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01/24/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93
MASSDOT UNIT B CONTRACT UPDATE

AFSCME had been participating in negotiations for a successor Collective Bargaining Agreement ("CBA") as part of the Coalition of MassDOT Unions. The other unions comprising the Coalition are the Teamsters, Steelworkers, and SEIU. Traffic Section Foreman Joe Doten, AFSCME Atty. Ashley Peel, and Local 2948 Pres. Brad Gallant, and AFSCME General Counsel Joe DeLorey have participated in various negotiation sessions.

Last Friday, January 17th, the Coalition reached what we had hoped would be the conclusion of negotiations. However, we agreed that the employer would produce the final version of the CBA and related documents for our review before any commitment is made to sign. This final review was completed earlier today. The CBA and related material is now ready for publication and review.

The CBA now needs to be ratified. After all this time, it may seem odd to have to "hurry up," but the Coalition member unions would all like to get notice of a ratified contract back to the employer by Friday, Feb. 7th, in order to have acceptance of the new CBA on the agenda for the MassDOT Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Feb. 10th. As soon as the Board votes to accept, the Employer can then immediately submit a request for funding of the cost items of the CBA to the Governor.

Local 2948 MassDOT Contract Documents

*Any changes to these documents will be updated ASAP and will only be technical corrections, the nature of the agreement will not change.

AGREEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

1. Contract Salary Increases: All members of Unit B will receive a six percent increase over the life of the three-year contract running from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020. (2% retroactive to year one; 2% retroactive to year two and another 2% retroactive to year three)

2. Top Step Increase: Effective June 30, 2020, Step 12 in the Unit B salary scale shall be increased by seven hundred dollars ($700) for all employees at that step or who later move to that step.

3. Compressed Workweek: Effective April 1, 2020, MassDOT may implement a compressed workweek consisting of either three (13.34 hours per day) or four day (10 hours per day) workweeks. This work opportunity will first be offered to volunteers in the order of seniority. If further employees are needed, temporary employees will be mandated first, and then regular full-time employees will be mandated in the order of reverse seniority, provided that the top 20% of the senior employees in Units B and C will be exempt from such requirement if they chose to exercise that option.

4. Compressed Workweek Differential: Employees who work a compressed workweek that includes both Saturday and Sunday shall be paid an additional differential for all hours worked in their compressed workweek at the rate of $1.25 per hour.

5. Sick Time Option for Overtime Worked: Employees who use sick time during a workweek in which he/she works either emergency or mandatory overtime may use up to three such days for purposes of calculating overtime pay earned provided that the sick time is used before notification of overtime work requirement.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE UNIT B CONTRACT SETTLEMENT, PLEASE REVIEW THE UNIT B "SUCCESSOR AGREEMENT COVERING EMPLOYEES IN BARGAINING UNIT B "WHICH CONTAINS ALL CHANGES IN ADDITION TO THE MAJOR ONES DESCRIBED ABOVE.

CLASSIFICATION STUDY IMPLEMENTATION AGREEMENT

1. Classification Study Upgrades: For certain members of the bargaining unit whose titles were recommended by the outside expert for upgrades, those upgrades will be effective retroactive to July of 2016.

2. Upgrades/RECLASSIFICATIONS Other Than Through the Classification Study: A number of job titles will be upgraded or reclassified to higher paying titles as a result of market adjustments implemented through agreement between the Union and MassDOT. These upgrades/reclassifications will become effective on the date of ratification by Unit B.

3. Transfers to Unit C: Units B and C will undergo a reorganization under which some Unit B employees will be transferred to Unit C and some Unit C employees will be transferred to Unit B.

4. Appeals: Any employee who filed a JAQ during the time table for doing so under the Classification Study and who is disappointed with the failure to be awarded and upgrade may be eligible for an appeal to an outside arbitrator. If you fit in this category, and wish to file an appeal, it is important to let Union leadership know of this immediately so that steps can be taken to initiate that appeal.

5. Confirmation of Retroactive Pay Calculations: For employees who have received upgrades under paragraph 1 and 2 above, MassDOT will provide worksheets showing pay growth and retroactive pay amounts to each of you. You will then be able to review those calculations and have 30 days to dispute them. If you feel that these calculations are inaccurate, please contact your Union leadership for assistance in challenging them.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CLASSIFICATION STUDY PLEASE REVIEW THE CLASSIFICATION STUDY IMPLEMENTATION AGREEMENT WHICH CONTAINS ALL CHANGES IN ADDITION TO THE MAJOR ONES DESCRIBED ABOVE.

