December 27, 2018
Trial Court and Union agree on perpetual Comp Time pay-down policy and pay upgrades for hundreds of members!
Over the last several months, the Union has been meeting regularly with the Trial Court in an attempt to solve several key issues affecting our members. One, a Comp Time pay-down policy that is perpetual and pays our members for Comp Time earned within a reasonable period of time. Please see the attached Memo for the details on our groundbreaking agreement.
Additionally, in the attached Memo you will find that the Union has successfully negotiated policies resulting in significant pay upgrades for hundreds of our members!
I would like to thank the Executive Board Members of Locals 458, 229 and 118 for their tireless work over the last several months. Their dedication to the members they serve has resulted in this significant outcome!
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your Local President Kim Gruenberg at 617-984-4157, or Trial Court Director David Bernard.
Please click here for the Memorandum of Agreement
The results from the election of Vice President of Assistant Chief Probation Officer are in!
Congratulations to Ann MacDonald on being elected to the seat.
Contract Funding UpdateYesterday afternoon, October 23rd, the Governor officially signed the bill to authorize funding for the MA Trial Court contracts.
The 2017-2018 raises will be reflected in your paycheck dated November 16, 2018.
The retro pay will be in your paychecks dated November 30, 2018.
The updated Salary Chart for Trial Court members can be found below:
Salary Chart Effective July 2017
Breaking: MA House and Senate Pass BudgetLate yesterday, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed the supplemental budget funding bill, which contains the authorization to fund the State (Units 1, 3, 6 not MassDOT) and the Trial Court contracts. The Governor has 10 days to sign the bill, but we expect that he will act quickly. Once the Governor signs, the HRD will send out an implementation memorandum to all agencies to implement the pay raises. We estimate that this will take two pay periods before you will see the prospective raise in your check, and potentially three pay periods before the retroactive raises hit.
For Trial Court, the raises agreed upon in the Collective Bargaining Agreement contained in this funding bill are 1% + 1% retroactive to the first pay period of July 2017, and 2% retroactive to the first pay period of July 2018.
October 2, 2018
Nominations closed on Monday, October 1st at close of business. The following positions on the Local 118 Executive Board only received one nomination, and no election is required.
September 14, 2018
Notice of Election and Nomination of Candidates
Nominations of candidates for election as officer for NAGE Local 118 are now open.
Nominations for candidates, with the signed acceptance by the candidate, must be received at NAGE on or before October 1, 2018.
Ballots will be mailed on or about October 15, 2018 and must be returned by mail to NAGE no later than November 19, 2018.
Ballots will be counted at NAGE headquarters at 9:00AM on November 19, 2018.
The nomination form is available below or by calling the Election Officer Tom Flynn at 617-376-7246 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Local 118 Nomination Form
We have received many questions about the state of your contract, and what is coming next. The supplemental budget that contains the funding for the Units 1,3 and 6 Executive Branch employees, as well as Trial Court employees, is still pending in the legislature. The legislature continues to meet in informal sessions, and it is likely the budget will be voted on and passed sometime this fall. Then the money will be appropriated for the raises, retroactive to their effective dates.
Because the financial trigger was met, you will be receiving an additional 1%. This will give Trial Court employees a compounded 1% + 1% raise, retroactive to the first pay period of July 2017. You will then receive an additional retroactive 2% across the board increase, retroactive to the first pay period of July 2018, and a 2% increase the first pay period of July 2019.
NAGE continues to lobby for quick passing of the supplemental budgets so we can get your raises to you as soon as possible. As soon as any concrete information comes out of the legislature, we will notify you.
Partial Comp Time Pay Down Update
Trial Court Ratification Vote Results
Ballots were mailed out on Friday, May 25, 2018. If you have not received a ballot in the mail by Thursday, May 31, 2018, please contact Kelly Alexander to request a duplicate at email@example.com or 617-376-7205.
The following letter, MOA and Section 17.08 will be mailed in hard copy to all Trial Court members on Monday, May 21, 2018.
