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02/05/2018
 
Posted By: John Killoy
Alliance Unit 2 AFSCME Council 93 and SEIU Local 888
Tentative Agreement

Negotiations for a new contract (or "CBA") resulted in a tentative agreement between the Parties on January 29, 2018. Appearing below is a summary of the proposed amendments of and additions to the current contract that will go into effect as provided in this tentative agreement, if ratified by the membership. The period covered by this proposed tentative agreement is from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. Any terms of the current CBA not changed by this tentative CBA remain in full force and effect. Also found below is an internet link, which will lead you to a full and final copy of Memorandum of Agreement. Hard copies of the MOA will also be at the polling sites on the date of the ratification vote, which is scheduled for February 13, 2018.

THE ALLIANCE BARGAINING COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY
SUPPORTS THE RATIFICATION OF THIS CONTRACT!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT INCLUDE:

WAGES
  • The salary increases in this tentative agreement provide for wages increases over the course of the CBA total 5%, with the potential of 6% if the state meets tax revenue benchmarks in FY '18
  • Salary Increase Schedule
Effective the first full pay period of July 2017 1% Increase in Salary Rate
Effective the first full pay period of July 2018 1% Increase in Salary Rate
Effective the first full pay period of January 2019 1% Increase in Salary Rate
Effective the first full pay period of July 2019 1% Increase in Salary Rate
Effective the first full pay period of January 2020 1% Increase in Salary Rate
*If FY 2018 tax revenues reach certain benchmarks, then effective the first full pay period of July 2017 there will be an additional 1% Increase in Salary Rate
  • All economic terms of the CBA, not just COLAs, are subject to Wage Reopener if any bargaining unit receives greater wage or other economic terms greater than those contained in our agreement

OVERTIME
  • No employee may be mandated to work more than sixteen (16) consecutive hours
  • Prior to implementation of forced overtime all voluntary avenues must be exhausted, including splitting of overtime between two (2) or more employees
EMERGENCY PERSONNEL
  • After 40+ years of fighting for recognition in the form of some type of benefit for being designated as emergency personnel, effective January 1, 2018 all employees that have been designated as "Emergency Personnel" will be credited with one (1) day of compensatory time every January to be taken within the calendar year, whether or not a state of emergency is declared
PERSONAL LEAVE AND HOLIDAYS
  • Any personal leave requested with at least fourteen (14) days' notice cannot be denied
  • Members will also now have the ability to take pre-approved personal leave in less than full day increments
  • Bereavement leave may be extended through the use of any accrued vacation, personal or compensatory time
  • Increased ability to access holiday time or be compensated for the holiday in the same period that the holiday falls within
WORKING CONDITIONS
  • LPN area differentials will remain in effect during the life of the CBA
  • The Tentative Agreement secures stronger protections for Unit 2 employees in the event of transfers or reassignments
  • Written notification regarding temporary reassignments to a higher position including salary grade and position
  • The use of Training and Career Ladder Development Funds to defray the costs of licenses and certifications through reimbursement process
  • Reimbursement of legal expenses increased from $1,500.00 to $2,500.00
  • One probationary period of nine (9) months for new hires; no more ninety (90) day extension
  • Written warnings removed from a member's personnel file after two and a half (2½) years
  • Expansion of MAP bonus and comp days for all DSW's, MHW's and Vocational Instructors that are required to maintain certification.
*This is just a summary of the proposed changes to our contract. For a full copy of the MoA, please contact your local representative or visit the following link http://bit.ly/2GErjdJ. Hard copies will also be available at the polling locations on the day of the ratification vote.

ALLIANCE UNIT 2
Contract Ratification Voting Sites
Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., unless otherwise indicated

AFSCME Council 93
9th Floor Conference Room
8 Beacon St, Boston

AFSCME Council 93
Western MA Office
21 Wilbraham St, Bldg 51 Palmer

Berkshire Community College

Room G9
West St, Pittsfield

Chelsea Soldiers Home
Chelsea auditorium
91 Crest Ave, Chelsea

Corrigan Mental Health Center
Steven's Conference Room
49 Hillside Street, Fall River
(Please note 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Holyoke Soldiers Home
Conference Room B
110 Cherry St, Holyoke

Pappas Rehab Hospital
(Formerly Mass Hospital School)
Fish Bowl
3 Randolph St, Canton