RATIFICATION PROCESS

The ratification vote will ask whether you approve or disapprove the proposed CBA. The other above listed documents will go into effect when the CBA does.

As you will hopefully all have access to all the documents electronically, and in light of the target date of Feb. 7th or earlier for tabulation of the votes, we are going to do our best to conduct the ratification vote electronically as well. If you would prefer a "hard copy" of the documents and can't print them at your location, please email Jheri-Ane at jczernetzky@afscme93.org or call her at 617 367 6024, and she can accommodate you.

If you can access all of the material electronically but you still prefer to vote via hard copy, you can complete the attached ballot and mail to AFSCME Council 93, c/o Jheri-Ane Czernetzky, 8 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108. If you choose this option, please PUT YOUR NAME AND RETURN ADDRESS ON THE ENVELOPE, but do not put any identifying information on the ballot.

If you are OK voting electronically, either scan and email the completed ballot to Jheri-Ane, or just send her an email indicating "Yes" or "No" as to whether or not to accept the CBA. Your vote will remain confidential.

Whether you vote electronically or via hard copy, please keep the Feb. 7th deadline in mind. The earlier you get your vote to us, the better.

PLEASE VISIT THIS SITE REGULARLY, AS THE DUE DATE FOR THE BALLOTS MAY BE COMPRESSED IF THE NEED ARISES, SO AGAIN, PLEASE GET YOUR CHOICE IN TO US ASAP.

If you have any questions about the CBA or any related material, please email them to Jheri-Ane or call her at 617-367-6024, and she'll get someone to respond to you ASAP.

IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SENT YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS TO THE COUNCIL, PLEASE GET THAT ADDRESS TO JHERI-ANE AT jczernetzky@afscme93.org



01/08/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93
AFSCME Members in Massachusetts: Do you receive health insurance coverage through Group Insurance Commission (GIC)? Are you looking for an opportunity to urge decision makers to maintain quality coverage and prevent further increases in out-of-pocket costs?

If so, plan now to attend one of the upcoming "listening sessions" scheduled by the GIC Board of Commissioners in the coming weeks.

Sessions will be held in Worcester, Brockton, Springfield, Boston, Lawrence, and Barnstable.

RSVP Here- https://forms.gle/yjUFGsCa17gXRVtL6

Our health insurance costs have continued to rise year after year, while covering less and less. The ones who are feeling the pain are the dedicated state and municipal workers who are faced with uncertainty and confusion as plans are constantly changing and costs continue to go up.

You have a chance to make your voice heard by the GIC!

AFSCME Council 93 has been working in coalition with other public-sector unions on legislation that would help stop cost shifting by increasing labor's representation on the GIC board, cap annual out-of-pocket expenses, and place all state and higher education workers at an 80/20 premium contribution rate split. Council 93 is working hard at the State House, but it is important that the GIC hears from the workers that are directly impacted by the policies and decisions made by the commissioners.

You can make your voice heard and bring your issues directly to the GIC at one of nine GIC Public Hearings from January 22nd to February 4th throughout the Commonwealth.

RSVP Here- https://forms.gle/yjUFGsCa17gXRVtL6

Wednesday, JANUARY 22

Thursday, JANUARY 23

5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

WORCESTER

Worcester State University Student Center - Blue Lounge 486 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA 01602

Parking: Any available lots on campus

5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

BROCKTON

Massasoit Community College Lecture Hall - Liberal Arts Building One Massasoit Boulevard Brockton, MA 02302

Parking: Lot across from Business Building

Tuesday, JANUARY 28

Wednesday, JANUARY 29

5:00 – 6:30 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD

MassMutual Center Meeting Room 1, First Floor 1277 Main Street

Springfield, MA 01103



Parking: Civic Center Garage or MGM Springfield

5:00 – 6:30 P.M.

BOSTON

McCormack State Office Building 21st Floor Conference Rooms One Ashburton Place

Boston, MA 02108

Blue Line: Bowdoin Station Green/Red Line: Park Street Station Orange Line: State Street Station

Thursday, JANUARY 30

Tuesday, FEBRUARY 4

5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

LAWRENCE

Lawrence Public Library - Main Branch Sargent Auditorium

51 Lawrence Street

Lawrence, MA 01840

Parking: street parking on Haverhill & Oak Street

5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

BARNSTABLE

Barnstable High School Knight Lecture Hall 744 West Main Street Hyannis, MA 02601

Parking: Ample parking in area campus lots



01/02/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93
Support a fair contract for New Bedford City Employees at the City Council Meeting January 9th!

