April 2, 2020

An email was sent to the members who are working at the Chelsea Soldiers Home.  You can find the full-text email HERE.  

Thank you,
Leo

 

April 2, 2020

Dear fellow NAGE members:

I am writing to follow up on my email from yesterday (found below).

If you are contacted for an interview, please get in touch with NAGE Legal Counsel Karen Betournay.  She can be reached at kbetournay@nage.org or 413-732-3753.  This will ensure that all union member information regarding Holyoke Soldiers Home is kept in a centralized location.

Thank you,


Leo Munroe
Unit C/Local 219 President
lmunroe@nage.org
617-376-7292 (W)
508-397-5591 (C)

Stanley Thompson  -  Representative 
617-376-7286 (W)
617-980-5233 (C)
sthompson@nage.org
 


April 1, 2020

Dear Fellow NAGE Members:
 
As you may have read today, Governor Baker is appointing a former federal prosecutor to investigate the tragic deaths in Holyoke.  Naturally, there is nothing wrong with an investigation to learn the truth, and it is important to cooperate. 
 
It is also important to remember your rights as a union member throughout your cooperation.  While I am not necessarily suggesting it will happen here, Management often blames the people “on the ground” for simply doing their jobs and tries to shift their responsibility onto those below them.  That is why I am writing to remind you of your Weingarten Rights.  When I met with many of you on my trips to Holyoke, I explained them to you. 
 
Here is a quick refresher:  If you are to be interviewed, you are entitled to have union representation present if there is any chance that the interview could lead to discipline.  Since we don’t know if Management intends to blame employees for the deaths, I believe you should assert your right to have union representation during this investigation.  If you are scheduled to be interviewed, please email me with the time and date as soon as possible so that I can ensure that you have representation.
 
Again, I emphasize that my intent is not to interfere with the investigation whatsoever.  Management can, and should, get to the bottom of what happened.  My goal is simply to protect you from being “scapegoated” and for that reason am reminding you to assert your right to representation.

Thank you,


Leo Munroe
Unit C/Local 219 President
lmunroe@nage.org
617-376-7292 (W)
508-397-5591 (C)

Stanley Thompson  -  Representative 
617-376-7286 (W)
617-980-5233 (C)
sthompson@nage.org

 
March 26, 2020

If you have been deemed CORE personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic and are at high risk of infection according to the 
CDC, please read the following.  

NAGE has been advocating for self-disclosed high-risk individuals to be removed from the workplace during the current health crisis.  HRD has recently notified is that you must notify your individual ADA coordinator to request to telecommute, based upon your pre-existing condition, age, or caretaker responsibilities for a high risk or elderly family member.  NAGE received the following statement regarding this matter: 

 
"It is very important to note that in order to expedite the ADA process, the Commonwealth has temporarily waived the requirement that employees submit medical documentation to request an alternative work assignment. We believe that this measure will significantly help expedite the decision-making process while maintaining consistency and ensuring that employee confidentiality concerns are satisfied.”

Please email your ADA coordinator to request in writing that you are at high risk and wish to telecommute and copy your Local President.  

Who to Contact: ADA Coordinators 

Below is a sample email you could send:
 
 Dear ADA Coordinator,
 
I am writing to request that I be allowed to telecommute due to the fact that I am currently deemed essential and working in the office.  I am at high risk of infection from the COVID-19 virus due to my pre-existing medical condition or over age 60.  Please advise me of a response as soon as possible.
 
Thank you,
 
NAME/Email/phone/agency

 
March 23, 2020

In accordance with Governor Baker’s restrictions on public gatherings, GIC's nine Benefit Fair events scheduled between Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 27 are canceled.
 
Please note that GIC will extend the deadline for Annual Enrollment from Friday, May 1 to Monday, June 1, 2020 in order to alleviate some of the processing limitations that may arise from staffing capacity.
 
Open Enrollment materials will be shared with you as they become available.
 
