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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 …

March for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Saturday, October 5!

The federal government may be in shutdown mode, but our advocacy around key issues that affect working families continues. As part of our ongoing efforts to support the rights of all workers, SEIU Local 509 has joined forces with Keeping Families …

SEIU Launches Bilingual Ads Explaining ACA Healthcare Marketplace in 90 seconds

SEIU Doctors, Members Launch Nationwide Education Campaign on Affordable Care Act/Obamacare Healthcare Marketplace Two dynamic and telegenic Hispanic doctors on the front-lines of community healthcare delivery today hosted a teleconference to launch a new SEIU online video campaign about the …

Coalition Calls on Legislators to Ensure Earned Sick Time for All

Workers, small business owners, and health care officials testified at a legislative hearing today in favor of a bill to allow all Massachusetts workers to earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked. The hearing highlighted the …

It’s Time to Raise Up Massachusetts — Take Action Today!

TAKE ACTION TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE & SECURE EARNED SICK TIME! Co-Chaired by SEIU Local 509 president Susan Tousignant, Raise Up Massachusetts is a coalition of more than 100 labor, faith, and community organizations working to place the minimum …

RaiseUpMA: Ballot Campaign Launches to Secure Earned Sick Time, Raise the Minimum Wage for Mass. Workers

The campaign to secure earned sick time and increase the minimum wage is in full force across the commonwealth, as hundreds of workers, faith and community leaders rallied outside of the State House for the launch of Raise Up Massachusetts. Marked by …

Help Elect Pro-Worker Candidates! Election Volunteers Needed

Every election year is important, but this year we have a lot of competitive races that are going to be very close. We need to make sure folks like Elizabeth Warren are being elected to fight for the middle class …

2012 General Election Endorsements

By electing candidates who share our pro-worker values, we can ensure that union members have a voice in our state and nation’s government, Click here to see the list of endorsed candidates in your area.

Contact Your Legislators to Support a Fair Budget

The House and the Senate have both passed their state budgets for the upcoming year, but before the budget goes to Governor Patrick’s desk, the differences between the House and Senate versions need to be worked out. There are a …

Local 509 Members Participate in Local Candidate Forums

In order to evaluate candidates for public office in Massachusetts, Local 509 members have been participating in a series of candidate forums across the state. These forums give members a chance to ask candidates for State House and Senate offices …

SEIU Local 509 recognizes Representative Pat Haddad as 2011 Legislator of the Year

Members of SEIU Local 509, the Massachusetts Human Service Workers Union, are proud to announce that State Representative Pat Haddad (D-Somerset) has been recognized as their 2011 Legislator of the Year.

The annual award is presented to a legislator who goes above and beyond in advocating for the welfare of human service workers and the many individuals that they care for across the state. Human service workers look after many of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens, and often provide those individuals with the ability to live an independent and safe life in their communities.

Legislature enacts latest pension reform, cutting pensions for future employees

On Nov. 15th, the House and the Senate approved major changes to Massachusetts’ pension laws. Throughout the process, Local 509 worked in coalition with other public employee unions to minimize the impact on current and future members. We were largely successful in preventing cuts in benefits to current members and somewhat successful in stopping deeper cuts to future members.

SEIU Local 509 Members Take Action & Win First Quality Care Fund!

Last week, the Massachusetts Legislature passed and The Governor signed a Supplemental Budget, which included the creation of the Quality Care Fund. The Quality Care Fund has been a legislative priority for Local 509 for the last few years, and …