NEWS - Sept 2021

Congradulations to the newly re-elected
MassDOT Unit A Executive Board!


The Executive Board of MassDOT Unit A is unopposed to begin a new term of office. Congratulations to all of the members of the Board, your hard work and dedication to your fellow members has been proven time and again.

We look forward to continuing the meaningful work that MassDOT Unit A does for its members across the state!

President: John Mann
Executive Vice President: Paula Moura
Secretary/Treasurer : Donna Jackson
Vice President at Large: Pat Beaulieu
Vice President at Large: Shana Hicks
Vice President at Large: Lauren Langione
Vice President at Large: Susie McLean-Zady
Vice President at Large: Cheryl Pace-Webb
 

NEWS
MassDOT Unit A Successor Agreement FAQ

Q: Is the 1.5% signing bonus designated as Hazardous Duty Pay?
A: No, this is not Hazardous Duty Pay; this is a one-time bonus with a minimum of $1,000 simply for reaching a contract.

Q: Are we getting Hazardous Duty Pay?
     
A: Most likely, this is dependent on ongoing negotiations.

Q: If we do receive Hazardous Duty Pay, will the policy be the same as the State Executive Branch?
A: Yes.

Q: I am retiring soon. Am I still eligible for retroactive pay?
A: Yes, if you were working during the retroactive term, you are eligible. 
You can read more in the Retirement Board Newsletter linked HERE.

Q: What is the 0.5% PFML settlement?
A: Please see FAQs on PFML settlement linked HERE.

 


NEWS
Contract Ratification Announcement

Dear NAGE MassDOT Unit A Member,

During a well-attended meeting at NAGE Headquarters, membership unanimously voted to approve the MassDOT Unit A Successor Agreement. Congratulations!

This contract was hard-fought, and we would not have been able to attain this win without the leadership of the Bargaining Team, or the advocacy our members put forth for themselves and through dedicated Stewards.

Please see the full Successor Agreement linked HERE.

In solidarity,


President John Mann
Executive Vice President Paula Moura
at-Large Vice President Patrick Beaulieu 
at-Large Vice President Susie McLean-Zady
at-Large Vice President Lauren Reardon
at-Large Vice President Shana Hicks
at-Large Vice President Sheryl Pace-Webb
Secretary/Treasurer Donna Jackson
Chief Steward Katherine Stacey
Chief Steward Robert Riley
Chief Steward Crystal Copeland
Chief Steward Elisabeth Williams

 Aug 30, 2021

MassDOT Unit A/Local 292 Executive Board Nominations 

The MassDOT Unit A/Local 292 Executive Board nomination period is now open.

Nominations can be made using the form that is linked below, and submitted to the Election Officer no later than September 10, 2021 at 4:30PM EST. Nominations submitted after that period will be considered a nullity.

MassDOT Unit A/Local 292 Executive Board Nomination Form
 
Questions about the nomination and election process can be directed to Elections Officer Tom Flynn at tflynn@nage.org.  
August 16, 2021

Contract Information Sessions

Dear NAGE MassDOT Unit A Member,

The contract ratification vote for MassDOT Unit A is set to begin on August 28, 2021, at 9:00 AM, via a voice vote held at NAGE headquarters.

We will be hosting two Contract Information Sessions via Zoom on August 17, 2021, and August 26, 2021, at 6:00 PM. Please find the link and meeting information below!

In order to give you ample time to read over the successor agreement and weigh the pros and cons, we have provided the highlights and a full copy of the MOU below. Please submit any questions you would like to present during the information session to Communications@nage.org
.  

The successor agreement MOU highlights are as follows:
  • 2% - including retro, to first payroll period in July 2020
  • .5% - retro to the first payroll period in July 2020, in exchange for settlement of our PFMLA case Because this settlement is a raise, as opposed to a one-time payment, it is far more valuable long-term. Please see FAQs on PFML settlement linked HERE
  • 1.5% one-time COVID Recognition Payment upon signing the contract with a minimum payment of $1,000*
  • 2% - first payroll period in July 2021 (calculated after the 2% and the .5% increases above have been applied) 
  • 2% - first payroll period in July 2022
*The 1.5% COVID Recognition Payment is calculated after the first three retroactive raises (.5% retro to July 2020 in exchange for PFMLA, 2% retro to July 2020 and 2% retro to July 2021). This is separate from the aforementioned raises and is contingent upon you being an active NAGE member on the payroll at the time the contract is signed.

