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Jan 02, 2019

2019 GIC Listening Sessions

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. 
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
Mar 22, 2018

EOTSS Transition

We are writing to update you on the progress since the passage of the Baker Administration’s Article 87 transfer of IT professionals and NAGE members from the Secretariats to EOTSS. 

As you may know, NAGE fought to amend the Article 87 legislation filed by the Baker administration to include language that would preserve all members rights, including the prevention of layoffs.  We were successful in instituting these protections to preserve member rights, and will continue to advocate through this process to protect our members. 

NAGE representatives have been meeting with EOTSS and attending most Town Halls with members to follow the progress and ensure members rights are protected in this transition.  Additionally, NAGE made a request for information to The Executive Office of Technology Service and Security (EOTSS) requesting the questions be answered from our members.  The following is a partial response to the NAGE information request from EOTSS providing answers to several important questions raised by NAGE and NAGE members. 
Q.) What is the time table for HHS to transfer to Executive Office of Technology Service and Security (EOTSS)
A.) The overall timeframe to implement the IT transformation is 2 years.  The Administration and Finance Desktop Team and user support employees have already transitioned to EOTSS, as well as Executive Office of Education and Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.  As the largest and perhaps most complex Executive Office, HHS is projected to transition into EOTSS toward the latter end of this 2 year time frame—likely in the first half of 2019. This will affect HHS employees who deliver “core services” (e.g. infrastructure, desktop, network, security, etc.).  Leading up to any transition, we expect to engage HHS leadership and staff in a series of discussions to identify which staff will be unified into the center and on what terms and to formulate a migration path for services and staff. These are similar to the types of discussions we have had with transitioning staff from ANF, LWD, and EOE into EOTSS.
Q.) Will my job be reposted?
A.) No, staff transferring over to EOTSS will transfer over without the need to apply for their job.
Q.) Will my job be eliminated or will I be demoted?
A.) No, the legislation enabling this unification of staff and services provides that employees will be transferred over without a reduction of compensation, salary or grade.  Jobs may change given the dynamic nature of technology and the need to maintain the skills to keep up with these changes.
Q.) How will we adapt to the new skills needed?
A.) Training.  We recognize training is necessary to develop new knowledge and skills for a modern IT workforce.  EOTSS intends to provide staff the tools though which to succeed.  For example, EOTSS is working at present to design a training program for staff who will be working in the Cloud.  Currently EOTSS staff are participating in Cloud training.  Based on the feedback from this initial cohort, we are building a program and rolling it out to staff in other Secretariats so they can benefit from this training in their current roles.  The plan is to provide these opportunities with the identified courses in the very near future. In addition to the licenses EOTSS purchased NAGE has partnered to purchase an additional 100 licenses to meet this training objective.  The important part will be the commitment of the individual employees to participate in the training as directed.   

Similarly, the training offered via Lynda.com platform is of significant value.  In this regard we are identifying the most relevant courses from the over 6,000 in the library to design a curriculum.  If you don’t currently have a Lynda.com license, please email HRDTraining@state.ma.us to obtain one.  

EOTSS will be communicating all of the training opportunities to staff in an effort to raise awareness.  It is hoped that staff will take full advantage of these offerings.
Q.) Where will staff sit?  
A.) We are currently awaiting more information on this.  As of right now, only individuals with help desk duties have been assigned geographical transfer.  We will update you on any additional information we obtain from EOTSS regarding location transfers. 
Thank you for your patience with this process.  We will continue to update you on any information we receive regarding the EOTSS transition and we will continue to bargain any impact to our members and protect their rights in this process.

Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions. 
Theresa McGoldrick
President, Local 207

Chris Cook
President, Local 282

Bobbi Kaplan
National Representative  
Feb 27, 2018

Trouble with Your Direct Deposit Paycheck?

The following message was passed on to NAGE from Human Resources: 
It has been brought to DTA’s attention that HarborOne Bank is experiencing problems with the posting of direct deposits – including DTA payroll deposits.  On the bank’s website ( https://www.harborone.com/home ) they indicate that they are diligently working on resolving the issue.  This may be affecting our employees whose pay is deposited, in part or in whole, with HarborOne Bank.  Please monitor your personal deposits with HarborOne Bank; it is HarborOne Bank Customer Service (800-244-7592 or 508-895-1000) you should be contacting if you have further concerns.  
Should you have any additional questions, please contact us at DTA/HR.
Thank you.
Human Resources
 Feb 08, 2018

Drawing Winners Are In!

Thank you for signing up for the new NAGE app! We are excited to make communicating with our members easier and more convenient.  
The winner of out drawing have been pulled using a Random Name Picker. 
Please see the results below!

