Heather Conroy, an International Executive VP for the Public Sector Division of SEIU informed Local 888 President Brenda Rodrigues that the International Union has proposed dissolving Local 888 and holding a jurisdictional hearing to merge all of our bargaining units into the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) and SEIU Local 509.
The IU based it’s decision on an assessment of Local 888’s Janus readiness. It made some projections based on our income and expenses that the local would not be viable in 2020.
The Local 888 Executive Board held an emergency meeting on July 10 about the IU proposal and unanimously rejected the proposal. The board is committed to the rights of our members and continuing to lead our union in challenging times. Click here to see a statement of unity by the Executive Board: SEIU Local 888 Executive Board is united behind our officers.
The board passed a resolution affirming that only SEIU Local 888 members have the right to determine the future of their union.
With the full board’s support, Brenda and Secretary-Treasurer Tom McKeever have sent an appeal to reverse the decision to VP Conroy and to President Mary Kay Henry. No response to the appeal has been received as of July 18.
The Board’s resolution is copied below and can also be downloaded by clicking here: SEIU Local 888 members have the right to determine the future of their union.
Local 888’s officers and staff will make every effort to keep members informed.
SEIU Local 888’s officers were recently informed that the International Union (IU) is threatening to initiate a jurisdictional hearing to disband our local and merge our bargaining units into two other SEIU public service unions: the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) and SEIU Local 509.
Whereas: This decision is premature, not based on any post-Janus membership data, and totally undemocratic; and
Whereas: This decision will alienate our members at the exact moment when — because of the Janus decision — we need to be in better harmony with them; and
Whereas: The membership alienation caused by this top down, undemocratic decision risks losing more members while not solving the very real problems our union must tackle; and
Whereas: This decision will be used by our enemies to illustrate how SEIU is not an organization of, by and for the members, but instead is behaving just like any other corporation.
Now therefore be it resolved that: SEIU Local 888’s Executive Board and officers are united in opposition to dissolving Local 888 and instead wish to provide a constructive alternative by pursuing a strategic partnership with SEIU Local 509 to:
And be it further resolved that: Should the IU insist on proceeding with a jurisdictional hearing, Local 888 leaders will take all necessary steps to persuade the IU to reverse its decision.
Adopted by the SEIU Local 888 Executive Board, July 10, 2018
The Marlborough Public Schools behavioral techs approved their proposed contract with a 92 percent vote – cementing into place the big gains they had made last year. These 50-plus paraprofessionals are crucial to the city’s special education program.
The new agreement builds on their one-year contract extension last year, which had raises of 8 to 12 percent. “That one-year extension formed the basis for these paraprofessionals to be treated on par with the others in the school system,” said Ronald Patenaude, Local 888 field representative.
The new, three-year agreement boosts the behavioral techs’ pay by an additional 2 percent per year. Longevity payments, which had been discontinued, are again included in the new pact.
Workers with the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services seek the right to unionize. Demonstration at 1 p.m., Thurs., July 26, State House steps, Boston. For more info, email D.J. Cronin at email@example.com
The officers of Local 888 extend our deepest sympathies to the family of member Anthony Buonomo, who worked at the Chelsea Soldiers Home and to his partner, Lyneth Martin, who works at the home.
Local 888 President Brenda Rodrigues would love to meet the members of your chapter. To schedule a visit with her, contact your field representative or chapter chair.
Local 888 will be well-represented in the race that is heating up for the Northern Berkshire District Register of Deeds. This fall’s general election could feature two candidates with Local 888 ties facing off against each other.
Longtime union member Deborah Moran of Adams is running for register as an independent. Moran has worked at the Registry of Deeds since 1992 – starting out as a junior clerk and ultimately getting promoted to head administrative clerk.
Two years ago, current Register of Deeds Frances Brooks named Moran first assistant register. Brooks is now retiring.
Longtime Local 888 member Maria Ziemba, also of Adams, is running for register as a Democrat, so far unopposed. Similarly to her potential opponent, Ziemba has worked her way up from being hired as a junior clerk more than 20 years ago.
“This is my time” to run for the register post, Ziemba said.
Both candidates said that, if elected, they would continue computerization projects the office has already begun. After 1985, the registry put its data onto computers. But the office, located in Adams, has about 220,000 index cards with the records of property sales, one set for sellers and the other for buyers. Completing this project would, for the first time, make these sales searchable by computer.
The office, which only has six employees, has so far processed about 10,000 file cards.
The modernization project would bring convenience, but also offer up a bit of history: Some of the records date back to the 1700s.
One goal, Moran said, would be to take some older, deteriorated land surveys to a company that can “repair them” using more high-tech equipment. “There’s a lot of history in the office that I’d like to see preserved.”
Ziemba said that having a few more workers would help speed up the process of scanning and indexing the paper file cards.