AFSCME International Convention in Boston - 2010!
Local 34 delgates with Bill Lucy: (L to R) John Herzog, Sabrina Denson, Wes Volkenant, Andrea Lazo-Rice, Jean Diederich, Heather Hemmer
Read short summaries of the daily events at the convention.
Rally For Jobs and Prevention of Service Cuts
Hundreds of AFSCME activists rallied on Boston Common, in solidarity with AFSCME Council 93, to prevent the loss of critical public services and to pass the jobs bill now stalled in Congress. Council 93 members are fighting to prevent the planned closure of four of the state’s six long-term residential hospitals for the developmentally disabled, to keep all branches of the city’s public libraries open and prevent layoffs of library employees. The council also wanted fair, equitable contracts for thousands of higher education workers represented by the union. After the rally, hundreds of AFSCME activists marched to City Hall to support the library workers. As the city council was deciding the municipal budget for the new fiscal year, “The sea of protesters made such a ruckus that their chants - “Stop the cuts!’’ - echoed in the fifth-floor council chamber.”