Congratualtions to:
Erica Height, Local 3-005
Tiffany Myers, Local 1-207
Mark Guida, Local 1-292

*If you did not receive an email that your registration was verified on the app, but your application was in by close of business on Thursday 2/8, then you were still entered in the drawing! 
Feb 07, 2018

GIC Update on Health Plans and 2018 Health Fairs

The Group Insurance Commission (GIC) met on Tuesday, February 6th and the outcome of the meeting was very positive.  The GIC is taking the concerns of our members and other stakeholders very seriously in their considerations for the GIC Health Plans.  Our labor comissioners Bobbi Kaplan, Margaret Thompson and Joe Gentile have provided tireless advocacy on behalf of our members, and the healthcare we all depend on.  NAGE would also like to acknowledge YOU!  The calls that members made to their state representaives and senators were incredibly important and caused the GIC to push through the reconsideration vote.

A summary of the changes to take place are below:
  • The six (6) carriers will offer a total of eleven (11) plans.
  • Co-pays are now standardized across all carriers and all plans. 
  • There is no change in deductibles, except for the limited network plans.  The deductibles for Unicare CC, HNE HMO, HPHC Primary Choice, Tufts Spirit and Fallon Direct (limited network plans) have been reduced to $400 for individuals and $800 for families. The deductables for NHP Prime will be remaining at $500 for individuals and $1000 for families.
  • Co-pays for Tier III specialists in all plans have been reduced from $90 to $75.  
  • Co-pays for Telehealth will be $15 across all plans
  • The out-of-pocket maximums for all plans will be $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for families.  Unicare's out-of-pocket maximums have been changed to these amounts to reflect consistency across all plans.  
The GIC will be voting on rates February 22nd.  Our labor comissioners will be present at the vote on the 22nd to ensure affordable health insurance rates for our members.  We will keep you updated following the meeting on the 22nd.  

The 2018 GIC Health Fair schedule is posted below.  Please note that there will be thirteen fairs held across the commonwealth at multiple locations and different times to accommodate as many members schedules as possible.  

If you cannot load the graphic, please click HERE.
Feb 02, 2018

NAGE Endorses Theresa McGoldrick for State Retirement Board

The National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) is endorsing Theresa McGoldrick for the State Retirement Board. 

Please vote for Theresa McGoldrick, "your" voice on the State Retirement Board! 

Theresa McGoldrick is a National Executive Vice President of NAGE and President of Unit 6 /Local 207.  McGoldrick is running for one of the two elected positions on the five-member board.  The elected member will serve a three-year, uncompensated term which begins May 2018.  

Please use the following link to view the Rules of Regular Election to the MA State Board of Retirement 

​Ballots will be sent out on Monday, February 5, 2018.

Ballots may be submitted via mail, telephone or electronic submission.  Each eligible member is only able to submit one vote.  Votes must be received in the manner and format specified in the ballot on or before March 16, 2018.  

Feb 01, 2018

Union Pressure on GIC Results In Vote to Reverse Healthcare Decision

Earlier today, the GIC voted to reverse their decision of January 18th and will continue to offer Fallon, Tufts and Harvard Pilgrim health plans to NAGE members and other commercial subscribers!  These options will be available alongside Unicare, Health New England and Neighborhood Health Plan.
NAGE representatives attended the GIC meeting to hear the discussion before and after the vote.  The commission first moved to vote on reconsidering their previous decision to eliminate Tufts, Fallon and Harvard Pilgrim as healthcare options for GIC subscribers.  The vote was passed with 12 in favor and 2 against. 

The outrage from Union Leaders and members alike led to the reconsideration of the GIC's decision.   At the public hearings after the GIC's decision was announced, members turned out by the hundreds to express their anger and fear.  One of the most prevalent statements that was taken to heart by the GIC was that many with preexisting conditions were afraid that they would lose their doctors with whom they have built relationships. 

President Holway sent a public letter to GIC Executive Director Roberta Herman filled with words that hit close to home for so many across the Commonwealth (letter can be found HERE).  President Holway's sentiments were further expressed at the GIC Oversight Hearing, where he was invited to share the concerns of NAGE members with the Senate.  Testimony footage can be found HERE.  
The commissioners were asked to vote on replacing Plan A - the reduced carrier plan that was voted through on the 18th, with Plan B, which included the options of Tufts, Fallon and Harvard Pilgrim for commercial subscribers.  Plan B was voted through, allowing commercial subscribers to the GIC the options of Tufts, Fallon and Harvard Pilgrim along with Unicare, Health New England and Neighborhood Health Plan.  You can view the outline of Plan B below.  

We would like to thank the labor commissioners for standing strong on this issue from the beginning, and never ceasing to be a voice for our members.  

Please see footage HERE from the two votes that took place this morning. 
We will keep you updated as things progress with the votes on Plan Design and Rates.

Your Union Benefits

In addition to regular salary increases and step increases, NAGE provides you with benefits such as:

- Union Plus
- Dependent Care
- Scholarships
- Dental
- Optical

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.

Click here to learn more about your benefits.


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