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Trial Court Local R1-806, Assistant Chief Court Officers

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Trial Court Local R1-806 By-laws
 

June 2023
Contract Ratification Notice

NAGE is proud to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Trial Court for a 1-year successor contract. The contract ratification vote for the Trial Court is set to begin on Monday, June 12, 2023, via electronic ballot. Voting will run until Wednesday, June 21 at 9:00AM. 

I would like to thank the NAGE/Trial Court representatives and the Contract Negotiations Team who put forth an incredible effort to get this contract offer.
 
This contract offer, which is the richest in the history of collective bargaining in this state, is the result of many things. First, political involvement is important: we elect our employers, and NAGE has been a longtime supporter of our current governor Maura Healey. NAGE formed a coalition of state employee unions, led by EVP Theresa McGoldrick and Chief State Negotiator Kevin Preston, and worked hard to keep them together. The coalition asked NAGE President David Holway to be the lead negotiator and spokesperson in dealing with the new administration.
 
President Holway and the coalition leaders met with the Governor-elect and Lieutenant Governor-elect before they took office in December and outlined the financial harm done to state employees by the Baker years. After the Healey Administration took over, President Holway and the NAGE team sat down with the Secretary of Administration and Finance to hammer out a new contract. President Holway rejected the Commonwealth’s first offer and countered with what we are putting before you, which is what the Commonwealth accepted.
 
The fact that we have worked for years with Governor Healey and that she was open to free-flowing dialogue is a prime example of why political activism counts.
 
I would also like to note the fact that our coalition partners stuck together and sent a strong message that none of us would falter, further ensuring the success of this negotiation.  

In order to give you ample time to weigh the pros and cons of the agreement, the highlights and the MOU are provided below. 

The successor agreement MOU highlights are as follows:

  • Two (2) 4% across-the-board pay increases. The first increase is effective July 2023, with the second following in January 2024. Due to compounding effect, the increases effectively total an 8.16% pay increase by January 2024.
  • Additional funding that we negotiated will go toward other economic improvements for our membership. NAGE intends to use these funds for the following:
    • $3/week per member increases to the NAGE Health and Welfare Trust Fund to enhance benefits for our members, including doubling the Dependent Care benefit and significant increases to dental benefits.
    • For any member making under $50,000.00, minimum $2,000 raises for both the July ‘23 and January ‘24 raises, respectively.
    • A .75% increase to those at the max step on the pay scale, effective July 2023. This increase is monumental, as even if you are not currently at the top step, you will likely benefit from this provision in the future: when you do reach the top step, it will then be .75% higher than it otherwise would have been without this provision. Your top step will also most likely be the Step you are at upon your retirement, and thus what it is based on.

I want to remind everyone that execution of these increases is subject to the legislative funding process, which may slow it down. However, NAGE will keep everyone up to date on when they should receive these increases.

If you have any questions on the MOA, please contact your Local President.

*This number includes compounding.

Trial Court 1-year Successor Agreement MOU
 


March 27, 2023
Action Required: GIC Annual Open Enrollment
 

The Group Insurance Commission (GIC) Open Enrollment period will begin on April 5, 2023, and end on May 3, 2023.

All plan changes must be submitted by May 3, 2023, with no exceptions.

Plan changes should be submitted through the GIC Employee Benefit Portal. Your portal is available 24/7 and includes several resources to aide you during this open enrollment period. Log into make benefit changes, view your current GIC benefits, and access the 2023-2024 Benefit Guide.
 

Log Into The Benefit Portal Here
 


 

Significant Changes for 2023-2024
 

There are significant plan changes for the upcoming year and employees are encouraged to actively shop and evaluate health coverage options.

  • One of the significant changes to GIC’s offerings this year is due to the Tufts/Harvard merger including the elimination of one of GIC’s most popular plans (Tufts Navigator). Employees who are currently enrolled in a Tufts Nagivator plan will need to select a new plan.

  • Effective July 1, 2023, the new GIC prescription benefit provider will be CVS Caremark, replacing Express Scripts. If you are enrolled in medical coverage through the GIC, you will automatically receive prescription drug coverage through CVS Caremark. Employees who regularly utilize their prescription benefit are encouraged to contact Express Scripts and CVS Caremark to determine if any steps should be taken to transfer active prescriptions.

