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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! Daniel Morse, 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

  • After escape, DYS updates security

    DYS state fatalities that cost millions to build stand nearly empty and yet private providers running programs in out dated old buildings that weren't built to be securing people as lock up facilities being used.

    A teenager who escaped from a youth detention facility and then allegedly killed a 66-year-old man in Fall River in November had been able to slip out of state custody because a door had no alarm and workers lost track of him, according to a report released Friday.

    The Old Colony YMCA, which runs the security facility on behalf of the state, is in the process of installing alarms on all exit doors and “exploring additional security options that comply with the fire code,” the Department of Youth Services said.

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    The written account from the Department of Youth Services provided new details of how Alexander Mills escaped Nov. 10. He remained at large until Nov. 28, when prosecutors say he fatally shot Donald A. DePina, a taxi driver and former veterans services director who served in Vietnam.

    DePina's son, Barry DePina, 29, of New Bedford, was angered to learn the Old Colony building lacked alarms at the time of Mills’s escape. He said the current fixes are long overdue.

    “Basically, it took my father getting shot in the head for them to do this,” the younger DePina said. “I find that incredibly ridiculous. I’m sorry, but it’s outrageous. This should have been done many, many years ago.”

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    More than 270 escape DYS facilities in 4-year span

    The most prominent escapee, Alexander Mills, was charged last month in the murder of a New Bedford cabdriver.

     

    DYS said the Old Colony escape had also spurred a set of statewide reforms, including the hiring of an outside consultant who will review all procedures at its secure programs.

    Mills is being held without bail on murder charges and is to be arraigned April 4 in Bristol Superior Court. A juvenile has also been charged in the slaying.

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    The state report said Mills, who was committed to Old Colony for punching a boy and taking his cellphone, should have been stopped before he ever made it to the alarm-less door.

    According to the agency, the Old Colony worker responsible for supervising Mills’s transition to another floor in the building “failed to communicate” with staff on the other level, giving Mills the opening he needed to make his escape.

    State officials did not identify the worker or say whether they had disciplined any employees in relation to the case.

    Barry DePina, when informed of the communication issue, said he hoped the offending worker would reach out to him.

    “I want somebody to at least take responsibility for what happened,” DePina said, adding that his family is considering legal options. “I want that person who screwed up to come to me and say, ‘I’m sorry.’ ”

    According to DYS, the Old Colony staff has been conducting monthly emergency response drills since December. The state is also reviewing the program’s reporting compliance and staffing standards.

    The state is also conducting a review of the effectiveness of efforts by DYS and law enforcement agencies to find youths who escape.

    “We take the safety of the hundreds of youth under our care, our staff, and community members very seriously and will continue to make any necessary improvements to strengthen our well-established programs,” DYS spokeswoman Michelle Hillman said.

    According to a separate incident report obtained through a public records request and dated Dec. 1, authorities tried to serve a DYS warrant at several addresses for relatives when there was suspicion Mills was being harbored by family.

    The report states that Mills’s mother told DYS he had gone to his stepsister’s home in Florida, but police there did not find evidence of his being in the state. His mother later admitted she was not honest with DYS staff, the report said.

    More than 270 youths have escaped from DYS in the last four years, and most were returned to custody within 72 hours, but 10 were not found for more than three months, the Globe reported in January, citing state records. Thirty-five of those who escaped committed crimes after absconding.

    “Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my father,” Barry DePina said Friday. “And it’s going to be that way for the rest of my life. I’m angry. Yeah, I’m angry. I don’t think it should take anybody losing their life for this to happen.”

     

    Jan Ransom of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Baker's Proposed FY '17 budget

    Governor Baker released his proposed FY ‘17 budget yesterday afternoon. 

    Our state members who rely on the GIC for healthcare coverage should know that the governor is attempting once again to increase GIC health insurance contribution rates for workers who were hired prior to July 1, 2003.  If you were hired before this date you are currently paying 20 percent of total premium costs.  If you were hired after that date you are paying 25 percent of premium costs.  

    Under the governor’s proposal, all workers would be required to pay 25 percent of premium costs. Therefore, only workers hired prior to July 1, 2003 would be impacted by the governor’s proposal. 

    We are still in the process of reviewing and analyzing the document. However, knowing that GIC contribution rates are always a concern, we wanted to get this information out as soon as possible and assure our members that we will be fighting the governor’s proposal as the FY ‘17 budget process moves forward.  

    It is important to stress that Governor Baker’s proposal is just that – a proposal.  It must be approved by both branches of the legislature. The legislature could completely reject the proposal or approve a variation of it.   

    The House of Representatives will complete their proposed FY ‘17 budget in April.

    The Senate will follow with their FY ‘17 budget proposal in May. 

    Both branches will then work together via a six-member conference committee to iron out differences between the two branches’ budgets and present one unified budget to the governor sometime in June. 

    At that point, the governor cannot add anything to the budget. He can only subtract money and language through a veto.   The legislature can override any veto but they must have the support of two thirds of the 160 House members and two thirds of the 40 senate members to do so.  

    We will keep you posted as the process unfolds.

  • Nominations/Elections for 42nd International Convention

    The 42nd International Convention will be held July 18th to July 22nd in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Local 1368 will be holding nominations of convention delegates, it will be held on February 18th 2016 at our local 1368 union hall 84 Broadway 3rd floor Taunton from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

    The election of delegates will be held at our next schedule E-Board meeting on March 17th at 1:00pm until 4:00pm Local 1368 Union hall.

    All interested attending the convention with questions, please contact me.    

    In Solidarity,

    Paul Faria
    President
    AFSCME Local 1368
    Cell:978.479.0808
    Fax:508.464.5800

  • New Personal Leave MOU

    Sisters/Brothers,

    We are pleased to announce a MOU between AFSCME Council 93/Local 1368 and The Commonwealth of Massachusetts regarding Personal Time. Attached you will find the MOU signed by all parties.

    Sincerely,

    Local 1368 E-Board

     

  • Minimum Dues Increase

    Brothers/Sisters,

    Effective January 1st, 2016 there will be a mandatory dues increase of $.80 per month, which work out to $.40 per pay period for full time employees. This minimum dues increase is a result of research conducted by the international and the overall pay increases of AFSCME members throughout the country. Please see below the attached letter from the International.

     

  • Behavioral Management System

    Brothers/Sisters,

    The Department has asked us for Programs where we feel the Behavioral Based System has fallen short when holding the young men/women in our care accountable. We as a whole are looking for ways to improve it and make it work better for us all. If you either work at a program which has fallen short in these areas or work at a program where this system in working great then we would like to hear from you! Any ideas are welcome and appreciated, as we move forward to hopefully correct this system and again make it a tool at our disposal.

    Thanks

  • Department Disciplining Staff for Face Book

    Hello All,

     

    It has come to my attention that the Department is disciplining staff for face book post,

    Specifically the post I personally made on my personal face book page, last March and where someone either commented or hit likes.

    For a little back ground on this, I and others were then bought before a DYS  investigation some months ago in or around April were as it was clear to me the department was not justify to have the need of investigation never mind anyone being disciplined. I nor did anyone else violated a department policy, 

    Since that time we have not heard back from the Department until now, as which the department is handing out formal warnings and or suspension.

    I want every instance of discipline grieved, I will be fileing Unfair Labor Charge on the overall issue.

    Also for the record this web-site is protected as a Union entity post or comments are not subject to the Department scrutiny, we have always maintained a very high level professionalism.

     

    Please if you or anyone else has any question contract me anytime.   

     

    In Solidarity,

    Paul Faria 

     

     

  • 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.

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