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11/19/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93



This week thirty-eight custodians in the Braintree Public Schools officially joined Local 1395 after a successful organizing drive spearheaded by Council 93.

Braintree Public School administrators voluntarily recognized Council 93 as the exclusive bargaining agent, after Written Majority Authorization Cards were signed by nearly all of the custodians in September of 2020.

For years, the custodians in the eleven Braintree public school buildings have been an independent association. Facing bullying and harassment from management, member morale had been at an all-time low when the Braintree Custodians decided to make a change and formally join a larger union. After studying other custodial contracts on the South Shore and seeing the level of service AFSCME provided to members of other departments in town and other custodial units, not to mention the gains made at the negotiating table, the custodians approached Council 93 about formally joining AFSCME.

Now represented by Local 1395, the Braintree Custodians are in the process of addressing longstanding workplace issues impacting staffing, overtime, and working conditions with their new Council 93 Staff Representative. Unit leader Jordan Wagner noted that morale has "been renewed knowing we are on the path to improving our working conditions."

Wagner has been impressed with AFSCME stating "we are looking forward to now being a part of AFSCME and the power that comes from being associated with a larger union. We are glad we now have access to seasoned business agents and labor lawyers to handle issues and for collective bargaining."

Council 93 is constantly organizing traditional and non-traditional workplaces in both the public and private sector throughout Northern New England to give working men and women a stronger voice on the job. Once organized, AFSCME Council 93 staff representatives fight for and secure the best wages, benefits and working conditions for our members.

Interested in joining Council 93? Call or email today to speak with our Membership Development Coordinator!



10/27/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93
What: Rally to Support UMass Dartmouth Unions United
When: Friday, October 30th 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Where: Dartmouth Mall Parking Lot (Old Sears Automotive-Route 6 Side)





10/26/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93




Council 93 is offering a four-part Basic Steward Training Conducted by Tracy Monahan & David Murray

  • Part 1 – Roles and Responsibilities of a Steward (11/17/2020)
  • Part 2 – Five Steps of Grievance Handling (11/24/2020)
  • Part 3 – Documenting and Writing a Grievance (12/1/2020)
  • Part 4 – Moving Workers to Action (12/8/2020)
All sessions 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Online Registration


Course Description
  • Basic Stewards Training Part l : Roles and Responsibilities of a Steward-This training will walk new stewards (and those that need a refresher) through their various roles when acting in a steward capacity and how to identify if a grievance exists. Tips, tools, and strategies for being a great steward. The equality doctrine and the legal rights of union stewards.
  • Basic Steward Training Part II: Five Steps of Grievance Handling- This training includes identifying grievances, an overview of the 5 steps of the grievance process, and a deep dive into investigating grievances. Asking the right questions, meeting timelines, fulfilling the duty of fair representation, guiding the grievant through the process, an overview of the whole process with tips for success.
  • Basic Steward Training Part III: Documenting and Writing a Grievance- Marshalling your evidence, asking the right questions, union requests for information and documentation to the employer, organizing your file, building a strong case, anticipating the employer's arguments, preparing for a strong presentation, and guiding the grievant through the process.
  • Basic Steward Training Part IV: Moving Workers to Action-This session includes best practices for approaching new hires, identifying leaders, and mobilizing members to build power in the workplace. Supercharge your grievances! Direct action strategies and tactics to mobilize members to resolve workplace problems. Building union members sense of their own power and understanding through experience that they are the union.


10/08/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR BATTLEGROUND STATE PHONE BANKS

With less than a month to go before the November 3rd Presidential Election, Council 93 members are joining AFSCME members from around the country to build support for Joe Biden by making calls to fellow AFSCME members living in key battleground states.

Council 93 members are making calls to our brothers and sisters in Pennsylvania.

Calls can be made from your home between 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

You will NOT have to use your personal phone number and International Union staff will be joining you to provide training and assistance throughout your shift. Volunteers will have the option of selecting which night they choose to make calls. Volunteering for just a few hours one night a week will make tremendous difference.

Will you please help us build support for Joe Biden in Pennsylvania?

Simply click on the link below to get started and please share this link with your fellow AFSCME members.

Sign-up HERE!


