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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.

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, 

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, 

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).

AFSCME Council 93 The Beacon

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:   

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

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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