NAGE Communications is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on August 17th and 26th at 6:00 PM.
        Join Zoom Meeting:
        https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83610576719

 


August 2021
Contract Update - Ratification Notice

Dear NAGE MassDOT Unit A Member,

The contract ratification vote for MassDOT Unit A is set to begin on August 28, 2021, at 9:00 AM, via a voice vote held at NAGE headquarters.

We would like to thank the NAGE representatives and the Contract Negotiations Team who put forth an incredible effort to get this contract offer. NAGE's advocacy, and our member's advocacy for themselves, allowed us to push MassDOT to the offer that is detailed below. 

In order to give you ample time to read over the successor agreement and weigh the pros and cons, we have provided it here for you. We will also be holding two Zoom sessions prior to the voting date to address any questions or concerns; these meeting links will be sent at a later date. An FAQ will also be available to you on your local web page
.

The successor agreement MOU highlights are as follows:
  • 2% - including retro, to first payroll period in July 2020
  • .5% - retro to the first payroll period in July 2020, in exchange for settlement of our PFMLA case Because this settlement is a raise, as opposed to a one-time payment, it is far more valuable long-term. Please see FAQs on PFML settlement linked HERE
  • 1.5% one-time COVID Recognition Payment upon signing the contract with a minimum payment of $1,000*
  • 2% - first payroll period in July 2021 (calculated after the 2% and the .5% increases above have been applied) 
  • 2% - first payroll period in July 2022

*The 1.5% COVID Recognition Payment is calculated after the first three retroactive raises (.5% retro to July 2020 in exchange for PFMLA, 2% retro to July 2020 and 2% retro to July 2021). This is separate from the aforementioned raises and is contingent upon you being an active NAGE member on the payroll at the time the contract is signed.

If you have any questions on the MOU, please contact Local President John Mann at jmann@nage.org
or Local Executive Vice President Paula Moura at pmoura@nage.org

Jun 11, 2021

MA Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill

The following memo was distributed to all Agency heads last week, regarding the Massachusetts Emergency Paid Sick Leave bill. The bill was signed into law and provides, in-part:
  • the equivalent of 5 days of paid time off to full-time employees (capped at a total of $850.00) for certain COVID-related absences from work;
  • notice requirements for employees seeking to use Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (MEPSL); and 
  • documentation requirements for employers seeking reimbursement of amounts paid under MEPSL. 
The full-text PDF of the memo can be found HERE
May 5, 2021
Official Appeal on CERB Decision to Reimburse PFML Tax

As we reported recently, the Commonwealth appealed and moved to stay the Order by the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board (CERB), which ordered the Administration to pay Commonwealth employees an estimated $30 million due to unlawful tax deductions. If the stay is granted, not only will the Commonwealth not have to return the illegally collected funds, but they will continue taxing you throughout the lengthy appeals process. 

NAGE is outraged that the Commonwealth continues to deduct the illegal tax from our paychecks. Not only is NAGE opposing the motion to stay, but we are asking the CERB to effectuate its Order by instituting enforcement proceedings. The full-text of NAGE's opposition is can be found here

As always, we will keep you informed of the outcome of our pending litigation.
April 30, 2021
 
Yesterday, the Commonwealth filed an appeal to the decision made by the Baker-appointed Commonwealth Employment Relations Board (CERB), which ordered that the Administration pay Commonwealth employees an estimated $30 million, due to unlawful tax deductions. If the Commonwealth's appeal is granted, the Commonwealth will not only have to not pay back the illegally collected deductions, but will also be able to continue taxing you. The tax will continue to be deducted throughout the appeal process. 

Needless to say, NAGE is vehemently opposing the appeal. NAGE National President David J. Holway stated, “NAGE believes that the Baker Administration should simply do the right thing and immediately cease collecting this illegal tax, which is causing continual harm to our members. The Commonwealth should proceed forthwith to return the Bargaining Unit members’ hard-earned money.”

As reported earlier this month, NAGE is leading the way for the other public sector Unions, and won a decisive victory for our members when the CERB found that the Administration had violated the law by not bargaining with NAGE, and that NAGE members were entitled to be reimbursed for every penny that has been deducted from their paychecks since October of 2019, with interest. NAGE estimated this total at a staggering $30 million, including interest, to be paid out to State Employees. The CERB has also ordered the State to stop collecting this tax from NAGE members and all other state employees, to sign and post a notice to all NAGE members admitting that they had violated the law along, with pledging that they would never do so again. The Administration has been ordered to bargain with NAGE over PFML deductions going forward.
 
