Contract for Unit 6
Please use the link below to access the 2017-2020 contract for Units 6 (no MassDOT). 
 
2017-2020 CBA, Unit 6
Unit 6 Salary Chart Effectie July 2019
 
Aug 12, 2020

Demand to Bargain Filed for Exec Branch

Last week, NAGE filed a Demand to Bargain with the Administration on the new rules and regulations regarding the Telework Policy and Travel Order

A bargaining session was held on Monday to open negotiations.  We will keep you updated as bargaining progresses. 

Telework Policy
We have clarified that there is no restriction on dependent care while telecommuting during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting closures of schools and daycare. We continue to advocate for ongoing telecommuting and the equipment required to keep our members safely and effectively working form home. 

Travel Order
The Executive Order on travel applies to all citizens of MA, not just Commonwealth employees. NAGE supports the safety protocol to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We have demanded to bargain over the following issues:
  • Whether the employee must use their own time in order to quarentine; 
  • Whether the employee must notify the employer of their vacation destination;
  • Whether the employee can be denied vacation to a high-risk destination and;
  • Whether the employee can be disciplined if a COVID-19 test has not been scheduled prior to vacation. 
If an employee must be tested as a result of their travel, there are 17 free testing sites available at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread

We will keep you updated as we move forwad with negotiations. 

 
August 6, 2020
Demand to Bargain

NAGE has demanded to bargain with the Administration over the new rules and regulations regarding Telecommuting and Travel.  The demand to bargain email can be found below, as well as a sample Telecommuting Policy.

Demand to Bargain

Sample Telecommuting Policy 
 
June 4, 2020
Further Update on PFMLA

Following our last update on the status of our litigation with the Commonwealth (seen below) over implementation of the new Law, we received several inquiries about whether NAGE supports the Law.
 
The answer is an emphatic yes!  We supported it in the legislature and we continue to do so.
 
Our concerns surrounding the implementation of the Law are focused on two fairly narrow but important aspects of it.   The PFMLA needs to have a revenue stream to make it work. The question is, who will pay for it: the employer, the employee or a combination of the two?  

Our view is that in the case of the State, the employer should bear the entire cost.  Most major employers in Massachusetts provide, or at least contribute to, short and long term disability insurance for their employees.  Unlike other big employers, the State does not contribute a nickel for this purpose.  The second reason is that the Baker Administration essentially imposed a contract on State Unions in 2017, which left us lagging behind the rate of inflation.  For these reasons, we have sought to have the State pay the full freight rather than employees having to bear additional costs.
 
Aside from the question of who bears the cost, we also have a significant problem with the way the State is interpreting the Law.
 
The Law seems to be very clear that employees can use PFMLA in combination with accrued sick leave they may have, so long as the total doesn’t exceed 100% of their regular salary.   We think this provision is of great value to our members and we have no quarrel with 100% limitation. The problem, however, is that the State is taking the position that you have to choose between PFMLA or your sick leave and that your cannot use them in combination.     
 
If they prevail on this, the value of the program to our members will be significantly diluted.  We will be continuing to pursue this.
 
With these two exceptions, we support the PFMLA and believe it is a significant step forward for public and private sector employees in Massachusetts.
May 29, 2020
Update on PFML for Executive Branch
 
In September of last year, the Baker administration unilaterally began deducting a tax or fee of about one half of one percent from your paychecks. This amount was what the administration had decided was going to be “your share” of the payments needed to fund the new Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA). 
 
When this occurred, NAGE did not believe the administration had the right to make this deduction without first coming to an agreement with NAGE or, at least, bargaining to impasse.  They did neither.   When the administration acted unilaterally, we immediately filed a charge at the Department of Labor Relations (DLR) alleging that they had committed a Prohibited Practice within the meaning of Section 10 of Chapter 150E of the General Laws ("Law").
 
The DLR conducted an investigation under its rules, and on May 21, 2020, found probable cause that the administration had violated the Law.  The DLR also issued a complaint specifying the particulars of the violation.    
 
Unless the Commonwealth agrees to a settlement in the meantime, the next step will be a formal evidentiary hearing.  We believe that we have a strong case.  If NAGE prevails at the formal hearing, the traditional remedy includes three orders:
  1. An order to cease and desist, which, in this case, that would mean that the Commonwealth would have to stop deducting the fee from employee paychecks;
  2. A “make whole” order, which would mean that the Commonwealth would have to reimburse employees for all the deductions that have been made since September of 2019, and;
  3. An order that requires the employer to sign and post prominently in workplaces a notice that includes an admission that the Commonwealth broke the law and a promise that the Commonwealth will stop.
In the event that we prevail, we will be seeking all three components of the remedy.
 
This case is far from over, but with this finding of probable cause, we have taken a big step toward our goal of taking this financial burden off the shoulders of our members.
 
