MassDOT Unit D's Salary Chart is now available here. 
 
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
 

January 6, 2022
Hazard Pay Agreement Reached
 
I am pleased to advise you that just a few minutes ago, I signed an agreement with MASSDOT which will provide Hazard Bonuses of either $1,000 or $2,000 to a significant number of our members in Unit D.

Employees who meet the criteria below are eligible for the bonuses:
  1. Full-time employees directed to report to work in-person during the period November 2, 2020 through May 29, 2021, who were not afforded the option of working remotely either fully or in a hybrid schedule, shall receive a one-time COVID-19 Hazardous Duty Payment of $2,000.00.
  2. Employees directed to report to work in-person during the period November 2, 2020 through May 29, 2021, to provide, public facing, public safety, cleaning and/or maintenance services on a part-time or hybrid work schedule, shall receive a one-time COVID-19 Hazardous Duty Payment of $1,000.00.
 
We are working with management to ensure that eligible employees receive their bonuses as soon as possible. I will update you as this develops.

In solidarity,
Faren Woolery

MassDOT Unit D Hazard Pay MOU 1.6.2022
 

Oct 29, 2021

Executive Board Election Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the MassDOT Unit D/Local 368 Executive Board election. The ballots have been tallied and the results are below.
 
Congratulations to Beth Caron and Shawn O'Brien for being elected to fill the Vice President-at-Large seats! 
  

NEWS - Sept 7, 2021

Contract Ratification Results!

With a staggering 98% of the ballots voting to Approve the Proposed Successor Agreement, you have voted to ratify your next contract! 

BUT, we know that you may have some questions. The highlights of the agreement are stated below, along with a FAQ!

The successor agreement MOU highlights are as follows:
  • 2% - including retro, to first payroll period in July 2020
  • .5% - retro to the first payroll period in July 2020, in exchange for settlement of our PFMLA case Because this settlement is a raise, as opposed to a one-time payment, it is far more valuable long-term. Please see FAQs on PFML settlement linked HERE
  • 1.5% one-time COVID Recognition Payment upon signing the contract with a minimum payment of $1,000*
  • 2% - first payroll period in July 2021 (calculated after the 2% and the .5% increases above have been applied) 
  • 2% - first payroll period in July 2022 
*The 1.5% COVID Recognition Payment is calculated after the first three retroactive raises (.5% retro to July 2020 in exchange for PFMLA, 2% retro to July 2020 and 2% retro to July 2021). This is separate from the aforementioned raises, and is contingent upon you being an active employee on payroll at the time the contract was signed. 

Hazard Pay and Telework are being bargained separately. We are currently in negotiations with MassDOT and hope to reach an agreement this month. We expect the Hazard Pay agreement to coincide with the Executive Branch agreement. We will report back as soon as we have more information for you.  

 

NEWS
Contract FAQ

When will we see our raises reflected in our pay?
Answer: The Administration will now be filing a supplemental budget for funds to be appropriated by the legislature for the successor agreement. We anticipate that you will see the 1.5% COVID Recognition Payment, the 2% retro to 7/2021, the 2% retro to 7/2020, and the .5% PFMLA retro to 7/2020 reflected in your paycheck in late Fall.
 
How do I calculate my pay increase?
1)      Multiply your July 2020 annualized salary by 1.025 (that is your 2020 salary) after adding in any step you receive.
2)      Multiply your July 2021 salary by 1.02 (that is your July 2021 salary).
3)      Multiply that figure by .015 (that is your bonus).
4)      Multiply the figure from #2 by 1.02 (that is your July 2022 salary) after adding any steps.
 
Is the 1.5% signing bonus designated as Hazardous Duty Pay?
Answer: No, this is not Hazardous Duty Pay; this is a one-time bonus with a minimum of $1,000 simply for reaching a contract.

Are we getting Hazardous Duty Pay?     
Answer: NAGE is currently in negotiations for this; we will keep you informed as updates come.


I am retiring soon. Am I still eligible for retroactive pay?
Answer: Yes, if you were working during the retroactive term, you are eligible. 
You can read more in the Retirement Board Newsletter linked HERE.

