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Members of NAGE local 300 with UMASS Medical School Ratify New Contract

Congratulations to the professionals of UMASS Medical School (UMMS), who recently ratified two new contract agreement. The first will run until June 30, 2018 and the second will run through 2020.

With these new contracts, a job evaluation program will be implemented that will update current job descriptions and renew job classifications as well as wages based on the analysis of the results. UMMS will establish a reserve fund of $60,000 to address potential cost considerations which may result from the implementation of the analysis of grade classifications and potential equity concerns. Employees may also receive up to a two percent, one time lump sum retroactive payment based on their salary as of July 1, 2015. In addition to the wage increases members will also receive up to six percent in wage increases over the next three years.

Depending on years of service with UMMS, employees will now be eligible for structural increases, with a maximum of five percent per year. Vacation accrual caps will also be reduced to 240 hours on or after January 1, 2016 and will follow the non-unit vacation policy moving forward.

Local 300 President Lekecia Powell-Watkins commented, “It’s a big relief ratifying this contract, our members have been without a contract for years and this is exactly what we needed going forward. I am excited to get back to work and provide some stability for my membership.”

Kevin Preston and Thomas Flynn, both long time NAGE negotiators added much needed experience to this matter. Kevin Preston commented, “Working with Lekecia and the Local 300 e-board was a pleasure. Everyone knew what they wanted and it made the task much more manageable for all of us.” Thomas Flynn added, “I am glad we could get this contract ratified, local 300 needed a contract and they voted unanimously, it’s hard to get a group of people to agree on anything but the leadership was so strong everything went off without a hitch.”

Congratulations again to these members on gaining a contract where they will benefit significantly and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the future. 
Executive Board
LeKecia Powell-Watkins
Acting President 

Tom Flynn
National Representative

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