June 15, 2020
REMINDER: Have you submitted for your Child Care/Elder Care Reimbursement?!
All claims for Child Care/Elder Care Reimbursement must be postmarked no later than July 31, 2020 to be eligible for reimbursement.
- Do you have Child Care/Elder Care expenses incurred between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020? You could be eligible for up to $750.00 reimbursement, have you submitted your claim? All claims must be received by July 31, 2020 to be eligible for reimbursement.
- If you have submitted a Child Care/Elder Care claim for $500.00 or less and have additional paid receipts for Child Care/Elder Care services received July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, you must submit your claim by July 31, 2020 to receive additional reimbursement.
- If you have already submitted your paid receipts for $750.00 or more for July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 services, the NAGE Fund Office will automatically process your additional reimbursement. You do not have to submit additional receipts.
Once all eligible members have received their $500.00 for the plan year, any remaining eligible claims will be processed for an additional reimbursement up to a maximum of $250.00, payable in August 2020, if the total eligible expenses submitted to the Fund by all members have not exceeded $225,000.00. Depending on the amount of the claims received, the remaining eligible expenses for reimbursement may be proportionately reduced.
Contact the NAGE Fund Office at 1-800-641-0700 or 617-773-8947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a claim form, or if you need additional information.
April 27, 2020
SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT
One Pemberton Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Jennifer Donahue/Erika Gully-Santiago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2020
Supreme Judicial Court Issues Updated Order
Regarding State Court Operations During The Pandemic
BOSTON, MA – The Supreme Judicial Court today issued an updated order, which will be effective May 4, 2020, regarding the operation of Massachusetts State courts and courthouses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the new order, until at least June 1, 2020, all courts of the Commonwealth will continue to be open to conduct court business, but courthouses will continue to be closed to the general public, except where entry is required to address emergency matters that cannot be addressed virtually (by telephone, videoconference, email, or comparable means, or through the electronic filing system).
Jury trials in both criminal and civil cases in state courts are postponed to a date no earlier than July 1, 2020. All bench trials, in both criminal and civil cases are postponed to a date no earlier than June 1, unless they may be conducted virtually by agreement of the parties and of the court. The new order also extends various deadlines.
Today’s SJC order also directs Trial Court departments to identify categories of non-emergency matters that they will attempt to address virtually, where it is practicable to do so, and to provide clear guidance to the public and members of the bar regarding what those categories will be by posting periodic notices to the judiciary’s COVID-19 webpage. The Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court will continue to conduct oral arguments virtually in non-emergency matters.
All court clerks', registers', and recorder's offices shall continue to conduct court business -- to accept the filing of pleadings and other documents in emergency and identified non-emergency matters, to schedule and facilitate hearings, to issue orders, to answer questions from attorneys, litigants, and the general public, and to conduct other necessary business of the respective court. All such business will be conducted virtually, except when the filing of pleadings and other documents in emergency matters cannot be accomplished virtually.
All orders, standing orders, guidelines, and notices issued by any court department or appellate court in response to the pandemic, as well as all amendments, modifications, and supplements are posted upon issuance on the judiciary's COVID-19 webpage, found here: https://www.mass.gov/guides/court-system-response-to-covid-19
April 14, 2020
NAGE Receives Response on Court Cleanings
“Employees have already been trained, but continue to be trained on this specific process as the CDC adds to their recommendations. Facilities have shared they have a multi-tiered approach for ensuring quality in the cleaning of a building. Each time a court is assigned to do a deep clean, a supervisor accompanies them. That supervisor then reports to a Regional that the cleaning has been accomplished who in turn reports it to Director Almeida. Depending on the schedule of the Regional, he may then chose to do a spot check of that courthouse.”
Also included with the response was the “Hazardous/Infectious Cleanup and Disinfecting” document.
We thank the Trial Court for its timely response.
We urge our members to be diligent and aware of the cleanliness of your building and if/when those standards do not meet the requirements contained herein, please let your Chief/Union know.
Thank you, stay safe.
April 13, 2020
NAGE Proud to Announce Agreement for Trial Court Members 'First Responder' COVID-19 Testing
Over the past week, the Union has been working with the Trial Court and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) to include our members in the First Responder COVID-19 testing currently being administered at Gillette Stadium and the Big E in Springfield. We were successful in negotiating this for our members, and you are now eligible for free testing at both locations.
