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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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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!


06/27/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
Summer is starting to heat up! Use your AFSCME Council 93 membership to cool off at two of New England's premier amusement parks- Six Flags New England in Western Mass and Canobie Lake Park in Southern New Hampshire!

Six Flags New England offers pulse-pounding roller coasters to gentler options for tots. Cool off at Hurricane Harbor or take a break at one of our entertaining shows. Catch a bite at one of our restaurants

Canobie Lake Park has over 85 rides, games, LIVE entertainment and attractions… just for fun! Test your skills at our many, exciting Midway Games! And enjoy Tax-Free Shopping at our numerous Gift and Retail Shops located throughout the Park for everything from everyday items to life-long keepsakes.



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05/30/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93

Local_787_Run_to_Remember20190530160806Over Memorial Day Weekend, AFSCME Local 787 Boston Public Health Commission sponsored nine members in the 15th Annual Boston's Run To Remember Five Mile Race. The nine runners are Campus Police Officers for the Boston Public Health Commission.

Taking place on Memorial Day weekend each year, Boston's Run To Remember honors the service of fallen 1st Responders; this race has become a destination event for many participants and offers a one of a kind experience to show solidarity with law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth. Yearly, the race has over 10,000 runners, representing all 50 states and over a dozen additional countries.

Net proceeds of Boston's Run To Remember benefit local youth and community programs supported by our 1st Responders. The race also raises funds for several local charities, including the Alzheimer's Association, Children's Hospital, Cops For Kids With Cancer, Muscular Dystrophy, the Boy's and Girl's Club and Sole Train.

"As a union, we assist our members in a time of need attempting to improve quality of life and to encourage unity to help each other," said Local 787 Vice President Sgt. Tony DeMarco. "The members who ran this race exhibited those traits his past Sunday helping to aid families who have made the ultimate sacrifice."

Local 787 Officers Janelle Labbe, Damian Shallow, Arthur Bacon, Fred Kenawy, Nelida Rodriguez, Luis Pires, Darrell Hudson-Jones, Peter Starus, and Lissette Camacho all ran in and completed the event.


05/21/2019
 
Posted By: Council 93
AFSCME Council 93 is proud to announce its 22nd Annual Council 93 Memorial Scholarships. In 2019, the program will award five individuals $1,000 scholarships to students enrolled in a two-year or four-year accredited college. Scholarships are renewable for each year of attendance.

ELIGIBILITY:
  • Open to Council 93 members and their spouses, children, stepchildren, grandchildren, or legal dependent. (Proof of AFSCME membership required)
  • Acceptance into or already attending an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school at the time of the award. Graduate students are not eligible.
  • Only one application will be accepted per individual.
DEADLINE DATE:
  • Applications and essays must be received by July 1, 2019.
Please send to:
AFSCME Council 93 Scholarship Committee
8 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

Or by email: aowen@afscme93.org
  • Winners will be notified by July 30, 2019. The scholarship awards will be made at the AFSCME Council 93 Conference Banquet.

AWARD CRITERIA:
  • $1,000 scholarship awarded each year for a two-year or four-year accredited college. Proof of enrollment must be received by July 1st of each school year.
  • Applicants must submit a typewritten, double-spaced essay based on the prompt: "Unions have been important to my family because…" The essay must be 500 to 750 words. The Scholarship Committee suggests that students contact their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors or friends to learn what labor union membership and participation may have meant to them. Union members are encouraged to discuss the essay with their children, grandchildren and others, in order to share their own experiences as possible topics for the essay.
  • The Scholarship Committee will determine the award based upon the essay and completed application form. Upon receipt of each scholarship application, the applicant's name and local number will be separately indexed. Once completed, the Scholarship Committee will then obscure this information to assure complete impartiality. The decision of the Committee is final.
To learn more and download the application click HERE!


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