MassDOT Unit C + B Salary Charts now available here. 
 
May 10, 2022
Retro and Raise Implementation Schedule

The following message was sent out to NAGE Unit B & C members on 5/9/22.
 
Hello,
 
I'm writing to provide MassDOT's implementation schedule for the Units B and C 2020-2023 CBAs with respect to retro pay and raises.
  • Beginning the pay period starting May 8, 2022, employees' salaries shall be adjusted to reflect the new pay scale that became effective July 2021. This will be reflected in the May 27, 2022 pay advice.
  • Beginning the pay period starting May 22, 2022,  Units B & C retroactive payments* for the period from December 6, 2020 to May 7, 2022 will be processed.  This will be reflected in the June 10, 2022 pay advice.
*Currently, there are 147 employees who changed bargaining units between Units B and C during the contract term, primarily as a result of the classification study. Because of changes in bargaining units, the retroactive payments covering December 6, 2020 to May 7, 2022 for these 147 employees must be calculated manually.  HR is trying to get those payments included in the June 10, 2022 pay advice. I will update you when we learn the date this payment shall be paid to these 147 employees.
  • All Unit B and C employee retroactive payments for the period of July 5, 2020 through December 5, 2020 must be calculated manually, as a result of the classification study implementation.  HR is trying to get those payments included in the June 10, 2022 pay advice. I will update you when we learn the date for this payment.
  • Beginning the pay period starting June 5, 2022, the 1.5% bonus pay (minimum $1,000) will be processed for Unit B & C employees.  This will be reflected In the June 24, 2022 pay advice.
  • Beginning the pay period starting July 3, 2022, the 2022 pay increase will be processed for Units B & C employees.  This will be reflected in the July 22, 2022 pay advice.
 
MassDOT and HRD have not determined the date the Hazard Pay payment shall be made. However, we anticipate it will be after the completion of the schedule noted above. I will update you when I have a specific date.
 
Thank you,
Olinda R. Marshall
 
May 2, 2022

GIC Update - St. Vincent's Hospital

The following notice was sent out to MA State Employees who qualify for GIC Healthcare plans on April 29th. 

GIC Members,
 
On April 28, it was brought to the Group Insurance Commission's (GIC) attention that St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester, a hospital facility that is currently part of the Health New England (HNE) HMO medical plan network, has yet to agree with HNE on the terms of a new contract. St. Vincent's Hospital's current contract expires on May 31, 2022. At this point in time, this means that St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester will no longer be a part of the HNE medical plan network as of June 1, 2022.
 
What does this mean for you?
 
  • If you are not an HNE member, and do not intend to enroll with HNE during GIC's Annual Enrollment period for benefits effective July 1, 2022, you may disregard this message.
  • Medicare participants may also disregard this message.
  • For HNE members, or those who are considering enrolling in HNE for benefits effective July 1, 2022.
  • If you live outside of the Worcester area, and/or have no plans to seek medical treatment at St. Vincent’s Hospital or with its affiliated providers, no action is required.
  • If you selected HNE as your medical plan based on its inclusion of St. Vincent’s Hospital within HNE's network, you will have through May 4, 2022, to select a new GIC medical plan that includes that facility.
  • Please note: It is possible that St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester may return to the HNE network, although there is no guarantee that this will occur, nor within any specific timeframe.
  • HNE will continue to include other high-quality hospital providers in the Worcester area in their network such as UMass Memorial and Reliant Medical Group.
  • If you wish to update your medical plan selection, for benefits effective July 1, 2022, as a result of this new information, you must make your change with the GIC during GIC's Annual Enrollment, which runs through May 4, 2022. For more information, please visit bit.ly/GICenrollment.
 Thank you,

Group Insurance Commission
 
Mar 16, 2022

Update: NAGE Succeeds In Increasing Mileage Reimbursement

We are happy to announce that the Administration has responded favorably to our request to increase mileage reimbursement for NAGE members! As requested, the reimbursement has increased to 58.5 cents per mile, from the previous level of 45 cents per mile, effective March 20, 2022. NAGE is the first union to receive this agreement in the Commonwealth on behalf of our members.

