2020 - 2023 Trial Court CBA now available!

NAGE Trial Court CBA: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023
November 9, 2022
Bargaining Team Election Results 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Bargaining Team election. The results are below.

Local 118 elected 1 member to serve on the Bargaing Team.
  • Michael J. Candito

October 18, 2022  
Trial Court Local 118 Bargaining Team Election - Vote Now!
The election for the Trial Court Local 118 Contract Bargaining Team is now open. 

The election will remain open until Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 12:00PM. Ballots cast after that time will be void. 

Trial Court Local 118 will be electing 1 member to the Contract Bargaining Team. Every member of the Local in good standing is eligible to vote in this election once.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your Local President John O'Connor at john.oconnor@jud.state.ma.us

If you did not recieve a ballot, please  email Lexi Matthews at lmatthews@nage.org to request one. New ballots must be requested by Monday, October 31st at 12:00PM EST

Sept 27, 2022

Trial Court Local 118 member,

Negotiations for our new contract are expected to begin in the near future. As you may know, everyone who participates on our Bargaining Team is elected by our membership; either as an officer or by special election.
There will be a special election in the weeks ahead to become a member of the Bargaining Team. If you are interested, I invite you to run to be part of that team by filling out the self-nomination form below. Local 118 will be electing 1 additional member to the Bargaining Team through this process.  
The self-nomination form is now available through the link below. Nominations will be accepted until Thursday, October 6th at 5PM EST

Trial Court Local 118 Nomination Form

August 10, 2022
Local 118 Selects New Local President

NAGE is proud to announce that the new President of Trial Court Local 118 is ACPO John O’Connor.

John can be reached at 508-897-5416 or via email at joconnor@jud.state.ma.us. NAGE looks forward to working with John on behalf of the members of Local 118.

Congratulations President O'Connor!
May 26, 2022

NAGE has once again written to Court Administrator Bello, addressing the need reopen the economic portion of the most recent CBA. 

As Governor Baker has recently displayed concern for both supply chain issues and the rising cost of every day goods, we have implored Bello to join him in these statements and do right by the Trial Court employees and work towards a new compensation package. 

You can find the letter linked below. We will keep you updated as this matter unfolds.

Letter to Bello 5.26.22
April 20, 2022

Members of Local 118,

It has been an honor to represent you over the past few years. I would like to thank you all for reaching out, asking questions, giving your input and showing your support during my tenure. Your participation makes our representation work! We have a great group of hard working ACPO’s and SCCPO’s!

I am writing to inform you that as of April 4,2022, I resigned from the position of President of NAGE Local 118. I have accepted the position of Chief Probation Officer of the Plymouth District Court. Any member who has a pending matter will be represented by the remaining members of the Executive Board or a NAGE representative.

Local 118 By-laws call for my position - Vice President of ACPO’s - to be filled first. As such, any interested ACPO should sent a letter of interest, along with any relevant qualifications to David Bernard, Director of Public Safety at NAGE to dbernard@nage.org by May 6, 2022. 

Once my vacant position of Vice President of ACPO’s is filled, the full Executive Board will elect a new President of Local 118.

I wish you all much happiness and success.
In solidarity,


Mar 29, 2022
Earlier today, NAGE and the Trial Court signed an MOU raising the mileage reimbursement for our eligible members from forty-five cents ($0.45) a mile to fifty-eight and a half cents ($0.585) per mile effective, April 3, 2022.

NAGE was at the forefront, once gas prices increased, urging the Trial Court to make this much needed change. We appreciated their action in this regard.
Mileage Reimbursement Increase MOU
NEWS - March 2022
NAGE has written to Administrator Bello, asking that the Trial Court administration re-open the wage portion of the recently ratified contracts.

Due to the surplus in the State budget estimates from FY21, the tax revenue, and more, we believe that our members need to compensated fairly. 
Letter to Administrator Bello
NEWS - January 2022

New Agreement on Current Vaccine and Testing Policy

While the Trial Court continues to debate internally on the value of a mandatory vaccine policy, the parties have continued on-going dialogue regarding the current vaccine/testing policy.

The attached MOU provides important enhanced benefits for members, including comp time for booster shots and telework capabilities.

While the CDC has yet to define "fully vaccinated" as requiring a booster, we know an overwhelming number of our members have received the booster shot or plan on getting the booster. This MOU provides for four (4) hours of comp time for any member that has already received the booster, or four (4) hours of comp time for any member wishing to get the booster shot in the future.

Also, the agreement clarifies and clears the path for any fully vaccinated member who tests positive, or is a close contact to someone that tested positive, to be permitted to work remotely.

Any questions, feel free to contact your local president.

Trial Court MOU 1.19.2022

NEWS - January 2022
Enhanced Telework MOU for Probation

Over the past several months, the Union and the Trial Court have been negotiating a telework policy for greater use for our Probation Officers. Attached is the recently executed agreement.

Any questions, please contact your Local President.

Wishing you a healthy and safe New Year!

Enhanced Telework MOU for Probation - December 2021
NEWS - January 2022
Trial Court Vaccine Mandate

As you are aware, the Trial Court Administration communicated to the Union last week that they intend to issue a vaccine mandate for all Trial Court employees. While the Union supports vaccination for the health and safety of our members, we do not support the unilateral implementation of a mandate. 

