU’s Mary Kay Henry: Victory for LGBT Workers as ENDA Passes Senate

Victory for LGBT Workers as ENDA Passes Senate House Must Consider Civil Rights Bill Without Delay WASHINGTON, DC – After the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued …

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 …