We will keep you  advised as the matter proceeds.
 
In solidarity,

Theresa McGoldrick
President, Local 207


Chris Cook
President, Local 282


John Mann
President, Unit 1/MassDOT Unit A


Leo Munroe
President, Unit 3/MassDOT Unit C
 
 
Apr 13, 2020

HRD Guidance on Face Coverings

The Commonwealth is working to ensure that appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available for all health care workers and first responders.
 
In addition to these roles, we recognize that some Commonwealth employees are working in roles where maintaining social distancing is not always possible. The Commonwealth is recommending that workers who cannot maintain social distancing while working, follow the CDC and DPH guidance and wear cloth face coverings when possible, especially in areas where there may be a concern of significant community-based transmission. Cloth face coverings have been made available at multiple work locations and we are working to secure additional face coverings for all worksites.
 
Department of Public Health Advisory Regarding Face Coverings and Cloth Masks
There are many things that you can do to help protect yourself and others from becoming infected with COVID-19. People who show no symptoms of illness may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering may help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people.
 
  • A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas.
  • Do not use health care worker masks, such as the N95 masks - those should be preserved for healthcare workers.
  • It is important that you wear these face coverings or masks in situations where it is difficult to maintain a social distance of six feet from others. For example, in a pharmacy or grocery store.
 
When you wear a cloth mask, it should:
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face,
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops,
  • Include multiple layers of fabric,
  • Allow for breathing without restriction, and
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
 
When putting on and taking off a mask, do not touch the front of it, you should only handle the ties or ear straps, and make sure you wash the cloth mask regularly. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching the mask.
 
Cloth masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
 
Instructions on how to make your own cloth mask are available on the CDC web site.
 
In addition to wearing a cloth mask you should continue to practice proven methods to protect yourself.
  • Practice social distancing at all times by remaining 6 feet away from others when you have to leave your home for essential trips.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; using alcohol-based hand gel with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands. 
 
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 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

Dear NAGE Member:
 
As you know, NAGE has been actively advocating for the Administration to provide health and safety measures for our NAGE members in the workplace to combat the spread of COVID-19.  Please click HERE to view all NAGE is working on to protect our members at this time.   We have been successful in getting the administration to move thousands of employees out of the workplace and to full-time telecommuting. 
 
However, some NAGE members remain in the offices who have been deemed CORE.  The RMV, DPH and DUA are continuing most operations and our members are on the “Front Line” in the response to COVID-19.  NAGE is committed to getting our FRONT LINE members the most protections we can and will fight for a benefit for their sacrifices made in risking their health to serve the citizens. 
 
If you are still working in an office and do not believe you are doing CORE work, please know that NAGE is challenging whether these folks are really CORE.  CORE is NOT day-to-day business, it is essential functions of the agency that cannot be performed outside the office, such as payroll, records and some management-only functions.  Additionally, CORE in a limited number of agencies is in place in response to the COVID-19 virus but they have moved to reduce staff/hours/shifts and keep them at FULL PAY. 
 
I am asking that you send me an email if you have any members or departments in your agencies working in the office that have been deemed CORE that should NOT be.  We are seeing a few agencies keeping almost full staff and deeming day to day work CORE because of a lack of equipment.  Additionally, they are not reducing hours to limit exposure.  Please advise me ASAP if this is the case for anyone in your workplace or any department. 

We have written to Governor Baker, expressing our concerns that many agencies are not following his directives to reduce the in-person workforce to comply with social distancing, and have failed to evaluate true core functions that are necessary during this pandemic.  You can find the letter HERE.  
 
Lastly, and most importantly, here is a video message from NAGE National President David J. Holway to all NAGE members.
 
Thank you for all you do!! Please stay safe!!
 

Theresa McGoldrick
tmcgoldrick@nage.org
617-376-7287

NAGE Member Action Center
617-376-7227
themac@nage.org 

 
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





 
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 6 Locals
Theresa McGoldrick
President

The Department
of Revenue
The Executive Office for Administration
and Finance

 
 
Bobbi Kaplan
Executive Vice President

Office of the Comptroller of the Commonwealth
 
 
Nancy Ronchetti
Secretary/Treasurer

The Department
of Revenue
The Executive Office for Administration
and Finance
 
 
Michael Evers
Vice President

Operational
Services Division
The Executive Office for Administration
and Finance
 
 
Kelly Donohue
Vice President

Division of Banks
Office of Consumer
Affairs and
Busisness Regulation
 
 
Lorrie Roccoforte
Vice President

Early Education
and Care
The Executive
Office of Education
 
 
Anne Hartnett
Vice President

Department of Revenue
The Executive Office
for Administration
and Finance



James O'Gara
Vice President

Executive Office of 
Public Safety & Security
 


Tom Cartier
Vice President

Executive Office of Labor &
Workforce Development
Dept. of Career Services






 
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