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APO Seniority List as of 7-28-20

ACPO, 1stACPO, PO Seniority List as of 7-28-20
 May 6, 2021

We are writing to keep you updated on the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board decision of March 31, 2021, effecting Executive Branch employees in the Commonwealth. You may recall, the Trial Court management and NAGE agreed to abide by the results of the Executive Branch case and we will update you more specifically as soon as we are able.

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.
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,
Liz Chabot
President, Trial Court Local 229
March 17, 2021
We are thrilled to notify you that, per Governor Baker's announcement, all Trial Court Employees are eligible to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine as of March 22, 2021!

NAGE has been advocating for Trial Court vaccine eligibility since the vaccines were approved for distribution. We are pleased that the Administration has finally heeded recommendations and added all our Trial Court members to the distribution plan.

We encourage all members to preregister for the vaccine through mass.gov. Appointments through sites outside of MassVax are available this coming Monday. 
March 3, 2021

Dear Trial Court Member,

We are writing to update you on our fight to obtain a fair contract that contains well-deserved pay adjustments for our members.

As you know, contract negotiations were suspended a year ago due to the pandemic.  Today we sent a letter, found below, to Court Administrator John Bello asking Court Leadership to work to correct the inequity. Obtaining a fair and just cost of living adjustment and a new Contract are our #1 priorities for our members. We will continue to fight on your behalf until we’re able to secure what is fair and just!
We will keep you updated on any response we receive.

Thank you,

Mike Sorrenti
President Local 458

Liz Chabot
President Local 229 

Janice Boyle
President Local 118

February 19, 2021

Dear Trial Court Local 229 members, 
As we come up on a year since the pandemic hit, we'd like to take a moment to recognize all that our members have faced.  Your commitment to your work does not go unnoticed and unappreciated, we value your hard work and dedication. 
The rollout for the COVID-19 vaccine has been frustrating. Many of us are facing issues at home with child care, schooling, isolation and so many other things. Please take the time to care for yourself, however that looks. We are all looking forward to the day when we are safely on the other side of this crisis. 

Thank you and stay safe!

Liz Chabot
President, Local 229


November 5, 2020

Dear Fellow NAGE Member:
Our bylaws require an annual meeting and, for obvious reasons, this cannot happen in shared physical space.
Therefore, we will have our annual meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 5:00PM.  
Due to the amount of participants in this meeting, we are not able to engage in back-and-forth dialogue. If you have any questions, or topics you wish to be discussed at the meeting, please submit them to me no later than 5:00PM on Friday, November 13, 2020.
Here is the Zoom info for November 18th:

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Nov 18, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: Local 229 Annual Membership Meeting

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
August 13, 2020
Notice: Illegal Travel Directive 
If any member is asked to illegally notify their supervisor of travel to a low-risk state, please notify the Union immediately!! 

Dear NAGE Trial Court Members,

It has come to our attention that there have been emails from Probation Managers stating, "Employees must notify their immediate supervisor for ANY AND ALL TRAVEL PLANS, including the destination, dates of travel and anticipated plan to conform to state guidelines." 

This directive is illegal, and the Union has contacted the administration to cease immediately.  

The following email was send to the administration, outlining the agreed upon directive of employees notifying supervisors ONLY of travel to high-risk areas. The full-text MOA can also be found below and on your local website. 

We will keep you updated if there are any changes to this matter. 

Email to Trial Court Adinistrators re: illegal directive

Full-text MOU on travel 

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 229 Members 

On Thursday, the Trial Court informed the Union that it did not have the necessary funds to adhere to the collectively bargained agreement to “pay all Trial Court members down to 75 comp time hours by June 30, 2020.” Please know that the Union will pursue EVERY legal channel at its disposal to see that our members receive every dime due to them based on the contract signed by both parties!

At this time, what we know is that there will definitely be a comp time pay down by June 30, 2020, we just don’t how much. Once we receive that information we will update everyone.

Please know the Union will be in daily contact with the Trial Court to work on a solution to this issue that will guarantee our members are made whole. We will not agree to anything less!

On another note, we expect to be drawn to the table in the near future to deal with the state’s massive budget shortfall. This may lead to discussions on reduction in force, furloughs and possibly early retirement incentives. Please be assured the Union has a seat at that table whenever discussions of this magnitude take place and we will ALWAYS inform and do what is in the best interest of our membership.

Please do not hesitate to email any questions you may have to us.

Thank you and please be safe!

