Boston Local Woos Somerville, Mass. Independent Union

When a union’s president and a close associate wind up in federal prison, there aren’t too many places for its new leadership to go but up. Local 25 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters during the Nineties and the early part of this decade had been the scourge of the Boston area. Led by current President Sean O’Brien, the local wants to expand membership. For the time being, it has its eye on an independent municipal employees’ union in Somerville, Mass. In an August 17 letter to members of the Somerville Municipal Employee Association (SMEA), O’Brien wrote that his union “has been approached by a large number of your fellow city employees who are very unhappy with the leadership of SMEA.” The association, which includes school nurses, clerical workers, traffic clerks and other public-sector employees, seems warm to the idea.  

In his letter, O’Brien revealed that the 250-member SMEA Read More ➡