March 16, 2017

Election 2018: Kratman Works To Balance Business, Resident Issues

 
Local 368 Executive Vice President Mark Kratman is finishing up his first term on the Tewksbury Board of Selectman, and spoke with Tewskbury Patch's David Copeland about the work he has done and hopes to continue. 

By Dave Copeland, Patch Staff 

TEWKSBURY, MA -- Tewksbury voters head to the polls on April 7 for municipal elections. Patch reached out to candidates running in contested races for their thoughts on the issues facing Tewksbury. This is the second in an occasional series profiling the candidates running for selectman.

Mark Kratman is winding down his first term on the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen, making him the lone incumbent running in a three-way race with George Ferdinand and Brian Dick for two seats on the board. Dick has picked up an endorsement from Selectman Jay Kelly. Kratman shared the following candidate's statement with Tewksbury Patch:

Mark Kratman and his wife, Denise, have lived in Tewksbury for nearly 20 years, raising three children who attend or have graduated from the Tewksbury Public Schools.

He is a 19 year employee of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), currently Assistant Operations Engineer of District 4 covering 62 Cities and Towns, including Tewksbury and serving as the legislative liaison. He spent many years as the shop steward before being elected as the Executive Vice President for Local 368 (SEIU NAGE).

Previously, Mark worked for the State Auditor's Office and as a Commissioner for the Medford Consumer Advisory Commission under the Attorney General's office. He also worked full time for Kelly's Roast Beef in Revere. No stranger to hard work, he worked two full time jobs for 27 years.

He is a board member of the East Boston Community Development Corporation, Inc. (EBCDC), a non-profit organization with a mission to enhance the lives of low to moderate income residents through economic development initiatives.

Elected to the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen in 2015, he served as Clerk, Vice Chair, and Chairman. His priorities as Selectman include:

  • Collaborative, smart growth
  • Economic Development along Main Street
  • Improved roadways and sidewalks, alleviating congestion and improving safety for pedestrians and motorists
  • Pursuit of State partnerships including the Community Compact, Complete Streets Funding Program
  • Support of businesses across the community
  • Maintaining positive communication among municipal boards and across the community – including the creation of a local cable station
  • Work to stabilize Water & Sewer rates
  • Support of trail and open space initiatives
  • Developing community events
  • Responsible stewardship of municipal resources, including capital equipment and public buildings

During his tenure as a Selectman Mark has worked on:

  • Economic Development Committee
  • Beautification Committee
  • Friends of the Tewksbury Patriotic Committee
  • Middlesex 3
  • Numerous road construction projects and related initiatives including:
  • Working with the State delegation to resurface Route 38 from the Lowell Town Line to Pike Street and another section from the Wilmington town line to the intersection of Salem Road and South Street.
  • Resurfacing a badly needed section of Route 133.
  • Multiple sidewalk and trail initiatives.
  • The reconstruction of the intersection of Salem Road and South Street, one of the most dangerous in the state, which will include a fully operational traffic signal.
  • Reconstruction and resurfacing of Route 38 beginning at Colonial Drive traveling north through our Town Center and ending at Old Boston Road. This projects planned for 2020 calls for the installation and improvements of sidewalks, signals, and other traffic mitigation badly needed in the community.

Outside his official role, Mark continues to serve on multiple organizations and clubs across the community including:

  • Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • The Tewksbury Patriotic Activities Committee: Including producing the Memorial Day Parade and Fourth of July activities
  • The Tewksbury Lions Club
  • The Tewksbury Knights of Columbus
  • The Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Club
  • Many fundraisers and community events

Mark makes a point of attending municipal meetings and school events across the community. He is approachable and receptive to ideas and can be reached by phone at (978) 726-2912 and by email at MarkKratman@gmail.com.



Mar 12, 2018

Mass RMV Service Announcement

The following information is being shared from the Registry of Motor Vehicles: 
  • There will be no motor vehicle inspections in Massachusetts on March 23, 24, or 25.
  • The Registry of Motor Vehicles is transitioning to a new technology which will mean that RMV service centers will be closed on March 23 and AAA locations will be unable to offer RMV services on March 23 and 24.
  • RMV online services will be unavailable as of 7 p.m., Thursday March 22 and until 8 a.m., Monday, March 26.
  • The below press release about RMV New Requirements: Lawful Presence and REAL ID
 
 
For Immediate Release                                                                     
March 9, 2018

 
 
Getting or Renewing a Driver’s License, ID Card or Learner’s Permit?
Massachusetts RMV Announces New Requirements: 
Lawful Presence and REAL ID
 
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is reminding the public that on March 26, 2018, to get or renew any driver's license, ID card, or learner's permit, customers will need documentation showing United States citizenship or lawful presence as required by federal and state law.