What is the 0.5% PFML settlement?
Answer: Please see FAQs on PFML settlement linked 
HERE

August 2021 NAGE MOU MassDOT Unit D Agreement  
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,
 
 
Faren Woolery
President
MassDOT Unit D/Local 368
 

November 9, 2020
Update to MassDOT Unit D/Local 368
From snow blowers to leaf blowers, from snowflakes to sunny skies;
With teleworking, remote learning, social distancing, face covering…

 
Although 2020 has been a year of change, one thing that remains consistent:  our ability and willingness to persevere and rise to the occasion.  While this year has presented challenges in many ways, including fiscally, I am happy to report that we recently met with some of the senior leaders of MassDOT and at this time the agency doesn’t foresee a change in staffing levels, such as cuts and/or layoffs, this fiscal year or in FY22.
 
I’m also happy to report MassDOT has confirmed that the remaining portions surrounding the implementation of the classification study are underway!  This pay period we expect outstanding reclassifications with an effective date of July 10, 2016 to take effect and be reflected in the upcoming pay-advice (November 13, 2020).    For some of you whose new classification is lower than your current position/job classification, this change may not be reflected in HR/CMS and you will not see any change in your pay. For those of you whose position is higher, your new rate will be reflected in the November 13, 2020 pay advice.  Please note that any retro payments owed will not be reflected in this paycheck.  
 
Next up in reclassifications, the final recommendations will be processed for positions with an effective date of February 16, 2020.  These changes will be reflected in the November 27th pay advice.  Once these classification changes become effective, the $700.00 increase to Unit B, Step 12 will be implemented.
 
Regarding the retroactive payments, they must be manually calculated and will take time.  Any retroactive payments will be calculated after all other changes have been completed.  As we receive information regarding the pay-out of these payments, we will provide an update that includes the pay-out schedule.  We expect the appeal process will begin shortly after the remaining portions of the study have been fully implemented.
 
Regarding equipment at the Districts, MassDOT addressed our concerns surrounding equipment:  Millions of dollars have been allotted to Districts. These funds will be used to purchase and/or replace equipment. Should you have concerns surrounding equipment, we encourage you to reach out to both your local officials and your immediate supervisor.
 
On October 23rd, the Local officials including Stewards and contacts participated in our annual Stewards training.  We are energized and further equipped to continue to fight the changes that violate our CBA, Executive Orders, the terms and conditions of your employment and for justice and what’s right, such as:

 
  • Hazard pay;
  • Change to telework schedules;
  • Conducive workspaces;
  • Contracting Out;
  • PFML, and;
  • Implementation of Virtual Observer.
 
To list just a few.  We thank you for continuing to bring these matters to our attention and we ask that you continue to do so.
 
Save the Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020.  Our annual General Membership Meeting will be held on this date.  We are looking forward to this virtual experience and seeing all of you.  More information to follow.
 
If you haven’t already, join us on FB at @NAGE#368
 
As always, thank you for the work that you do. Please stay safe. 

Faren Woolery
President
MassDOT Unit D
 
 
 
June 4, 2020
Further Update on PFMLA

Following our last update on the status of our litigation with the Commonwealth (seen below) over implementation of the new Law, we received several inquiries about whether NAGE supports the Law.
 
The answer is an emphatic yes!  We supported it in the legislature and we continue to do so.
 
Our concerns surrounding the implementation of the Law are focused on two fairly narrow but important aspects of it.   The PFMLA needs to have a revenue stream to make it work. The question is, who will pay for it: the employer, the employee or a combination of the two?  

Our view is that in the case of the State, the employer should bear the entire cost.  Most major employers in Massachusetts provide, or at least contribute to, short and long term disability insurance for their employees.  Unlike other big employers, the State does not contribute a nickel for this purpose.  The second reason is that the Baker Administration essentially imposed a contract on State Unions in 2017, which left us lagging behind the rate of inflation.  For these reasons, we have sought to have the State pay the full freight rather than employees having to bear additional costs.
 
Aside from the question of who bears the cost, we also have a significant problem with the way the State is interpreting the Law.
 
The Law seems to be very clear that employees can use PFMLA in combination with accrued sick leave they may have, so long as the total doesn’t exceed 100% of their regular salary.   We think this provision is of great value to our members and we have no quarrel with 100% limitation. The problem, however, is that the State is taking the position that you have to choose between PFMLA or your sick leave and that your cannot use them in combination.     
 
If they prevail on this, the value of the program to our members will be significantly diluted.  We will be continuing to pursue this.
 
With these two exceptions, we support the PFMLA and believe it is a significant step forward for public and private sector employees in Massachusetts.

