Convention 2012: Your Union, Your Voice
: Saturday, October 13, 1:30-6:00 PM,Registration opens at 12:30 PM
: 1199-SEIU union hall,150 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester
: Convention is open to all membersConvention followed by reception, dinner andcelebration (members may bring 1 guest)Prizes include: flat screen TV, tickets toPatriots vs. Jets on October 21. (Note: membersmust be present to win)
is stepping up to fight for all of us, so we need tomake sure that we’re all contributing equally.”Pleas says that she’s especially hoping to see new members at the convention this year, as well as indi-viduals who’ve never been active in their union be-fore. “This is an opportunity for you to come and seewho your brothers and sisters are and learn about your rights,” says Pleas. “The power of a union comesfrom strength in numbers. You can see it where youwork. I know I have.”
Please register by October 1st to be eligible fora prize. Visit our website: www.seiu888.org/ registration.
“The power of a union comes fromstrength in numbers. You can see itwhere you work. I know I have.” —Lorna Pleas, health advocate,CIty of Boston
In this issue:
President’s Message, Page 2
Local Spotlight: Member PoliticalOrganizer Daniel Dessin, Page 3
It’s Unanimous: Monomoy Janitors Voteto Join Local 888, Page 3
Update on Boston’s New AttendancePolicy, Page 4
Will you be there?
The SEIU Local 888 Membership convention is onSaturday, October 13—and you’re invited. This every-other-year meeting is your opportunity to speak upand help build a strong union that works for all of us.“This is chance for our members to come together,meet their union brothers and sisters and make theirvoices heard,” says Mark DelloRusso, president of Local888.This year’s convention is particularly important,notes DelloRusso, because the issue of dues equal-ity is on the agenda. Local 888 was formed nearly adecade ago when nearly 9,000 public sector workersacross hundreds of work sites came together. Oneconsequence of this massive reorganization was thatit left our local with 87 different dues structures andmany chapters paying widely different rates. In somecases, members working side-by-side on the same jobare paying different dues rates. The result is that whileall Local 888 members share the same benefits of col-lective bargaining and union representation, not allmembers pay the same fair share of union dues. At the convention, members will have an opportu-nity to discuss, debate and vote (by secret ballot) on aproposal to create a fair and equitable dues structure.(For more on the Dues Equality proposal, see page 2.)Lorna Pleas, a health service advocate for elderly residents of the city of Boston, the chapter chair of herunit and an Executive Board member, says that adopt-ing a fairer dues structure is key to building a strongerunion. “It’s about paying our fair share. Now our union