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from the DYS Workers of AFSCME 1368 Greetings from the Massachusetts Dept of Youth Workers, AFSCME Local 1368. If you are a member, please note that you will need to be logged in, to view much of the information that you are looking for. As always, please feel free to contact us with your questions! Paul Faria, President AFSCME Local 1368

Welcome to AFSCME Local 1368

Welcome to the web site for AFSCME Local 1368, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services Employees. Most of the content on this website is only visible once you are logged in, so please be sure to register here to receive our updates. Be sure to take some time and go through the entire site, as you will find a great amount of information. Be sure to send your comments and suggestions directly to me. Thank you.

In Solidarity,
Paul Faria, President

ASFCME 1368 News

  • Dues Increase

    The International has imposed a mandatory dues increase for the new year. Attached is the letter sent to local unions. It will be $.44 per payroll for a full time employee.

  • Upgrades

    As many of you know we have been involved in a dispute with the commonwealth around a contract which involved .25% of the total contract value and how to use it. The committee which was formed @ 4 years ago has finally completely resolved this issue. The first portion of that money was distributed as a one time payout any member who was working when the contract commenced and was still working when it was paid. You saw this I believe a month ago in your paychecks. This money was originally intended as upgrades for various DMH, DPH, DDS, and ISO positions in DYS. The stipulation being all the money had to be spent exactly and it would be part of the budget for each year from now on. While negotiating with the commonwealth there was a surplus of money left over and the committee decided Groupworkers II and III should get that money as they fit the financial parameters to use it all. I was made aware this was a possibility less than a month ago. You will or have received a letter stating this and that your new step date is in July. As well as the retro pay out date. I fully wish every title in DYS would have got an upgrade but that was not possible. 

    Sincerely,

    President Morse

     

  • Contract Negotiations

    The State is crying poor in contract negotiations. They claim low tax revenues and there is little money for raises. The current offer from the State is 1%, 2%, and 2% over 3 years. This is far too low to be acceptable. Furthermore they have told us any monetary items we wish to include need to be taken from this money I.E. hazardous pay for weather emergencies and higher shift differentials. Here is an article from the 10/18/2017 State House News from the Unions in Massachusetts to Governor Baker. It is much tougher to negotiate with a Republican Governor who thinks our jobs should be privatized.

    This was in this morning’s State House News

    UNIONS IRKED BY BAKER'S POSITION IN UNSETTLED CONTRACT TALKS

    By Matt Murphy
    STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

    STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, OCT. 18, 2017.....Animosity has begun to brew between Gov. Charlie Baker's administration and public employee unions negotiating new contracts with the state who believe the governor's team has been low-balling the workers with salary offers that fail to keep up with rising health care costs and increased demands.

    Baker is moving into the final months of his third year in office and the likely start of a re-election campaign with a raft of unsettled contracts hanging over his head.

    Of the 10 contracts covering more than 35,000 state employees that fall under his purview, five have expired, two extend into the summer of 2018 and three contracts for State police, nurses and firefighters expire at the end of the year.

    Several of the largest public employee unions in the state wrote a letter to Baker last Thursday expressing "deep disappointment" in the administration's bargaining position to date, suggesting that the governor's office has drawn a line in the sand and won't accept any collective bargaining agreement that exceeds 5 percent in incremental costs over three years.

    "We don't have unrealistic expectations. We didn't expect that staffing levels were going to go up under your administration. We didn't expect that our health care costs would go down. What we did expect however is that we would get a fair shake from you when it came time to negotiate wages. The simple fact is that we haven't," the union leaders wrote.

    The letter was signed by the heads of the National Association of Government Employees, SEUI Local 509, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, OPEIU Local 6, SEIU Local 888, AFSCME Council 93 and the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

    The unions claim that while the cost of living is increasing roughly 2.5 percent a year, the state workers have been offered two raises in fiscal 2018 of just 0.5 percent each. They further suggest that municipal union workers have signed multi-year agreements with cities and towns with increases in excess of 2 percent each year.

    "We don't expect to be treated better than other public employees, but we didn't expect to be treated worse," they wrote.

    The Baker administration responded to the letter by pointing out ways in which it has worked with unions, including SEIU Local 509, to reduce caseloads on social workers and invest in the Department of Children and Families to improve conditions for workers. The governor's office pointed to $114 million invested in DCF that has resulted in new hires and progress toward achieving collectively bargained caseload ratios for social workers of 18 to 1.

    "The Executive Office for Administration and Finance and the Office of Employee Relations are in ongoing discussions with state employee unions regarding new contracts, and are committed to providing fair and reasonable benefits to our hardworking state employees to continue progress on issues like staffing and caseload management at agencies such as the Department of Children and Families," Administration and Finance spokeswoman Sarah Finlaw said in a statement.

