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Bargaining Committee Election Announcement Units A, B and D
SMEA General Meeting, Bargaining Committee Election
Wednesday 5pm, March 26, 2014
Dante Club (Craige St, Somerville)
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The City currently offers a wellness program to their non-union employees with some very good benefits. I am pleased to
announce that this wellness program will now be offered to our members of the SMEA beginning in 2014. This program is
designed to allow all non-union employees as well as SMEA member’s wellness activity release time. Employees will be
eligible for up to (4) hours per calendar year. You may use this time for annual physical exams, dietician consultations,
cancer screenings etc. It is my understanding that these 4 hours will not be deducted from any sick or personal time.
I want to acknowledge the Mayor and his administration for recognizing that everyone’s health is a major component of
our everyday on the job performance and in order to perform our daily duties at an optimum level we must take the proper
preventive steps to stay healthy. You should also know that this is considered a perk and that this program can be
removed if the city decides it would like to discontinue it anytime in the future. We have attached an outline of the
wellness activity program as well as a wellness activity release form that explains in detail how the program works.
Before using these (4) hours you should consult with either your department head or personnel and they will be able to
direct you on what is eligible for wellness time off.
Please go to forms link to download the wellness policy as well as the wellness time off form.
In Unity There is Strength
Ed Halloran SMEA President
Jim Roderick Vice President
03/01/2014 - Thank you Letter to the membership about the elections
01/20/2014 - Somerville groups look to guarantee local Green Line Extension jobs
12/29/2013 - Somerville Aldermen hold off on GPS plan for City cars Dec 17, 2013
11/27/2013 - Somerville officials mull installing GPS units in city cars
11/24/2013 - New Anti Harassment Discrimination Policy City of Somerville
11/24/2013 - Fairness in the Workplace article Discrimination
Although we haven't attached the e mails for these committee members that will be conducting the hearing on Oct 31st on Healthcare reform bill 59,we have pasted their names below. in the event our members would like to go on https://malegislature.gov/People/Search
to find their e mail and inform them that they are strongly opposed to this house bill 59.
Special Commission Members:
Henry Dormitzer, Co-Chair of the Special Commission
Anne Wass, Co-Chair of the Special Commission
Representative Frederick Barrows
Shawn Duhamel, Retired State, County, and Municipal Employees Association of Massachusetts
Senator John A. Hart
Al Gordon, Designee of Treasurer Steven Grossman
Senator Michael R. Knapik
Gregory Mennis, Assistant Secretary for Fiscal Policy, Designee of Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez
Dolores Mitchell, Executive Director of the Group Insurance Commission
Daniel Morgado, Shrewsbury Town Manager, Massachusetts Municipal Association
Andrew Powell, Massachusetts AFL-CIO
Representative John Scibak, House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Service
10/27/2013 - Letter sent to State Senators and Representatives
11/15/2013 - Reply Letters for local State Legislators Opposing House Bill 59 Healthcare reform proposed by Governor Deval Patrick
Pension-Fund Looters Get Tax Breaks, Too By MATT TAIBBI
Rhode Island State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, has declared war on public pensions AP Photo/Steven Senne
A few weeks ago, I wrote a feature on pension reform in states like Rhode Island for Rolling Stone. Since the piece was sharply critical of alternative investments like hedge funds, I expected a heated response, and got one right away. In fact, a series of raving/chest-thumping emails from one Manhattan Institute hedge fund billionaire appeared in my email inbox about four and a half seconds after the piece went live on the Rolling Stone website.
Click on this link to read the complete article
Boston Herald Opinion Article by Charles Krauthaummer is a syndicated columnist
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Obamacare’s trickery laid bare
OBAMA: Believes he and liberals know what’s best for U.S. consumers.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
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By: Charles Krauthammer
WASHINGTON — Every disaster has its moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded. This past week, the Obamacare O-ring froze for all the world to see: Hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters went out to people who had been assured a dozen times by the president that “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan. Period.”
The cancellations lay bare three pillars of Obamacare: (a) mendacity, (b) paternalism and (c) subterfuge.
How they are stealing our pensions published by Rolling Stone Magazine. Very good read.
In the final months of 2011, almost two years before the city of Detroit would shock America by declaring bankruptcy in the face of what it claimed were insurmountable pension costs, the state of Rhode Island took bold action to avert what it called its own looming pension crisis. Led by its newly elected treasurer, Gina Raimondo – an ostentatiously ambitious 42-year-old Rhodes scholar and former venture capitalist – the state declared war on public pensions, ramming through an ingenious new law slashing benefits of state employees with a speed and ferocity seldom before seen by any local government.
Click the link below to read the complete article http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/looting-the-pension-funds-20130926
5 Very important links concerning our healthcare retirement(see each link)
1) - HALLOWEEN HEARING SET FOR RETIREE HEALTHCARE REFORM
2) - Deval Patrick recommended healthcare reform bill
3) - MWRA Proposed healthcare retirement changes
4) - OPEB Healthcare Reform Outline Changes
5) - HR 59 Healthcare Reform Letter from SMEA to Membership
"In Somerville, the legislature’s new health care collective bargaining laws allowed the administration to change the rules in the middle of the game, preventing municipal unions from having their voice heard and vote counted at the bargaining table. It’s not fair in sports and it’s not fair in your workplace."
Call your legislator and ask them to do the right thing
Restore the 70% rule
Give voice to all in collective bargaining!
(Download the Somerville Labor Coalition's response: "More Than We Bargained For").
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