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
National President

September 16, 2019
New Local Executive Board
On Friday, September 13th, the Executive Board of Trial Court Local 458 met to elect your new Executive Board members.  The results are as follows:

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
August 8, 2019
Election Winners Announced

Thank you to all that participated in the Local election.  The votes have been counted and the results are below:

Block 1 (one seat) -    No Candidates

Block 2 (one seat) -    Harold Marshall

Block 3 (one seat) -    David Hemmings

Block 4 (two seats) -  Keith Burke

*Mark Hurley & Brian Naughton received tie-votes, and a tie breaker election will be held.  Ballots will be mailed out on 8/9/19, and the vote count will be at 10:00AM on September 3, 2019. 

Block 5 (one seat) -    Robert Tiro

Block 6 (one seat) -    Jim "Rico" Ricoy

Block 7 (one seat) -     John Donohue

Block 8 (two seats) - Luke LaGorce

                                   Joe Sacco

Block 9 (one seat) - James W. Shea

Block 10 (one seat) - Nelson Paiva

Block 11 (one seat) - Louis F. Cardoso

Block 12 (two seats) - Dorianna Medeiros
                                     Michael Sorrenti

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.

Thank you,

David Bernard
MA Public Safety Director
July 8, 2019
Comp Time Pay Down Update!

Comp time pay down will be based on 58% of all hours in excess of 75.  Members can expect to see their comp time money in their pay check scheduled for August 9, 2019.  

Thank you,

David Bernard
MA Public Safety Director
Jun 18, 2019

Court Officers Receive High Honors at MPTC Ceremony

On 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.  
We are incredibly proud of these Court Officers, and their commitment to serving their communities.  Congratulations on your awards! 

Please click here to see photos from the ceremony.  
Jun 04, 2019

Scholarship Winners Announced

Thank 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.  
The 2020 NAGE Scholarship application can be found HERE.  

May 22, 2019

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.
Full-text agreement with Trial Court
President Medeiros' Letter to Director Morrow 

May 20, 2019

Trial Court Class 009

Congratualtions to the Trial Court Class 009 on your graduation!  The ceremony took place on May 17th, 2019.  

March 2019

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



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."

Michael Sorrenti
Essex County Juvenile
Block 12
978-758-2445 (cell)

John "Spucky" Donohue
Middlesex Superior
Block 7
Vice President
857-201-9355 (cell)
Joseph Sacco
Central - Block 8
508-847-5936 (cell)
Nelson Paiva
ACO East
Block 10
774-930-1181 (cell) 
Harold Marshall
Block 2
David Hemmings
Block 3
Keith Burke
Block 4
Mark Hurley
Block 4
Robert Tiro
Block 5
Jim "Rico" Ricoy, Jr.
Block 6
Luke LaGorce
Block 8
James W. Shea
Block 9
Luis Cardoso
Block 11
ACO West

Dorianna Medeiros
Block 12

The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America. - John F. Kennedy
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