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Contract Ratified!!

Congratulations to everyone, the contract ratified by a margin of 85%

Here are the official results of the ratification broken down by polling location:

Berkshire Community College 13 Yes 4 No 17

Western MA Hospital  101 Yes 24 No 125

AFSCME Council 93 Western MA Office 83 Yes 15 No 98

Templeton  49 Yes 2 No 51

Holyoke Soldier’s Home  74 Yes 12 No 86

WRCH 163 Yes 63 No 226

Hogan Regional 91 Yes 8 No 99

Framingham State Police HQ 27 Yes 4 No 31

Contract Ratification Vote and Locations!

CONTRACT RATIFICATION INFORMATION FOR THE ALLIANCE - UNIT 2

Contract Ratification Voting Sites
Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
7 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise indicated

AFSCME Council 93
9th Floor Conference Room
8 Beacon St, Boston

AFSCME Council 93
Western MA Office
21 Wilbraham St, Bldg 51
Palmer

Berkshire Community College
Room G9
West St, Pittsfield

Chelsea Soldiers Home
Chelsea auditorium
91 Crest Ave, Chelsea

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.

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.

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

Union Cards

Brothers and Sisters,

PLEASE READ IN ENTIRETY: Your Stewards will be coming around asking you to fill out a membership card for them. This is important as we do not have an accurate list of addresses for you all and when we sent out our yearly letter we received many back with bad addresses. We have elections coming up and those will be done through the mail, important correspondences can be sent out this way to inform you of what is going on with your Union

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

 

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

Fire Safety Officer Demand to Bargain (URGENT)

Brothers and Sisters of AFSCME Local 1368:

Western Area General Membership Meeting

 Cancelled this date will reschdule 

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