The letter can also be found here -> Trial Court Contract Ratification Announcement
The full-text MOA can be found here-> Full-text MOA
Section 17.08 can be found here-> Section 17.08
NAGE is happy to report that HB 1377, which would grant Court Officers and Probation Officers Group 4 status for retirement, has been reported favorably by the Joint Committee on Public Service. This includes Court Officers, Associate Court Officers, Assistant Chief Court Officers, Probation Officers, Assistant Chief Probation Officers, Associate Probation Officers and Senior Probation Officers
We expect that the bill will now advance to the House Ways and Means Committee.
Please check back for updates on HB 1377 and to learn how you can lend your voice to this important legislation.
Feb 7, 2018
GIC Update on Health Plans and 2018 Health Fairs
NAGE Endorses Theresa McGoldrick for State Retirement Board
Union Pressure on GIC Results In Vote to Reverse Healthcare Decision
Please click HERE for Security Director Jeff Morrow's Testimony
Dear Commissioner Dolan,
As we have discussed previously, each year the Union testifies before the Public Service committee regarding retirement group 4 classification for Associate Probation Officers, Probation Officers and Assistant Chief Probation Officers, asking to be recognized in this group along with our brothers and sisters in other law enforcement/public safety sectors. The hearing is scheduled for 10/31/17 at 1PM at the State House and your appearance and support at the hearing would put the weight of the Commissioner’s office behind our repeated requests to the legislature.
Historically, the requests for group 4 classification have had a long path. When we look at other job groups who have been reclassified into group 4, it has sometimes been after a tragedy within their ranks and reactive in nature. The reality is that with increased responsibility for field work and community supervision along with staffing levels that are diminished, the risks for probation officers has also increased. While we have received training to assist us in those situations, the risks remain a reality. We have been fortunate that there has not been any event so egregious as to activate or compel the legislature into approving group 4. I do not want to keep testing that formula.
We are respectfully requesting that you join us at the State House, alongside Security Director Jeffrey Morrow, to help us make the case that APOs, POs and ACPOs, along with our brothers and sisters in security, rightfully belong in group 4 of the retirement classification.
Please advise of your ability to attend so that we may coordinate with you. Thank you for your consideration and time,
September 19, 2017
July 25, 2017
Comp Time Pay Out
As a follow up to our recent Comp Time Pay-Out Agreement, we would like to inform those members who chose to participate that the money will be seen in your paycheck dated August 25, 2017.
In addition to the Comp Time Agreement, the Union and Trial Court agreed on a few other issues which required resolution. Please click HERE to view a copy of the MOU.
- The probationary period for NEW EMPLOYEES will be increased from 6 months to 9 months. In addition, the Employer is required to conduct a mid-point evaluation with the employee to update and assess the employees’ work progress. This provision DOES NOT affect promoted members, their probationary period remains at 6 months.
- Salary Matching for APOs and POs. Employees who are appointed to the position of APO or PO and are already employed by the Judiciary "will be placed at the step and salary closest to, but more than his/her current salary." This provision is retroactive to July 1, 2016.
- Mutual Respect language has been agreed upon and will be included in our next contract.
- Seniority for newly appointed COs with no prior continuous service with the Trial Court (example: Associate Court Officers) will have their seniority ranking determined by their class rank in the Academy.
July 9, 2017
Trial Court and Union Agree to Comp Time Pay Down
The Trial Court and the Union have reached an agreement to pay down a portion of employees’ current comp time. All NAGE members who have accrued more than 75 hours of comp time as of the pay period ending May 27, 2017 are eligible to receive compensation for 25% of that accrued comp time.
For example, a NAGE member with 200 comp hours shall receive compensation of 25% of those 200 hours, at their hourly rate of pay. The remaining hours, in this example 150 hours, will remain in the employees' comp time account. This will result in a significant financial pay out at a time when we know our members could use the extra money.
Those who do not wish to participate in the pay down will not lose any comp time hours.