Elizabeth Chabot
NAGE/Trial Court Local 229

David Bernard
Public Safety Director
New England  
April 27, 2020
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

Jennifer Donahue/Erika Gully-Santiago                                 
(617) 557-1114

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

NAGE Member Action Center

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 27, 2020

Dear members of Probation,

The Union has been in daily (and hourly) communication with the Trial Court on a number of issues affecting our Probation members. Top on that list of concerns has been securing an adequate number of gloves and masks for you to perform the essential functions of your job.

As a result of our efforts, the Union has just been informed that OCP has secured approximately 500 masks for our POs to use, primarily when you are asked to do GPS hook ups. While we are thankful, we know 500 masks will not be enough for a every PO. We’ve been told OCP will continue, on a daily basis, to secure additional masks.

Every day we witness our country’s health care community hemorrhaging and running out of these critical supplies. These are unprecedented times that call for unprecedented measures, so if you can personally secure a mask or have the ability to make one at home, please consider that option.

One of our own, a local ACPO, has taken it upon himself to construct a “shield” which separates the PO from the probationer and minimizes the exposure a PO may deal with when doing a hook up. OCP has agreed to construct these “shields“ and have one delivered to every court in the Commonwealth by this Wednesday. The Union understands that this measure will not resolve all issues, but we are grateful for the protection it will provide in preventing a PO from coming in contact with another persons clothing. We realize it’s not perfect but we truly appreciate the “outside of the box “ thinking of our Probation member and OCP’s willingness to provide these shields in our courts.

Let me finish by thanking each and every one of you for you professionalism, commitment to service, and loyalty as we collectively navigate our way through this worldwide pandemic.

Please know the Union hears you and will NEVER stop in it’s fight to protect and serve you.

Thank you!

Thank you,
Dave Bernard
Public Safety Director
Dear NAGE/Trial Court Member:
As you know, NAGE has been actively advocating for the Administration to provide health and safety measures for our NAGE members in the workplace to combat the spread of COVID-19.  Please click HERE to view all NAGE is working on to protect our members at this time.   We have been successful in getting the administration to reduce hundreds of employees to a skeletal crew to minimize their exposure and contact with the public.  
However, some NAGE members remain in the offices who have been deemed essential personnel.  The RMV, DPH, DUA, and many other agencies are continuing most operations and our members are on the “Front Line” in the response to COVID-19.  NAGE is committed to getting our FRONT LINE members the most protections we can and will fight for a benefit for their sacrifices made in risking their health to serve the citizens. 
If you are still working in an office and do not believe you are doing essential personnel work, please know that NAGE is challenging whether these folks are really essential personnel.  Essential personnel duties are NOT day-to-day business, it is essential functions of the agency that cannot be performed outside the office.
I am asking that you send me an email if you have any members or departments in your agencies working in the office that have been deemed essential personnel that should NOT be.  We are seeing a few agencies keeping almost full staff and deeming day to day work essential personnel duties because of a lack of equipment.  Additionally, they are not reducing hours to limit exposure.  Please advise me ASAP if this is the case for anyone in your workplace or any department. 

We have written to Governor Baker, expressing our concerns that many agencies are not following his directives to reduce the in-person workforce to comply with social distancing, and have failed to evaluate true core functions that are necessary during this pandemic.  You can find the letter HERE.  
Lastly, and most importantly, here is a video message from NAGE National President David J. Holway to all NAGE members.

Thank you for all you do, please stay safe!

Liz Chabot
Cell 774-275-7623
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 
March 12, 2020

Dear NAGE Local 229 members,

During these stressful times, your Local President and Representatives for Local 229 are committed to ensuring your physical and emotional well-being, in both the workplace and the community we proudly serve. 

To that end, the Union has been working collaboratively with Trial Court leaders to develop a course of action to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  We are mindful of your essential role in the many courthouses in the Commonwealth, and understand that each brings unique challenges and opportunities in combating the virus.  We ask for your patience and continued hard work in this challenging environment as we develop a plan of action.  Rest assured that we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of all court employees, and the public utilizing the courts. 

We will be in contact as soon as there is any additional information.

In solidarity, 

NAGE/Trial Court Local 229
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


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



Elizabeth Chabot

Worcester Probate & 
Family Probation



Edward Woods
Executive Vice President
Bristol Probate & Family

Debbie Franey
Brockton District Court 
Executive Secretary
Jason Abraham
Dudley District Probation

David DeCosta
Probate & Family Court Representative
Jay Fielding
Norfolk Probate and Family
Master of Arms

Michelle Rogers
Hampden Superior Court 
Superior Court Representative

Kristin Pepin
Middlesex Juvenile 
Juvenile Court Representative


Graham Bengen
District Court
Probation Officer

Marcia Davis-Garrison
Probation Officer

We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few; but we can't have both. - Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
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