With the critically important midterm elections coming up in November (and the statewide primaries in early September), we need to know where our members stand on various candidates running for statewide office.
To help us understand which candidates you think we should support, we're conducting an online survey of our members in Massachusetts.
The survey takes less than five minutes to complete, and all survey submissions are completely confidential (we don't ask for your name, local number, email or mailing address).
The survey will be available until 5 p.m., Thursday, March 20.
Complete the online survey
CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE FOR UNITS 1, 3, AND 6
March 10, 2014
As you know, we began contract negotiations with the Commonwealth last fall. The Commonwealth agreed to our request to begin contract negotiations early to hopefully negotiate a new contract with the Patrick administration and to settle the new contract in advance of the expiration of our current contract.
The contract team you voted for last fall to represent you has been meeting with the Commonwealth for negotiations every three weeks since that time. In addition to main table negotiations, the union and the Commonwealth agreed to the formation of subcommittees. The subcommittee topics were selected based upon the online contract survey that many of our members participated in last fall. The subcommittees are as follows:
Safety and Health
Telecommuting and Flex Time
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Classification and Career ladder
Both the union and the Commonwealth have submitted their proposals. The union team is working extremely hard to get the best deal for our members. We are also working as fast as possible in the hopes of beating the clock to get a contract before the next administration and by the expiration of the current contract. It is extremely important that we continue to work quickly and make every effort to get the best contract for our members during this administration and before the next one takes office in order to get the contract funded by the legislature. We will continue to update you on our progress.
We believe are already making significant progress and hope to have more definitive news that we can share with you in the near future.