In the meantime, please visit GIC’s website to view all the available resources the GIC has to offer members and public employees in response to COVID-19:
 
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/what-you-should-know-about-gic-health-benefits-and-the-covid-19-outbreak
 
Mar 19, 2020
New Guidelines For Exec. Branch Employees
The following information can be found on mass.gov:

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today issued new guidelines to Executive Branch employees to ensure core state government functions are able to continue and key services are able to be provided to residents during the COVID-19 outbreak, while protecting the health and safety of the Executive Branch workforce and the public.

Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the following protocols shall apply to state employees working in Executive Branch agencies:  

  • Non-emergency employees who have the capacity to work remotely shall continue to do so;
  • Employees performing core functions that must be done at their workplace will be contacted by their manager and will be expected to report to work so that essential state government services can be maintained.  Appropriate social distancing practice will be observed in both internal and public-facing offices;
  • Employees who are not performing core functions and who do not currently have the capacity to work remotely will be contacted by their manager for an alternative work assignment.  During this time, the Commonwealth will continue to pursue technology to enable remote work.  Managers will notify employees as that technology becomes available.

Any employee who is working remotely and needs to collect a computer or other work items shall contact their manager.  Managers shall structure pick up times so that an employee’s time in the office is brief and staggered to maintain desired social distancing.
 

These protocols shall remain in effect until April 3, 2020, at which time this guidance will be revisited.
 

The Commonwealth has taken numerous steps in recent weeks to increase cleanings of state office buildings and promote personal hygiene and care. Over the past few weeks, over 400 educational posters have been placed in state buildings, bathrooms have been stocked at more frequent intervals with hand washing materials and sanitation products, and there are now increased cleanings of high-touch areas such as doorknobs, surfaces, and elevator buttons.
 

As a result of these new guidelines and the increased usage of telework, there will be closures of some public-facing government services and walk-in offices; these services will be made available online as appropriate.
 

Members of the public should continue checking www.mass.gov/covid19 for the latest information on impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to view the status of in-person Executive Branch office locations effective March 18, 2020.

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Mar 16, 2020
Time Reporting For 3/16 And 3/17

We have received the following notice:


 
Mar 15, 2020 BREAKING: Non-Essentials Do Not ReportNAGE has just learned that Governor Baker is directing all non-essential employees to not report to work tomorrow, Monday 3/16/20 and Tuesday, 3/17/20.  

We would like to thank Governor Baker for this important action in ensuring the health and safety of our members across the Commonwealth.  We are grateful that his response to our proposals will go far in protecting all employees. 

We will keep you updated as we learn more.  We will be in contact once we have specific guidelines on what positions are deemed essential.  

Thank you and stay safe. 
 
Mar 3, 2020GIC Healthcare FY21 Premiums AnnouncedOn February 27, 2020, the GIC Commissioners voted to approve the FY21 Health Insurance Premium Rates. Bobbi Kaplan, Executive Vice-President of Local 207 and Vice Chair of the Group Insurance Commission strongly advocated against the rise in premiums. She argued the unfairness of raising premiums more than twice what our members receive annually in salary increases but was unable to succeed in changing the minds of her fellow commissioners. The motion to increase premiums was approved by a majority of the commissioners who do not represent labor interests, though Kaplan maintained her strong vote against. 

Kaplan said “The increase is just another pay cut for our members who are left further and further behind every year. We intend to fight for raises at the bargaining table that are equal to the value our members bring to the citizens of the Commonwealth every day.”
 
Please review the increases which become effective July 1, 2020 and attend the Health Fairs to ask questions of your current carriers. If you wish to change carriers, you must make that decision during open enrollment April 6th – May 1st.  Please find all documents and link to the Health Fair schedule below.  

FY21 Health Insurance Premium Rates

FY21 Full Cost Monthly Premiums and Percent Increases 

GIC Health Fair Schedule 2020

 
Feb 29, 2020

NAGE offers Gov Baker coronavirus prevention assistance

NAGE has written to Governor Baker, offering any assistance possible in light of coronavirus worries in Massachusetts.  The letter can be found below or HERE.  Members should refer to any of the following sites for tips in preventing the spread of illness.

Mass.gov
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization






 
Feb 21, 2020

Please find the full-text notice and Training and Educational Reimbursement Request Form HERE.  



