Brothers and Sisters.
We need to stand together! Please read below.
Our AFSCME Brothers and Sisters will not be the only ones facing layoffs and furloughs.
So I Urge you to make the call or E-Mail your City Councilor and encourage them to pass Mayor Marty Walsh’s proposed budget for Fiscal year 2021,
President SENA 9158
Dear AFSCME Boston President:
Please read the urgent message below, take the requested action as soon as possible, and then forward it to your members and urge them to take immediate action too. We are facing a very real threat of layoff and as such, need to take action immediately. Let me know if you have any questions.
URGENT ACTION NEEDED BY AFSCME CITY OF BOSTON MEMBERS
Next Wednesday, June 24, the Boston City Council will vote on whether or not to approve Mayor Marty Walsh’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2021, which begins on July 1.
Mayor Walsh’s budget includes generous funding for the essential public services delivered by AFSCME members; provides for additional positions in some of our Boston Locals; and ensures positions added in recent years are retained.
We are writing because we are hearing reports that many city council members are considering voting against the mayor’s budget for various reasons.
If the mayor’s budget is rejected, we will start the fiscal year without a budget and the city will be forced to implement furloughs and layoffs that will impact AFSCME members.
We need all AFSCME members in the City of Boston to take a few minutes to call AND email their city councilors.
We are asking each member to contact their ward councilor and all four at-large members of the council.
WHAT SHOULD I SAY?
Below are some suggested talking points for your calls and emails.
Start by stating your name, home address, job title and AFSCME Local number.
I’m reaching out to urge you to vote in favor of Mayor Walsh’s proposed budget. If we begin the fiscal year without a budget, I know the city will be forced to make job cuts.
For the past several months, I along with my AFSCME brothers and sisters, have been working through the pandemic to deliver essential services to city residents. NOTE: You can enhance this by adding some specific examples about the work you do.
Now, despite placing ourselves and our families at risk by working outside of the safe confines of our homes, we are facing the possibility of being rewarded with a layoff and loss of health insurance coverage.
I’m respectfully asking you to consider the negative impact that rejecting the budget will have on me and my family – as well as the essential services we deliver for the city.
I am urging you to please vote in favor of the budget.
I would appreciate a call back/response to my email indicating how you plan to vote.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?
Please start by calling and emailing the following four At-Large City Councilors
ANNISSA ESSAIBI GEORGE
After contacting the above four At-Large Councilors, please call and email your ward councilor.
You can find a list of all ward councilors and their email addresses and phone numbers by clicking here. HTTPS://Boston.gov/departments/City-Council
aIf you have any questions or concerns please email Jim Durkin or call Jim at 617-367-6012