Mar 06, 2019
NAGE Fights to Protect Health Insurance
NAGE’s Legislative Agenda Facing GIC Premium Increases
On Thursday, February 28, 2019 the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) released the expected plan premium increases for FY20. The average increase across all FY20 health insurance plans is 3.6%.
Unfortunately, the premium increases are set by the insurance companies and historically there has been little recourse for the GIC, in part due to the state procurement law. As part of our ongoing legislative advocacy efforts, NAGE filed legislation this year (Senate Bill 583) to exempt the GIC bidding process from the procurement law in order to foster greater competition in the bidding process.
As the new legislative session gets underway, NAGE’s GIC legislative agenda includes:
As the new session gets underway, please take a moment to contact your state legislators and ask that they support these important initiatives. You can find the contact information for your legislators here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/bal/myelectioninfo.aspx
- Increasing Labors Voice (House Bill 2179, Representative Peter Capano) – adding two labor commissioners in seats currently held by members of the general public.
- Cost shift containment (Senate Bill 584, Senator Paul Feeney) – advocating for statutory caps on out-of-pocket costs at $2,500 for an individual and $5,000 for a family, in addition to earmarking surplus GIC funds to be transferred into the GIC trust fund to be used to pay cap overages.
- Procurement (Senate Bill 583, Senator Paul Feeney) – We have consistently heard from GIC administrators that one of the main reasons for the lack of bargaining clout with insurance companies is the state procurement process. We are calling for a change in the state’s procurement law to allow for greater competition in the bidding process for greater cost containment year to year.
“We will continue to fight to level the playing field at the GIC,” stated NAGE National President David J. Holway. “One of our biggest concerns is protecting our members health insurance, and we will continue to combat the rising costs.
Please check back for updates and information on how you can help move our GIC legislative agenda forward.
Jan 02, 2019
2019 GIC Listening Sessions
Additional sessions added! Check out the official GIC flyer HERE
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
The Group Insurance Commission has announced several Listening Sessions coming up in the next few weeks. The goal of these sessions is for the GIC to present the FY20 benefit design changes to the health insurance plans. We believe that the GIC will be proposing increases to health plans, and NAGE will be standing strong against any increases. Although these are just listening sessions, we will be calling on NAGE members to stand in opposition if any increases are proposed. All sessions are open to the public, and the GIC will not be scheduling additional sessions.
The GIC will be permitting public comments during the sessions, and will also be accepting written comments.
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Lawrence Public Library (Main Branch)
51 Lawrence St.
Lawrence, MA 01840
Parking: Haverhill St. and at Old Lawrence HS parking lot
Monday, February 4, 2019
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Cape Cod Community College
Lecture Hall A (Science Building)
2240 Lyannough Road
West Barnstable, MA 02668
Parking: Lots 6 & 7 on campus
Please take a moment to view the schedule below:
January 22, 2019
11:30AM - 1:00PM
McCormack State Office Building, 21st Floor
One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108
January 23, 2019
5:00 - 6:30PM
Worcester State University
Blue Lounge in the Student Center
260 May St. Worcester, MA 01602
Parking will be available in Lot D, on May St. and Lot Q, on Chandler St.
January 29, 2019
4:30PM - 6:00PM
Springfield City Library, Brightwood Branch
359 Plainfield St. Springfield, MA 01107
Parking will be available at the Chestnut Accelerated Middle School
Please use the link below to access the 2017-2020 contracts for Unit 3 (no MassDOT).
New Contract Available for Unit 3, Local 219 (No MassDOT)
Remember the news that several Massachusetts state workers volunteered to go to Washington, DC to help that city dig out after a massive snowstorm in late January? NAGE members were among that group of volunteers who braved the snow and shared their expertise with the people of our nation’s capital. You can learn more about them in this video from NAGE!
Video - NAGE Members Dig Out DC
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Unit 3 (Local 219) Contract Information
Unit 3 Salary Chart Effective July 10, 2016
Unit 3 Contract Effective July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017
Unit 3 Successor Agreement Effective July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017
Unit 3 Successor Agreement Effective July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2014
Unit 3 Contract, Effective July 1, 2009-June 30, 2012
Unit 3 Code of Conduct
GPS Side Letter
Unit 3 (Local 219)/MassDOT Unit C Salary Charts
Salary Chart Effective first pay period July 2018
Salary Chart Effective first pay period July 2016
Salary Chart Effective first pay period Januray 2016
Salary Chart Effective first pay period October 2015
Salary Chart Effective first pay period January 2015