The BTU has endorsed Bob McCarthy for State Senate in the 2nd Suffolk & Middlesex Senate District, which includes Watertown, Belmont and parts of Cambridge, Allston-Brighton, the Fenway and the Back Bay. The seat was vacated earlier this month when State Senator Steven Tolman resigned to become the president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. Bob’s website is live here.
A primary election is scheduled for December 13th. The final election is scheduled for January 11, 2012. A special Labor Night to help Bob is being held TODAY, Tuesday, November 22nd, at Florian Hall in Dorchester from 6 to 9pm. All BTU members are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Bob McCarthy is proud to be a supporter of labor and IS labor. He is ready for the job and will advocate for the issues that are important to the BTU. On Saturday December 3rd and 10th the BTU will be canvassing on behalf of Bob McCarthy with many other union members! Get involved! Contact the BTU office at 617.288.2000 or email Angela Cristiani.
Pension Changes Enacted
Last week the governor signed into law a new pension bill, interestingly characterized as an AN ACT PROVIDING FOR PENSION REFORM AND BENEFIT MODERNIZATION. The bill was signed by the governor on 11/18, and was approved in the Senate by a 27-10 margin and 152-0 in the House. See an explanation of the bill as provided by the AFT-MA here. (Most of the changes in the new law apply only to those employees hired after 4/1/12. Changes affecting current employees are minimal. Regardless, the new law is a step backwards.)