NAGE would like to thank Governor Baker for his swift response to our request, to decrease the burden on our members who use their personal vehicles for work purposes. You can find the Mileage Reimbursement MOU linked below. 

Mileage Reimbursement Increase MOU
NAGE has written to Secretary Heffernan, requesting that he authorize an increase to the mileage reimbursement for our members. NAGE is urging Secretary Heffernan to "exercise the powers granted to you by M.G.L. Chapter 30, Section 25 to authorize an increase in the mileage reimbursement rate to the Internal Revenue Service level of 58.5 cents per mile from the current level of 45 cents." 

The full letter can be found below. 

NAGE To Heffernan: Increase Mileage Reimbursement 
Mar 4, 2022

NAGE Candidates for State Elections

The National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) has unanimously voted to endorse Attorney General Maura Healey in her campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. Read more HERE.

The National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) has unanimously voted to endorse State Senator Diana DiZoglio in her campaign for State Auditor of Massachusetts. Read more HERE.

The National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) has unanimously voted to endorse Shannon Liss-Riordan in her campaign for Attorney General of Massachusetts. Read more HERE.

 
Feb 23, 2022

NAGE Election Survey Results

Earlier this month, NAGE surveyed all Massachusetts members on their thoughts about the upcoming elections. Thank you to the over 2,400 members who took the time to participate.

As promised, the results are linked HERE
 
Dec 30, 2021

Use or Lose Time Extension

The Commonwealth has extended the Use or Lose Vacation and Personal Time deadlines for 2020 and 2021 for members of Units 1, 3, and 6. The information below details the exact dates Use or Lose Time will expire. 

HRD: Use or Lose Time Extension


3.9.21 MOU - Vacation and Personal Time "Use or Lose" Extension for  Units 1, 3, and 6
Earlier this week, the Massachusetts State Legislature voted to extend the Emergency COVID 19 Sick Leave Program to April 1, 2022.  The program, which was created by the legislature earlier this summer, was set to expire on September 30th

In the wake of Governor Bakers vaccine mandate announcement, NAGE leadership advocated for the legislature to extend the program to ensure that members who needed the emergency time due to COVID would have access to it.  NAGE National President David Holway thanked the legislature for their quick action to ensure that our members can take the time they need and keep our workplaces as safe as possible. 

For more information on the COVID Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program please see the Commonwealth's page HERE.

Dec 30, 2021

MassDOT Units B & C Contract Ratification Results

 
First, we would like to thank all of our members who participated in the Contract Ratification.

Second, congratulations!

With 77.42% of the ballots for Unit B, and 90.01% of the ballots for Unit C voting to Approve the Proposed Successor Agreement, you have voted to ratify your next contract! This contract was hard-fought, and we would not have been able to attain the parameters we did without the leadership of the Bargaining Team or the advocacy our members put forth for themselves.

You can find copies of all the pertinent documents below. We will keep you updated as any new information becomes available. 
 
 
Dec 30, 2021

Successor Agreement Reached with Commonwealth

NAGE and the Commonwealth have reached a tentative agreement on the successor agreement CBA for MassDOT Units B & C. The relevant documents can be found below. 
 
NAGE will begin the contract ratification cycle the week of January 3, 2022. Please be on the lookout for an email about the contract ratification process. If you would like to up date your email address to ensure you receive a ballot, you can do so by emailing Kelly Warner at kwarner@nage.org 
 
Unit B: Successor Agreement CBA July 2020 - June 2023
Unit C: Successor Agreement CBA July 2020 - June 2023
Unit B: Wage Disparity Side Letter
Unit B&C: Supervisor Wage Side Letter
Unit C: Protective/Safety Clothing Review
  
