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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

  • Fire Safety Officer Demand to Bargain (URGENT)

    Brothers and Sisters of AFSCME Local 1368:

                             The Department plans to implement a revised version of their Fire Prevention Policy. The Department will require every Unit, Building, and/or District Office to have a "Fire Safety Officer (FSO)" as listed on the attached policy. The impact of this will affect a lot of our members with an already heavy workload. We, as your Union and on your behalf, demanded to bargain over the impact of this policy due to how greatly it would affect the members of Local 1368 (See Attached Letter). The Department agreed to bargain and our first meeting was held on October 6th, 2015. Our next meeting will be held on October 22, 2015 and we need your help! Anyone who is currently in this role or any of you who have feedback or concerns please contact us! There is a lot being put on the Fire Safety Officer in this policy and we need your help to make sure it can be done.

    Thank you,

    In Solidarity The Executive Board of AFSCME Local 1368.

  • AFSCME Council 93 22nd Biennial Convention - Nominations/Elections

    Attention All Members:

    The 22nd Biennial Convention will commence on November 5th and end on November 8th 2015, unless the business of the convention should end sooner.

    Nominations: will be held on October 2nd, 2015 from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM at the Local Union Hall (84 Broadway 3rd Fl. Taunton, MA 02780).

    Nominations must be made in person and the member being nominated must be in good standing (up to date on your Union Dues). "A delegate representing a local union must," from the month of July, 2015 "until the opening of the conference be a member in good standing of the local represented" (International Union Constitution, Article IV, Section 12).

    The Nominated person can accept in person or by written acceptance on the above date and time at the above mentioned location.

    Elections: Should the need arise for an Election, Elections will be held on October 5th, 2015 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at the Local Union Hall (84 Broadway 3rd Fl. Taunton, MA 02780).

    Votes may only be cast at the above mentioned date and time, at the above mentioned location.

  • The 93 Beacon

    Here is the latest edition of the Council 93 Newsletter "The 93 Beacon" for your reading pleasure.

    http://cdn-ecomm.dreamingcode.com/public/244/documents/Current-SPRINGFin...

  • PREA Group Update

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

     

    On June 10th, we met with Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason and staff from the Department of Justice and the PREA Resource Center to discuss problems with PREA and potential solutions. In addition to AFSCME staff, ACU members John Hillyard and Marty Hathaway attended the meeting.

     

    The meeting included candid discussion of a number of our questions and concerns with PREA, including:

    • Announcing the entrance of female officers onto male housing units
    • Cross-gender monitoring of female inmates in the hospital
    • Improper use of background checks
    • Cross-gender monitoring of inmates on constant observation status

     

    Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason and her staff demonstrated a willingness to listen to our concerns, and have committed to working with ACU on an ongoing basic. Specifically, Department of Justice staff have committed to:

    1. Submit the questions we raised to the DOJ-PREA Working Group, and to provide answers publicly where possible
    2. Accept additional questions as they arise for consideration by the DOJ-PREA Working Group
    3. Include clarifying information on issues raised by AFSCME within the FAQs and other appropriate areas
    4. Attend the upcoming Public Safety Congress in September
    5. Consult AFSCME/ACU for input on certain documents produced by the PREA Resource Center including a current draft document related to staffing
    6. Create a process for more regular communication and sharing of information including scheduling another meeting between ACU and DOJ—with participation from Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason—in approximately six months to touch base and ensure that we are making progress in our efforts to address our concerns.

     

    Going forward, we will provide periodic updates to keep everyone informed on the progress of our work with DOJ. But, as always, please feel free to reach out any time with questions, comments or concerns.

     

    In Solidarity,

     

    Darrin Spann

  • Support Client and Worker Safety in the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services and Vote for H.111

    Please sign this Change.org petition and ask the Mass General Court to take the first step in ensuring the safety of clients and employees of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services which is the juvenile justice agency for the commonwealth.

    The petition urges Massachusetts state legislators to support H.111 which would create a special commission tasked with studying the issue of client and staff safety in DYS facilities recommending necessary changes to the administration.

  • GIC HIGHER PREMIUM COST REJECTED BY COMMITTEE

    The House Ways and Means Committee released its FY 16 budget proposal this afternoon. We are still in the process of analyzing the entire budget, but wanted to share some early good news with you:   

    The committee budget rejects Governor Baker’s proposal to shift more GIC premium costs to state and higher education employees.  The budget must still be voted on by the entire House and we must still fight to ensure that the Senate rejects Governor Baker's proposal.  However, today's action by the Ways and Means Committee is a major victory in this ongoing battle.  Jim and Molly will keep us informed of future developments. 

     

  • Early Retirement Incecentive

    Note If and when passed though legislation: Department of Youth Service Employees are eligible, but you must already qualify for retirement under group 1 provisions, meaning you must meet the minumun qualifing factors for group 1., which are at least 10 years of service and the age of 55. {See Link below to retirement percentage chart}

    http://www.mass.gov/treasury/docs/retirement/retpercentagechartbeforeapril2-2012.pdf

    The incentive is that Eligible employees must apply for retirement on or after April 6, 2015 and not later than May 29, 2015, The requested retirement date must be on or before June 30, 2015.

    It is important to note that this proposed legislation must be voted on and passed by the state legislature. AFSCME members should be aware that the legislature could make changes to the legislation including changes to eligibility requirements. Any changes to the proposed law that may occur will be posted on this website.

    Please see link below about the proposed early incentive by the Governor Baker.

    http://www.afscme93.org/2015/03/06/blogpost/early-retirement-incentive-legislation-proposed-by-governor-baker2/

  • DYS Safety Bill Filed by Union HB: HD2434

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    Please see attachment of a Bill that was filed by AFSCME Council 93.
     AFSCME Local 1368 Executive Board (your union) has been working with the D.Y.S. of many years to insure the Youth we care for and the staff that provide the service have a safe,secure environment to provide treatment.
    We feel at this time Department has not given the staff the ability to protect themselves and the clients, we are asking that the data from  D.Y.S. on assaults on clients and staff in Regions and Program types to be examine.
    Further that the best practices are look for to approach issues that have confronted us for years in regards to staffing shortages, policies and procedures that are or are not working.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or suggestions your input is valued.  

    In Solidarity,
    Paul L Faria
    President
    AFSCME Local 1368 

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