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In Solidarity,
Francisco Ojeda Jr., President

ASFCME 1368 News

  • Update on State Contract

    Last Thursday, July 31, the Massachusetts State Legislature concluded what is known as” full Formal Sessions.” 
    The final Formal Session ended without legislative action on a final FY14 supplemental budget, which included funding for our Alliance Unit 2 contract and our contracts with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.  The legislature’s failure to act on the supplemental budget was based on a number of factors – none of which appear to be related to the funding of our collective bargaining agreements.  

    However, because the legislature did not pass the supplemental budget before the July 31 end of Formal Sessions, many of our members are understandably concerned that their new contract agreements cannot be funded until next year.  I’m writing to let you know that there is still a possibility we can get the contract funding authorized in the coming weeks and months and we are cautiously optimistic that we can make it happen.

    To understand why it is still possible to get the contracts funded, one must first understand the difference between Formal and Informal Sessions of the legislature.

     In Formal Sessions, roll call votes are taken and members must be present in order to have their votes on legislation recorded. In roll call votes, how each member votes on a bill is documented and virtually all members of the legislature are present.   

    In Informal Sessions, legislation is passed on what is known as a “voice vote” meaning the vote is taken by a call of the yeas and nays.  Unlike a roll call vote, there is no record of how a legislator votes on a voice vote.  Typically, only non- controversial matters are acted on in Informal Sessions and you will see only a handful of members present for these sessions. 

     Although Formal Sessions have ended, the legislature will continue to conduct business through the end of the calendar year but will do so in Informal Sessions.  A great deal of legislation is passed in these Informal Sessions and it is entirely possible that the legislature will act on the contract funding in one of these Informal Sessions.  That being said, it could be more difficult to get the contract funding passed in an Informal Session as any proposed legislation brought forth for passage in an Informal Session can be killed if just one single legislator objects to its passage.

     If that in fact happens, we would be looking at waiting until the start of the new legislative Session in January to have funding authorized.  The good news is that AFSCME is not alone in this fight.  In addition to our contracts, there are approximately 45 other union contracts included in this supplemental budget.  

     We are currently working with legislative leaders and these other unions in an effort to prevent such a delay from happening.  At some point, we may be calling on AFSCME members to contact their respective legislators to support these efforts.  However, at this point in time we do not see the need to do that.  For now, we remain cautiously optimistic that we can we can secure funding for the contracts in Informal Sessions.   Should any leaders or members have any questions please feel free to have them email or call me at 617-367-6012 or 978-866-2283.

    Jim Durkin







  • Biennial Legislative Conference of Council 93

    The Seventeenth Biennial Legislative Conference of Council 93, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, will be held in Danvers, Ma. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel North - Shore - beginning at 10:00 AM, Friday, September 19,2014 and remain in session until Sunday at 12:00 P.M., September 21, 2014.unless the business of the convention shall have completed sooner.

    Please view the attached PDF relating to the recent implementation of PREA. If you have any questions, reach out to us either directly or via your steward.


    Hello One and All,

    This is a note regarding PREA, and to let you know that your Union, AFSCME, has taken action in the form of notice to the Obama administration.
    I was selected to be a representative from AFSCME Council 93 to the AFSCME Corrections United Steering Committee, which is comprised of thousands of other Correction officers in both adult and juvenile settings around the United States.
    On Wednesday May 7, 2014 the Steering Committee meeting was held in Houston Texas. The activities included the sharing and exchanging of information on what is happening in each of the twenty (20) states that had representatives that attended the meeting with one another.
    The activities began during the Wednesday meeting, followed by training on Thursday and participating in an organizing blitz on Friday with the members of the Texas Department of Corrections members. We went door-to-door knocking on members’ doors to sign up existing Officers who are represented by AFSCME and other Unions in Texas, which as you may know is a “Right to work state”.
    I cannot tell you how lucky I felt afterwards, that we work in this State after hearing and seeing first-hand the conditions of the 30,000 Corrections Officers, and what they deal with in that State with over 170,000 prisoners they are entrusted to keep watch over in both state and private run prison facilities.  During our meetings, several of us made note that the implementation of PREA is costing and causing harm to our direct line staff.  As a result of our discussions, a statement in drafted and drawn up as follows:
    Dear President Obama, 

    The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in 2003 with the goal of eliminating rape and sexual harassment in prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities and in other correctional institutions. AFSMCE Corrections United supports the intent of the law, but the details and implementation are severely flawed.

    Throughout the 10 – year drafting and roll out of PREA AFSCME participated in discussions with federal authorities, proved formal input and advocated for a fair, safe and common sense implementation process. However today we have serious concerns with the current application of the law. As implementation rolls out we are experiencing less secure facilities, widespread gender discrimination and confusing and conflicting regulations.

    AFSCME Corrections United is calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to commission a thought review of PREA’s implementation nationwide. Such a review should be immediate, transparent and must fully involve front – line correction employees.
  • Council 93 Memorial Scholarship

    Attached you will find the application and criteria for this year’s Council 93 Memorial Scholarship.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 617-367-6015 or email me at dhurley@afscme93.org.

  • Western Area General Membership Meeting

     Cancelled this date will reschdule 

    On Thursday March 13th
    Location: Springfield District Office. Address is 160 High Street in Springfield.
    From: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
    Will stay as late as needed President and E- Broad 




  • Application for the Brian Stickler Scholarship

    To apply Please Send Email to Sheila Cooper at Secooper25@verizon.net
    Application for the Brian Stickler Memorial Scholarship:
    In memory of a man who was dedicated and committed to maintaining the rights of Public Employees and ensuring justice for all members. He serves as an inspiration to those who follow in the field of labor. $500.00 scholarship, Will be Divided between 2 applicants
    Applicants Name
    Street Address
    City/Town State Zip
    Sponsored by    (Officer/delegate)
    Local # 1368  Name of Facility
    Name of School to which applicant has been accepted Address of School
    Note: This scholarship is only open to children of employees of AFSCME Locals who are members of SUMMUP. In addition, in order for the applicant to be eligible for this scholarship, both the applicant and the local must be in good Standing. Proof of school enrollment must accompany this application before A check will be issued
    Deadline: To be eligible for the Scholarship, all completed applications
    must be postmarked no later than May March l9l1 2014
  • M. Michael Botelho Scholarship

     Please see below to apply for the M. Botelho Scholarship and please complete the form

    Application for the M. Michael Botelho Scholarship and Brian Stickler Sholarship.

    In memory of a man whose dedication and commitment to maintaining the dignity of Public Employees and ensuring justice for all members. He serves as an inspiration to those who follow in the field of labor. $500.00 scholarship.

    Note: This scholarship is only open to current employees of AFSCME Locals who are members of SUMMUP. In addition, in order for the applicant to be eligible for this scholarship, both the applicant and their local must be in good standing of the SUMMUP General Fund. Proof of school enrollment must be provided to the SUMMUP General Fund Treasurer before a check will be issued for the scholarship

    Deadline: To be eligible for the Scholarship, all completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 19th 2014.

  • Convention Nomination of Delegates

     The 41th International Convention will be held July 12th to July 18th  in Chicago Illinois.

    Local 1368 will be holding nominations of convention delegates, it will be held on Febuary 13th 2014 at our local 1368 union hall 84 Broadway 3rd floor Taunton from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

    The election of delegates will be held at our next schedule E-Board meeting on Febuary 20th at 3:00pm until 6:pm  Local 1368 Union hall.

    All interested attending the convention with questions, please contact me.    

    In Solidarity,

    Paul Faria
    AFSCME Local 1368