Unit 6, Local 207

Delegates Nominated at Meeting

Unit 6 met Friday, April 11 for a general membership meeting to vote on whether to send delegates to the 2014 NAGE National Convention. Members in attendance voted unanimously to send delegates.

There are two Unit 6 delegate positions open. Therefore, a secret ballot election will be held for Unit 6 members to select the two additional delegates from the nominations received in writing and made at the meeting.

The two nominees receiving the most number of votes will be delegates. The next six highest vote receivers will be alternate delegates. The nominees, in alphabetical order are:

Joel Buenaventura

James Burns

James Campo

Christopher Cook

Shawn Croke

Kelly Donohue

Michael Evers

Mary Faith

Anne Hartnett

Kim Hudson

Thomas O’Connor

Jaime Ortiz

Brian Osborne

Ron Pawelski

John Wood

All members will receive a ballot in the mail within the next two weeks.

State Health Insurance Premium Increase Lowest in Ten Years; GIC Announces Health Fair, Annual Enrollment Dates
March 25, 2014

The Group Insurance Commission this month voted for a 1 percent increase to state health insurance premiums for fiscal year 2015, the lowest rate increase in more than 10 years.

NAGE National Vice President Margaret Thompson, who serves on the Group Insurance Commission said, "Containing health care costs for our members and all state employees is obviously a huge priority. Keeping the rate increase to just 1 percent in the turbulent times we're facing in health care feels like a great victory. I'm proud that NAGE had a role in keeping costs down."

Thompson serves on the commission with NAGE attorney Richard Waring. NAGE is the only labor union to have two representatives on the GIC.

Waring said, “With this small increase, the GIC rate increases continue to be lower than the trend of employers across the country. Those organizations are predicted to raise rates by more than 5 percent in 2015. The GIC works very hard behind the scenes to try to keep health care costs for state employees as low as possible."

For FY2015, the GIC's carriers include: Fallon Health, Harvard Pilgrim health Care, Health New England, Neighborhood Health Plan, Tufts Health Plan, and UniCare. ANNUAL ENROLLMENT, which takes place APRIL 9 through MAY 7, gives state employees the opportunity to review these plans and enroll in or change plans, with changes taking effect July 1, 2014. (As a reminder: If you like the plan you're in, you do not need to take any action during the annual enrollment period.)

During the annual enrollment period, the GIC has scheduled health fairs throughout the state so that employees have the opportunity to review their current benefits and explore benefit options.

View the schedule of GIC health fairs

Get more information about Annual Enrollment at the GIC website

The Group Insurance Commission is a quasi-independent state agency governed by a seventeen-member Commission appointed by the Governor. The GIC was established by the Legislature in 1955 to provide and administer health insurance and other benefits to the Commonwealth's employees and retirees, and their dependents and survivors.

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
Contracting In
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.

Unit 6 Contract Information

Unit 6 Contract, Effective July 1, 2009-June 30, 2012
Unit 6 Successor Agreement Effective July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2014

MassDOT Master Labor Integration Agreement

Unit 6 Code of Conduct

GPS Side Letter

Unit 6 Salary Charts

Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective June 30, 2011

Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective June 30, 2012

Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective July 1, 2012

Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective first pay period January 2013

Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective first pay period July 2013

Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective first pay period January 2014

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Local 207 Executive Board

Theresa McGoldrick
Theresa McGoldrick

Bobbi Kaplan
Executive Vice President

Bob Cusick

Michael Evers
Vice President

Steve O’Leary
Vice President

Lorrie Roccoforte
Vice President

Nancy Ronchetti
Vice President

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