-New Bedford City Employees deserve the RESPECT and DIGNITY of a fair and competitive contract.

-New Bedford should invest in PEOPLE! After a 2-year wage and
classification study almost all positions in New Bedford have been
brought up to area standards.

-Local 851 negotiated a 3-year contract that is fair to City Employees and City Taxpayers alike and will continue to provide New Bedford with excellent public services!

When- January 9th @5:30pm
Where- New Bedford City Hall 133 William Street New Bedford MA


12/10/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
Here is the latest addition of The 93 Beacon Newsletter!

In this issue we highlight recent AFSCME Council 93 news and events:
  • 24th Biennial Convention
  • Election Updates
  • Janus Response Legislation
  • Council 93 VMOs on the ground in San Antonio
  • Council 93 Organizing Updates
And Much More!

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11/27/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93

AFSCME College Programs

FREE ASSOCIATES DEGREE PROGRAM- It's AFSCME's mission to give you every advantage to get ahead. That's why we've partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College. Through the AFSCME Free College benefit, you and your family members can now earn an associate degree completely online–for FREE.

Eastern Gateway is an accredited community college, a member of the University System of Ohio, and is one of the fastest-growing public colleges in the country. It's an open access public college governed by the Ohio Board of Regents and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

BALANCE Go back to school while you continue to work. If you're unsure or get stuck, you'll have online access to tutoring services, your enrollment advisor and your highly-qualified instructors.

FLEXIBILITY Online classes let you study and complete assignments whenever you have time during your busy week. Each class will provide the assignment and test deadlines to help you manage your active life style.

CREDIBILITY Graduate from a respected, regionally accredited academic institution. EGCC is governed by the Ohio Department of Higher Ed and is part of the University System of Ohio.

ASSURANCE EGCC is transfer-friendly. They strive to ensure you get as much credit as possible toward your degree for previous work. And the credits and degree you earn at EGCC are transferable to colleges all over the country. LEARN MORE

LOW COST BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAM We know the cost of education can be daunting, yet academic credentials are becoming more and more important in the workplace. Further, our busy lives make it hard to be on campus every week. We want to knock down those barriers to academic success and let you focus on learning! With our online bachelor completion program, eligible students who have an associate degree or have earned 60 or more credits in their chosen field of study, can apply to attend Central State University online at a highly discounted cost.

Academics- The program will start with bachelor's level courses offered in Education and Business Administration. More programs will be added in the future. Eligible union members/organization members and their family members now have the opportunity to earns their bachelor's degree at a significantly reduced price. Courses are offered in both 16- and 8-week formats. All courses will be conducted 100% online and students can take 1 or more courses. Start dates are every eight weeks thereafter.

Who Can Apply?-Members in good standing (including Retirees), their children, grandchildren, spouses, domestic partners, and more. Family members do NOT need to be financial dependents or living with the member to be eligible. Eligible students can earn a bachelor's degree online, with low to no out-of-pocket costs.

When Can You Apply?-Apply anytime, classes start every 8 weeks.

Affordable- Participating unions and organizations are offering this to their members and their family members. Eligible students will be able to earn their degree online at a significantly reduced cost. Complete the Inquiry form to confirm your eligibility and an advisor will contact you regarding next steps.LEARN MORE


11/21/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
On Black Friday, join AFSCME at Guess stores around the country to tell the Marciano family to respect workers' rights, reopen the Marciano Art Foundation (MAF), reinstate their workers and recognize their union.

Just in time for the holidays, the MAF laid off Visitor Services staff only four days after they filed their union petition to organize. The next day, the Marcianos closed the whole museum, indicating that they would rather cut and run on their obligations to the community rather than address employees' concerns.

A week later, they continue to hold private tours and events at MAF.

MAF workers need our help and solidarity. We are going to Guess stores to show the Marcianos that they are not above the law.

Join us at Guess stores to demand that the Marcianos:
  • Reopen MAF
  • Reinstate MAF workers
  • Recognize their union
#MAFunion

Guess Again! Black Friday Picket

Cambridge - Guess Cambridgeside Galleria

100 Cambridgeside Place Suite 227

Cambridge, MA 02141

10a.m. - 12 p.m.

