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New SMEA Shirt

11/21/2014 - FitBit Flex Opportunity to Purchase Discounted Rate
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11/17/2014 - Somerville Official Election Results
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Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Open Enrollment
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Fluency Bonus Testing 2014 POSTER
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Statewide unofficial election results
On November 5, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
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Christine Barber Journal Article
ELECTION 2014: Somerville candidate Christine Barber wins 34th, Lanzilli grateful for experience
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Dear Members,

Election day is this Tuesday Nov 4th. For your convenience the union
has posted a link below where it will bring you to the Massachusetts
2014 Ballot Questions.

These are extremely important questions. Please read them closely as
the yes and no vote can confuse the voter. Please Note that both the
SMEA and SLC (Somerville Labor Coalition) has Endorsed a Yes
Vote on Question 4 Earned Sick Time for those workers who
currently have none.
We hope you will consider a yes vote on
Question 4.

November 4, 2014 State Election ballot
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Dear Members,

The Somerville Labor Coalition would like to remind you of its endorsement
of Christine Barber for the 34th district as state rep.
We are very happy
to have the opportunity to endorse a candidate for public office who can really
make a difference. Christine Barber epitomizes the fundamental Democratic
principles that Unions share and embrace.Christine’s experience in the State
House and the health care field gives her the best qualifications for advocating
for our members. Christine understands that Unions are the backbone of the
middle class. Christine comes from a “Union Family”. Her parents were Union
members and instilled in her strong Union values and hard work.The Somerville
Labor Coalition supports and urges all of our members to vote for Christine
Barber for Massachusetts State Representative this November 4th.

Somerville Labor Coalition Executive Board
The Somerville Labor Coalition is proud to announce the endorsement
of Somerville's own Christine Barber of the 34th District for State Representative.
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10/29/2014 - Retirement Benefits/Social Security Meeting Post
Tuesday, 11/18/2014
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A special meeting of the Board of Alderman was convened on Tuesday,
October 14 to serve as a public hearing on the mayor’s veto of the
so-called “Pay to Play” ordinance, as well as to provide an opportunity
for city officials and members of the general public to ask questions
and make comments on the matter.

10/26/2014 - Special meeting held on ‘Pay to Play’ ordinance
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10/09/2014 - Somerville Journal "Nepotism" New Article
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From left to right;
Thy Toeum, Marita Coombs, Alan Koslofsky, Kevin O'kelly

Somerville Labor Coalition
Annual Meeting
Friday, Oct. 17 2014
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09/04/2014 -----------------------------------------------------------------
Dear Members,

The SMEA through collaborative efforts with the Shape up Somerville/Wellness Committee and the
YMCA have agreed on a partnership and a free two week trial passes (attached) are now active for
the Somerville location next to city hall. For employees who use wheelchairs and other mobility
aids, arrangements have been made for you to take advantage of this benefit at either the Cambridge
or Malden branch of the YMCA. The Somerville location is not handicapped accessible.

All information including YMCA rates, schedules, health club reimbursement forms as well as the reimbursement fitness plans can be found in the Members Only Area under the SMEA forms link.

Somerville YMCA & City of Somerville
Announce Wellness Partnership
Free 2 Week Trail for SMEA Members
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Market Basket’s lesson for unions

08/26/2014 -----------------------------------------------------------------
Please Vote Yes on QUESTION 4: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition Earned Sick Time for Employees

08/08/2014 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Forwarded to you is the posting for the recent debate held at SCATV. Thanks for posting.

The Somerville Labor Coalition recently held a forum and debate at Somerville Community
Access Television for the primary candidates for the 34th Middlesex State Representative
seat. The candidates in attendance were: Christine Barber of Somerville, Erin DiBenedetto
of Medford, Nick Lanzilli of Medford and Craig Rourke of Somerville. Watch the replay
Somerville Labor Coalition Candidate Forum
Somerville Labor Coalition Candidate Forum: July 31, 2014
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The primary election day is September 9, 2014.

08/12/2014 - "Market Basket a rare case in labor world" from Boston Globe article

08/06/2014 - Somerville Labor Coalition letter of support Market Basket Employees (please click and see full article on

Somerville Labor Coalition Sponsor State Reps Debate on SCATV

Candidates Present Christine Barber, Erin DiBenidetto, Nick Lanzilli and Craig Rourke
(please press link for more on story)

07/17/2014 - Boston Globe Article "Letter: United front needed to keep an affordable Union Square"

07/07/2014 - Boston Globe Article "Boston needs ideas — from Somerville"

07/07/2014 - Boston Globe Article "Will the Green Line Extension make Somerville real estate go crazy?"

07/07/2014 - Boston Globe Article "Officials tweak zoning rules to encourage development"

06/24/2014 - Four Police Chief Finalists - See Bio and come to the Citywide Interview on June 25th where Residents, Community members are invited to submit questions to help choose Somerville’s next Chief of Police

06/17/2014 - Wellness Newsletter to Members

06/17/2014 - Please check out our 2014 Scholarship Winners

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Somerville Labor Coalition (SLC) website

Somerville Labor Coalition is Official

The Somerville Labor Coalition (SLC) is established to support, protect, promote and advance the interests of unionized employees within the City of Somerville and surrounding communities, and to engage in such activities that in its discretion it deems appropriate to meet these purposes. "Read more about Somerville Labor Coalition".

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Somerville Labor Coalition Action

The Somerville Labor Coalition needs you to step up and appeal to your legislators to restore real concensus to the MA Group Health Insurance Law(GIC).What was a 70% consensus requirement has been changed to only 51%, thus allowing cities and towns to offer special treatment to larger bargaining units in order to gain concessions overall. Simple majority is not fair. Please download and read the Somerville Labor Coalition's response to the change in the law, "More Than We Bargained For".

"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."
Stand up for fair dealing for municipal workers!
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").


H3789, the “Evergreen fix”, enacted!

Great news for all public sector employees! MA House Bill 3789 - 187th General Court, an act relative to the terms of collective bargaining agreements - passes and is signed by the Governor, Chapter 198 of the Acts of 2011, November 22, 2011.

Download the bill (PDF)


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Board of Rep’s Monthly Meeting Reminder
We will be conducting our Monthly board of rep’s meetings Wednesday nights at 5pm at the Mount Vernon restaurant. We will begin promptly at 5pm. We hope to see many of you there. You do not have to be a rep to come to the meeting. Stay informed, ask questions and give your opinion and have a bite to eat. Remember, if you neglect these meetings then someone else will be making decisions for you and you don’t want that do you? Be part of the process.

SMEA Scholarship Announcement due back by April 1, 2014
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SMEA Rep's Monthly Meetings reminder for 2014
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Grievance Monthly Meetings reminder for 2014
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Eboard Monthly Meetings reminder for 2014
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2014 City Holiday Schedule

Massachusetts Legal Holidays 2012-2014

November 2014

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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E-board Meeting Grievance Committee Meeting
Rep Meeting Holidays

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