  • Also, effective July 1, 2023, the new Flexible Spending Account administrator will be Total Administrative Service Corporation (TASC), replacing Benefit Strategies. Members who wish to enroll in an Flexible Spending Account plan option for the upcoming plan year (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024) should review the directions in the Benefit Guide provided by GIC.

Benefit Guide
The 2023-2024 Benefit Guide has been published on the GIC website and provides information on upcoming plan changes, including but not limited to: available health insurance plans, coverage service areas, plan rates, prescription benefits, and flexible spending accounts.

We strongly encourageemployees to carefully review this benefit guide to better understand the changes and make informed decisions about coverage. Employees are encouraged to take the necessary steps to ensure plans meet their and/or family’s medical needs. You can do this by researching coverage plan information and contacting your current healthcare providers.
 

View The Benefit Guide Here
 

For More Information, employees should visit the GIC webpage for more information, as well as the GIC YouTubechannel to view the recorded GIC information sessions as an additional resource.


View the GIC information Session FAQ here

 
Jan 25, 2023
Letter to ACCOs from President Sorrenti
 
Below you will find a letter from Local President Michael Sorrenti to the ACCO members of Local 806. A PDF of the letter can also be found below. 

MACO Local 806 Members,
 
I would like to welcome all of you to our new Assistant Chief Court Officer’s local, MACO Local 806. My name is Assistant Chief Court Officer Michael Sorrenti, the President for Local 806. I am writing to introduce myself, provide you with my personal contact information, inform you of current changes that recently occurred and to provide you with some input on moving forward as a new ACCO Local.
 
For those of you that may not know me or do not know my employment background with the Trial Court, I think it is very important to provide you with some background information. I have been employed with the Trial Court as a Court Officer for a total of twenty-four and half years and an Assistant Chief Court Officer in Lynn Juvenile/District court for nineteen and half years. In July of 2016, I was elected as a Union Official for Local 458 and in 2019, I was elected as President and served for over three years. Throughout that time, I have learned many things, fought for many members, and devoted my time to represent the body as a whole, which included all ACCO’s, CO’s and ACO’s.
 
As you may know, more recently, Assistant Chief Court Officers have separated from Local 458 and developed a new Local under NAGE/SEIU 5000, Local 806. This change happened very quickly and became official as of January 5, 2023. The decision to separate from the other members (CO’s and ACO’s), was difficult and not taken carelessly. However, after reviewing the NAGE survey results that concluded in September 2022 and speaking with many Assistant Chief Court Officers it became apparent that this change is more beneficial and the best avenue for Assistant Chiefs moving forward.
 
As ACCO’s, we did have a voice at the table during Labor Management and Negotiations meetings and made strides in improving the pay scale, increasing our responsibilities as supervisors and other benefits. However, as a Local Executive Board of approximately fifteen members that consisted of two ACCO’s, eleven CO’s, and two ACO’s, we, as a group had to determine the priorities and needs to address for the body as a whole.
 
This change gives us a chance to strengthen our position and have a stronger voice at the table. We will focus and prioritize the needs and wants of Assistant Chiefs and our quality of life. It is my belief, as well as many other ACCO’s, that this will ultimately benefit us moving forward to be recognized and appreciated as a select group of supervisors. It will provide us the opportunity to formulate goals and present important proposals that are designated and depict the essential necessities of ACCO’s. This change presents the future prospect to affect positive change for ACCO’s by eliminating unnecessary noise that may have occurred in the past.
 
WE can now be the deciding factor of what is best for OUR Local.
 
To improve our communication as a group moving forward, I would kindly ask that each of you provide me an email address and phone number. I look forward to working with and representing each and every one of you. To the right, you will find my contact information as well as our Local 806 Executive Board members contact information. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.


PDF of President Sorrenti's Letter to the Membership
 
Jan 18, 2023
Comp Time Pay Down
 
The Trial Court has informed the Union that the collectively bargained, semi-annual Comp Time pay down compensation should be reflected in pay checks dated February 3, 2023.
 
Jan 11, 2023
Union Sends Trial Court Notice to Commence Bargaining
 
Earlier this week, NAGE sent a formal notice to the Trial Court to commence bargaining for a new contract. The current collective bargaining agreement expires June 30, 2023.

Local Executive Boards will be meeting to develop proposals over the next several weeks.

NAGE will keep you updated as the process evolves.

 

 

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