The Massachusetts State Police (SPAM) and MOCUFO (DOC) Unions have challenged this in a court of law, but without success. A copy of both these cases can be found HERE. NAGE is currently involved in on-going conversations with the Trial Court regarding this pending mandate, and we are committed to advocating on behalf of our members.

We will keep you updated as this matter progresses. 
Union and Trial Court Agree on Enhanced Vacation MOU
Attached please see the MOU entered into between the Trial Court and NAGE which significantly enhances our members vacation accrual and carryover benefit.

Any questions or concerns feel free to contact your Local President.
Wishing you all a safe and healthy holiday!

MOU: Vacation Accrual and Carryover 

Effective January 1, 2020
Met-Life will replace Delta Dental of Massachusetts as the SEIU/NAGE Local 5000 Trial Court of Massachusetts Health and Welfare Fund’s Dental Carrier.
The Board of Trustees of NAGE/SEIU Local 5000 Trial Court of Massachusetts Health and Welfare Fund is pleased to announce an exciting change to the Dental Program.  Effective January 1, 2020, Trial Court members will be enrolled in MetLife Dental Plan.
Change from Delta Dental PPO Plus Premier to MetLife PDP Plus Network
  • The level of benefits will not change from the current level provided by Delta Dental of Massachusetts. MetLife will provide full coverage for Type I Preventive and Diagnostic services, 80% coverage for Type II Restorative services and 50% coverage for Type III Prosthodontics and Major Restorative services when those services are received from MetLife PDP Plus network provider.
  • As with the current Delta Dental PPO Plus Premier plan, if services are received from a dental provider that does not participate in the MetLife PDP Plus network, the percentage of coverage is lowered.  Full coverage remains for Type I Preventive and Diagnostic services.  MetLife will provide 65% coverage for Type II Restorative services and 40% coverage for Type III Prosthodontics and Major Restorative services.
  • Orthodontic benefits will remain at 50% of the submitted charges, up to a lifetime benefit maximum of $2,500.00.
  • To find out if your dentist is part of the MetLife PDP Plus Network refer to the Directory of Participating Providers available at www.metlife.com/mybenefits or call 1-800-942-0854.
  •  If your provider is not currently listed on the MetLife PDP Plus network, ask them about joining.  They can visit the MetLife website at www.metdental.com or call 1-866-737-6895.  Or you can contact the Fund Office with the name and location of your dental office.  MetLife is committed to recruiting non-participating providers into the MetLife PDP Plus network.
  • Dentist participating in the MetLife PDP Plus network have agreed to fees that are up to 35% less than what dentist normally charge.
  • When you need dental services, you will be able to select a dentist from one of the MetLife PDP Plus network providers.  You may also see a non-participating provider, though as noted above, your coverage will be lower.
A full information packet will be mailed, including new Met-Life Identification Cards and a Summary of Plan Benefits.
Any Questions - Contact the Fund Office at
 1-800-641-0700 Or email fundoffice@nage.org
A new Death Benefit will be added to the Plan of Benefits for the Trial Court of Massachusetts
The Board of Trustees of NAGE/SEIU Local 5000 Trial Court of Massachusetts Health and Welfare Fund is pleased to announce the implementation of a $2,000.00 Death Benefit.  This benefit will be retroactive as of September 1, 2016. 

The death benefit is available for each eligible employee, spouse and dependent child.
Who Is Eligible?
A Death Benefit will only be paid for members or dependents who are eligible for Trust Fund benefits at the time of death.
Filing A Claim
A completed Death Benefit Claim Form must be submitted to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts/NAGE Fund Office with a copy of the death certificate.  If a copy of the Death Certificate is not included, the claim will not be processed.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the NAGE Health and Welfare Office.  They can be reached by phone at 1-800-641-0700 or via email at fundoffice@nage.org

The Board of Trustees continually strives to improve the Plan of Benefits for Trial Court members.  We are proud to take this step forward, as we did last year with the implementation of the Dependent Care Benefit.  
Pencils Being Used On Interview Guide Scoring Sheets

It has come to our attention that the use of pencils by panelists on the interview guide scoring sheets during the interview process has continued to randomly occur.   We have brought that concern to the attention of Human Resources.  They have indicated in response that a directive will be going out to all interviewer panelists that they are required to use pen during the interviews when filling out the guides.   Please be aware of this requirement and if you are on an interview and observe the use of anything other than a pen, please alert the interviewer of the requirement and also contact the Union to report the protocol lapse.


Seniority Lists Available

Seniority lists by job title have been updated as of 5/28/2014. The Assistant Chief Probation Officer and Probation Officer list is available below.

Assistant Chief Probation Officers and Probation Officers

Employee Assistance Program Available at No Cost

Trial Court members are reminded that the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all Trial Court employees and their families at no cost. While this program is not new, we remind you that it’s a valuable resource if you or a colleague or family member is experiencing difficulties in your work or home life. The program is completely confidential and is described in the brochure that is linked to below.

If you or any member has a question about the program, please contact Roger Albrecht, Benefits Manager for the Trial Court at (617) 878-0373, who is managing this benefit.

Employee Assistance Program brochure

John O'Connor

Executive Vice President
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Wareham District Court

John O'Connor
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Vice President
Senior Community Corrections Probation Officers
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Vice President
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