Lawful presence means that a person is legally living in the United States according to federal immigration laws. All United States citizens and lawfully permanent residents have permanent lawful presence in the U.S. Non-U.S. individuals who are studying, working, or living temporarily in the U.S. may have temporary lawful presence that may vary in length.

On March 26, customers will have the choice between a REAL ID Driver’s License or ID Card or a Standard Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Card. REAL ID is a Federal Security Standard for IDs that was created in 2005 as a result of increased federal security measures after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

REAL ID will be available on March 26, 2018; however, people will not need a REAL ID until October of 2020. And if they have an active passport and don’t mind carrying it, they will never need a REAL ID. After October of 2020, citizens will need either a passport or REAL ID Massachusetts Driver’s License to fly in the United States, or to enter restricted areas of federal buildings.  The Standard Massachusetts License or ID card will not be valid as a federal ID after October 2020.

“We encourage the public to review information on our website at mass.gov/id to learn what documents they must provide for the credential they seek,” said Registrar Erin Deveney. “In most cases, people will have the required documents on hand as these documents are regularly requested when a child starts school, when someone travels outside the country, or in order to get married.”
 
On March 26, 2018, individuals applying for Registry credentials are encouraged to start their applications online at mass.gov/rmv and answer a few questions to determine if they should choose a REAL ID driver’s license or ID or a Standard Driver’s license or ID, and exactly what identification documents are necessary for each. Customers who visit the RMV’s website will be able to print online applications or have an application that can be displayed on a mobile phone. The website tells customers exactly what to bring to complete the transaction and also directs AAA members to closest AAA offices for renewals. The online application includes a bar code that will be scanned to retrieve the customer’s information in the system to save time in line. Renewal customers requesting a standard card may be able to perform their renewal successfully online, without coming in person. 
 
Before March 26, 2018: Customers can process renewals as usual: online or in person at an RMV Service Center or AAA Location (if they are a member). We encourage the public to renew early.

Lawful Presence Documentation
For U.S. citizens, a valid, unexpired U.S. passport is sufficient proof of lawful presence. U.S. citizens may also provide a certified copy of their U.S. birth certificate.

For permanent residents, a valid permanent resident card (green card) is sufficient proof of lawful presence.

For customers who are not U.S. citizens, valid, verifiable immigration documents as well as proof that they have been granted a legal stay in the U.S. for at least 12 months is required. Their license or ID will expire when their legal stay is over.

For Massachusetts Learner's Permit Holders, that were issued a learner’s permit prior to March 26, 2018 and have not passed a road test by March 26th, they will need to prove U.S. citizenship or lawful presence before receiving a driver’s license. 

Drivers over the age of 75 seeking a REAL ID or a Standard driver's license or ID card, may begin their application online at mass.gov/rmv, but must present official required documentation in person to complete the renewal or issuance process, and pass a vision screening if obtaining a driver’s license. AAA members, can visit a AAA office to renew their driver's license or ID card.
 
Feb 08, 2018

Drawing Winners Are In!

Thank you for signing up for the new NAGE app! We are excited to make communicating with our members easier and more convenient.  
 
 
The winner of out drawing have been pulled using a Random Name Picker. 
Please see the results below!

Congratualtions to:
Erica Height, Local 3-005
Tiffany Myers, Local 1-207
Mark Guida, Local 1-292

 
*If you did not receive an email that your registration was verified on the app, but your application was in by close of business on Thursday 2/8, then you were still entered in the drawing! 
 
Feb 07, 2018

GIC Update on Health Plans and 2018 Health Fairs

The Group Insurance Commission (GIC) met on Tuesday, February 6th and the outcome of the meeting was very positive.  The GIC is taking the concerns of our members and other stakeholders very seriously in their considerations for the GIC Health Plans.  Our labor comissioners Bobbi Kaplan, Margaret Thompson and Joe Gentile have provided tireless advocacy on behalf of our members, and the healthcare we all depend on.  NAGE would also like to acknowledge YOU!  The calls that members made to their state representaives and senators were incredibly important and caused the GIC to push through the reconsideration vote.