    The letter, according to a spokesman for SEIU Local 509, was hand-delivered to Baker's office last Friday, around the same time that unions had another bargaining session during which the salary offers from the administration did not change. The SEIU Local 509 represents two bargaining units of 8,439 social workers and secondary education employees whose contract expired on Dec. 31, 2016. The previous three-year contract for those units included 3 percent annualized salary increases for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

    In addition to the social workers and school employees, 9,669 clerical, skilled trades and administrative employees unionized by NAGE and 7,918 institutional services employees and 67 corrections officers and 1,725 scientists and engineers are working without contracts.

    The unions, who negotiate separately but were aiming to present a unified front, said in the letter that their members have taken "deep cuts in take-home pay" due to increases in health insurance co-pays and deductibles implemented through the Group Insurance Commission by the Baker administration. They have also dealt with budget cuts and staff turnover and reductions because of early retirement programs implemented by the governor to generate budget savings.

    "We ask that you reconsider the economic parameters of our negotiations. We ask that you authorize settlements that are more in tune with the increase in the Consumer Price Index, as well as other public sector settlements reached in FY 18 in Massachusetts," the unions wrote.

    -END-
    10/18/2017

  • 11th Annual AFSCME Council 93 Memorial Scholarship Golf tournament

    I am excited to announce the plans for this year’s AFSCME Council 93 Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament! 

    As you may know, we are going into our 11th year. Last year, due largely in part to your generosity, we were able to raise over $36,000, which is the largest amount of money we have raised in a single year, since the scholarship golf tournament's inception 11 years ago.  

    I am again asking for your assistance this year to meet or beat the fundraising efforts of last year by participating in our event this year and/or by sponsoring a hole or making any other contributions to this worthy cause.  For your convenience and review, I have attached a copy of the registration and sponsorship forms for this year’s event. 

    Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns pertaining to this matter.

    Thanking you in advance for your consideration,

     

    Mark Bernard

    AFSCME Council 93

    8 Beacon St, 9th Floor

    Boston, MA  02108

    Phone – (617) 367-6033

    Fax – (617) 391-2796

    E-mail – mbernard@afscme93.org

  • VOTE!

    Vote!!! Make sure you get out and elect the individuals who will lead this country and your state for the years to come. Nothing is more important than choosing the people who will make the laws and decisions that effect you financially. Make sure your family and friends get out and vote. Give them a ride if they need it, but make sure you and anyone else you know is not silenced due to lack of getting to the poles!

  • ELECTIONS

    ***ELECTIONS***

    You will all be receiving a ballot(s) in the mail some time in the next day or two. You will notice there is only one or two ballots to vote for, depending on where you work, this is because the following officers were nominated and unopposed. Therefore the follow positions were elected through acclamation and will serve a 2 year term:

    President: Dan Morse

    Vice-President: Grace Velasquez

    Secretary-Treasurer: Daniele Rose

    Sargent-at-Arms: Chris Duquette

    Western Region Executive Board: Richard Harrigan

    Central Region Executive Board: Frank Ojeda

    Northeast Region Executive Board: Amara Freeman

    Southeast Region Executive Board: Clinton Silva

    Trustee: Paul Faria

    Trustee: Cecilia Crawford

    Trustee: James Collins

     

    ***IMPORTANT*** Make sure you put your ballot(s) in the blue envelope and seal it then (fold it if necessary) and put in the prepaid envelope for return. It is important you use the provided materials to ensure your vote counts! They are numbered to prevent fraud.

  • LOCAL 1368 NOTICE OF NOMINATION AND ELECTIONS

     Local 1368 Norminations for all officers will be held at our regular schedule Excutive E-Board meeting Thursday, September 15th 2015 Starting at 2pm 84 BROADWAY 3rd FL. TAUNTON MA.

    Please see attach flyer for futher details.

  • Justice department ends prison privatization

    have some great news to share with you today: The Department of Justice just announced it will end its use of private prisons after a critical report showed these for-profit facilities don’t provide the safety and rehabilitation our communities deserve.

    This decision reinforces what we’ve always known: The dedicated women and men working in our nation’s federal, state and local public prisons keep our communities safe, day in and day out, and they do it more cost effectively than for-profit prisons. Corporate prisons cut corners to make a profit with devastating results: higher levels of violence, escapes, recidivism, and inmate and staff deaths.

    Private prisons are a failed experiment.

    We’ve just released a statement in support of this announcement which you can read on our website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. The Washington Post’s initial report on this story, including a copy of the Justice Department’s memo, can be found on washingtonpost.com.

    We applaud the Justice Department’s decision to discontinue the use of private prisons, and we call on state and local governments, as well as the Department of Homeland Security, to follow their lead and reject for-profit prisons once and for all.

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