Support These Recently-Filed Bills

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Below you will find a list of recently-filed bills that reflect the legislative priorities of our union and the Mass. AFL-CIO Public Sector Task Force. Please reach out to any State Representatives or Senators that you have a relationship with, and request that they support and/or co-sponsor these public sector priorities. If you are not sure who your legislators are, click here to look them up.

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SD. 1241: An Act Relative to Collective Bargaining Dues (Senator Boncore) 
HD. 302: An Act Relative to Collective Bargaining Dues (Rep. Chan)

This bill represents the consensus public sector response to the Janus Supreme Court ruling, and is identical to the version that passed the State Senate on July 31st, 2018.

  • Protects the privacy of personal contact information for public employees
  • Ensures certain union access to public sector worksites, including the right to meet with newly hired employees
  • Clarifies the terms of union membership/payroll deduction of union dues
  • Allows unions the option of charging non-members for the reasonable costs of representation during the grievance or arbitration process

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SD. 1838: An Act reforming the group insurance commission (Senator Friedman)
HD. 3115: An Act Relative to GIC Composition and Transparency (Rep. Capano)

  • Seeks to make representation on the Group Insurance Commission more fair to active employees and retirees by adding two additional labor seats
  • Ensures that Commissioners are provided with advance notice and relevant information prior to votes substantially altering health care plan designs, costs, or offerings

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SD. 1299: An Act Limiting Out-of-Pocket Health Expenses (Senator Feeney)
HD.1606: An Act Limiting Out-of-Pocket Health Expenses (Rep. Mark)

  • Caps annual out-of-pocket healthcare expenses at $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families enrolled in GIC health insurance plans

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SD.1485: An Act relative to Group Insurance Commission premium contributions (Sen. Friedman)
HD1597: An Act Establishing Fairness in GIC Premium Contributions (Rep. Mark)

  • Equalizes all state employees at a 20% health insurance premium contribution

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SD1298: An Act relative to group insurance commission procurement (Sen. Feeney)

  • Exempts proposals and bids made or received by the group insurance commission, as well as the commission’s communications made in connection with reviewing proposals and bids, from public procurement laws that prevent this information from being shared with Commissioners and the public

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HD. 288: An Act protecting the right to strike (Rep. Connolly)

  • This bill would provide public employees and public employee organizations with the right to engage in a strike

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1 comment

    • Jewell Williams on February 7, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    I support the above mentioned change to the bills.

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