A summary of the changes to take place are below:
  • The six (6) carriers will offer a total of eleven (11) plans.
  • Co-pays are now standardized across all carriers and all plans. 
  • There is no change in deductibles, except for the limited network plans.  The deductibles for Unicare CC, HNE HMO, HPHC Primary Choice, Tufts Spirit and Fallon Direct (limited network plans) have been reduced to $400 for individuals and $800 for families. The deductables for NHP Prime will be remaining at $500 for individuals and $1000 for families.
  • Co-pays for Tier III specialists in all plans have been reduced from $90 to $75.  
  • Co-pays for Telehealth will be $15 across all plans
  • The out-of-pocket maximums for all plans will be $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for families.  Unicare's out-of-pocket maximums have been changed to these amounts to reflect consistency across all plans.  
The GIC will be voting on rates February 22nd.  Our labor comissioners will be present at the vote on the 22nd to ensure affordable health insurance rates for our members.  We will keep you updated following the meeting on the 22nd.  

The 2018 GIC Health Fair schedule is posted below.  Please note that there will be thirteen fairs held across the commonwealth at multiple locations and different times to accommodate as many members schedules as possible.  
  





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Feb 02, 2018

NAGE Endorses Theresa McGoldrick for State Retirement Board

The National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) is endorsing Theresa McGoldrick for the State Retirement Board. 

Please vote for Theresa McGoldrick, "your" voice on the State Retirement Board! 

Theresa McGoldrick is a National Executive Vice President of NAGE and President of Unit 6 /Local 207.  McGoldrick is running for one of the two elected positions on the five-member board.  The elected member will serve a three-year, uncompensated term which begins May 2018.  

Please use the following link to view the Rules of Regular Election to the MA State Board of Retirement 

​Ballots will be sent out on Monday, February 5, 2018.

Ballots may be submitted via mail, telephone or electronic submission.  Each eligible member is only able to submit one vote.  Votes must be received in the manner and format specified in the ballot on or before March 16, 2018.  



  
Feb 01, 2018

Union Pressure on GIC Results In Vote to Reverse Healthcare Decision

Earlier today, the GIC voted to reverse their decision of January 18th and will continue to offer Fallon, Tufts and Harvard Pilgrim health plans to NAGE members and other commercial subscribers!  These options will be available alongside Unicare, Health New England and Neighborhood Health Plan.
 
NAGE representatives attended the GIC meeting to hear the discussion before and after the vote.  The commission first moved to vote on reconsidering their previous decision to eliminate Tufts, Fallon and Harvard Pilgrim as healthcare options for GIC subscribers.  The vote was passed with 12 in favor and 2 against. 

The outrage from Union Leaders and members alike led to the reconsideration of the GIC's decision.   At the public hearings after the GIC's decision was announced, members turned out by the hundreds to express their anger and fear.  One of the most prevalent statements that was taken to heart by the GIC was that many with preexisting conditions were afraid that they would lose their doctors with whom they have built relationships. 

President Holway sent a public letter to GIC Executive Director Roberta Herman filled with words that hit close to home for so many across the Commonwealth (letter can be found HERE).  President Holway's sentiments were further expressed at the GIC Oversight Hearing, where he was invited to share the concerns of NAGE members with the Senate.  Testimony footage can be found HERE.  
 
The commissioners were asked to vote on replacing Plan A - the reduced carrier plan that was voted through on the 18th, with Plan B, which included the options of Tufts, Fallon and Harvard Pilgrim for commercial subscribers.  Plan B was voted through, allowing commercial subscribers to the GIC the options of Tufts, Fallon and Harvard Pilgrim along with Unicare, Health New England and Neighborhood Health Plan.  You can view the outline of Plan B below.  

We would like to thank the labor commissioners for standing strong on this issue from the beginning, and never ceasing to be a voice for our members.  

Please see footage HERE from the two votes that took place this morning. 
We will keep you updated as things progress with the votes on Plan Design and Rates.

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. 

 
 
 

 


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-McDevitt
MassDOT Audit Department
617-939-6518
Jennifer.Pouche-McDevitt@
massmail.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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