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With a 93.5% YES vote, SEIU 509 State Workers approve their new contract!

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Congratulations! With a 93.5% YES vote, SEIU 509 state workers just ratified their tentative agreement with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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UNIT 8 93.4% 6.6%
UNIT 10 97.3% 2.7%
Total 93.5% 6.5%

Over the past year, members stood in solidarity with the union bargaining committee and took action at work sites. As a result, SEIU 509 state workers won a new contract that offers more pay, more job security and better working conditions.

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Some highlights include:

  • Pay increases for three years, including a retroactive wage increase for 2017,
  • Preservation of sick time,
  • Longer vacation periods, and
  • Grievance process improvements.
There are also additional contract language improvements throughout the agreement, including agency-specific language gains for several different chapters.
 
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Thank you members for your hard work and for supporting the bargaining team throughout these negotiations. It was the members and their co-workers who proved that when we stand together as a union, we win!
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WIN: GIC votes 12-2 to reinstate state workers’ health insurance plans

SEIU 509 members successfully fought back against drastic changes to Massachusetts state workers’ healthcare and kept the continuity of care that their families deserve.
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Because of SEIU 509 members’ phone calls, e-mails and testimonies, the Commonwealth’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) voted 12-2 to reinstate all of the state workers’ health insurance plans.
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SEIU 509 will continue to watch and speak out to ensure that the GIC doesn’t try to take these benefits away again.

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Thank you SEIU 509 members for your hard work to save our health insurance options!

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State Ratification Voting Locations

SEIU 509 members will vote on our new contract on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1st. Click here for polling locations
 
Polls will be open from 8:45 am – 5 pm that day at locations throughout the state to accommodate all members. See below for more information, or call 774-843-7509 if you have additional questions.
Important Details:
Also, we will have a telephone town hall this Monday, January 29, at 12:00 noon to answer any questions you have about the contract, voting process, and next steps.
– The Bargaining Committee
PS: Don’t forget to sign up for the townhall meeting by texting “SEIU509” to 828282, or clicking here.
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SEIU Local 509 Statement on GIC’s Decision Not to Take Away Health Care Plans From 200,000 People

BOSTON – SEIU Local 509 President Peter MacKinnon today issued the following statement on the GIC’s announcement that they will abandon plans to take away health care plans from 200,000 people:

“We’re relieved that the GIC is preparing to undo their incredibly misguided decision, and we thank Governor Baker for stepping in to fix this disaster. We also thank Attorney General Healey, Speaker DeLeo, and Senate President Chandler for their leadership in opposing a move that was throwing tens of thousands of Massachusetts families into crisis.

“The GIC’s move would have forced working people and their families to find new doctors and other medical providers, go to the back of waiting lists for their children’s treatment, and spend valuable time trying to preserve the quality of their healthcare. In the last week, hundreds of SEIU Local 509 members called the Governor, spoke to their legislators, and attended the GIC’s hearings to protest this decision. We’re glad their voices were heard.”

Contact:

Steve Crawford, Crawford Strategies

857.753.4132,

steve@crawfordstrategies.com

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SEIU Local 509 represents nearly 20,000 human service workers and educators throughout Massachusetts. We provide a variety of social services to elders, at-risk children and people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities — as well as educational services in both public and private sector settings. From mental health clinicians and social workers to early childhood educators and university lecturers, Local 509 members are united in our mission to raise living standards for working families while improving the quality and affordability of the services we provide. SEIU Local 509 is part of the 2.1 million member Service Employees International Union, the fastest-growing labor union in the United States.  Focused on uniting workers in four sectors –- public services, long term care, property services, and hospital systems — SEIU is the nation’s largest health care union, the largest property services union, and the second-largest public employee union.

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Taiye Anjorin re-elected Chapter President of DPH

Taiye Anjorin was re-elected as DPH chapter president in January 2018. Taiye was nominated as chapter president and unopposed. Congratulations!
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Annual Central/West DDS Stewards Day

The Central/West DDS Stewards met on 12/4 for their annual Stewards Day!
This year we had 17 Stewards (plus our 2 Regional Vice Presidents and 2 Field Representatives from SEIU local 509) join us for a day of training and meeting with Regional Management! We spoke about the importance of our union, the strength we have and why we got involved in advocating for ourselves and co-workers.  If you are interested in becoming more involved in your union please speak with one of the stewards from your area.