Massachusetts State Police
General Headquarters
470 Worcester Road, Framingham

Hogan-Berry Regional Center
Auditorium Area
450 Maple St, Danvers

Pocasset Mental Health Center
Conference Room
830 Country Road, Pocasset
(Please note 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Shattuck Hospital
Lobby Area
170 Morton St, Jamaica Plain

Taunton State Hospital

Bove Auditorium, Chambers Building
60 Hodges Ave. Ext, Taunton

Templeton Developmental
TCS Day Program Building Conference Room
212 Freight Shed Road, Baldwinville

Tewksbury Hospital
C-1 Conference Room
365 East St, Tewksbury

Western MA Hospital
South 1 Conference Room
Westfield, MA

Worcester Recovery Center & Hospital (WRCH)
Lobby Area
Hospital Drive, Worcester

Wrentham Developmental
Wrentham Auditorium
Emerald St (Off Route 1A)

CURRENT AGENCY FEES
A ratification vote for State Employees in Unit 2 on the proposed three-year agreement between the Alliance and the Commonwealth will be held on February 13, 2018 at the sites and during the times listed in this document.

All employees in the bargaining unit covered by the proposed revised agreement are eligible to vote, and may vote at a designated site, regardless of union membership. An up to date payroll list will be at the voting sites. This voting list will include the names of the employees in the bargaining unit.

In the event that an employee's name is not on the eligible list, the employee may vote a challenged ballot. Challenged ballots will be sealed in envelopes and counted upon certification of the eligibility of each voter.

The ratification procedure is in accordance with state law and required timetables.

The proposed collective bargaining agreement, if ratified, will require payment of a service fee as a condition of employment for bargaining unit members who are not AFSCME or SEIU members as set forth in Section 2 of Ch. 150E. The agency fee provisions will remain in effect during the term of the agreement and during an additional period during which the agreement remains in full force and effect, pursuant to the duration clause of the contract. Dues-paying members do not pay the agency fee. The agency fee only applies to non-members and insures that all employees receiving the wages and benefits under the contract pay their fair share. The current amount of the agency fee for the respective local union organizations appears below. The rights of an agency fee payer are set forth in the rules and regulations of the Labor Relations Commission.

The Alliance, AFSCME/SEIU, AFL-CIO, is composed of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, and its affiliate Council 93 and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), CTW and its affiliate Local 888.

Copies of the proposed agreement and the bargaining agent's most recent financial reports in the form of a balance sheet and operating statements listing all receipts and disbursements of the previous financial year are available for inspection at the following locations: For the Alliance, AFSCME Council 93 headquarters, 8 Beacon St., Boston, MA; for AFSCME Council 93, 8 Beacon St., Boston, MA and for SEIU Local 888, 25 Braintree Hill Park, Suite #306, Braintree, MA 02184.

AFSCME Council 93

Full Time
Agency Fee Rate
$11.19

Part Time Agency Fee Rate
$8.36




02/01/2018
 
Posted By: John Killoy
Decisions made at the New Hampshire State House have a direct impact on our local communities and increase local property taxes.

On either February 7th or 8th, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will have another chance to reinstate some level of funding to local communities for the New Hampshire Retirement System obligations. Despite the State's promise to pay 35% of the retirement obligation, the amount the state pays is now ZERO.

HB 413 would provide much needed tax relief in each and every city, town, and school district across the Granite State. Legislators know this is the right thing to do since on February 15, 2017 the House passed this with an overwhelming 265-83 vote. When the bill came back from the House Finance Committee in early January the bill was defeated in the House by a mere 6 votes.

Please reach out now to your legislator(s) and ask them to support the passage of HB 413.

Send your State Representative a letter HERE!




01/30/2018
 
Posted By: John Killoy

On February 1, 1968, Memphis sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker huddled in the back of their truck to seek shelter from a storm. Suddenly, the truck's compactor malfunctioned, trapping Cole and Walker and crushing them to death.

The tragedy triggered the strike of the city's 1,300 sanitation workers. They had warned the city about dangerous equipment but were ignored. They were fed up with poverty wages and racial discrimination. They walked off the job and marched under the banner: I AM A MAN.

On February 1, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the accident that killed Cole and Walker, we will observe a moment of silence to honor their memory and sacrifice, as we pick up the mantle from the 1968 strikers in the ongoing fight for racial and economic justice.

For more information about the I AM 2018 campaign and the Moment of Silence, visit www.iam2018.org.



