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Letter from Local 1368 President

October 21, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would like to update you with what has been happening within AFSCME and our Local 1368. First, I would like to apologize for the lack of communication but I am hoping this will open up avenues to communicate better. Before January 2019, the union was not able to communicate via the state email system but is now approved to do so. This is my first attempt to send out a mass email and I hope it finds you well.

If you have not received it already, election notices have been mailed for the positions within our Local. The current officers are as follows:

  • President – Francisco Ojeda
  • Vice President – Clinton Silva
  • Secretary Treasurer – Susan Smith Campbell
  • Recording Secretary – Julie Berube Eaton
  • Sergeant-at-Arms  - Vacant
  • Metro Chief Steward – Curtiss Carter
  • Southeast Chief Steward – Vacant
  • Northeast Chief Steward – Liam Conole
  • Central Chief Steward – Vacant
  • Western Chief Steward – James Collins

Since Covid-19 hit back in March, I have been meeting weekly with DYS Deputy Commissioner Margaret Chow-Menzer and the Director of Labor Relations, Donna Morin.  I would like to thank you all for the hard work you have been doing for the Commonwealth during these difficult times. Covid-19 has tested us all and continues to do so. I hope you are all wearing your masks and have enough PPE supplies for your offices and units. If you have any concerns or issues about Covid-19 or lack of supplies please contact me or a Chief Steward.

AFSCME Council 93 has filed charges of Unfair Labor Practices (ULP) with mandating the Covid-19 testing, which most of you are doing on a bi-weekly basis now. They have also filed on the hazard pay, which was a federal funded stimulus package to all states. Massachusetts used this stimulus package for essential employees and named it hazard pay.  As more information comes forth on this issue, I will post it on our Local 1368 website. If you have not already done so, please go to www.afscme1368.org  and sign-up for the latest information about our Local.

As most of you are aware our contract was up in July 2020. Contract negotiations were stopped due to Covid-19 but are slowly beginning to resume. 

Attached to this letter you will find the latest Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the Commonwealth has released on the installation of Telematics in all our state vehicles. This will concern anyone who drives a state vehicle at any point so please read through this new MOU.

Talks among Council 93 and the Commonwealth have begun on the potential upcoming mandated Flu vaccine. Council 93 is already aware of our Local’s and other Local’s objection. Council 93 is prepared to file charges of Unfair Labor Practices if the mandate is released.

Any new DYS employees as of January 01, 2020, please reach out to your Local 1368 Chief Steward to fill out a new membership card.

If you have any questions or concerns at all please reach out to one of the officers above or your current stewards. They are as follows:

Metro                                                                                                  Southeast                                                                                          
Anna Maria DiGisi                                                                                 Chris Moore
Edwin Centeio                                                                                       Lemmie Nunes
Byron Smalls                                                                                         Roy Cruthird
Ford Boakye                                                                                      
Mike McPherson                                                                            
Sonya Tarver                                                                                        Northeast
Steve Morgan                                                                                       Steve Balian
                                                                                                            Tara Goodridge
Daniel Ducksworth                                                                              Western
                                                                                                           Victor Burgos
                                                                                                           Gregory Lockwood

Stay well and healthy. We are in this together.

In Solidarity,

Francisco Ojeda, Jr.