Any qualified NAGE member who DOES NOT WISH TO PARTICIPATE in the pay down must email Trial Court Director David Bernard at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 15, 2017. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Trial Court Director
P.S. Our next Bargaining Session with the Trial Court is scheduled for July 18th. We will keep you updated as the process continues.
Local 118 members,
Please see the letter below from Public Safety Director David Bernard to Trial Court Director of Human Resources Mark Conlon.
May 16, 2017
Trial Court Bargaining Update
The Union and the Trial Court met for their 5th bargaining session on May 15, 2017. All proposals have been submitted by the Union and the Employer.
We have been awaiting updated financial parameters from the Governor’s office, but up to this point the news has not been good. Notwithstanding the exorbitant pay raises the Legislature gave themselves, Judges and Clerks, offers made to the Unions have been very disappointing.
We will continue to meet and NAGE is prepared to utilize all resources at its disposal to insure we deliver a fair and proud contract for the Trial Court members we represent.
President Local 229
President Local 458
President Local 118
March 27, 2017On March 21, 2017, the 3rd session of contract negotiations was held between NAGE and Trial Court Management. Three additional sessions have been scheduled for April, May and June to concentrate the negotiation efforts in order to conclude prior to the June 30th expiration on our current contract. Your elected Board members continue to advocate on your behalf for the best outcome.
We will keep you as informed as we are able, and remind you that the particulars of the negotiations are subject to a "gag order" until agreement is reached and it is sent to the membership for ratification. We remain committed to conducting regional informational meetings prior to the ratification vote.
NAGE Scholarships DOUBLING Number of Winners Apply NOW
NAGE has DOUBLED the number of $500 scholarships from 50 winners to 100 winners. That means you are significantly more likely to win this year.
NAGE is committed to helping our members and their families achieve their educational goals and dreams, NAGE is proud to announce the 14th Annual NAGE Scholarships program is now open.
This year 100 scholarships in the amount of $500 each will be awarded in a lottery. NAGE has already helped 650 people and donated $325,000 for NAGE scholarships, we believe that YOU should take advantage of this opportunity.
Applicants for the lottery drawing scholarships must be planning to attend or already be attending a two- or four-year college, graduate school, trade or technical school to be eligible.
Scholarships are available to members of NAGE, IBPO, Trial Court, IBCO, NAGE EMS and IAEP, and the member's spouse, child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or significant other. The application, which is available by clicking the link below, takes about 3 minutes to complete and is the easiest scholarship application you will ever fill out.
Scholarships will be awarded without regard to the sex, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability of any applicant.
Trial Court Members Go Above and Beyond
As we closed out 2016, NAGE Trial Court reported on a story of a Fall River Probation Officer and the efforts he puts in every holiday season to collect toys and gifts for families in need. This was just a single story of the quiet work that our members do behind the scenes, and off the clock, to better the communities that they live and work in.
Another such story is that of Fall River Assistant Chief Probation Officer Mark Costa, who has been working to reunite stolen medals of a late veteran with his family. The medals belonging to Cpl. Frederick Sylvia were stolen shortly before the WWII veteran passed, and it broke his family's heart that he wouldn’t be buried with them.
After 18 months of searching, ACPO Costa, along with veteran’s services, was able to track down exact replica of the stole medals to present to Cpl. Sylvia’s family in Florida this week. When asked about why he undertook this mission, ACPO Costa stated, “I see this as an extension of the job we do [for the] Massachusetts Probation Services.” Please click here to see Costa’s interview with WCVB. Also, please click here to see the article in the Boston Globe.
As members of the Trial Court family, we would like to hear about anyone going above and beyond the call of duty! If you know of any fellow members who should be recognized for their positive actions in the community, or you are involved in some positive community effort, please reach out to any of the following:
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 email@example.com.
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.
Trial Court Members Honored at 2016 Trial Court Excellence Awards
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.
Employee Assistance Program Available at No CostTrial 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
Vice President of Assistant Chief Probation Officers