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 fundoffice@nage.org to request a claim form, or if you need additional information.

May 21, 2020
Update to MACO 458 Members 

We, the representatives of the Massachusetts Court Officers Association know many of you have questions and concerns during this unprecedented time. Considering that, we would like to give you a brief update on our current status of reopening procedures, budgetary issues, and our plans moving forward.

We understand that State guidelines are requiring businesses to practice social distancing and at some point, those practices will be implemented in the Trial Court. However, we are unable to get around the fact that social distancing for Court Officers will be practically impossible. We will be unable to properly conduct our job functions without being in close contact with the public and detainees. While other court staff is keeping their distance and continue to be protected by plastic dividers and other PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), the Court Officers will be screening people face to face at the doors and physically searching and escorting detainees throughout the building. Our line of work does not have any leeway when it comes to physical distancing and we are put at a much greater risk than our co-workers. Our role as a physical security barrier for Trial Court personnel and the public is now going to include being a buffer between those individuals and the COVID-19 virus. As First Responders, Court Officers are required to treat those having medical issues, which would include any complications due to the virus. In turn, we are more likely to encounter individuals who contracted the COVID-19 virus.

Currently, our main concern is the health and safety of every Officer. We will put forth great effort to make sure that all protective precautions are taken and that we have access to proper PPE. As courts begin to open, our exposure will be unavoidable but we want to have as much protection possible on hand.

These are some of our many concerns about the impending reopening of the courts. Our Union has not been afforded a seat on, or consulted by, the Trial Court COVID-19 Court Operations Committee. This effects our ability to provide our major concerns, operational knowledge, and our input on how to move forward. This is a management committee and they have exercised their right to exclude all unions. Any change in working conditions that may arise from the committee's decisions must come through the union to be negotiated, per our contract. We are currently waiting for the proposed changes to be shared with us and have demanded that we receive them as soon as possible.

The Trial Court’s budget is dependent on the State’s income. This pandemic has crippled the State in its lack of tax revenue and spending toward surviving COVID-19. That being said, we expect to be drawn into discussions at some point in the future about the possibility of furloughs, layoffs, and retirement incentives. These things are very probable based on the financial state of the Commonwealth and we do not want you to be blindsided down the road. The local board will do all that is in our power to minimize the impact to our membership.

It has also come to our attention this week that Management might fail to pay 100% of the comp time over 75 hours by the end of June 2020. Any percentage short of 100% will be a breach of our contract. If there is a breach, the Executive Board and NAGE are prepared to take any and all legal action against the Trial Court so they fulfill their obligations. We also want you to be aware that an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) action can take months on end and even longer depending on the continuous spread of COVID-19 and will not be resolved immediately.

When it comes to contract negotiations, they have been suspended due to the pandemic. All financial proposals by the State have been taken off the table and we are in for a long fight. This pandemic and how Court Officers are used to combat it will only strengthen our position when we return to the bargaining table.

We wish we had some better news to give you, but sadly we do not. All we can give you is our promise to do everything in our power to put the safety, well being, and needs of our members first during these trying times. We hope all of you and your families stay safe and healthy and we look forward to giving you better news in the future.

Sincerely on behalf of MACO 458,
 
Michael T. Sorrenti
President MACO
Local 458

John Donohue
Vice President
Executive Board
MACO 458 
 
 
April 27, 2020
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
 

CONTACT:  
Jennifer Donahue/Erika Gully-Santiago                                 
(617) 557-1114
Jennifer.Donahue@jud.state.ma.us

 
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
 
Late yesterday, NAGE received a response to to the email request regarding Court cleaning.  

“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.

David Bernard
 
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.

In Solidarity,
 
David Bernard
Public Safety Director
dbernard@nage.org


NAGE Member Action Center
617-376-7227 
 
April 13, 2020
NAGE Demands Answers on Courthouse "Deep Cleaning" Protocols
 
Earlier today, Public Safety Director David Bernard reached out to the Trial Court Administration, demanding answers on Courthouse cleaning protocols.  You can find his email to the Administration below.  We will keep you updated on any response we receive. 

Thank you and stay safe.  
 
 
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:
 
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/what-you-should-know-about-gic-health-benefits-and-the-covid-19-outbreak
 
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.

Mass.gov
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 dbernard@nage.org or 617-376-7250.

Thank you.

David Bernard
Trial Court Director
ANNOUNCING DENTAL BENEFIT CHANGE
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 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.
 
Any Questions - Contact the Fund Office at
 1-800-641-0700 Or email fundoffice@nage.org
 
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. 
 
 
Sincerely,

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
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

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).

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: 
  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."

EXECUTIVE BOARD
Michael Sorrenti
Essex County Juvenile
Block 12
President
msorrenti@nage.org 
978-758-2445 (cell)

 
     
John "Spucky" Donohue
Middlesex Superior
Block 7
Vice President
857-201-9355 (cell)
donohue.john.L@gmail.com
 
Joseph Sacco
Central - Block 8
Treasurer
joesacco67@gmail.com
508-847-5936 (cell)
joesacco67@gmail.com
 
Nelson Paiva
ACO East
Block 10
Secretary
774-930-1181 (cell)
Npaiva@comcast.net 
Alexier "Alex" Collazo
Block 1
Northampton Court Complex
413-885-2544 (cell)
accollazo80@gmail.com

Block 2
 
 
David Hemmings
Block 3
Plymouth
781-910-8326
david.a.hemmings@gmail.com
 
Keith Burke
Block 4
617-549-4412
kaburke66@gmail.com 
 
Mark Hurley
Block 4
617-719-9881
mark.hurley4@hotmail.com 
 
Robert Tiro
Block 5
617-257-7709
RTDT112490@aol.com 
 
Jim "Rico" Ricoy, Jr.
Block 6
Essex/Middlesex
978-337-1734 
Ricoyjr@aol.com
 
Luke LaGorce
Block 8
Central
508-688-2839 
lukelag35@gmail.com 
 

Block 9
 
 
Luis Cardoso
Block 11
ACO West

413-262-4805
cardosoLF@aol.com
 
 
Joann (Jojo) Delouchrey
Block 12
ACCO
781-844-9494
delouchrey.joann@yahoo.com 
 
 
 



 
Where trade unions are most firmly organized, there are the rights of the people most respected. - Samuel Gompers
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