Oct 24, 2018

Contract Funding Update

Yesterday 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
Oct 16, 2018

Breaking: MA House and Senate Pass Budget

Late 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.  
We will update you as soon as possible with further news. 
Oct 15, 2018 
Huge Win for Court Officers

On September 12, 2018, an arbitrator delivered an important vote of confidence in favor of the Trial Court’s Court Officers, and vindication for 12-year member Ed Silva. 

Court officer Edward Silvia was accused of conspiring with a lockup detainee at the Wareham District Court to cause harm to a fellow employee.  State Police cleared CO Silva of criminal wrongdoing, but the Trial Court chose to terminate him regardless of his veracious denial of any such conspiracy.  NAGE Counsel Michal Manning rushed this case to arbitration.  The arbitrator determined that the detainee was “less than credible,” and that the conversation ins question was worthy of no more than a 2-day suspension.  The arbitrator also concluded that CO Silva’s due process rights were denied during the Trial Court’s investigation.  

Local 458 President Dori Medeiros never wavered in her belief that CO Silva was the victim of a malicious and conniving lifelong criminal, and she was correct.  As a result, Ed Silva’s reputation has been restored, his career firmly back on track and the Trial Court’s Security Department has been chastened to pay closer attention to the claims of members

August 2018
Contract Update

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. 
Jul 20, 2018

Leave Bank for Security Officer Stephanie Perez

You can also view Stephanie's letter HERE

If you wish to donate to the Sick Leave Bank created for Stephanie, please fill out the following donation form and return it to payroll.  

The donation form can be fond HERE.  
Jul 20, 2018

Leave Bank for Associate Court Officer Norma Silva

If you wish to donate to the Sick Leave Bank created for Norma, please fill out the following donation form and return it to payroll.  

The donation form can be fond HERE.

Jun 08, 2018

Trial Court Ratification Vote Results

On Friday, June 8, 2018, NAGE members of the Trial Court voted to ratify the tentative agreement that was reached with the Trial Court on May 15th. 
"While this contract is not all we had hoped to offer our members, we are pleased members chose to move forward with ratification," said Trial Court Local 229 President Margaret Thompson. 

Dori Medeiros, President of Local 458 stated, “The economic offer from the Governor was not going to get any better than this, and we fought long and hard to get this far."  President of Trial Court Local 118 Kim Gruenberg elaborated, “We are glad that our members recognize the effort that went in to this contract, and we are happy that they voted to move forward with the offer.”  

We still feel that it is a realistic possibility, though NOT guaranteed, that the trigger will be hit.  We will reach out as soon as possible about the funding of the contract.  
Thank you to all who participated in this ratification, and to those who worked hard to build this contract.  

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
April 20, 2018

The Trial Court family is mourning the loss of  New Bedford Court Officer Jesse Walker.  Jesse was a kind, hardworking man and his loss will be felt deeply by all who knew him.  He was one of the most charismatic people you would ever meet. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jesse's family in their time of sorrow. 

The wake will be held on Sunday, April 22nd from 3:00 - 7:00PM  at Saunders Funeral Home (495 Park St. New Bedford, MA 02740)

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 23rd at 10:00AM, Christian Fellowship Church (822 Church St. New Bedford, 02745)

Rest In Peace.


HB1377 for Group 4 Reports Favorably

Update: House Bill 1377 (Group 4) has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.  We need the help of NAGE members to encourage their Representatives to support this bill!

Please take a few moments to call your Representative, and ask that they support House Bill 1377.  Please ask your Representative to call the House Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sanchez, and urge him to release the bill favorably from House Ways and Means as soon as possible, so we can pass this critically important and long overdue legislation.  

If you are unsure who your Representative is, you can find out here ⇒ 

You can reach the MA State House switch board at 617-722-2000 

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 07, 2018

GIC Update on Health Plans and 2018 Health Fairs

The Group Insurance Commission (GIC) met on Tuesday, February 6th and the outcome of the meeting was very positive.  The GIC is taking the concerns of our members and other stakeholders very seriously in their considerations for the GIC Health Plans.  Our labor comissioners Bobbi Kaplan, Margaret Thompson and Joe Gentile have provided tireless advocacy on behalf of our members, and the healthcare we all depend on.  NAGE would also like to acknowledge YOU!  The calls that members made to their state representaives and senators were incredibly important and caused the GIC to push through the reconsideration vote.

