Apr 10, 2020   |   Back to News State COVID-19 Update Administration and Press Response to Request to Close RMVs

As you know, we have written to the Governor numerous times, urging the closure of all RMV branches during the COVID-19 crisis. When the administration did not respond to our letters, we turned to the press to expose the dangers of continuing to leave RMV branches open.  You can find NAGE's press release HERE.  The Boston Globe has written in support of our mission, you can read the article HERE.  

We finally received a response from the Governor and Secretary Pollack, which you can find HERE.  We continue to disagree with the administration, and demand full closure of all RMV branches, as many other states across the nation have done.  We will proceed with notifying the RMV/MassDOT multiple times a day of the frequent violations of their co-called plan.  Our fight to keep our members healthy and safe is not over, and will remain a top priority.

We will keep you updated as any further information becomes available. 
 
April 8, 2020

Third Request to Governor Baker, Close the RMVs
 
We have once again written to Governor Baker, imploring him to close all branches of the RMV to protect the health and safety of our members.  You can find the letter HERE.  
 
We will keep you updated on any response that we receive. 
 
March 27, 2020

Second Request to Governor Baker, Close the RMVs
 
As a follow up to our March 26th letter to Governor Baker, President Holway has written to again request immediate closure of all RMV branches.  You can find the letter HERE.    

We will keep you updated on any response that we receive.  
 

March 26, 2020
 

Message to Baker, Close the RMVs
 

NAGE President David Holway has written to Governor Baker, requesting that he close all branches of the RMV.  You can find the letter below, or view the PDF HERE

 
March 23, 2020

NAGE has written to Governor Baker, expressing our concerns that many agencies are not following his directives to reduce the in-person workforce to comply with social distancing, and have failed to evaluate true core functions that are necessary during this pandemic.  You can find the letter HERE.  
 

Mar 18, 2020

COVID-19 Legislation for Front Line Workers

NAGE has written to Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Spilka, asking for their immediate support on two bills that would take great steps forward in protecting our front line workers during the COVID-19 crisis.  Both letters can be found below.  
 

We are encouraging NAGE members to call their State Representatives and their State Senators to encourage their immediate support for Senate Docket 2870, and Senate Docket 2865.

These vital pieces of legislation will give our front line workers some piece of mind while they are tackling this pandemic head on. We are asking our first responders to protect us. We need to make sure that we are protecting them.

The main number for the State House is (617) 722-2000

To find the names of your State Rep and Senator, please use the following link:  www.wheredoivotema.com


Letter to Senate President Spilka

Letter to Speaker DeLeo
Mar 17, 2020

New SJC Order

Dear NAGE/Trial Court Member:
 
NAGE would like to thank the Trial Court Administration for working proactively to address NAGE's concerns for our Trial Court members during the COVID-19 health crisis.  Please see the Supreme Judicial Court order and press release issued today regarding trial court business. 
 
We will keep you posted on any further updates.

Press Release on SJC Order

SJC Order: limit in-person appearance 
 
Mar 15, 2020

SJC Issues COVID-19 Orders

The Supreme Judicial Court has released two orders pertaining to court functions in the face of COVID-19.  Both orders can be found below:

ORDER REGARDING ACCESS TO STATE COURTHOUSES & COURT FACILITIES
 
ORDER REGARDING EMPANELMENT OF JURIES 
 
Mar 11, 2020

Update: NAGE Responds to State of Emergency

We are writing to update you on NAGE's efforts in response to COVID-19, following Governor Baker's press conference yesterday afternoon.  As you know, we have been in contact with the Governors office since last month, writing to offer any assistance in the prevention efforts to keep employees in the Commonwealth healthy and safe.  Our latest communication with the Governor can be found here.  

NAGE is also working with individual agencies to implement protection plans for our members. We are requesting the State take additional cleaning and sanitation measures, offer greater flexibility with teleworking and leave options, among other health and safety measures.  We are following the recommendations of the CDC as closely as we can, and urge all members to do the same.  The CDC guidelines can be accessed HERE.  The most important protocols to follow are:
  • Wash you hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available 
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover coughs and sneezing with a tissue or your inner elbow, never your hand 
  • Stay at home if you are feeling ill
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently
We would like to ensure you that we are doing everything possible to keep your workplace healthy and safe.  We will keep you updated as we communicate with Departments and Agencies about specific protocols. 
 
Mar 10, 2020

NAGE requests alternatives for GIC Health Fairs

NAGE has written to the GIC, requesting alternative options for the Health Fairs scheduled in April 2020.  We are looking for the GIC to provide our members with virtual options to learn more about the healthcare options available to them.  You can find the letter to Commissioner Sullivan and Interim Director Matsumoto through the respective links.
 
Feb 29, 2020

NAGE offers Gov Baker coronavirus prevention assistance

NAGE has written to Governor Baker, offering any assistance possible in light of coronavirus worries in Massachusetts.  The letter can be found HERE.  Members should refer to any of the following sites for tips in preventing the spread of illness.

Mass.gov
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

 
Feb 29, 2020

NAGE offers Secretary Pollack coronavirus prevention assistance

NAGE has written to Secretary Pollack, offering any assistance possible in light of coronavirus worries in Massachusetts.  The letter can be found HERE.  Members should refer to any of the following sites for tips in preventing the spread of illness.
 
Feb 29, 2020

NAGE Offers Admin Williams coronavirus prevention assistance

NAGE has written to TC Administrator Williams, offering any assistance possible in light of coronavirus worries in Massachusetts.  The letter can be found HERE.  Members should refer to any of the following sites for tips in preventing the spread of illness.

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