January 28, 2020
Local 219 Executive Board Election Results
 
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Local 219 Executive Board election, both to those who ran for seats on the board and those who voted.  The votes have been tallied and the results are below.
 
President:  Leo W. Munroe
 
Executive Vice President:  Michael R. Meehan
 
Secretary/Treasurer: Stanley Thompson
 
1st Vice Presient - Executive Branch: Mike "Skip" Howland 
 
1st Vice President - MassDOT: Mike Mulkern
 
2nd Vice President - Executive Branch: Michael W. Ponyta
 
2nd Vice President - MassDOT: Alexander Los 
 

Congratulations to all that were elected! 
 
Jan 06, 2020

2020 Training and Career Ladder Courses

The 2020 Training and Career Ladder courses are now available!  The full list of courses can be found on PACE in the Course Catalog.  Search "TCL - NAGE" for a comprehensive list. 

You will be able to enroll directly through the course catalog. 

Below is a sample of the courses available to NAGE members:




 
For first-time users of PACE:

1. Login through the PACE website: https://www.pace.state.ma.us 
2. Your Login ID is your employee ID number
    Your password is your last name exactly as it appears on your pay stub, case-sensitive and including suffixes: jr., sr., etc. 
3. Click submit
    *The first time you login, you will be required to change your password.  
 

EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 
REMINDER!
FALL 2019 SEMESTER CLAIM SUBMISSION
 
 
 The Fall 2019 semester is coming to an end.  Don’t forget to submit your claim for the Educational Assistance Program $500.00 reimbursement.  March 31,2020 is the submission deadline for Fall 2019 semester.
  • How Do I Apply for Reimbursement?
At the end of the semester the member must submit a completed application along with a grade report that supplies proof of the passing of the course and proof of payment.
 
  • Who Is Eligible to Participate?
All active members of NAGE Bargaining Unit One, Three and Six who have completed six months of employment are eligible to participate.  The benefit is limited to one reimbursement per member per academic year.  The student can be the member, the member’s eligible spouse or eligible dependent.
 
  • What Is the Maximum Reimbursable Amount?
The maximum reimbursement is $500.00 per member per academic year.  You can submit for either the fall or spring semester.
 
  • How Will the Benefit Work?
The member and eligible family members must determine who is applying for the reimbursement in any academic year (one reimbursement per member/academic year).
 
Reimbursement will be issued twice per year - in April for the Fall semester and August for the Spring semester or depending on date of the completed course.
 
  • Download the Educational Assistance Program claim form below.
 
If you have any questions or require any additional information, contact the NAGE Fund Office at 1-800-641-0700 or email fundoffice@nage.org

Educational Assistance Program Brochure
 
Educational Assistance Program Application
 
 


LinkedIn Learning is LIVE!
 
Click here for the LinkedIn Learning Website
NAGE members have unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning, an on-demand library of high-quality instructional videos covering a vast range of business, software and creative skills.  NAGE has negotiated for several thousand additional LinkedIn learning licenses to become available to NAGE members, and those licenses are available now!  

NAGE negotiates for these 5,000+ training classes each year so that our members have more opportunities to acquire new skills and advance their knowledge.  We recommend you check out the courses available and sign up today! As you may remember, Lynda.com was upgraded to the LinkedIn Learning platform in January 2019.  

You can request a log-in by sending an email to  CareerLadderProgram@mass.gov, letting them know that you are a NAGE member and would like to register for a LinkedIn Learning account.  *If you have previously used Lynda.com and have an account, you can activate LinkedIn Learning by following the steps found below.  

 
How to convert Lynda.com account to LinkedIn Learning
 

 

Unit 3 Locals
Leo W. Munroe
President
lmunroe@nage.org
 
Michael Meehan
Executive Vice President
 
 
Stanley Thompson
Secretary/Treasurer
 
Tony Rezandes
1st Vice President MassDOT
 
 
Brian Farrington
2nd Vice President MassDOT
 
 
Mike Howland
1st Vice President DCR
 
 
Mike Ponyta
2nd Vice President DCR

 

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