A summary of the changes to take place are below:
  • The six (6) carriers will offer a total of eleven (11) plans.
  • Co-pays are now standardized across all carriers and all plans. 
  • There is no change in deductibles, except for the limited network plans.  The deductibles for Unicare CC, HNE HMO, HPHC Primary Choice, Tufts Spirit and Fallon Direct (limited network plans) have been reduced to $400 for individuals and $800 for families. The deductables for NHP Prime will be remaining at $500 for individuals and $1000 for families.
  • Co-pays for Tier III specialists in all plans have been reduced from $90 to $75.  
  • Co-pays for Telehealth will be $15 across all plans
  • The out-of-pocket maximums for all plans will be $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for families.  Unicare's out-of-pocket maximums have been changed to these amounts to reflect consistency across all plans.  
The GIC will be voting on rates February 22nd.  Our labor comissioners will be present at the vote on the 22nd to ensure affordable health insurance rates for our members.  We will keep you updated following the meeting on the 22nd.  

The 2018 GIC Health Fair schedule is posted below.  Please note that there will be thirteen fairs held across the commonwealth at multiple locations and different times to accommodate as many members schedules as possible.  
Memorandum of Understanding with Trial Court

Please click HERE to view the MOU with the Trial Court.

Stewards Needed!

If you are interested in becoming a shop steward for local 458, we STRONGLY encourage you to apply. Please send an email to Dorianna Medeiros or Richard Caroselli expressing your interest.
As a shop steward you assume a leadership role which allows you to help steer the direction of the local. Sign up today!

LOCAL 458—Trial Court Security—Assistant Chief Court Officers, Court Officers, and Associate Court Officers

Massachusetts Association Of Court 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


Never Forget Your Union Rights on the Job: "Weingarten Rights"

Most employees think it could never happen to them, but ... if you are ever called into an interview meeting with your supervisor or manager so that they can investigate a situation that might result in discipline, you have specific representational rights. These rights are called Weingarten Rights and are based on a 1975 Supreme Court decision (NLRB v. J. Weingarten).

Under the Supreme Court’s Weingarten decision, when an investigatory interview occurs, the following rules apply:

RULE 1: You have the right to have a union steward or union representative present, and you have the right to speak privately with your representative before the meeting and during the meeting. Your steward has the right to play an active role in the meeting and is not just a witness.

You must make a clear request for union representation before or during the interview; management is not obligated to inform you of your right to representation.

If your manager refuses to allow you to bring a representative, do not refuse to attend the meeting, but do not answer any questions either. Take notes. Once the meeting is over call your representative at once.

RULE 2: After you make the request, your supervisor or manager can do one of three things: 
  1. Grant the request and delay questioning until your union representative arrives and has a chance to consult privately with you; or 
  2. Deny the request and end the interview immediately; or 
  3. Give you a choice of (a) having the interview without your union rep or (b) ending the interview.

RULE 3: If your request for union representation is denied and your manager/supervisor continues to ask you questions, he or she is committing an unfair labor practice and you have a right to refuse to answer. Your manager or supervisor may not discipline you for such a refusal.
This statement could save your job!
"If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated I respectfully request that my steward be present at the meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to respond to any questions or statements."

Dorianna Medeiros
Fall River
Luke LaGorce
Vice President
Joseph Sacco
Joann DeLouchrey
Cape & Islands
David Hemmings
Mark Hurley
Brian Naughton
Dominic Varga
John Serra
Middlesex Superior
Robert Tiro
Suffolk Superior
Jason Martowski
Western MA
Associate Court Officer
Luis Cardoso
Associate Court Officer (West)
Michael Sorrenti
Assistant Chief
Court Officer

We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few; but we can't have both. - Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
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