01/29/2018
 
Posted By: John Killoy
With no input from working families affected by the decision, the Baker-controlled Group Insurance Commission voted to take away Massachusetts health insurance carriers available to thousands of active and retired public-sector employees and push them toward an Indiana-based company. Next, the GIC will be making decisions that will affect how and where you receive health care and how much it costs. We must act now!

GIC Speak Out Rally @ BTU Hall
When:Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where:Boston Teachers Union Hall 180 Mount Vernon St., Dorchester

Event goals:

  • To have Governor Baker's GIC rescind its decision to eliminate insurance plans offered to active and retired public employees.
  • To have Governor Baker's GIC freeze out-of-pocket costs and prevent any changes to access to hospitals, doctors or benefits.
  • To gain legislative support for the public employee-backed bill that increases labor's representation on the GIC, improving transparency in the decision-making process.
Senate Oversight Hearing on the GIC
When:Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where:Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133

The Senate Ways & Means Committee is moving forward with their GIC Oversight Hearing on Wednesday, January 31 at 11:00 AM at the State House in Gardner Auditorium.

We hope to fill Gardner Auditorium with members, and encourage them to visit their State Representative and Senator to advocate for our GIC reform bills. We will have talking points and leave-behind materials available for members at the State House.

GIC Meeting
When: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 8:30am
Where:GIC Offices, 19 Staniford Street, Boston, MA 02114

As a result of candid feedback from members and stakeholders, the agenda of the next GIC Commission meeting on Thursday, February 1 will include a motion for reconsideration of the recent vote to narrow carriers. The meeting room is small but you can also submit online feedback at mass.gov/forms/contact-the-gic


01/25/2018
 
Posted By: Council 93
The Group Insurance Commission will meet next week and vote to reconsider the decision to eliminate healthcare providers.

The following is a statement by Council 93 Executive Director Frank Moroney on the good news:

"This is a major victory for AFSCME and the entire labor movement in Massachusetts. Earlier this week, we were asked to meet with Governor Baker's Secretary of Administration Finance Michael Heffernan and officials from the GIC. We urged Secretary Heffernan to support a reconsideration of last week's vote and provide us and the administration with ample time to work together on a plan that would achieve our mutual goal of providing quality, affordable healthcare options to our members. We left that meeting believing our request would be given every consideration.Today's news confirmed that belief. We thank Secretary Heffernan for listening to our concerns and for his commitment to working with us going forward. We also want to thank Attorney General Maura Healey for her support and for taking quick and decisive action over the past week. Most importantly, we thank our members for working with us to voice their concerns and generate the pressure we needed to achieve this victory."



01/24/2018
 
Posted By: John Killoy
Want to make your voice heard about the GIC changes in health insurance carriers for Massachusetts public employees and retirees?

Here are some easy ways to let the GIC know how you feel...

1. Attend a public hearing. You can find a full list of this week's hearings. https://www.mass.gov/…/gic-public-hearings-2018-2018-01-19t…

If you plan to attend a hearing, please RSVP by emailing gic.events@massmail.state.ma.us.

2. Call the GIC at 617-727-2310 or submit comments at https://www.mass.gov/forms/contact-the-gic.

3. Post your concerns to the GIC's social media pages: Group Insurance Commision

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MassGIC.

4. Contact your State Representative. https://actionnetwork.org/…/protect-health-insurance-for-pu…



01/19/2018
 
Posted By: John Killoy
On Thursday morning, the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission (GIC) voted to eliminate Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and Fallon Health from the group of GIC healthcare providers. The changes will become effective July 1, 2018.

The board of commissioners, including the AFSCME representative and other labor representatives on the board, were not notified of the pending vote until the night before. This last minute notification left little time to sufficiently analyze the proposal or solicit input on it. As a result, all labor representatives voted AGAINST the move to eliminate Harvard Pilgrim and Fallon Health.

However, the proposal still passed by an 8-5 margin.

After the vote, AFSCME Council 93 was quick to voice its displeasure with the GIC process and spoke out forcefully in an interview with the State House News Service. (Read Article HERE) Council 93 has been a longtime critic of the way the GIC operates in respect to access to hearings, public notice of meeting agendas, and the general manner in which the GIC treats the public whom it is appointed to serve.

It's important to note that GIC officials maintain this move should minimize overall plan cost increases and may reduce out-of-pocket expenses on co-pays and deductibles. They also claim it should NOT disrupt individual doctor and hospital choices. Moving forward, we will be working to hold them accountable to these claims. We will also continue our aggressive legislative efforts to increase the number of labor representatives on the board of commissioners to offset the unfair majority of management representatives on the board.

