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
September 14, 2020

Unit 1 Fall Update

Dear Unit 1 Members,
 
The following is an update for our NAGE Unit 1 members.  If you have any questions on the information provided, please reach out to Paula Moura or myself. 

DUA/DCS
Our members, in majority, have adapted overnight to processing unemployment claims and ensuring the economic lifeline reaches our fellow citizens.
Our career centers, while still being closed to the public, continue to serve their client base of job seeking persons with professional career services and resources.
 
RMV/DOT
Our RMV/DOT employees continue to innovate and perform the herculean task of serving the licensing and transportation needs of the Commonwealth.
 
The RMV folk have never stopped working, even in the early, dark days of March 2020. We continue to meet daily to resolve issues, air our member’s concerns, and fix the myriad of issue coming up daily.
 
EOHHS
The work done by our members in this division is nothing short of heroic. Your commitment to the health and welfare of your core group of clients has enriched the lives of the sick, those with mental health challenges, and the scared.

Public Safety
Our Crime Lab evidence technicians, our identification technicians, and our professional administrators have diligently and tirelessly worked to ensure all our safety.

As other programs come back to hire, there will be bumps in the road moving forward, but our strong leadership and agreements ensure our safety.

I am humbled and honored to work with all of you, you are heroes in my eyes.
 
Fraternally,

John G. Mann
Paula Moura
Unit 1/Unit A Team
 
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
 
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

  
Feb 29, 2020

NAGE offers Gov Baker 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





 
  
 

Your Union Benefits

In addition to regular salary increases and step increases, NAGE provides you with benefits such as:

- Union Plus
- Dependent Care
- Scholarships
- Dental
- Optical

Did you know Union Plus gets you and your family special discounts, rates, and savings? Just as unions provide strength in the workplace, Union Plus provides strength in the marketplace.

Click here to learn more about your benefits.
 

 
 
Unit 1 Locals
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NAGE HEADQUARTERS 159 Burgin Parkway
Quincy, MA 02169
Main Phone: (617)376-0220
Main Fax: (617)984-5695
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