I’m part of a group of town employees and recently we’ve been hearing a lot about the ‘p’ word—privatization. It’s the same old, same old. They say they can save money by contracting out some of our jobs. We haven’t gotten any specific info about what the town has in mind. Is there anything we can do to nip this business in the bud?
Signed, Getting Worried
When you mentioned the ‘p’ word, I just assumed you meant ‘puppy.’ Have you seen the messes they make and what they can do to your furniture? Who came up with that idea anyway??? But back to your ‘p’ word. I don’t have to tell you that the threat of privatization is everywhere these days as cash-strapped cities and towns look to save a buck. That’s why you have to make sure that local residents understand that outsourcing has costs they may not have considered. That’s exactly what some of your brothers and sisters who work for the Town of Westborough did when they faced the loss of a custodial position. While the town focused on a particular dollar amount, members of the Westborough units took their message directly to the seniors who would be affected by the cut. Best of all, they won and saved the custodian’s job. Now if we could just do something about those darned puppies…
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Local 888 Secretary-Treasurer Brenda Rodrigues visited with members at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield to discuss contract and representational issues. Members Chris Gouin, Mike Feeney and David Paye are in the operations and maintenance unit there. If you’d like Rodrigues or Local 888 President Mark DelloRusso to meet with your chapter, call Brenda at 617-421-3300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, SEIU Local 888 will be closed on Wednesday November 27 at noon. The union office will reopen on Monday, December 2 at 9:00 AM.