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May 24, 2017
Action Alert: Contact Your State Rep for Group 2

State Representative Nick Collins has filed an amendment (#989) that would move non-clerical MWRA employees into Group 2 of the state pension system.  This amendment #989 mirrors the Group 2 legislation that Representative Collins has filed on NAGE’s behalf. 

Please take a moment to call your state representative to ask them to support this amendment. 
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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.
 
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NEWS

Post-Fire Visit to MWRA Treatment Plant

(Quincy, MA) - NAGE National President David J. Holway spent the morning of Sunday, February 7th, 2016 visiting Nut Island Treatment Plant in Quincy, Massachusetts where an explosion occurred two weeks earlier.

President Holway and National Representative Tom Flynn were led five stories underground to the odor control area of the plant by NAGE Local 168 President Bill Lane. They reviewed the damaged equipment where the fire occurred and the area where five employees sustained serious injuries during the event. These employees were later hospitalized but have since been released and are in recovery.  

President Holway notes, “In light of the recent fire, and the fact that five employees were lucky to escape with their lives, this visit was especially relevant. If it wasn’t for the heroic actions of these employees there would have been fatalities.”

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) treatment plant processes an average of 400 million gallons of sewage per day, but thanks to the hard work of the MWRA this event did not cause any serious environmental issues. Lane noted, “It’s hard to know the amount of damage done, but the clean-up and equipment repair will likely cost tens of millions of dollars.” 

While the injured employees recover and the damaged equipment is repaired, NAGE leaders and others are wondering what action can be taken to prevent similar events in the future.

President Holway states, “Most people don’t understand the hazardous environments in which some of our members work. Hopefully some good will come out of a tragic set of circumstances.”

“The legislature has before it House Bill 2249, which would recognize the dangers of many of the jobs at the MWRA by moving employees from Group 1 to Group 2 in the state retirement system,” President Holway added. “It is time to give these employees the retirement benefits they deserve.”  


Photo:National President David J. Holway and Local 168 President Bill Lane review equipment damaged by fire at MWRA Treatment Plant in Quincy, MA.

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- Union Plus
- Dependent Care
- Scholarships
- Dental
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Did you know Union Plus gets you and your family special discounts, rates, and savings? Just as unions provide strength in the workplace, Union Plus provides strength in the marketplace.

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Reminder: MWRA Local 168 Member Meetings

First Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm

NAGE Headquarters
159 Burgin Parkway
Quincy, MA 02169
 

               
Local 168 Executive Board
Bill Lane 
President
617-839-5125
 
 
Ed Sullivan
Executive Vice President
617-828-0909
 
 
Dennis R. Normant
Secretary
617-233-4446
 
 
David Finn
Treasurer
617-593-4433
 
 
Paul C. Arena
Eastern Region Vice President
617-828-0233
 
 
Paul Hynes
Central Region Vice President
617-697-5221
 
 
Ed Pollocu
Western Region Vice President
413-813-8345
617-828-1236

 
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