If you have any questions or need any additional information call Jim Durkin anytime day or night at 978-866-2283.


09/02/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93




Congratulations to AFSCME Council 93 Executive Director Mark Bernard – our newly-elected AFSCME International Vice President for the Northern New England Region! Mark was elected by Council 93 Delegates to the 44th International Convention, which was held virtually and concluded today with the announcement of official election results and the swearing in of newly-elected and re-elected leaders.

The vote was nearly unanimous with Mark winning 27,672 of the 29,308 votes cast from our region.

As our International Vice President, Mark will serve as the voice and advocate for Council 93 on our International Union's Executive Board, and will help to shape policies, goals and objectives aimed at strengthening AFSCME on a national level. We have every confidence that Mark will help guide our International Union to a stronger future – just as he has done at Council 93.



08/27/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93
Fitchburg, MA- Earlier this year the Fitchburg Housing Authority was in trouble- housing vacancies were over fifteen percent, open positions were going unfilled, contractors were doing work that AFSCME members should have been doing, and employee morale was at an all-time low.

In January, newly hired Director Doug Bushman came to Local 2034 leadership with a "Pathway to Success" plan to turn around the struggling authority and asked for the union's support. Without full buy in from the members of Local 2034, who were on the frontlines doing the work, the plan was destined to fail. Local 2034 insisted on a commitment to total transparency and openness from management in order for the plan to succeed. The members knew that working together to improve the Housing Authority was in the best interest of the residents, the city, and the workers.

With the support of Local 2034, the Fitchburg City Council, and the Fitchburg Housing Authority, the $24 million turnaround plan was submitted to the Department of Housing and Community Development and quickly approved. With funding secured, the turnaround plan was put into place immediately with new uniforms being ordered, doubling of the maintenance staff, and much needed improvements to the Housing Authority developments.

As the turnaround plan was being implemented, Local 2034 negotiated a new contract that filled open positions; promoted working foreman; provides at least 2% wage increases every year; all members will receive cellphone, tool, and laundry allowances; and 14 paid holidays. The contract also established the "Cotto Rule," this unique labor/management agreement directly pays injured workers who are only going to be out less than five days and saves the Housing Authority increased workers compensation premiums.

"The turnaround has been nothing short of dramatic. Vacancy is now less than 2% and improvements are being made every day. We have every tool needed to do our jobs, contractor work is at an all-time low, and morale is high," said Local 2034-Chapter Chair Marc Cunningham. "This is all because of what AFSCME Council 93 made clear with management, it all can only be done with" Solidarity" we love this term and use it often."

To celebrate the turnaround, the Fitchburg Housing Authority recently held an Employee Appreciation Day for the members of Local 2034. Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale and Housing Authority Director Doug Bushman were on hand to thank the members of Local 2038 for their hard work, dedication, professionalism, and to recognize the work AFSMCE members do for the Fitchburg Housing Authority.

Local 2034 members have pulled together to get the job done each and every day, even though the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The members have truly exemplified what it means to be a union and are AFSCME Strong each and every day.


08/20/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93
Thank you Frank Moroney for your years of service and solidarity to all AFSCME members as an International Vice President! #AFSCMEStrong


08/11/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93
The AFSCME Free College Benefit makes it possible for you and your family members to earn an associate or bachelor degree completely online – for FREE.
Ready to learn more? We have two online info sessions coming up to answer any questions you might have and get you or your family members on the way to a free college degree from AFSCME!

RSVP Today!
Wednesday, August 19th @ 10am- https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkdOmprD4sHdxrqy7Uz_tEPnbtv5o1oD17
Thursday, August 20th at 7pm- https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvcOqurz0rHtKFfogkRfFO7i8DyNLazWvA


08/10/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93
MASSDOT UNIT B CONTRACT UPDATES

UPDATE 8/10/2020-
Council 93 has continuted to work with MassDOT, HRD, and the Comptroller's Office on the implementation of the Unit B CBA increases and the implementation of the remainder of the Classification Study.

