No Mandatory Overtime for Road Test Examiners at MassDOT

NAGE and MassDOT have reached an agreement barring the use of mandatory overtime for road test examiners. Originally, MassDOT sought the use of mandatory overtime to reduce the backlog of drivers’ license road tests. NAGE objected and a reasonable solution was reached.
 
“We have been working on this matter since July, and I’m proud to say our members held firm and helped us make our case with MassDOT, said Faren Woolery, president of NAGE Unit D, which represents the road test examiners. “All the parties involved recognize the important public need to reduce the backlog in road tests. This should be a good way to do it without forcing people to give up family time and other commitments.”
 
Background
 
In July, NAGE leaders learned of MassDOT’s plan to institute mandatory overtime for road test examiners. As the conversations continued, Woolery remained firm that the road test examiners should not be forced into overtime to address a backlog that management had the opportunity to address in the Unit D collective bargaining agreement in effect from 2014-2017.
 
Woolery explained that the 2014-2017 contract contained language calling on the agency to reach a staffing level of 45 road test examiners, but the agency did not reach or maintain that staffing level. The contract also allowed the agency to establish up to ten locations where road tests could be administered by third-party operators, but the agency failed to do so.
 
“The backlog continued because the agency didn’t use the tools it had to fill the need,” Woolery said. “But we insisted we could do it without forcing overtime on people who have other commitments to keep.”


Highlights of the new agreement
  • There shall be no mandatory overtime for driver license examiners for the duration of the agreement.
  • Implementation of a new scheduling tool called “When I Work” will allow examiners to notify management promptly if they have availability and preferences for overtime opportunities.
  • Staffing levels for examiners will be maintained at a minimum of 45, including only those examiners who conduct road tests.
  • Examiners will be offered the opportunity to work overtime before third party examiners are used.
 
To read the full agreement, click here.
 

 

 

Dear NAGE Members,
 
You recently received information regarding a new Criminal History Records Information (CHRI) policy for REAL ID and CDL compliance.[1]  NAGE has been protecting your interests as RMV/MassDOT creates this policy.
 
The REAL ID Act established security standards for state-issued Driver’s Licenses and identification cards.  Massachusetts plans to begin issuing REAL ID license and identification cards in March 2018.  To be compliant with the REAL ID ACT, Massachusetts must require those individuals with access beyond read-only to the ALARS system, to complete and pass a name-based and fingerprint-based criminal history records check.  Employees who have been employed less than two years are also subject to an employment reference check.  I repeat, only those who have more than read-only access to ALARS must pass a name-based and fingerprint-based criminal history records check.
 
Over the last few weeks, NAGE has negotiated with RMV/MassDOT regarding the new CHRI policy to limit the impact on our members.  We have reached an agreement in principle, see below to review. 
 
I will be visiting your location in the near future.  In the meantime, should you wish to speak of personal concerns that you may have with the policy, please feel free to contact me (617) 376-7281 or via email at flwoolery@nage.org.
 
In solidarity,

 
Faren L. Woolery
President, NAGE Local 368
 
[1]   NAGE has been notified that you you’ve received a copy of the policy.  If you haven’t, please contact your supervisor as soon as possible to obtain a copy of the policy. 

 

 
May 12, 2017
MassDOT Agrees to Reimburse Attorneys
 
Thanks to the efforts of NAGE leaders and the coalition representing MassDOT members, attorneys who work in MassDOT will now get partial reimbursement for their annual bar registration fees.
 
“We are truly pleased with this agreement,” said Faren Woolery, president of NAGE MassDOT Unit D. “The attorneys impacted will be treated like their counterparts in other NAGE units.”
 
The union had filed a charge in February alleging that MassDOT had failed to reimburse eligible attorneys in Counsel I and Counsel II positions for a portion of the fees they must pay to maintain their licenses to practice law in Massachusetts. NAGE members who work in similar titles in other state agencies, however, have been reimbursed for theirs.
 
Under this agreement, the MassDOT attorneys in the eligible titles will reimbursed up to $155 per year for the annual bar registration fees going back to July 1, 2016. MassDOT will provide a form for attorneys to complete and submit with the appropriate evidence that they paid their annual fees.
 
You can see a copy of the agreement HERE.   

 
Apr 26, 2017

Help Ease The Impact of Increased Deductibles and Co-pays

Dear NAGE Member:
 
As you know, earlier this year the Group Insurance Commission voted to increase co-pays and deductibles for GIC health plans.  These increases were loudly opposed by our commissioners, Bobbi Kaplan and Margaret Thompson, and the other labor representatives.  The changes are slated to go into effect this coming July and will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable members of the system – those who are sick or dealing with chronic medical conditions.
 
In an attempt to ease the impact of the states continued cost shifting, Representative Paul Mark, working alongside NAGE and other public sector unions, has filed legislation (House Bill 2569) that would statutorily cap yearly out-of-pocket expenses at $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families. If passed, this would mean the most an individual or family would have to pay out of pocket annually would be $2,500 and $5,000 respectively.
 
As healthcare costs continue to skyrocket, Representative Mark’s bill is an important tool to begin addressing the unfair shifting of plan cost and the disproportionate impact that it is having on our most vulnerable members.  Please take a moment to contact your House Representative and Senator today and ask that they support the passage of House Bill 2569.
 
The main number for the State House is (617) 722-2000. 
To find the names of your Representative and Senator, please use the following link:  www.wheredoivotema.com
 
To read the full text of the bill, please use the following link:  https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/H2569 

 
Apr 20, 2016

NAGE Local 368/MassDOT Unit D Walks for Peace

On Sunday, May 14th, members of NAGE Local 368/MassDOT Unit D will be joining in the 21st Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace as team "In Solidarity."  The team's fundraising goal is $2,000, please click HERE to view In Solidarity's page. 