Contact: David Nagle (508) 663-6000 or dnagle@afscme93.org

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/sign-up-132?source=direct_link&



11/18/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
The Annual AFL-CIO Scholarship and Labor Education Program is in its 62nd year. Through the program, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and affiliated unions are proud to award financial resources to high school students pursuing trade union programs or college/university study. ­The Massachusetts AFL-CIO administers half a million dollars of scholarship awards on behalf of unions and labor councils throughout the state. Individual awards range from $500 to $16,000.

Register online to take the scholarship exam!

Key Dates for 2020

  • October 2019: Online applications are open! Click here to apply. Once a student registers they must inform their high school guidance office that they intend to take the exam.
  • December 1, 2019: Scholarship study guide and interactive website will be available from this page.
  • December 20, 2019: Last day to apply. All applications must be received by 5pm to be eligible to take the scholarship exam.
  • February 10, 2020: Scholarship exam is administered at high schools across Massachusetts.
In order to be eligible for a scholarship, students must take the Labor History Exam. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO publishes a Labor History Study Guide, which covers a broad range of the history of working people organizing for justice in the United States. New for 2020, an interactive study website will be available, featuring supplemental materials and quizzes to test your knowledge.

The Labor History Exam is administered once per year, and awardees are determined by the Scholarship Committee of the MA AFL-CIO. The Scholarship Committee consists of current and retired union members.

All Massachusetts high school seniors are eligible to compete for certain awards. Additionally, students with a family or personal union affiliation are eligible for awards given by their family's specific local union or central labor council. About 2,000 students take the exam annually to compete for a scholarship.

Read more about application and eligibility on our FAQ page linked below. If you have additional questions, contact Scholarship Coordinator Carla Connolly at cconnolly@massaflcio.org.

PDF iconScholarship FAQ 2020

PDF iconScholarship Program Awards Booklet 2019

PDF icon2020 MA AFL-CIO Scholarship Flyer



09/10/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
Congratulations to U.S. Senator Ed Markey who received the unanimous endorsement of the Council 93 Executive Board this past weekend in his campaign for re-election in 2020. Below are statements from Executive Director Mark Bernard and Senator Markey:

"Our union is proud to continue our longstanding support for Senator Ed Markey," said Council 93 Executive Director Mark Bernard. "Throughout his more than three decades of work in the house and senate, Ed has been a consistent and strong supporter of our issues. There's a reason that unions and management consistently agree that the value of work experience should be recognized in every contract we sign. It's because both sides believe in ensuring that the most experienced people with the greatest amount of institutional knowledge are placed in the most important jobs. We view Ed's his long tenure in Washington as one of his strongest assets. With so much at stake in the U.S. Senate, now more than ever, we need seasoned leaders like Ed Markey fighting for us."

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of AFSCME and its members, whose efforts on behalf of working families are so important to Massachusetts," said Markey. "From our public universities and colleges, to our state parks, to correctional facilities, to our school campuses, Council 93 makes up the backbone of state and municipal government, working quietly behind the scenes as truly the unsung heroes of government services. I am humbled by the strong and vocal support my campaign is receiving, and I will continue to reach out to all of unions, organizations, and residents throughout the Commonwealth who believe in standing up for working families and fighting for progressive values."





08/20/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
Field Services
Steward's Training
Saturday, September 28th, 2019, at
Bridgewater State University Operations Center located at
200 Great Hill Drive, Bridgewater, MA.

AFSCME Council 93 will be conducting a Union Steward's Training for any AFSCME member that is interested in attending. All members and current or newly elected Union Officers and Stewards are urged to attend.

The training will cover such topics as:

  • Rights of Union Members and the Local Union Steward, such as "Weingarten Rights", Duty of Fair Representation, Information Requests, etc.
  • Source of the "Union's" Strength and Power
  • What constitutes a Grievance? Past Practice?
qGrievance administration, writing, investigating and presentation

Training runs from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lunch will be provided. You will only need to bring a copy of your contract.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Cathy Chapman at 774-202-8065 or via e-mail at cchapman@afscme93.org no later than September 20th, 2019.

*We must receive your name, phone number, mailing address and/or e-mail address and your Local #.


08/09/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
In this issue we highlight recent AFSCME Council 93 news and events:

  • New Leadership at Council 93
  • Janus Response Legislation
  • 13th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament
  • Maine State Contract Ratification
  • Council 93 Organizing Updates
  • And Much More
Click HERE to read it!


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