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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,
Francisco Ojeda Jr., President

ASFCME 1368 News

  • Military Leave

    As many of you know, there has been an issue for some time now with the law that governs paid time off for armed forces related leave and maintaining seniority and the accrual of paid sick, personal and vacation time during such leave. 

    The current law states that paid leave would be provided “not exceeding 34 days in any state fiscal year and not exceeding 17 days in any federal fiscal year.”

    The good news is you don’t have to spend any time trying to figure out what the above language means because we were able to fix it and expand the benefit. 

    As you may recall, attempts to correct this problem at the bargaining table and in the 2015-2016 legislative session were unsuccessful. So at the start of the current 2017-2018 session, Council 93 turned to a legislator who would understand the problem and appreciate the need to fix it. We approached State Rep. Hank Naughton, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and currently serves as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves. 

    Rep. Naughton filed legislation at our request and we are happy to report our bill was recently passed as part of a broader bill entitled: An Act Relative to Veterans’ Benefits, Rights, Appreciation, Validation and Enforcement. 

    The new law will be effective on November 8th, 2018.  It removes the confusing state/federal fiscal year language and expands the paid leave to 40 days annually. It also maintains the requirement that such employees shall “not lose any seniority or any accrued vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave, compensation time or earned overtime.”

    We thank our members who brought this issue to our attention and we thank Rep. Naughton for working with us to clarify and expand this important benefit.

    In Solidarity,

    Mark Bernard

    Special Assistant to the Executive Director

    AFSCME Council 93

  • Youth Detention Workplace Violence

    Attached you will find a fact sheet on this subject we hope you can contract your steward to provide information with incidents of staff violence, local 1368 has incident reports to document issues and concerns. 

     There are links to OSHA guidance in the document, We hope you can share important experiences, especially regarding activities to meet the challenges presented by short-staffing and workplace violence....

  • Final Tentative Agreement for Unit 2

    Hello Everyone,

    Attached is the fully integrated and executed tentative agreement.  Please feel free to review and share w members, we are now going to work on putting the summary sheet/flyer together so that it may be mailed out to the members.  This flyer will also include the voting date/times/locations as well as the Agency Fee notice that is required to be sent out as well.  

    As always, feel free to let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

    Paul Faria 

    AFSCME Council 93 Staff Repersatative 

  • 11th Annual AFSCME Council 93 Memorial Scholarship Golf tournament

    I am excited to announce the plans for this year’s AFSCME Council 93 Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament! 

    As you may know, we are going into our 11th year. Last year, due largely in part to your generosity, we were able to raise over $36,000, which is the largest amount of money we have raised in a single year, since the scholarship golf tournament's inception 11 years ago.  

    I am again asking for your assistance this year to meet or beat the fundraising efforts of last year by participating in our event this year and/or by sponsoring a hole or making any other contributions to this worthy cause.  For your convenience and review, I have attached a copy of the registration and sponsorship forms for this year’s event. 

    Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns pertaining to this matter.

    Thanking you in advance for your consideration,


    Mark Bernard

    AFSCME Council 93

    8 Beacon St, 9th Floor

    Boston, MA  02108

    Phone – (617) 367-6033

    Fax – (617) 391-2796

    E-mail – mbernard@afscme93.org


     Notice of Nominations and Elections went out and nominations were held on October 30th 2020.

    There was no need to have elections all nomination went uncontested. 

    Please see attach flyer for futher details.

  • Justice department ends prison privatization

    have some great news to share with you today: The Department of Justice just announced it will end its use of private prisons after a critical report showed these for-profit facilities don’t provide the safety and rehabilitation our communities deserve.

    This decision reinforces what we’ve always known: The dedicated women and men working in our nation’s federal, state and local public prisons keep our communities safe, day in and day out, and they do it more cost effectively than for-profit prisons. Corporate prisons cut corners to make a profit with devastating results: higher levels of violence, escapes, recidivism, and inmate and staff deaths.

    Private prisons are a failed experiment.

    We’ve just released a statement in support of this announcement which you can read on our website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. The Washington Post’s initial report on this story, including a copy of the Justice Department’s memo, can be found on washingtonpost.com.

    We applaud the Justice Department’s decision to discontinue the use of private prisons, and we call on state and local governments, as well as the Department of Homeland Security, to follow their lead and reject for-profit prisons once and for all.

  • Paul Sinkiewicz Legislative Sick Leave Bank

    Hello Brothers and Sisters,


    I am writing to you all to ask that you please help out a fellow union brother, co-worker and friend Paul Sinkiewicz.  The union especially AFSCME Council 93 Jim Dukin help facilitate a sick leave bank for Paul for those of you who do not know Paul he has worked at DYS for more than 20 years as a Group worker and currently a Transportation Officer  Just last year Paul brought his first home.

    He unexpectedly became ill also last year and has been unable to return to work since; we wish him well and hope to see him return to work at some point.

    But until that time Paul has exhausted all his leave balances he would be so grateful if you could provide him with a donation of time, no amounts are to large or too small.

    Please see the attached memo regarding a Legislative Leave Bank that has been established for Paul Sinkiewicz. Any questions related to this matter should be directed to Anita Holbrook DYS HR liaison or Cathy Chan, CYF Benefits and Leave Unit at (617)348-9407.


    In Solidarity

    Paul L Faria

    AFSCME Local 1368 President 

  • URGENT: Legislative Action Needed

    Dear AFSCME Members:

    Immediate action is needed by AFSCME state workers to stop a significant increase in GIC healthcare contribution rates and cuts to our sick leave benefits.  

    Governor Baker has used his veto power to strike language in the FY2017 budget that maintains current contribution rates for all state employees.

    Unless state legislators override this veto, all state workers will be paying 25% of GIC premium costs. 

    Currently, workers hired prior to July 1, 2003 are paying 20% of premium costs. 

    This effort by Governor Baker sends us down a dangerous path that could result in steady increases in contribution rates for ALL workers in years to come.


    The governor is also attempting to use the FY2017 budget to cap accrued sick time, which would reduce our sick leave buyback payments at retirement and may hurt members who unexpectedly face a catastrophic illness or injury. 

    You can make a big difference in this fight, simply by making TWO PHONE CALLS.

    We need you to call your state representative AND state senator and ask them to oppose Governor Baker’s effort to increase health insurance costs and reduce our earned sick time benefits.

    When you call, simply provide your name and where you work and live.  Then ask your legislator to: “support an override of the governor’s veto on GIC contribution rates and reject his amendment to cap earned sick time.”

    Any state legislative office can be reached by calling 617-722-2000. If you do not know who your state representative and state senator is, or if you want the direct phone line to their offices, click here for a directory of legislators organized by city and town. 

    You can call anytime.  If you get voicemail, leave a detailed message.

    These calls make a tremendous difference.  Please take action now and feel free to email me or call anytime with questions including identifying your state representative and senator.     

     Attached please find the letter being delivered to the House re overrides, Finally, please share this information with your members and ask them to make calls as well.


    Thank you in advance for your help.  

    In Solidarity,

    Jim Durkin

    Director of Legislation, Political Action and Communications

    AFSCME Council 93

    8 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108

    OFFICE: 617-367-6012