  • The Unit B CBA increases effective 7/9/17, 7/8/18 and 7/7/19 are scheduled to be processed during the pay period August 16, 2020 to August 29, ,2020 (included in pay advice of September 4, 2020). In the event there is an issue and it cannot be processed during this pay period I will let you know.
  • I have submitted the request to process the CBA retroactive payments to the Office of the State Comptroller but have not received a confirmation of the date they will be processed. Once I have the date I will let you know.
  • The increase of $700.00 to Step 12 effective 6/30/2020 and the $750.00 bonus for employees who remain red-circled will be processed after the classification/bargaining unit changes effective 2/16/2020 are implemented.
  • Once both the CBA increase and retroactive payments are processed we will continue with the implementation of the remaining Classification Study changes.

UPDATE 8/3/2020- After many months and a lot of hard work, the $1.1 billion supplemental funding request was signed into law by Governor Baker last week. The bill, which included the funds for the Local 2948 MassDOT contract, goes into effect immediately. Members should see the increases in their pay checks very shortly.

UPDATE 5/13/2020-
AFSCME Council 93 has been working to ensure that MassDOT and the Baker Administration took the necessary steps to get the contract funded. Yesterday we received word that Governor Baker has filed the appropriate funding request. It is included in HB4707. We will continue working to push for prompt passage in the House and Senate.

UPDATE March 4, 2020- The contract for MassDOT has been fully executed and signed by all parties involved as of February 4th, 2020. Please see the below executed contract documents and Effective Date Letter from MassDOT.

Any member wishing to appeal their re-classification has 90-days from the effective date to file an appeal with the Local. All members wishing to make an appeal, must file in writing to the Local by May 4th, 2020 with a copy of their most recent Form 30.



UPDATE 2/14/2020

URGENT: Please review your seniority date of hire! You only have until Feb. 25, 2020 to appeal. So please check your DOH and get back to the Local Before February 25, 2020.

DOWNLOAD and REVIEW ASAP- MassDOT Seniority List

UPDATE 2/7/2020- The MassDOT Joint Board will be taking the MassDOT Unit 2 Contract under consideration at its Monday, February 10th Board Meeting at 11am.
https://www.mass.gov/doc/board-meeting-agenda-02102020/download

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 (Documents UPDATED 1/31/2020)

*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



08/03/2020
 
Posted By: Council 93
It's time to vote in New Hampshire. New laws for this election allow everyone to vote by absentee ballot. You can submit one form and receive the primary and general election ballots. Primary ballots are available now.

The main primary contest is for Governor. Council 93 is proud to endorse State Senator Dan Feltes for Governor. He served as a legal aid attorney for about a decade representing hard working men and women and then ran for the State Senate in 2014. He's now the state senate majority leader. He's been standing up for labor and leading on issues like worker misclassification, prevailing wage, prescription drug costs, and good schools.

"Over the past several months, the COVID-19 pandemic has shined a bright light on the important work of AFSCME members in New Hampshire and now, more than ever, people are acknowledging the value of their work," Executive Director Mark Bernard. "But Senator Feltes has always recognized their important contributions and has consistently demonstrated his respect and appreciation for front-line public employees through his many years of work in the Senate. When it comes to securing adequate funding for essential public services and supporting organized labor, Dan delivers more than just a vote. He leads the fight." READ MORE

We ask you to support our friend Senator Feltes in the New Hampshire Democratic primary.

Here's how:
STEP 1: Request your ballot Now!

Right now you can submit one form and receive your ballot for both the primary and, in a few months, the general election. Download the absentee ballot request form here and check the "concern for COVID-19" box. Complete the form and submit via mail, email, fax, or in-person to your town or city clerk. To look up your town or city clerk's information click here.

STEP 2: Vote and Sign Your Ballot

Shortly after submitting your request form for the primary, you will receive your absentee ballot in the mail. Complete your ballot from home. Carefully read the instructions and make sure you sign the envelope.

STEP 3: Return Your Ballot

Return your ballot to your town or city clerk's office. Your ballot must arrive before election day. You can send it in the mail or drop it off in person. You can track the status of your absentee ballot at here.

If you'd like to learn more about Dan, you can visit his website at www.danfeltesnh.com

If you encounter any issues voting in this election, you can call the New Hampshire Democratic Party's Voter Assistance Hotline at 603-GO-N-VOTE (603-466-8683), which is staffed Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 12 to 6 pm.



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