Instructions can be found HERE for scheduling testing, should the need arise.
We thank the Trial Court and EOPSS for their support in reaching this agreement.
Public Safety Director
NAGE Member Action Center
April 3, 2020
Dear NAGE/Trial Court Members:
As you may have heard, over the next couple days the Trial Court is rolling out a temporary court closing plan designed to shrink the number of courts remaining open during this pandemic. Please know the Union has been involved in these discussions from Day 1, voicing your concerns and ensuring that the sanctity of our contract is upheld.
It’s also important you know that throughout our discussions with the Trial Court, your health and safety has been our primary concern which is why the idea of temporarily closing courts at this time is so important. We have been consistently driving home the message that the safest place for our members right now is HOME!! This is why the merits of this plan are so important. Designing temporary work schedules, and promoting our members to work remotely (800 iPhones have been secured for POs and SCCPOs) is a winning strategy in navigating our way through this pandemic. We thank the Trial Court for their continued collaboration.
Together we know there are challenging times ahead, but please know we remain committed to protecting your rights and securing a safe and healthy work environment for you to do your job.
Thank you and stay safe.
March 23, 2020
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:
March 17, 2020
Dear NAGE/Trial Court Member:
NAGE would like to thank the Trial Court Administration for working proactively to address NAGE's concerns for our Trial Court members during the COVID-19 health crisis. Please see the Supreme Judicial Court order and press release issued today regarding trial court business.
We will keep you posted on any further updates.
Press Release on SJC Order
SJC Order: limit in-person appearance
Public Safety Director
Local 458 President
Local 229 Director
Local 118 Director
March 15, 2020
Dear NAGE/Trial Court Members,
The Trial Court has put out the following memo:
Emergency Notice to Employees
This evening Governor Baker directed that all non-emergency state employees working in Executive Branch agencies should not report to their workplace on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. However, employees who are designated by their managers as emergency for the purposes of coronavirus planning were directed to report to work.
In light of the Governor’s declaration, all trial courts in the Massachusetts Trial Court will be closed on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.
Chief Justice Carey has directed that all Trial Court employees, except First Justices, Regional Administrative Justices, Clerks, Clerk Magistrates, Registers, the Recorder, Chief Housing Specialists, Chief Probation Officers, ELMO employees, and Chief Court Officers, and any employees that they deem essential, are designated as essential employees in order to effectuate emergency business of the court and prepare for the implementation of the Trial Court departments’ Standing Orders, which take effect on Wednesday, March 18. On March 16 and March 17, Judges will be available in each court by telephone conference to review bail determinations for any person held in custody for an arrest that occurred over the weekend and on Monday, respectively.
All other emergency matters should be directed to a judge through the Judicial Response System. The Judicial Response System handles requests for abuse prevention orders (c. 209A), harassment prevention orders, extreme risk protection orders, search warrants, mental health emergencies under c. 123, s. 18 (a), and medical emergencies.
Any matters that are due to expire on March 16 and March 17 remain in effect until the matter has been rescheduled. Except for bail review determinations, all other matters are continued until the court has reopened for regular business.
Court leaders will continue to closely monitor the situation and will inform employees whether the courts will reopen for limited business on Wednesday, March 18 as set forth in the Supreme Judicial Court’s Order Regarding Departmental Standing Orders that were issued on Friday, March 13.
We would like to thank the Trial Court for working closely with NAGE, and taking precautions to ensure health and safety throughout the courts in MA. We will keep you updated as any additional information becomes available.
Public Safety Director
Local 458 President
Local 229 Director
Local 118 Director
NAGE Offers Admin Williams coronavirus prevention assistanceHERE
January 16, 2020
GIC Listening Sessions January - February
January 2, 2020
Dear Trial Court Members:
The Trial Court and NAGE are set to commence bargaining in January on a new collective bargaining agreement.
The Union will email and post on its web sites, updates throughout the process.
Any questions, feel free to contact NAGE Trial Court Director David Bernard at email@example.com or 617-376-7250.
Trial Court Director
ANNOUNCING DENTAL BENEFIT CHANGE
Effective January 1, 2020
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.
1-800-641-0700 Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GIC Listening Sessions 2020HERE
September 23, 2019
Dear Trial Court members,
The following letter was sent to Trial Court Administrator Jonathan Williams, urging the Trial Court to take on the burden of the PFMLA tax for all employees. You can see the official letter HERE.