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 19th-29 throughout the Commonwealth.

Monday, January 22
10:00 – 11:30 AM
SPRINGFIELD | SOUTHWEST
Springfield State Office Building
Conference Room, B42
436 Dwight Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Parking: Metered street parking around state building
______________________________________________

Tuesday, January 23
4:30 – 6:00 PM
GREENFIELD | NORTHWEST
Greenfield Middle School
Auditorium
195 Federal Street, STE 100
Greenfield, MA 01301
Parking: open lots around school
______________________________________________

Wednesday, January 24
10:00 – 11:30 AM
PITTSFIELD | WEST
Berkshire Athenaeum: Pittsfield's Public Library
Library Auditorium, Basement
One Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Parking: Limited parking in lot; street parking
______________________________________________

Thursday, January 25
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
BOSTON | EAST
Charles Hurley Building
Minihan Hall
19 Staniford Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Thursday, January 25
5:00 – 6:30 PM
LOWELL | NORTHEAST
UMass Lowell
O'Leary Library*, Room 222 (South Campus
)61 Wilder Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Parking: Wilder Lot/Visitor Metered Parking Lot
______________________________________________

Friday, January 26
10:00 – 11:30 AM
DARTMOUTH | SOUTHEAST
UMass Dartmouth
Woodland Commons, Conference Room #1-3
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Parking: Lot #7

Friday, January 26
2:30 – 4:00 PM
CAPE & ISLANDS | SOUTHEAST
Hyannis Youth & Community Center Shepley Community Room
141 Bassett Lane
Hyannis, MA 02601
______________________________________________

Monday, January 29
12:00 – 1:30 PM
BOSTON | EAST
Charles Hurley Building
Minihan Hall
19 Staniford Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Please be sure to RSVP to secure your attendance.
RSVP (required) to: gic.events@massmail.state.ma.us




01/15/2018
 
Posted By: John Killoy

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01/09/2018
 
Posted By: John Killoy
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.

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.

Starting next week you can make your voice heard and bring your issues directly to the GIC at one of nine GIC Public Hearings from January 19th-29 throughout the commonwealth.

Please be sure to RSVP to secure your attendance.
RSVP (required) to: gic.events@massmail.state.ma.us

If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend or participate in these events please email your request to the GIC's ADA Coordinator, GIC.ADA.Requests@MassMail.State.MA.US, no later than Friday 1/12/18. (An accommodation will not be assured if a request is not made in a timely manner).

GIC Public Hearings DATES and LOCATIONS

Friday, January 19

3:00 – 4:30 PM
WORCESTER | CENTRAL
Worcester State University
May Street Building, Banquet Hall
260 May Street
Worcester, MA 01602
Parking: Lot D – May Street; Lot Q – Chandler Street Lot
______________________________________________

Monday, January 22
10:00 – 11:30 AM
SPRINGFIELD | SOUTHWEST
Springfield State Office Building
Conference Room, B42
436 Dwight Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Parking: Metered street parking around state building
______________________________________________

Tuesday, January 23
4:30 – 6:00 PM
GREENFIELD | NORTHWEST
Greenfield Middle School
Auditorium
195 Federal Street, STE 100
Greenfield, MA 01301
Parking: open lots around school
______________________________________________

Wednesday, January 24
10:00 – 11:30 AM
PITTSFIELD | WEST
Berkshire Athenaeum: Pittsfield's Public Library
Library Auditorium, Basement
One Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Parking: Limited parking in lot; street parking
______________________________________________

Thursday, January 25
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
BOSTON | EAST
Charles Hurley Building
Minihan Hall
19 Staniford Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Thursday, January 25
5:00 – 6:30 PM
LOWELL | NORTHEAST
UMass Lowell
O'Leary Library*, Room 222 (South Campus
)61 Wilder Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Parking: Wilder Lot/Visitor Metered Parking Lot
______________________________________________

Friday, January 26
10:00 – 11:30 AM
DARTMOUTH | SOUTHEAST
UMass Dartmouth
Woodland Commons, Conference Room #1-3
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Parking: Lot #7

Friday, January 26
2:30 – 4:00 PM
CAPE & ISLANDS | SOUTHEAST
Hyannis Youth & Community Center Shepley Community Room
141 Bassett Lane
Hyannis, MA 02601
______________________________________________

Monday, January 29
12:00 – 1:30 PM
BOSTON | EAST
Charles Hurley Building
Minihan Hall
19 Staniford Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02114






12/22/2017
 
Posted By: Council 93

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