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Pittsfield Emmanuel Bile
Leah Reed
Franklin/Hampshire Patrick Chartrand
Holyoke/Chicopee Cathy Beaver
Ashley McGrath
Springfield/Westfield Denise Anghilante
Gary Campurciani
Sarah Guillotte
Leslie Macaulay
North Central Andrea Helie
Ann Mugford
Worcester Ashley McDonough
Gina Surabian (Heck)
South Valley (Southbridge) Aaron Glazebrook
South Valley (Milford) Lauren Knapp
I & E Nora Hardy
Lynne Jasaks
Adaptive Designers  Prateek Rajbhandari
Residential Supervisor Robbin Egge
Richard Paradis
 Patrick Vassallo
Regional Vice-Presidents  Tina Simmerman
 Tanya Stonehouse
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Thank you for participating in the 2017 Annual Meeting!

Thank you for participating in the 2017 SEIU Local 509 Annual Meeting!
At the 2017 Annual Meeting, we celebrated our important wins, learned about the challenges ahead, and plotted our course for the future:
  • Heard how we are building our strength across Massachusetts
  • Reconnected with union brothers & sisters and met new colleagues working across the state in human services and education
  • Learned more about our ‘Fair Share Amendment’ to raise funds earmarked for education and transportation
  • Join the Fight for $15, Paid Family & Medical Leave and other efforts to improve working conditions for Bay State families
The 2017 Annual Meeting marked the first step in our union-wide leadership elections. (You can find a full list of offices open for nominations here.) Plus, we need your participation as we vote on 15 constitutional amendments.
We have a great deal to be proud of at Local 509, and an incredibly bright future ahead. Read about an exciting year for our union, with a promising string of victories in our new organizing efforts, contract negotiations, and on the broader public policy front in our latest edition of 509 NEWS:
 
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A Message from the DDS Communications Committee!

Some of your DDS colleagues are working together to keep 509 members in the loop about important updates and opportunities to step up and speak out! Here’s a short video update for DDS members, and check this space for future updates.

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Last month, we put out the call for all members to wear purple in solidarity with state worker contract bargaining and the DDS chapter led the way! Check out the full set of photos by liking SEIU 509’s page on Facebook and make sure to tag yourselves!

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SEIU Local 509 Lauds Inclusion of Protection for DCF Social Workers in Final Budget

As the conference committee budget heads to Governor Baker’s desk, SEIU Local 509 released the following statement lauding the inclusion of a critical safety measure for social workers at the Department of Children and Families. Effective upon the Governor’s signature, DCF social workers will be able to use state-issued identification for all DCF business, protecting workers’ home addresses from becoming public record.

The following statement is attributable to Adriana Zwick, a social worker and SEIU Local 509 DCF Chapter President:

“Social workers at DCF dedicate their careers to keeping at-risk kids safe from abuse and neglect, and unfortunately, it can be a dangerous profession. Too often in the course of our work, social workers are forced to provide personal information, like our home address, when we visit our clients in hospitals, correctional facilities, or schools. Being forced to provide our personal information poses a safety risk to social workers and their families.

“This measure keeps social workers’ personal information personal and helps protect their safety by allowing the use of state issued identification when carrying out DCF work. We are grateful to Minority Leader Tarr, Senator DiDomenico, Representative O’Day, and the Baker administration for championing home address protection for DCF social workers.”

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509’s Elise Simpson in the Worcester Telegram

A leader within 509’s MRC chapter, Elise Simpson, wrote a letter to the editor that was featured in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. In the letter, Elise responds to a recent story shining a light on private human service agencies spending a disproportionate amount of state funding increases on administrative growth and CEO pay. As Elise writes:

To me, this article showed that not only are human services agencies failing to invest in direct care staff, they also do not respect the people they are paid to serve. I think it’s an outrage that a CEO is paid nearly a million dollars annually while the workers caring for clients everyday do not even make $13 an hour. Yet this is exactly what’s happening right here in Worcester at Seven Hills. I fear this will continue unless our elected officials hold these agencies accountable for bringing their front-line workers closer to a living wage and a sustainable career.

Click here to read the full letter.

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