"The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is a celebration of our potential to create more peaceful communities.  Every year, families from across the state and region walk together towad peace because in unity, there's healing!" 



 
Apr 06, 2017

NAGE Members and Staff Assist in Playground Build

On Friday, March 31, 2017, NAGE President David Holway, along with NAGE staff and NAGE members, lent a hand to the Where Angels Play foundation as they constructed a playground in Dorchester, MA.  This playground was built in honor of Victoria McGrath, a survivor of the Boston marathon bombing who tragically lost her life in a car accident in Dubai.   

While the forecast of snow wasn’t ideal for construction work, the crew began work early to ensure that the playground would be completed.  The playground was built at the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester.  Beyond the structure, decorative tiles painted by friends and family of Victoria will adorn the space.  Some friends spent time reminiscing about Victoria while painting, “We only had her for a few years but they were a great few years.  Anything associated with Victoria brings positivity and we are very excited for this playground.”  Several of these friendships were forged through support groups for survivors after the bombing.  

Where Angels Play foundation was created after founder and NAGE Executive Board Member Bill Lavin had the idea to honor the 26 Sandy Hook victims.  Playgrounds were built in their memories, in areas that had been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  The mission of Where Angels Play is “To create joyful places to play. To provide hope, recovery, and to "pay it forward" in supporting projects that reflect a return to family values across the nation. To be the light that comes after the darkness of tragedy. To bring people together in the spirit of community and love.”  
 
To learn more about the Where Angels Play foundation and their playground builds, please visit their site HERE. 

To view a full gallery of photos from the day, please click HERE

NAGE Scholarships DOUBLING Number of Winners Apply NOWNAGE has DOUBLED the number of $500 scholarships from 50 winners to 100 winners. That means you are significantly more likely to win this year.

NAGE is committed to helping our members and their families achieve their educational goals and dreams, NAGE is proud to announce the 14th Annual NAGE Scholarships program is now open.

This year 100 scholarships in the amount of $500 each will be awarded in a lottery. NAGE has already helped 650 people and donated $325,000 for NAGE scholarships, we believe that YOU should take advantage of this opportunity.

Applicants for the lottery drawing scholarships must be planning to attend or already be attending a two- or four-year college, graduate school, trade or technical school to be eligible.

Scholarships are available to members of NAGE, IBPO, Trial Court, IBCO, NAGE EMS and IAEP, and the member's spouse, child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or significant other. The application, which is available by clicking the link below, takes about 3 minutes to complete and is the easiest scholarship application you will ever fill out.

Scholarships will be awarded without regard to the sex, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability of any applicant.

The deadline to apply is May 20, 2017 but don’t hesitate. Apply today by clicking the link below. Remember, you can easily apply online or you can print out an application and mail it to NAGE Headquarters.
 
Click Here to Apply!
 
January 26, 2017
Colonial Life Insurance Now Offering Insurance to NAGE DOT Members

NAGE has negotiated a new benefit exclusively for members who work for MADOT. Colonial Life Insurance is now offering NO QUESTIONS ASKED life insurance to NAGE members at MADOT.

Please click on the PDF Link HERE to see how you can still apply during open enrolment from February 10 to February 28th. We encourage everyone to participate in this program. 

 
NEWS
Local 368 Walks for Hunger


NAGE Local 368 MassDOT participated in Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger this past Sunday, May 1, 2016.  Team 368 NAGE has raised $1,925 to date, check back for the final total as the donations are still coming in!  Please take a moment to view the photo below, taken at the walk.  Not all walk participants are pictured, team 368 NAGE had over twenty participants.
 
Congratulations to Local 368 for your success! 
   










 
 

 


MassDOT Locals
  NAGE Main No.
Toll Free (866) 412-7762
 
 
  Dental and Optical
(800) 641-0700
 
 
 Faren Woolery 
President
FWoolery@nage.org
w: (617) 376-7281

 
 
Mark Kratman
Executive VP
Mark.Kratman@state.ma.us
District 4
 
Shawn O’Brien
Watertown RMV
 
 
 
Beth Caron
Vice President
Beth.Caron@state.ma.us
10 Park Plaza
 
 
Anthony Ferolito
Secretary Treasurer
AFerolito@nage.org
District 4

 
 


Steward Contact Information

George Aggott
Lawrence RMV
617-448-9345
George.Aggott@state.ma.us

Christopher Barry
RMV Quincy HQ
857-368-7549
Christopher.Barry@MassMail.state.ma.us

Stephen Belton
District 3 - Highways
508-929-3845
Stephen.Belton@state.ma.us

Jon Costa
Depot

Annmarie Conway
10 Park Palza - MassDOT
857-368-9029
Annmarie.Conway@state.ma.us

Adam Swan
10 Park Plaza
857-368-xxxx
adam.swan@state.ma.us

Todd Gurney
RMV Quincy HQ
857-368-7254

Joseph Mucci
District 4 - Highways
781-641-8455
Joseph.Mucci@state.ma.us

Tri Nguyen
Information and Technology
857-368-9880
Tri.Nguyen@state.ma.us

Majorie Pettoruto
Highway Operations Center (HOC)
978-697-2986
Majorie.Pettoruto@state.ma.us

Jennifer Pouche
MassDOT (Right of Way)
District Four
617-240-9788
Jennifer.Pouche@state.ma.us

Patricia Ruffin
RMV Quincy - HQ MRB
857-368-7674

Kerry E. (Walsh) Poniatowksi
RMV Springfield
413-732-3090
Kerry.Walsh@state.ma.us

Phil Styffe
Research and Materials
857-368-3438
Phil.Styffe@dot.state.ma.us

Ernest Tomascik
Taunton RMV
617-921-3505
Ernest.Tomascik@state.ma.us
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