Unit 6 Contract
NEWS - SEPT 2021
New Term for Local 282 Executive Board
As the period for nominations has now closed, the Executive Board of Local 282 is unopposed to begin a new term of office. We look forward to continuing the meaningful work that Local 282 does for its members across the state.
President: Chris Cook
Executive Vice President: Brian Osborne
Secretary/Treasurer: Wendy Knight-Davis
Vice President at Large: Mary Judge
Vice President at Large: Kathleen O’Connell
Vice President at Large: Theresa Buffum
Vice President at Large: Patrick Murray
You can read more in the Retirement Board Newsletter linked HERE.
Contract Update - Ratification Results
Executive Branch - Telework MOU
Executive Branch - Hazard Pay MOUWe are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Commonwealth on Hazard Pay for members of Units 1, 3 and 6. You will find the full-text MOU below.
Thank you to the NAGE negotiations team, and our members who continuously advocated for themselves, for their work in getting this MOU. We are proud of the work our NAGE members have done during the pandemic, and continue to do every day.
The Hazard Pay MOU contains the following:
- Full-time employees directed to report to work in person during November 2, 2020 to May 29, 2021, who were not afforded the option of working remotely, shall receive a one time COVID-19 Hazardous Duty payment of $2,000.
- Part-time or hybrid employees directed to report to work in person during November 2, 2020 to May 29, 2021 to provide direct care, public facing, public safety, cleaning and/or maintenance services shall receive a one time COVID-19 Hazardous Duty payment of $1,000.
The Fifteen-Minute RuleFellow NAGE members notified me that a senior manager at an agency instituted a new “policy” whereby employees who did not respond to an email within fifteen minutes would be assumed to be not working and have their pay deducted accordingly - “the fifteen-minute rule.”
Please think about this for a moment. Can you imagine simply doing your job, perhaps in a meeting, on the phone for business, or simply immersed in a project and failing to notice within fifteen minutes that your boss sent you an email. Then, having your pay docked.
Many of us over the course of our careers have encountered cruel and despotic managers. Perhaps it was a manager who would wait until the last minute to approve vacation time, knowing that we bought plane tickets or promised our children a trip. Or a manager who always expected us to arrive precisely on time but never authorized overtime for work we performed after closing. Or, more recently, the manager who tries to revoke hybrid work just because it makes them “comfortable.” In my experience, however, I had never encountered one who would actually threaten to dock my pay simply because I did not respond within fifteen minutes. I hope you haven’t either.
In my opinion, the fifteen-minute rule was not only a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, but also a violation of the Wage Act. Ultimately, Management entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which they agreed that the manager was incorrect to institute fifteen minute rule. From start to finish, it took a few months to get the MOU finalized. While I was happy to sign the document, I was disgusted that it was necessary in the first place.
I am sharing this with you because it underscores why we need a Union. Yes, the big picture issues like raises are vital. But individual things like protection against a cruel manager who threatens to punish us with loss of pay are just as important.
When people tell you that Unions are no longer necessary because we now have an eight hour day and no more child labor, you might think about the fifteen-minute rule and how things might have turned out without NAGE taking a stand.
Aug 30, 2021
Steward Plaque Presentation to Julie Gonet
Over the summer, Local 282 President Chris Cook virtually presented Julie Gonet, longtime Steward for Local 282 at EHS, a plaque in regonition of her incredible work as a Steward.
Julie, who is transferring to another agency, has been an integral part of the Local 282 Steward team and we cannot thank her enough for her hard work and dedication to her fellow members. A video of the plaque presentation can be found below.
Local 282 Plaque Presentation
Local 282 Executive Board Nominations
Local 282 Executive Board Nomination Form
Contract Update - Ratification Notice
The contract ratification vote for the Executive Branch is set to begin on Monday, August 2, 2021, via electronic ballot. Voting will run until Wednesday, August 11th at 9:00AM.
We would like to thank the NAGE representatives and the Contract Negotiations Team who put forth an incredible effort to get this contract offer. NAGE's advocacy, and our members advocacy for themselves, allowed us to push the Baker administration to the offer that is detailed below.
