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Winchester Workers Rejoin Council 4
Local 1303-044 members are happy to have AFSCME representation.
That’s the message delivered by the members of AFSCME Local 1303-044 who work for the Winchester Department of Public Works and Water Department.
In a union representation held Sept. 30, and later certified by the state Board of Labor Relations, the 18-member bargaining unit voted by a nearly unanimous margin to rejoin Council 4 after several years of substandard representation under the United Public Service Employees Union (UPSEU).
Local 1303-044 President Steve Giordano said he and his co-workers said Council 4 offered a positive alternative to UPSEU.
“UPSEU sold us a bill of goods, like cheaper dues, to get us to join them. We learned a few things in the interim. We needed to get a good union back in here. We needed a union that would work with us in a democratic way, a union that would fight for us despite the odds, a union that wouldn’t rubber stamp agreements.”
Giordano credited Council 4 Staff Representative Travis Cromack for his hard work and candor during the organizing drive.
“We really appreciated Travis’s honesty. He didn’t make any false promises. He wasn’t a used car salesman. He told us that AFSCME dues were higher. We’ve since learned that you get what you pay for. We’re going to get better representation with Council 4.”
Council 4 and Local 1303-044 are now preparing to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with the Town of Winchester.
“We are honored to have the confidence and faith of Winchester public service workers,” said Kevin Murphy, Director of Collective Bargaining and Organizing for Council 4. “We look forward to advocating for them at the bargaining table and in the community.”
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