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,
 
Mike Sorrenti
President, Trial Court Local 458
 
April 21, 2021
 
We have received an updated Seniority List from Human Resources. The updated list can be found below. This has been a long, frustrating wait for a current seniority list and going forward, Local President Sorrenti will be asking Human Resources for this list to be updated after each graduating Court Officer academy and each Associate Court Officer new hire orientation. 

ACCO CO ACO Seniority List (as of 1/1/2021)
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


 

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



 
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

 
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
 
Jun 18, 2019

 

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 
 


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
Garrett Dyer
Block 2
413-320-5031 (cell)
 
 
 
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 
 
 
 



 
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