New Contract Available 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

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,

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 or 413-732-3753.  This will ensure that all union member information regarding Holyoke Soldiers Home is kept in a centralized location.

Thank you,



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.

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,

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, DUA and many EOHHS agencies 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.
Please stay safe.

Chris Cook

NAGE Member Action Center
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:

Mar 19, 2020
New Guidelines For Exec. Branch Employees
The following information can be found on

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 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.



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

Mar 02, 2020

GIC Health Fairs and Open Enrollment 2020

GIC open enrollment is just around the corner, beginning April 6, 2020 until May 1, 2020.  The GIC Health Fair Schedule can be found below.  For more information, you can visit the GIC website HERE.  

Completed forms must be returned to your GIC Coordinator no later than Friday, May 1st if you intend to change insurance carriers.   

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.
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: 
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.  


 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

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, was upgraded to the LinkedIn Learning platform in January 2019.  

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


Unit 6 Contract Information

Unit 6 Successor Agreement, Effective July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020

Unit 6 Contract Effective July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017

Unit 6 Successor Agreement Effective July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017

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 Educational Assistance Program

Unit 6 EAP Claim Form

Unit 6 Salary Charts

Unit 6 Salary Chart Effectie July 2019

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 October 2015
Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective first pay period January 2016
Unit 6 Salary Chart Effective first pay period July 2017


Unit 6 Locals
Christopher Cook
President, Local 282
National VP, NAGE
Brian Osborne
Executive Vice President
Wendy Knight-Davis
Mary Judge
Vice President at Large
Kathleen O'Connell
Vice President at Large
Where trade unions are most firmly organized, there are the rights of the people most respected. - Samuel Gompers
NAGE HEADQUARTERS 159 Burgin Parkway
Quincy, MA 02169
Main Phone: (617)376-0220
Main Fax: (617)984-5695
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