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 

Thank you,

Dave Bernard
Public Safety Director

Mike Sorrenti
Local 458 President 

Liz Chabot
Local 229 Director

Kim Gruenberg
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.  

Thank you,

Dave Bernard
Public Safety Director

Mike Sorrenti
Local 458 President 

Liz Chabot
Local 229 Director

Kim Gruneberg
Local 118 Director 
Mar 3, 2020GIC Healthcare FY21 Premiums AnnouncedOn February 27, 2020, the GIC Commissioners voted to approve the FY21 Health Insurance Premium Rates. Bobbi Kaplan, Executive Vice-President of Local 207 and Vice Chair of the Group Insurance Commission strongly advocated against the rise in premiums. She argued the unfairness of raising premiums more than twice what our members receive annually in salary increases but was unable to succeed in changing the minds of her fellow commissioners. The motion to increase premiums was approved by a majority of the commissioners who do not represent labor interests, though Kaplan maintained her strong vote against. 

Kaplan said “The increase is just another pay cut for our members who are left further and further behind every year. We intend to fight for raises at the bargaining table that are equal to the value our members bring to the citizens of the Commonwealth every day.”
Please review the increases which become effective July 1, 2020 and attend the Health Fairs to ask questions of your current carriers. If you wish to change carriers, you must make that decision during open enrollment April 6th – May 1st.  Please find all documents and link to the Health Fair schedule below.  

FY21 Health Insurance Premium Rates

FY21 Full Cost Monthly Premiums and Percent Increases 

GIC Health Fair Schedule 2020

Mar 02, 2020

NAGE Offers Admin Williams coronavirus prevention assistance

NAGE has written to Governor Baker, offering any assistance possible in light of coronavirus worries in Massachusetts.  The letter can be found below or HERE.  Members should refer to any of the following sites for tips in preventing the spread of illness.
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

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 or 617-376-7250.

Thank you.

David Bernard
Trial Court Director
Effective January 1, 2020
Met-Life will replace Delta Dental of Massachusetts as the SEIU/NAGE Local 5000 Trial Court of Massachusetts Health and Welfare Fund’s Dental Carrier.
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 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 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.
Any Questions - Contact the Fund Office at
 1-800-641-0700 Or email
Dec 09, 2019

GIC Listening Sessions 2020

The schedule for the GIC listening sessions has just been published.  You can find the dates, times and locations below, or download the flyer HERE.  

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) 
Alexier "Alex" Collazo
Block 1
Northampton Court Complex
413-885-2544 (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

Block 9
Luis Cardoso
Block 11
ACO West

Joann (Jojo) Delouchrey
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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