We will keep you updated on any response.
September 23, 2019
Mr. Jonathan S. Williams
Trial Court Administrator
Executive Office of the Trial Court
1 Pemberton Square
Boston, MA 02108
Dear Administrator Williams,
As the Baker Administration prepares to unilaterally implement an illegal tax on its employees related to the new PFMLA program, the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) would like to openly thank the growing list of public employers who have agreed to cover 100% of PFMLA costs for their employees. In recent weeks, the following public employers have all indicated that they would pay 100% of the PFMLA assessment cost: Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Auditor Suzanne Bump, Speaker Bob DeLeo (House staff), Senate President Karen Spilka (Senate Staff), as well as all MA County Sheriffs (pending completion of collective bargaining).
I am again imploring the Trial Court to do the right thing and join the ranks of public employers covering the PFMLA assessment costs for their employees.
The decision to pay the full costs of the PFMLA program for employees is a clear acknowledgement of the commitment and dedication that public employees make to the Commonwealth each day. Treasurer Goldberg, Auditor Bump, Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Spilka, and all MA Sheriffs should all be commended for leading by example.
On the flip side, Governor Baker continues to disrespect his employees and the collective bargaining process itself. The actions of the public leaders mentioned above are in stark contrast to the Governor, and it speaks volumes about them not only as leaders, but as employers. Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Spilka played critical roles in the development and passage of the new PFMLA law which will benefit our working families, but it did not end there. They have continued to walk the walk by setting an example for employers around the state. Please take into consideration being a leader in the public sector and taking this burden off your employee’s shoulders.
David J. Holway
New Local Executive Board
President: Michael Sorrenti
Assistant Chief Court Officer, Essex County Juvenile Court
Vice President: John (Spucky) Donohue
Court Officer, Middlesex Superior Court
Secretary: Nelson Paiva
Associate Court Officer, New Bedford District Court
Treasurer: Joseph Sacco
Court Officer, Worcester Trial Court
Election Winners Announced
July 10, 2019
Salary Increase Update
NAGE Trial Court members' next contractual pay raise is due to be implemented. In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, all employees covered by the contract between NAGE and the Trial Court will receive a 2% across the board salary increase.
The increase will be reflected in employees’ pay checks dated July 26, 2019.
MA Public Safety Director
July 8, 2019
Comp Time Pay Down Update!
MA Public Safety Director
Court Officers Receive High Honors at MPTC CeremonyOn Thursday, June 13th, several of our Trial Court Local 458 members were honored with the Municipal Police Training Council's (MPTC) Life Saving Award. The ceremony is held annually to recognize the accomplishments and accolades of the dedicated employees across all departments of service.
Presented at the 7th Annual First Responder Recognition Awards Program at Bentley University, officers Paul Mangone, Chip Hoar, Douglas Macrdo, Gerald O'Neill and Paul D'Elia received their well-deserved awards.
Please click here to see photos from the ceremony.
Scholarship Winners AnnouncedThank you to everyone who applied for the 2019 NAGE Scholarship! We had over 2,500 applicants this year, and are hoping for even more next year. The full list of winners can be found below.
Trial Court and Union Reach Agreement on O/C Spray
Below you will also find the letter that President Medeiros sent to Director Morrow regarding the use of less-lethal weapons for Court Officers.
Please note this is an increase in salary, not a stipend resulting in an increase to your pensionable income for the rest of your career.
Trial Court Class 009
2017-2020 CONTRACT & AGREEMENT
The 2017-2020 agreement between the Court Administrator of the Trial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the National Association of Government Employees in now available. Please use the link below to access the full text document.
Download contract and MOU's
INFORMATION ON Local 458 - CONTRACTS, AGREEMENTS & SENIORITY LISTS
LOCAL 458—Trial Court Security—Assistant Chief Court Officers, Court Officers, and Associate 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).
WEINGARTEN RULES TO REMEMBER
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:
- Grant the request and delay questioning until your union representative arrives and has a chance to consult privately with you; or
- Deny the request and end the interview immediately; or
- 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.
Essex County Juvenile
|John "Spucky" Donohue
Central - Block 8
|Alexier "Alex" Collazo
Northampton Court Complex
|Jim "Rico" Ricoy, Jr.
|Joann (Jojo) Delouchrey