GBLC Statement Regarding Janus v. AFSCME

No court decision can stifle the hopes, dreams and aspirations of working people that can only be achieved with a union and a voice on the job. I know with our strong group of innovative union leaders, a deep union culture and an energized rank and file membership Boston will always be a union city!

Richard Rogers, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Greater Boston Labor Council

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31:

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, abandons decades of commonsense precedent. In this case, a bare majority of the court, over the vigorous dissent of four justices, has conceded to the dark web of corporations and wealthy donors who wish to take away the freedoms of working people. Until it is overturned, this decision will be a political stain on what is intended to be the most honorable, independent body in the world. But more importantly, it will further empower the corporate elites in their efforts to thwart the aspirations of millions of working people standing together for a better life.

But here’s the thing: America is heading in a different direction. All over the country, workers are organizing and taking collective action as we haven’t seen in years. More than 14,000 workers recently formed or joined unions in just a single week. This followed a year where 262,000 workers organized and the approval rating of unions reached a nearly 14-year high. Working families know the best way to get a raise, better benefits and a voice on the job is through a union contract. The corporate narrative of the labor movement’s downfall is being dismantled by working people every single day.

We have never depended on any politician or judge to decide our fate and we aren’t about to start now.

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What Does The Union Do For You?

In good times, progress is made over several contracts. But in bad times, the union-negotiated contract makes it difficult and costly for the boss to treat you like workers without rights — to treat you like non-union workers. Typical USW contracts include:
1. Work Rules Regulating Forced Overtime & Arbitrary Schedule Changes
2. Grievance Procedures with Binding Arbitration
3. Protection from Unfair Discipline
4. Higher Wages in Good Times/Resistance to Cuts in Bad Times.
5. Sick Leave
6. Shift Differentials
7. Increased Wages When Duties Change
8. Family Health Care Coverage (PEC)
9. Pension
10. Holiday Pay
11. Vacation
12. Seniority Rights
13. Job-Bidding Process
14. Joint Health & Safety Committees that Work
15, Dental & Eye Coverage

Without A Union, There Is No Negotiation With The Boss—On Anything.
You Become An “At Will” Employee And Can Be Fired Without Cause.

No Election Needed

To the Membership of SENA 9158

We are Proud to announce that since there were no challenges to any of the positions, there will be no need for an election,

Nominations were held on March 22, 2018 and the membership spoke loud and clear on their support for the current e-board, officers and stewards with no challenges to any current positions. We do have a few changes to the e-board and the officers. As you may know, Vice President, John DeStefano did not seek reelection. Recording Secretary Thomas Kadzis was nominated for the Vice President position with no challengers. Tom will take over as our new VP in May. That left a vacancy for the Recording Secretary. John Sinagra was nominated and he accepted with no challengers. He will take over as the new Recording Secretary in May as well.

I would also like to congratulate our two new guards Keith Henderson and Sarah Figalora and the new PFD steward Roberson Castor who will be replacing Matt Moroney.

I personally want to thank you for your support in allowing me to serve as your President for the next 3 years. While I expect to face great challenges, I look forward to facing whatever adversity that may come.

In solidarity,
Joseph Smith
President of SENA 9158