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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

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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

  • Employer’s Re-enforcement of Requirement that Current Training Requirements Must be Met as a Condition of Active Employment

    Hello Brothers and Sisters,

     
     
    DYS received the Union President’s October 3, 2011 Demand to Bargain over the impact over what was, initially, the employer’s proposed change in the overtime policy.  The change would have resulted in those member’s whose training certifications had expired being unable to work overtime. 
     
    The union's demand further requested that DYS cease implementation of the proposed policy until such bargaining can occur.   DYS had participated in meetings with the union on the overtime issue, and we had hoped for a fruitful exchange and an effective airing of the issues and drafting the proposal.  The union had an opportunity to raise its concerns and try to reach agreement with DYS.  The union’s identification of the issue of staff working without required training was very helpful. 
     
    The Union raised the concerns that under the Employer’s proposal, staff would be allowed to work their regularly scheduled work week but not voluntary over time.  We stated that was unfair and would cause harm, causing the employer to force mandatory overtime, and this would create many more issues.
     
    Not withstanding these lengthy and complex discussions, DYS was not willing to cease implementation efforts, and chose an effective date for implementation of June 17, 2013.  DYS did undertake extensive efforts to ensure that program managers work with their staff to ensure that all staff were trained and up to date with all subsequent required annual recertification training. Further, DYS heard the union’s concerns and worked on resolving any issues with the CPR eLearning and sent its staff a communication about this and possible solutions. AFSCME Local 1368 having articulated our concerns on the eLearning and training issues was very helpful.
     
    DYS believes the steps it is taking will eliminate the need for impact bargaining this issue and will alleviate the union's objection to the language in the policy that no staff can work overtime who aren't fully trained.  If the union disagrees, however, DYS is willing to schedule another meeting to discuss this. DYS is committed to ensuring a fair overtime procedure for its entire direct care staff and to working with the union to resolve as many related issues as possible.
     
    On a much broader issue, since the June roll out of the overtime policy staff were informed by managers that those who were not up to date on their training would not be allowed to work at all and would be sent home.  This, of course, raised grave concerns with the union. 
     
    The union entered into discussion with DYS Central Office about the issues with such unfair treatment, noting particularly that staff were not informed by the department of such change in working conditions. The union requested the employer cease and desist from engaging in this change, limiting our members’ ability to work, until we could enter discussions on such.
     
    On October 15, 2013 the Local 1368 President filed a Prohibited Practice charge with the Division of Labor Relations, the state agency that regulates the relationship between public employers and their unions.  The number one issue was the unilateral change in conditions of employment, resulting in our members who did not have current training certifications not being able to work at all.  Such a restriction is a mandatory subject of bargaining. 
     
    On October 22, 2013 DYS and AFSCME Local 1368 executive Board held a labor management meeting at which the department agreed to hold off restricting employees who were non – compliant with their annual training review from working until such time that employees are given notice by the department.
     
    Notice is forthcoming sometime in December 2013, advising employees that, prospectively, the requirement of completion of training will be necessary to work.
     
     
    Foot note:
    All trainings are full day training with paid time.  No employees will be required to use personal time. If travel to and from the training location
     
  • ACU News Letter Fall 2013

     AFSCME Helpes Close Dangerous Private Prisons

    See Fall news letter:http://www.afscme.org/union/jobs-we-do/corrections

  • Shift Change MOU

    Please see the attached MOU regarding shift change and provide input via the comment section or email pfaria1368@gmail.com

    Thank you,

    AFSCME 1368

  • Article on Lee Saunders

    Who is Lee Saunders?

    Lee Saunders is the first black president of AFSCME (the American Federation of State, City Municipal Employees),
    and AFL-CIO. He leads an organization representing 1.6 million union members.

    Read More:

    http://thegrio.com/2013/01/15/thegrios-100-lee-saunders-organizing-americas-largest-union/

  • Juvenile Corrections officer killed during escape

    Pine Bluff AR. Feb 2 2010 A correctional officer at the Jack Jones Juvenile Detention Center was killed and a second injured Saturday night during an escape from the facility. Two of the three people accused in the death were arrested Sunday afternoon in Fort Smith.

    Officer Leonard “Sandy” Wall of Pine Bluff was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m. Sunday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center at Little Rock, said Sheriff’s Department Major Greg Bolin.