In order to give you ample time to read over the successor agreement and weight the pros and cons, we have provided it here for you.
The successor agreement MOU highlights are as follows:
2% - including retro, to first payroll period in July 2020
.5% - retro to first payroll period in July 2020, in exchange for settlement of our PFMLA case Because this settlement is a raise, as opposed to a one-time payment, it is far more valuable long-term. Please see FAQs on PFML settlement linked HERE
1.5% one-time COVID Recognition Payment upon signing the contract with a minimum payment of $1,000*
2% - first payroll period in July 2021 (calculated after the 2% and the .5% increases above have been applied)
2% - first payroll period in July 2022
*The 1.5% COVID Recognition Payment is calculated after the first three retroactive raises (.5% retro to July 2020 in exchange for PFMLA, 2% retro to July 2020 and 2% retro to July 2021). This is separate from the aforementioned raises, and is contingent upon you being an active NAGE member on payroll at the time the contract is signed.
We will continue to keep you updated on Hazard Pay and Teleworking, as they are being bargained sperate from the contract.
MA Emergency Paid Sick Leave BillThe following memo was distributed to all Agency heads last week, regarding the Massachusetts Emergency Paid Sick Leave bill. The bill was signed into law and provides, in-part: The full-text PDF of the memo can be found HERE.
May 5, 2021
Official Appeal on CERB Decision to Reimburse PFML Tax
As we reported recently, the Commonwealth appealed and moved to stay the Order by the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board (CERB), which ordered the Administration to pay Commonwealth employees an estimated $30 million due to unlawful tax deductions. If the stay is granted, not only will the Commonwealth not have to return the illegally collected funds, but they will continue taxing you throughout the lengthy appeals process.
NAGE is outraged that the Commonwealth continues to deduct the illegal tax from our paychecks. Not only is NAGE opposing the motion to stay, but we are asking the CERB to effectuate its Order by instituting enforcement proceedings. The full-text of NAGE's opposition is can be found here.
As always, we will keep you informed of the outcome of our pending litigation.
April 30, 2021
Yesterday, the Commonwealth filed an appeal to the decision made by the Baker-appointed Commonwealth Employment Relations Board (CERB), which ordered that the Administration pay Commonwealth employees an estimated $30 million, due to unlawful tax deductions. If the Commonwealth's appeal is granted, the Commonwealth will not only have to not pay back the illegally collected deductions, but will also be able to continue taxing you. The tax will continue to be deducted throughout the appeal process.
Needless to say, NAGE is vehemently opposing the appeal. NAGE National President David J. Holway stated, “NAGE believes that the Baker Administration should simply do the right thing and immediately cease collecting this illegal tax, which is causing continual harm to our members. The Commonwealth should proceed forthwith to return the Bargaining Unit members’ hard-earned money.”
As reported earlier this month, NAGE is leading the way for the other public sector Unions, and won a decisive victory for our members when the CERB found that the Administration had violated the law by not bargaining with NAGE, and that NAGE members were entitled to be reimbursed for every penny that has been deducted from their paychecks since October of 2019, with interest. NAGE estimated this total at a staggering $30 million, including interest, to be paid out to State Employees. The CERB has also ordered the State to stop collecting this tax from NAGE members and all other state employees, to sign and post a notice to all NAGE members admitting that they had violated the law along, with pledging that they would never do so again. The Administration has been ordered to bargain with NAGE over PFML deductions going forward.
As always, we will keep you informed of our filing and its outcome.
NAGE Members Deserve More Than Baker Is Offering
Dear NAGE Member,
Each year like clockwork, Governor Baker writes a letter to the state workforce thanking everyone for their dedicated service. This letter will look back over the sacrifices you have all made over the past year as public employees to keep the Commonwealth running efficiently during incredibly difficult times – perhaps a “thank you” has never been more in order or deserved. Governor Baker and his Budget Chief Mike Heffernan like to say, “thank you,” but they never like to show their appreciation in a real, tangible way. Stunningly, this year seems no different.