As always, we will keep you informed of our filing and its outcome.
 
Apr 26, 2021

NAGE Members Deserve More Than Baker Is Offering



                                  
Dear NAGE Member,

Each year like clockwork, Governor Baker writes a letter to the state workforce thanking everyone for their dedicated service. This letter will look back over the sacrifices you have all made over the past year as public employees to keep the Commonwealth running efficiently during incredibly difficult times – perhaps a “thank you” has never been more in order or deserved. Governor Baker and his Budget Chief Mike Heffernan like to say, “thank you,” but they never like to show their appreciation in a real, tangible way. Stunningly, this year seems no different.

It has been nearly a year since our contracts expired, and the economic parameters that have been offered by Governor Baker are insulting. The Governor has formally set the following parameters: 1.5% bonus in year one (July 1, 2020), followed by 2% raise in year two, and a 2% raise in year three. Whether working from home or continuing to show up in a public-facing role, you have been on the front lines of this pandemic, working to keep the Commonwealth running for more than a year. Time and again, NAGE members have answered the call to continue serving the public, sometimes at great risk to yourself and your family. Governor Bakers offer is an insult to your service.

Governor Baker’s “nice guy” routine managed to captivate a majority of voters in the past. However, as the years have gone on, the polished veneer has begun to fade, and we can begin to see just how empty the fancy suit and central casting smile are. Governor Baker bills himself as a manager. It is becoming increasingly clear that he is an awful one. An administration that cannot make a decision without paying millions of dollars in fees to an outside consulting firm, only to consistently screw up one project after another - from the Registry of Motor Vehicles to the vaccine rollout. This is not the sign of an effective manager; it is the mark of an incompetent failure.

One year ago, the economic condition of the Commonwealth was admittedly tenuous. Today, growing economic evidence, supported by strong data, suggests that Massachusetts has weathered the fiscal storm and will emerge from the pandemic in a strong position to meet the challenges of tomorrow. To date, tax revenues are nearly $1.4 billion above the original benchmark. Additionally, the state is earmarked to receive $4.55 billion in federal aid alone from the American Rescue Plan. This is on top of more than $3 billion for Massachusetts cities and towns, also in the American Rescue Plan.

After leading us to believe a serious offer was forthcoming since late February, the parameters offered by the Governor are a joke.  You and your family deserve better. You deserve a boss who will have your back. I’m writing to tell you that Governor Baker does not have your back and he doesn’t care what you think about that. The recent PFML decision illustrates the Governors disregard for his workforce. Even in the face of his legal obligation to bargain, he chose to violate the law and was unanimously rebuked by his own appointees. As household income in Massachusetts rises, Governor Baker is leaving his workers behind. You deserve better, and I promise you that we will not sit silently by as the Governor offers more empty praise and continues to turn a blind eye to the needs of our members and their families.

I thank you for you service and truly appreciate everything that you have done, and continue to do every day, to make our Commonwealth strong and resilient. We will not rest until we get a contract that we can all be proud of, a contract that actually reflects the gratitude written in Governor Bakers empty letters.

In Solidarity,
 
John Mann
President, MassDOT Unit A/Local 292
 

NEWS

GIC Employee Assistance Program

The Group Insurance Comission (GIC) is excited to share the brand new Mass4YOU video, which explains the Employee Assistance Program benefit to all GIC-eligible NAGE members.  
 
Also available to you is the Turning 65 video, which details the process of retiring with GIC health coverage. 
 

 

Unit A Granted Operational Enhancements

NOTICE OF OPERATIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
 
Dear NAGE Unit A Member:

On August 1, 2018, NAGE Unit A President John Mann signed into agreement the following MOA, bringing enhancements to the NAGE members of Unit A employed by the Registry of Motor Vehicles.  This MOA is completely separate from contract negotiations, and a result of the impact of the Atlas/Real system roll-out.  

After bargaining extensively on your behalf over the complexity of the Atlas/Real systems, President Mann was successful in implementing the following improvements.  Below you will find the highlights of the agreement, and the full-text MOA.  

Information regarding the Successor Collective bargaining Agreement effective July 1, 2017 to follow.  

MOA Highlights
  • The RMV may establish a Rapid Response Unit that will service Intra-Region branches. Employees selected for said team will be used to supplement existing staff levels. Employees who are selected for said Unit will, in addition to travel reimbursement, receive a bi-weekly amount of $92.31 per pay period.