    Wall, an eight-year county employee, sustained multiple injuries when he was “jumped” and beaten by the three during a routine security check between 11:15 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson said. He was severely beaten Saturday night and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center before being transferred to UAMS.

    Wall was taken off life support Sunday afternoon and declared dead a short time later. His body was to be sent to the state Crime Lab for an autopsy.

    The second officer, Gloria Wilburn, also of Pine Bluff, was taken to JRMC where she was treated and released, Bolin said. Wilburn went to check on Wall after he didn’t answer his radio and was also beaten by the three.

    Bolin said Wall, about 58 or 59 years old, had gone to do a bed check on a cell occupied by three juveniles who were being held for the Arkansas Department of Youth Services when he was either pushed or pulled into the cell, and beaten by the three young men.

    They were identified as Christopher Beverage, 16, of Fordyce, Nicolas Dismuke, 15, of Helena, and Brandon Henderson, 18, of Fort Smith.

    The three juveniles took Wall’s keys to the building’s cells and doors, then fled from the juvenile center at 301 E. Second Ave., Robinson said.

    A man and woman in a 1995 Chrysler Concord stopped at the Speedway Food Mart, 410 N. Walnut St., just west of the juvenile center, said they were forced from the vehicle by the trio, who also stole cash, then fled in the car.

    Robinson said the stolen car was later recovered between Morrilton and Clarksville off Interstate 40.

    Jefferson County investigators went to Fort Smith where they located and arrested Beverage and Dismuke at about 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Officers in Sebastian County continued to press the search for Henderson, who was considered dangerous, in the Fort Smith area, Robinson said.

    Beverage was being held at the juvenile center on charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, residential burglary and theft of property.

    Dismuke was being held on charges of aggravated robbery and attempted robbery, and Henderson was being held on charges of aggravated assault, criminal use of a prohibited weapon, failure to appear, and battery.

    Bolin said the escape was reported at 11:02 p.m. Saturday, and officers from the Pine Bluff Police Department and Arkansas State Police responded, as well as sheriff’s deputies.

    He said Beverage and Dismuke will be returned to Jefferson County where they will be held pending a court hearing and the filing of formal charges by the prosecuting attorney’s office.

    An investigation into the escape is continuing, Bolin said.

  • GIC Reimbursement/Overpayment Memo

    Dear AFSCME Unit 2 Local leader:
         As I suggested in my e-mail last week, the Commonwealth has notified all those who received an overpayment in error that the overpayment has taken place, and a reimbursement will take place via the paycheck to be issued April 15, 2011.  A copy of the letter most, if not all of them, have already received is attached.  All employees who were underpaid were made whole in the April 1st paycheck.
     A report I have just reviewed indicates there are 1983 Unit 2 folks from whom a deduction is to be made.
        The approximate breakdown of amounts overpaid is as follows:
        $700+         2    people
        $600+         5      "
        $500+        25      "
        $400+        36      "
        $300+        75      "
        $200+        418     "
        $100+        375     "
        $50+         199     "
        $0-49        772     "    
     The practical impact of this overpayment/reimbursement will vary from individual to individual.
       For those folks who have no question with the amount of the overpayment, there is no need for any employee to do anything.
        For those who have a question as to the amount of overpayment and how the figure was reached, we suggest you urge them to call the OptumHealth phone number provided in the attached letter.
       For some, the repayment set for the April 15th check may well constitute an "economic hardship," from which they may wish to seek some relief. Please note that if an employee was overpaid less than $300, they will only see one deduction.  However, if the employee was overpaid more than $300, they will have further deductions of no more than $300 until the balance is paid.
         Neither the Commonwealth nor the vendor can "forgive" the overpayment that was made on March 18th, but our office is working with the Commonwealth on the timing of the reimbursement schedule, though all repayments need to be completed by the June 10, 2011 paycheck.
       So, if any member asks how and if an "economic hardship" based modification of the timing of the reimbursement date(s) can be arranged, advise them to first contact their payroll office, which is aware such requests may be forthcoming.  If the payroll office cannot make the requested accommodation, advise them to call OER at 617-878-9792, with whom we are working to insure appropriate consideration can be afforded every such request.
       Watch your e-mail, and I will get you any new or added information of which I become aware ASAP.
     Joe DeLorey

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