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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! Francisco Ojeda, President AFSCME Local 1368

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,
Paul Faria, 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

  • Vote!!! Choose Your Boss!!!

    Vote!Make your voice heard!! Choose your Boss!!! This election decides who we negotiate with next time!! Is the Charlie Baker minimum enough for you? If not vote Jay Gonzalez for Governor!!!!

  • Nominations/Elections UPDATE

    Nominations for all postions within the Local were held on October 1st, 2018 as was laid out in the mailer you received. All positions had individuals nominated and none of the positions had more than one nomination. Therefore no elections are necessary and as in accordance with AFSCME Elections code the following nominees are considered elected:

    • President - Daniel Morse (Hadley Assessment)
    • Vice President - Francisco Ojeda (Leahy Control)
    • Secretary Treasurer - Eric Pimentel (Suffolk County Detention)
    • Recording Secretary - Julie Berube Eaton (Central Transportation)
    • Sergeant-at-Arms - Christopher Duquette (Sharpe Transition)
    • Southeast Executive Board - Clinton Silva (Goss Treatment)
    • Northeast Executive Board - Angel Heredia (Northeast Transportation)
    • Western Executive Board - James Collins (Westfield Detention)
    • Metro Executive Board - Brian Carroll (Metro Transportation)
    • Central Executive Board - Susan Smith (Pellitier Assessment)
    • Trustee (2 Year Term) - Sonya Tarver
    • Trustee (1 Year Term) - Cecelia Crawford

    Congratulations to those who have been elected and let's keep this Union moving forward over the next 2 years as we have over the last 2.

    In Solidarity,

    Daniel Morse




    Nominations will be held on October 1st, 2018 at the Union Hall (84 Broadway, 3rd Floor Taunton, MA) from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM for the following positions:

    PRESIDENT - 2 YEAR TERM                                                  VICE PRESIDENT - 2 YEAR TERM






    TRUSTEE - 2 YEAR TERM                                                      TRUSTEE - 1 YEAR TERM

    To be nominated and elected you must be a member in good standing. You do not have to be present for your nomination and are only required to opt out of nomination.

    Should elections be needed, they will be done by mail. Ballots will be mailed out on on or about October 5th, 2018 and must be received on or before October 29th, 2018 in order to be counted.

  • Benchmark hit!! Another Retro 1%!

    Good news!! 

    State revenues for the fiscal year that ended June 30th have exceeded the benchmark agreed to in our state contract.  That means all workers covered under our state alliance contract will receive an additional 1% pay increase retroactive to July 1, 2017!  This additional 1% increase will be provided on top of the other pay increases negotiated in our contract.  The pay raise It also applies to our members working in Suffolk County Corrections. Congratulations to our members on this well-deserved increase! 

  • 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....

  • Pay Raises

    You should see a raise in your pay check this week as well as a years worth of retro from July 2017. Your next raise is early July as well so you should be seeing that second paycheck of July. Additionally there is a comp day for being essential personnel in your paycheck to use, this expires end of each year and you get a new one. We will keep you informed on the tax revenue numbers but they look good. If we hit those numbers, you will get an additional 1% raise with retro back to July 2017. 

    With the upgrades last year the GWIIs and IIIs will be getting step raises this month if you’re not maxed out. Any questions reach out to President Morse dmorse1368@gmail.com or your local steward.

  • Contract Funded!!

    A message from Jim Durkin in regards to your contract:

    The supplemental budget containing the funding for the Unit 2 State Contract was passed by both branches of the legislature yesterday and has been signed into law by the governor.  As we were hoping, the house and senate set aside their differences in their versions of the spending bill and passed the items that both sides supported, including our contract funding.  Both branches attached what is referred to as an emergency preamble to the bill, which means it became law immediately after it was signed by the governor as opposed to the standard 90 day waiting period. 





    Jim Durkin

    Director of Legislation, Political Action

    and Communications

    AFSCME Council 93