Jun 11, 2021

MA Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill

The following memo was distributed to all Agency heads last week, regarding the Massachusetts Emergency Paid Sick Leave bill. The bill was signed into law and provides, in-part:
  • the equivalent of 5 days of paid time off to full-time employees (capped at a total of $850.00) for certain COVID-related absences from work;
  • notice requirements for employees seeking to use Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (MEPSL); and 
  • documentation requirements for employers seeking reimbursement of amounts paid under MEPSL. 
The full-text PDF of the memo can be found HERE

Apr 26, 2021

NAGE Members Deserve More Than Baker Is Offering



                                  
Dear NAGE Member,

Each year like clockwork, Governor Baker writes a letter to the state workforce thanking everyone for their dedicated service. This letter will look back over the sacrifices you have all made over the past year as public employees to keep the Commonwealth running efficiently during incredibly difficult times – perhaps a “thank you” has never been more in order or deserved. Governor Baker and his Budget Chief Mike Heffernan like to say, “thank you,” but they never like to show their appreciation in a real, tangible way. Stunningly, this year seems no different.

It has been nearly a year since our contracts expired, and the economic parameters that have been offered by Governor Baker are insulting. The Governor has formally set the following parameters: 1.5% bonus in year one (July 1, 2020), followed by 2% raise in year two, and a 2% raise in year three. Whether working from home or continuing to show up in a public-facing role, you have been on the front lines of this pandemic, working to keep the Commonwealth running for more than a year. Time and again, NAGE members have answered the call to continue serving the public, sometimes at great risk to yourself and your family. Governor Bakers offer is an insult to your service.

Governor Baker’s “nice guy” routine managed to captivate a majority of voters in the past. However, as the years have gone on, the polished veneer has begun to fade, and we can begin to see just how empty the fancy suit and central casting smile are. Governor Baker bills himself as a manager. It is becoming increasingly clear that he is an awful one. An administration that cannot make a decision without paying millions of dollars in fees to an outside consulting firm, only to consistently screw up one project after another - from the Registry of Motor Vehicles to the vaccine rollout. This is not the sign of an effective manager; it is the mark of an incompetent failure.

One year ago, the economic condition of the Commonwealth was admittedly tenuous. Today, growing economic evidence, supported by strong data, suggests that Massachusetts has weathered the fiscal storm and will emerge from the pandemic in a strong position to meet the challenges of tomorrow. To date, tax revenues are nearly $1.4 billion above the original benchmark. Additionally, the state is earmarked to receive $4.55 billion in federal aid alone from the American Rescue Plan. This is on top of more than $3 billion for Massachusetts cities and towns, also in the American Rescue Plan.

After leading us to believe a serious offer was forthcoming since late February, the parameters offered by the Governor are a joke.  You and your family deserve better. You deserve a boss who will have your back. I’m writing to tell you that Governor Baker does not have your back and he doesn’t care what you think about that. The recent PFML decision illustrates the Governors disregard for his workforce. Even in the face of his legal obligation to bargain, he chose to violate the law and was unanimously rebuked by his own appointees. As household income in Massachusetts rises, Governor Baker is leaving his workers behind. You deserve better, and I promise you that we will not sit silently by as the Governor offers more empty praise and continues to turn a blind eye to the needs of our members and their families.

I thank you for you service and truly appreciate everything that you have done, and continue to do every day, to make our Commonwealth strong and resilient. We will not rest until we get a contract that we can all be proud of, a contract that actually reflects the gratitude written in Governor Bakers empty letters.

In Solidarity,
 
Leo Munroe
President
MassDOT Unit C/Local 219
 
 

 

 

MassDOT Locals
Leo W. Munroe
President
lmunroe@nage.org
 
 
Michael Meehan
Executive Vice President
 
 
Stanley Thompson
Secretary/Treasurer
 
 
Michael Mulkern
1st Vice President MassDOT
 
 
Alex Los
2nd Vice President MassDOT
 
 
Mike Howland
1st Vice President DCR
 
 
Mike Ponyta
2nd Vice President DCR

 
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