NominationsNominations are now open for fifteen (15) seats on your Local Executive Board. One Court Officer from each of the following seven (7) regions will be elected: Cape & Islands, Bristol, Plymouth, Suffolk Superior, Essex/Middlesex, Middlesex Superior, and Western. The Central Region and the Suffolk/Norfolk Region will each elect two Court Officers to the Executive Board.
Additionally, two Associate Court Officers, one from Eastern Massachusetts and one from Western Massachusetts, will be elected.
Also, the two candidates who receive the greatest number of votes among all Assistant Chief Court Officers, will be elected to the Executive Board.
These fifteen (15) officers thus elected will serve as the Local 458 Executive Board. The Executive Board will include eleven (11) Court Officers, two (2) Associate Court Officers, and two (2) Assistant Chief Court Officers. The term of office is three years.
To be eligible to run for office: a) you must be a NAGE member in good standing for one continuous year prior to the date nominations open (June 3, 2019); b) you must be permanently assigned to the region and/or class you are seeking to represent.
All local members may nominate candidates for office. All nominations must be seconded. Self-nominations are permissible but must be seconded too. Candidates must provide written acceptance of nomination on the forms provided by the Election Officer.
All Nomination Forms must be submitted to Local Election Officer Thomas Flynn by Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 12 p.m. It is the responsibility of the person making the nomination to confirm the Election Officer received the nomination before the Nomination period closes.
Nomination Forms and Nomination Acceptance Forms may be returned to Election Officer Flynn by U.S. Mail at 159 Burgin Parkway, Quincy, MA 02169; by FAX at 617/472-7566; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ballots will be mailed to Local 458 members on or about July 9, 2019, and will be counted Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 10 a.m. at NAGE Headquarters, 159 Burgin Parkway, Quincy, Massachusetts. Write-in candidates will not be accepted.
To be eligible to vote, a member in good standing must be paying dues before the close of the Nomination period (June 20, 2019). A member shall only vote in the Region/Class (Block) to which they are permanently assigned.
All candidates and members are welcome to attend the ballot tally.
Election Officer Flynn can be reached at 617-376-7246 or by email at email@example.com if you have any questions. Also, if you know of any member who did not receive the notice of Nominations postcard, please have them call Election Officer Flynn to update their home address. In the event of a tie vote for any office, ballots to resolve the tie will be mailed immediately following the tally and counted on September 3, 2019.
This notice can be downloaded HERE.
Local 458 Seats Open for Election
Local 458 Block Definitions
Nomination Acceptance Form
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
The Trial Court and the Union have reached an agreement on the use of O/C Spray for all COs and ACCOs. The agreement comes with an across-the-board $185 increase to the salaries of all COs and ACCOs.
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
New Salary Chart Available
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
NAGE Fights to Protect Health Insurance
February 8, 2019
Summer Camps, Activities & Resources Fair for Local Families
For more information, please visit https://www.tauntonsepac.org/.
January 3, 2019
IMPORTANT RETIREMENT NEWS FOR APO’S AND ACO’S
UPDATE: After communication with the GIC, the information on Group 2 has been updated. Please see the updated letter HERE.
NAGE has some important retirement news for all APO’s and ACO’s! Just recently, the State Retirement Board (SRB) voted to approve an ACO’s request to be classified as Group 2. This decision resulted from a meeting between NAGE elected leaders Liz Chabot, Local 229 President, outgoing Local 229 President Margaret Thompson, Local 458 President Dori Medeiros, National Executive Vice President, Elected Member of the State Retirement Board Theresa McGoldrick, and members of the State Retirement Board staff. NAGE requested that the State Retirement Board consider recognizing all APO’s and ACO’s be moved from Group 1 to Group 2 retirement status.
NAGE believes this recent decision to grant Group 2 status to an APO is likely to be precedent setting, although there are several avenues for appeal beyond the State Retirement Board. However, we are encouraging all APO’s and ACO’s to take the following steps:
- Contact the State Retirement Board to request that you be classified as group 2 retirement status. You must make the request at least one year in advance of your intended date of retirement.
- The retirement board staff will send you a group classification form to fill out to apply for group 2 status.
NAGE will continue the legislative work to change the law for all APO’s and ACO’s to Group 2. Until we are successful in our legislative efforts, individual members will have to request Group 2 retirement one year in advance of retirement. We firmly believe that the recent decision by the SRB will be precedent setting and will pave the way for all APO’s and ACO’s to receive the enhanced retirement benefit.
None of this would have happened if not for the work of your Local Presidents, NAGE Legislative liaisons, staff members and a NAGE member on the SRB. We are so thankful to those who have put in a tremendous amount of effort to give our APOs and ACOs the retirement benefits they deserve!!
Any questions, feel free to call or send me an email.
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 Dori Medeiros at 774-644-0386 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Trial Court Director David Bernard.
Please click here for the Memorandum of Agreement
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trial Court Ratification Vote Results
Trial Court Contract Ratification Announcement
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.
GIC Update on Health Plans and 2018 Health Fairs
Memorandum of Understanding with Trial Court
Please click HERE to view the MOU with the Trial Court.
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 DMedeiros@nage.org or Richard Caroselli RCaroselli@nage.org 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
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.
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