 
May 29, 2020
MassDOT Update on PFMLA
In September of last year, MassDOT unilaterally began deducting a tax or fee of about one half of one percent from your paychecks. This amount was what MassDOT had decided was going to be “your share” of the payments needed to fund the new Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA). 
 
When this occurred, NAGE did not believe that MassDOT had the right to make this deduction without first coming to an agreement with NAGE or, at least, bargaining to impasse.  They did neither.   When MassDOT acted unilaterally, we immediately filed a charge at the Department of Labor Relations (DLR) alleging that they had committed a Prohibited Practice within the meaning of Section 10 of Chapter 150E of the General Laws ("Law").
 
The DLR conducted an investigation under its rules, and on May 29, 2020, found probable cause that MassDOT had violated the Law.  The DLR also issued a complaint specifying the particulars of the violation.    
 
Unless MassDOT agrees to a settlement in the meantime, the next step will be a formal evidentiary hearing.  We believe that we have a strong case.  If NAGE prevails at the formal hearing, the traditional remedy includes three orders:
  1. An order to cease and desist, which, in this case, would mean that MassDOT would have to stop deducting the fee from employee paychecks;
  2. A “make whole” order, which would mean that MassDOT would have to reimburse employees for all the deductions that have been made since September of 2019, and;
  3. An order that requires the employer to sign and post prominently in workplaces a notice that includes an admission that MassDOT broke the law and a promise that MassDOT will stop.
In the event that we prevail, we will be seeking all three components of the remedy.
 
This case is far from over, but with this finding of probable cause, we have taken a big step toward our goal of taking this financial burden off the shoulders of our members.
 
We will keep you  advised as the matter proceeds.
 
In solidarity,

John Mann
President, Unit 1/MassDOT Unit A


Leo Munroe
President, Unit 3/MassDOT Unit C


Faren Woolery
President, MassDOT Unit D/Local 368

 
  
NEWS
Mar 5, 2020
Unit D Classification UpdateNAGE Unit D Members,

We are writing today to update you on the Unit D Classification study.  Below you will find the most recent documents relating to the final recommendations for the study.  We have been working to compare this data against the documents obtained at the time of the agreement last summer.  As we work to identify and address any concerns with these documents, we ask that you take the time to review the documents yourself.  Feedback will be welcomed at the meetings detailed below. 

If the recommendation is for you to maintain your job title, and you are considering exercising your rights and file for an appeal, we encourage you to begin preparing for the appeal process.  To do this, we will need to identify the duties and responsibilities you were hired to perform in your current position. We will also need to identify the duties that you have been assigned to perform outside of your normal duties, that are of a higher title.   It may help for you to obtain a copy of your personnel file to collect the original job positing for which you applied, your EPRS’, Form 30’s and any other documents assigning you the duties that are in dispute. 
Please maintain these documents for your appeal.

As we work to implement the study, we will begin holding meetings to answer any questions you may have regarding the results.  Please note that the appeal process has not begun. These efforts are being taken to assist you in the process once it does open up.

We are working to confirm meeting space in the following locations:
  • Quincy, MA
  • Northampton, MA
  • Marlboro, MA
  • Worcester, MA
The first meeting has been confirmed for Saturday, March 14, 2020 10am to 12pm at the NAGE Headquarters office located at 159 Burgin Parkway Quincy, MA.  Additional information will follow.

As we work to confirm additional locations, please continue to visit the website for updated information regarding the classification meetings.
In solidarity

In solidarity,

 


Faren Woolery
President, Local 368

fwoolery@nage.org 


Classification Appendix A

Classification Appendix F


 
 

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 Vice President

Christopher D. Barry
Secretary/Treasurer
857-368-7549
Christopher.Barry@MassMail.state.ma.us
RMV Quincy HQ

 
 
 
Beth Caron
Vice President-at-Large
Beth.Caron@state.ma.us
10 Park Plaza
 
Shawn O'Brien
Vice President-at-Large
Shawn.O'Brien@state.ma.us
Wilmongton RMV

 


Steward Contact Information

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

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

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

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

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

LaDawn Baker
Braintree Service Center
Christopher Lucier
Milford Service Center
Christopher.Lucier@dot.state.ma.us
 
Paul Cadigan
Highway Operations Center
Paul.Cadigan@dot.state.ma.us
 
Michelle Waring
RMV QHQ-Titles
Michelle.Waring@dot.state.ma.us
 
The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America. - John F. Kennedy
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