It has been nearly a year since our contracts expired, and the economic parameters that have been offered by Governor Baker are insulting. The Governor has formally set the following parameters: 1.5% bonus in year one (July 1, 2020), followed by 2% raise in year two, and a 2% raise in year three. Whether working from home or continuing to show up in a public-facing role, you have been on the front lines of this pandemic, working to keep the Commonwealth running for more than a year. Time and again, NAGE members have answered the call to continue serving the public, sometimes at great risk to yourself and your family. Governor Bakers offer is an insult to your service.
Governor Baker’s “nice guy” routine managed to captivate a majority of voters in the past. However, as the years have gone on, the polished veneer has begun to fade, and we can begin to see just how empty the fancy suit and central casting smile are. Governor Baker bills himself as a manager. It is becoming increasingly clear that he is an awful one. An administration that cannot make a decision without paying millions of dollars in fees to an outside consulting firm, only to consistently screw up one project after another - from the Registry of Motor Vehicles to the vaccine rollout. This is not the sign of an effective manager; it is the mark of an incompetent failure.
One year ago, the economic condition of the Commonwealth was admittedly tenuous. Today, growing economic evidence, supported by strong data, suggests that Massachusetts has weathered the fiscal storm and will emerge from the pandemic in a strong position to meet the challenges of tomorrow. To date, tax revenues are nearly $1.4 billion above the original benchmark. Additionally, the state is earmarked to receive $4.55 billion in federal aid alone from the American Rescue Plan. This is on top of more than $3 billion for Massachusetts cities and towns, also in the American Rescue Plan.
After leading us to believe a serious offer was forthcoming since late February, the parameters offered by the Governor are a joke. You and your family deserve better. You deserve a boss who will have your back. I’m writing to tell you that Governor Baker does not have your back and he doesn’t care what you think about that. The recent PFML decision illustrates the Governors disregard for his workforce. Even in the face of his legal obligation to bargain, he chose to violate the law and was unanimously rebuked by his own appointees. As household income in Massachusetts rises, Governor Baker is leaving his workers behind. You deserve better, and I promise you that we will not sit silently by as the Governor offers more empty praise and continues to turn a blind eye to the needs of our members and their families.
I thank you for you service and truly appreciate everything that you have done, and continue to do every day, to make our Commonwealth strong and resilient. We will not rest until we get a contract that we can all be proud of, a contract that actually reflects the gratitude written in Governor Bakers empty letters.
The 2021 Training and Career Ladder (TCL) Program has provided us with several updates on technical skill building classes. As a NAGE members, you are eligible to participate in both the "Union-versal" and "Union-specific" Training and Career Ladder courses!
As always, please please communicate with your supervisor and obtain prior approval before registering for any courses. Agencies may approve or deny requests based on their operational needs.
NAGE is happy to announce that the 2021 Training and Career Ladder (TCL) Program has been newly redesigned and launched for our members in Units 1, 3 and 6!
On March 22nd, the HRD-administered TCL program will begin. Due to the pandemic, the new training approach will allow our members to take classes that are both online and on-demand, allowing for maximum flexibility.
Panel Orders Baker Administration to Pay Estimated $30 Million to State Employees
In a decision earlier this week, the Baker-appointed Commonwealth Employment Relations Board (CERB) ordered the Administration to pay Commonwealth employees an estimated $30 million due to unlawful tax deductions. The National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) led the charge against the Governor’s unilateral tax implementation after failing to bargain over the tax to fund the new law.
Nearly two years ago, the Baker Administration imposed a .5% tax on the hard-earned wages of our State members to fund their new law, called “Paid Family and Medical Leave” (PFML). The Administration failed to bargain with the NAGE and proceeded to implement the highest tax amount permittable under law.
NAGE, leading the way for the other public sector Unions, brought this case to trial.
Yesterday, the CERB, the members of which were appointed by Baker, found that the Administration had violated the law and that NAGE members were entitled to be reimbursed for every penny that has been deducted from their paychecks since October of 2019 with interest. NAGE estimated this total at a staggering $30 million, including interest, to be paid out to State Employees. NAGE Executive Vice President Theresa McGoldrick said “The union’s collective bargaining power has never been so transparently important. Without it, we would not be able to fight for a fair outcome when our members have been wronged.”
