Friday, October 27, 2017

So Fun! 20th Anniversary Celebration on the University Campus

SHARE: 20 Years Old
3200 Strong
By the Numbers

Nine hundred attendees, give or take a few. That’s how many people dropped in for SHARE’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on the University Campus. SHARE members came down during lunchtime to the Faculty Conference Room from desks and bedsides and lab benches, and even bussed over from other campuses.

In other nifty statistics, our celebration had nine raffle winners. More importantly, altogether, the raffle participants contributed nearly five hundred dollars to the UMass Medicine Cancer Walk and Run.

SHARE Rep Rich Leufstedt
reprises his famous "SHARE Song"
A Festive Atmosphere

We were excited to catch up with old friends: SHARE retirees, SHARE members who have been promoted to management positions, and some beloved SHARE members who have moved on to other careers. Joining us, too, were many guests, including students, faculty, nurses, executive leaders from our Hospital and Medical School, members of sister unions, and even a few folks who just wandered in wondering what the hubbub was about.  

We ate. We sang. We marveled a bit at how SHARE’s values of kindness and respect have translated into policies and work systems that enable SHARE members to participate at work. We did an awful lot of smiling.

SHARE-UMMS EBoard Member AJ Iaconi
describes how a Joint Working Group
at the Critical Care Unit has improved working conditions
and patient care

Support from an Old Friend

Congressman Jim McGovern
commended the courage of employees
who voted to unionize
Congressman Jim McGovern returned with some keynote remarks to the University Campus where he championed our union in the beginning. He reminisced about the unscoopable frozen-solid ice cream that we chiseled into servings at a rally back-in-the-day. He distinctly remembered, he said, coming away from that event as a great admirer of the trailblazers at SHARE. And he reminded us that, twenty years ago, the formation of SHARE was the result of the largest organizing effort central Massachusetts had seen in over sixty years.

Congressman McGovern encouraged us to continue being brave in our efforts, saying that SHARE members were not only important to one another in the room, and to our institutions, but because we’re a vital union that makes the middle class possible.
More to Come in SHARE’s 20th Year

SHARE-UMMS Executive Board Member
Val Mount talks about
the importance of unions to Central Mass

The event also marked a great kickoff occasion leading into next-year’s contract negotiations. Both SHARE at UMass Medical School and SHARE at UMass Memorial Hospital will sit down at the table with our respective employers next year.

In the coming year, at anniversary events throughout our campuses, we’ll continue celebrating, and reflecting, and thinking ahead together. To keep up, be sure to subscribe to the SHARE blog, and check in to learn about developments at

New SHARE/JOIN Fellow Eve Feldberg explains
how an increased minimum wage
benefits SHARE members and other members of our community

SHARE Rep and PCA Kona Enders
describes how SHARE members stick together

Nice shout-out from Congressman McGovern on his Facebook page!

Friday, October 20, 2017


for SHARE-UMMS Representatives and SHARE Executive Board 

Open positions this year are 

  • 1-year Representative positions: 10 for the main campus; 8 for South Street; 5 for the CCU; 3 for all offsite locations together.  

  • 2-year Executive Board positions: President; Secretary; and two at-large Executive Board members. (The other four Executive Board positions will be up for election in October 2018.) 

After the close of the nomination period, all nominees will be contacted to see if they accept the nomination and want to run for that office.  If there are more nominees than there are positions to fill, then we will have aelectionOtherwisethe nominees are considered elected. You will be notified about whether any elections are contested 

You can nominate yourself and other SHARE members for these positions  
Monday, October 23 - Tuesday, November 7 at noon 

Elections will bheld on November 15 & 16 
if there are contested positions 


Wednesday, November 15 
South Street & CCU 

South StCanada, 12-2:30pm 
CCU, 7-7:30am and 2:30-4pm 

Thursday, November 16 
Main Campus 

LRB Lobby, 9-10:30am 
Sherman AS8-2072, 11-2pm 
Main School S1-123, 3-5pm 

Thursday, November 16 
Offsite Locations 

Biotech One, 9-9:30am 
Biotech Two, 10-10:30am 
BNRI, 11-11:30am 
Chang Building, 12-12:30pm 
Shaw Building1-1:30pm 
Memorial Hospital, 3-3:30pm 

To run for Union Rep or Executive Board Member 
  1. You must have been a dues-paying SHARE member for at least 6 months prior to the election.   
  1. You must be nominated in writing by a SHARE member (either a co-worker or yourself).  
  1. Current SHARE Reps who wish to continue to be Reps need to be nominated again this year.
To nominate someone for Union Rep or Executive Board Member 
  1. Please send nominations by email to; or by fax to (508) 929-4040; or by U.S. mail to SHARE, 50 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01604. However you send the nomination, it is a good idea to call to confirm that it arrived. The phone number at the SHARE office is (508) 929-4020. 

  1. Nominations should include: 
the name, department and phone number of the person being nominated;  
the position for which they are being nominated; and 
the name and phone number of the person submitting the nomination. 

Nominations must arrive at the SHARE office by noon on November 7.  We cannot accept late nominations.  

Nominees will be offered the opportunity to decline the nomination. Anyone who does not decline is then a candidate. 

Descriptions of the different roles 

Below are brief descriptions of the roles of Union Reps and Executive Board Members. If you want to talk about what it would be like to be a SHARE Rep or to be on the Executive Board, or if you have other questions, please call the SHARE office at 508-929-4020, or talk to someone you know who is involved with SHARE.  

SHARE Reps: There is a Union Rep for approximately every 50 SHARE members.  A Rep is a contact person for their area. Union Reps get training from SHARE to move information between co-workers and union leadership.  Reps are elected for a 1-year term. 

SHARE Executive Board Members: Executive Board members have responsibility for the whole union. They make decisions about the direction of our union and participate in contract negotiations.