Apr 11, 2017
MA House Ways and Means Budget ReleasedOn Monday, April 10, 2017, The House Ways and Means Committee released its FY 2018 Budget proposal. We are pleased to report that the House proposal once again holds the line on health insurance premiums for public employees by maintaining the current rate structure.
Additionally, the House included funding for the Quarter point provision of our collective bargaining agreements which is utilized to pay for training and other job related benefits outlined under the provision. Last year, this funding was delivered through a supplemental budget. We are pleased that the House has included this money in the general appropriations bill after meeting with NAGE National President David Holway and members of NAGE’s legislative team.
The House Budget does not include the sick leave cap proposal that was included in the Governor’s budget back in January. You may recall, the Governor attempted to cap sick time for state employees at 1000 hours through legislation, as well as the budget, over the past two years. NAGE has continued to advocate against this change and has called for this issue to be dealt with at the bargaining table where it belongs.
NAGE leaders and staff will continue to review the budget in the coming days. The budget can be accessed using the following link https://malegislature.gov/Budget/FY2018/HouseWaysMeansBudget/Ways_Means_Final_Budget
If you have any concerns related to the budget, please don’t hesitate to contact your representative. We will continue to post updates as the budget process continues. The House is scheduled to debate the proposal beginning on April 24.
NAGE Members and Staff Assist in Playground Build
To view a full gallery of photos from the day, please click HERE.
On Thursday, March 9, 2017 the NAGE State Units 1, 3 and 6 negotiating team had its first formal negotiations session with the Commonwealth. The current contract is set to expire June 30, 2017 and the team is working to negotiate a new agreement by July 2017. The contract proposal will be for 3 years and will expire June 30, 2020. Kevin Preston, NAGE’s chief negotiator for the Units 1, 3, 6 led the team through the proposals made by NAGE members for the upcoming contract. NAGE’s negotiation team that was elected by the members in the fall of 2016, met with the Commonwealth’s negotiating team for the first time today. NAGE and the Commonwealth agreed to the rules of negotiation and set future negotiating dates. Additionally NAGE’s team proposed to have sub committees to negotiate on important benefits and rights members want to have and expand upon in our union contract, including career development, leave, telecommuting and flextime to name a few.
In 2016 NAGE sent out an email that asked all our state members to weigh in on what they wanted to see in the upcoming contract. We were delighted to see participation from nearly 70 percent of our members. Your input was crucial in today’s meeting with the Commonwealth and serves as a weathervane throughout the negotiations process.
We will keep you up to date as the negotiations process moves along. Remember to check NAGE.org/state for up to date information on the negotiations process. Also, remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Please click the photos below to see the negotiations team and Presidents, Theresa McGoldrick, John Mann, Greg Sorozan and Leo Munroe.
NAGE 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 first events of the NAGE Health and Wellness Inforamtion days have been a success!
NAGE Executive Vice President/Local 207 President Theresa McGoldrick has spearheaded an effort to inform NAGE state employees of benefits that NAGE provides. The first “NAGE Health and Wellness Day” was held at the MITC building in Chelsea. Over 350 NAGE members showed up and learned about all the benefits NAGE provides to our state members. The event was so successful that we held a second Health and Wellness day at the McCormack Building in Boston on January 31. The event, which lasted over 2 hours, attracted over 300 members who were excited to learn about all NAGE has to offer.
We are planning on continuing our health and wellness tour over the next several months and will keep members informed on where events will be held. If you are interested in learning more we encourage members to visit the Benefits section of our website. If you have any questions regarding your benefits please do not hesitate to contact your Local President, the Member Action Center (MAC) or the NAGE Health and Wellfare Trust Fund. Below are some of the incentives we advertised at the events.
Tuition Remission program
John Mann, local president of NAGE Unit 1/MassDOT Unit A, was sworn in by Governor Charles Baker to the Massachusetts Workforce Development Board (MWDB) in a ceremony at the State House on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Read the full story here.
Local President John Mann Joins MWDB
Your Union Benefits
In addition to regular salary increases and step increases, NAGE provides you with benefits such as:- Union Plus
- Dependent Care