The CERB has also ordered the State to stop collecting this tax from NAGE members and all other state employees. The State was ordered to sign and post a notice to all NAGE members admitting that they had violated the law along with pledging that they would never do so again. The Administration has been ordered to bargain with NAGE over PFML deductions going forward.
NAGE National President David J. Holway stated, “NAGE believes that the Baker Administration should do the right thing and implement CERB’s unanimous decision for ALL state employees who were affected by the implementation of the PFML tax, regardless of bargaining with the Union. We implore Baker to not appeal this decision, and fairly compensate the employees who were unfairly taxed.” Holway went on to acknowledge the work of the CERB, thanking them for their adherence to the letter of the law.
The full-text decision can be found HERE.
Dear Fellow NAGE Members,
I am writing on behalf of our union sisters and brothers employed in Benefits & Leave and Payroll. Many of us have experienced unusual delays in processing matters, ranging from FMLA requests to payroll issues. This has, of course, created hardship for many people, as well as frustration.
When faced with such frustration, it is natural to blame the women and men on the front line. In this case, however, that is not where the blame should lie. Our members doing the actual work have reported to me that they are overwhelmed by conditions they did not create. In my opinion, delays are the result of a poor decision by Management to “centralize” the various Benefits & Leave and Payroll functions and is not the fault of the people who are simply trying to do their jobs. By seeking to achieve “consistency,” which is a reasonable goal, Management has instead, in my view, created chaos.
When NAGE learned of the plan to consolidate the various functions, we objected and predicted that the decision would lead to exactly the sort of delays you may be experiencing today. Rather than accept responsibility for their decision, Management has instead suggested – for example -- that our members are having trouble adjusting to telework. This, of course, is simply untrue. Across the Commonwealth, NAGE members who have had the opportunity to work remotely have proven that remote work is widely successful.
Why am I writing to you about this? The reason is very straightforward: our fellow union workers who process our requests are profoundly distressed by the delays that many of you are experiencing. They know that the delays cause hardship for others. They believe, as do I, that the root cause of the delay is Management’s decision to implement a work structure which completely ignored input from advocates for those who do the actual work, day after day. Our members did not create the current work structure which, I believe, is the cause of delay and they do not have the authority to change it. They are trapped in a situation they did not of their own making and are doing their best to meet your needs despite what appears to be Management’s egregious mistake.
On their behalf, I write to say that the delays you may be experiencing are not the fault of our hardworking union members. Instead, in my opinion, blame rests on the senior managers who have implemented a business model which has proven to be defective.
We would like to update you on NAGE’s fight to obtain a Collective Bargaining Agreement that contains a fair and just economic proposal for our members, to keep up with the increases in the cost of living. As you know, contract negotiations were suspended a year ago due to the ongoing pandemic. Since then, no economic proposal has been forthcoming from the Baker Administration, resulting in a delay of returning to the negotiations table. Today, NAGE National President David J. Holway wrote to Governor Baker and asked the administration to correct this inequity, see letter below.
Obtaining fair and just cost of living adjustments and a new Collective Bargaining Agreement are our number one priorities for our members. NAGE will continue to fight for our members and we will keep you updated on this important matter.
President, Local 207
President, Local 282
President, Unit A/Local 292
President, Unit C/Local 219
The PDF of the letter can be found HERE.
Executive Branch Teleworking Update
|Thank you and stay safe!
NAGE Member Action Center
Unit 6 Contract Information
Unit 6 Contract, Effective July 1, 2009-June 30, 2012
Unit 6 Successor Agreement Effective July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2014
MassDOT Master Labor Integration Agreement
Unit 6 Code of Conduct
GPS Side Letter
Unit 6 Salary Charts
Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective June 30, 2011
Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective June 30, 2012
Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective July 1, 2012
Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective first pay period January 2013
Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective first pay period July 2013
Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective first pay period January 2014
Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective first pay period July 2017
President, Local 282
NAGE National VP
Executive Vice President
Vice President at Large
Vice President at Large
Vice President at Large
Vice President at Large