  • Current employees may opt to work a 40 hr. per week schedule, with salary and leave accruals reflective of the change.

  • Unit A employees shall have access to the NAGE Educational Trust benefit at a rate set by the Trustees.

  • Effective the 1st full pay period in July 2018 CSR’S/TRO’S at the RMV/MRB shall receive an upgrade equal to 1 grade.
    • Example: CSR1, grade 11 shall go to CSR1, grade 12, an average of 4% bump up. The same pattern will follow all CSR titles in RMV/MASS DOT.

  • Effective July 2019:  CSR’S/TRO’s will receive another one grade increase averaging 4% increase. Steps and anniversary dates remain unchanged.
 
Please click here for the FULL-TEXT MOA 

 

 

   

Executive Board

President: John Mann
A 25-year veteran Claims Adjudicator, John is well versed in unemployment law and an experienced investigation specialist. John is uniquely qualified with strong analytical and representational skills.

Executive Vice President: Paula Moura
Paula is a CSR who has worked primarily in the branch environment, making her an incredible asset when dealing with issues at the RMV Division. Her knowledge of branch protocol makes her an expert in defending our member's rights with regard to performance issues.

Secretary/Treasurer: Renee Brodeur 
Renee serves the Commonwealth as a professional Fingerprint Identification Specialist; she’s our own version of CSI.

at-Large Vice President: Patrick Beaulieu 
Employed within the Medical Security Plan, Patrick comes to us in his second career after decades as a high-level manager in international currency and business. He possesses fantastic negotiation skills.

at-Large Vice President: Shana Hicks
Since 1990, Shana has been with the Department of Public Health. In 1998, she began her service with NAGE as a steward. Her dedication to the needs of the membership and working people has led her to standouts for worker rights and other Greater Boston Labor Council and AFL-CIO sponsored events. She has served as a Vice President at Large for Local 291 and recently on NAGE’s National Advisory Committee. She has been a voice for the membership on the contract negotiating committees and does not hesitate to speak up for members.

at-Large Vice President: Donna Jackson
Donna, a longtime Department of Mental Health employee, began actively lending her skills to the SEIU/NAGE Chief Negotiator as his assistant in obtaining the best possible contracts for members. She served as the Vice President at Large for Local 291 for several terms and as a part of several contract negotiating committees. In recent years, she has served on NAGE’s National Advisory Committee.

at-Large Vice President at Large: Susie McLean-Zady
Employed at Merit Rating Board since 1985, Susie began assisting her Local informally as an employee member of the RMV/MRB Ruggles Center Safety Committee in 1994. Elected Shop Steward by her co-workers, she joined the Local 291 Executive Board. Thereafter, she served for a number of terms as Local 291 Executive Vice President and continues as a National Executive Board member and in the field representing members. She has participated in a number of contract negotiating committees. In pursuit of bettering the plight of the working man and woman, she has been involved in several union related activities including with the AFL-CIO and the Greater Boston Labor Council.

Chief Steward, West Central: Sheryl Pace-Webb 
sherylpacewebb1@aol.com

 

MassDOT Locals
John Mann
President
jmann@nage.org
(781) 630-2462

 
 
Paula Moura
Executive Vice President
pmoura@nage.org
(508) 317-4942

 
 
Patrick Beaulieu
at-Large Vice President
(508) 245-5233

 
 
Shana Hicks
at-Large Vice President

 
 
Donna Jackson
at-Large Vice President

 
 
Lauren Reardon
at-Large Vice President

Click here for Steward Bio
 
Susie McLean-Zady
at-Large Vice President
smclean@nage.org
(617) 376-7231

 
 
Sheryl Pace-Webb
Chief Steward North East
Secretary/Treasurer
sherylpacewebb1@aol.com
(413) 273-2133
 
 
 
 
George Laite
Chief Steward


 

Katherine Stacey
Steward

Taunton RMV
Click here for bio

Cassandra Bearce
Steward

Quincy RMV

Click here for bio

Luke Hebert
Steward

Quincy RMV
Click here for bio

Elisabeth Williams
Steward

South Yarmouth
Click here for bio
Dee Wheeler
Steward

New Bedford RMV
Click here for bio
 
Robert Riley
Steward

Brockton RMV
Click here for bio
 
Crystal Copeland
Steward

Springfield RMV
Click here for bio
 
 
 
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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