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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,
Paul Faria, President

ASFCME 1368 News

  • Gov. Charlie Baker: Cap sick leave on top earners, not rank and file

    Unions on Wednesday began to push back against Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to cap public employee sick time, a bill that faces major hurdles to pass before the end of this year's legislative session.

    "We believe the Baker administration should begin by focusing on the top earners in the administration before looking at the rank-and-file state employees," said Jim Durkin, director of legislation, political action and communications for AFSCME Council 93.

     

    Here’s more information on what was discussed today on the sick leave cap proposed by Governor Baker:

    http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/06/unions_oppose_gov_charlie_bake.html

    This one is from a few weeks ago when he filed the bill:

    http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/05/unions_to_gov_charlie_baker_ca.html

  • 2016 Council 93 Memorial Scholarship Application and Criteria

    Attached you will find the application and criteria for this year’s Council 93 Memorial Scholarship.  All applications and essays must be received by July 1, 2016.  This application is also available on our website at www.afscme93.org.    

     

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call Dianne Hurley at DHurley@AFSCME93.ORG - Office phone: 617-367-6015

    Thank you.

    Paul Faria 

     

  • AFSCME and Dr. King

    Our Union » History » AFSCME and Dr. King

    AFSCME and Dr. King

    I Am A Man

    On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Memphis to support AFSCME sanitation workers. That evening, he delivered his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech to a packed room of supporters. The next day, he was assassinated.

     

    http://www.afscme.org/union/history/mlk/ive-been-to-the-mountaintop-by-d...

     

     

     

     

  • 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.

    The Old Colony YMCA, which runs the security facility on behalf of the state, is in the process of installing alarms on all exit doors and “exploring additional security options that comply with the fire code,” the Department of Youth Services said.

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    The written account from the Department of Youth Services provided new details of how Alexander Mills escaped Nov. 10. He remained at large until Nov. 28, when prosecutors say he fatally shot Donald A. DePina, a taxi driver and former veterans services director who served in Vietnam.

    DePina's son, Barry DePina, 29, of New Bedford, was angered to learn the Old Colony building lacked alarms at the time of Mills’s escape. He said the current fixes are long overdue.

    “Basically, it took my father getting shot in the head for them to do this,” the younger DePina said. “I find that incredibly ridiculous. I’m sorry, but it’s outrageous. This should have been done many, many years ago.”

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    More than 270 escape DYS facilities in 4-year span

    The most prominent escapee, Alexander Mills, was charged last month in the murder of a New Bedford cabdriver.

     

    DYS said the Old Colony escape had also spurred a set of statewide reforms, including the hiring of an outside consultant who will review all procedures at its secure programs.

    Mills is being held without bail on murder charges and is to be arraigned April 4 in Bristol Superior Court. A juvenile has also been charged in the slaying.

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    The state report said Mills, who was committed to Old Colony for punching a boy and taking his cellphone, should have been stopped before he ever made it to the alarm-less door.

    According to the agency, the Old Colony worker responsible for supervising Mills’s transition to another floor in the building “failed to communicate” with staff on the other level, giving Mills the opening he needed to make his escape.

    State officials did not identify the worker or say whether they had disciplined any employees in relation to the case.

    Barry DePina, when informed of the communication issue, said he hoped the offending worker would reach out to him.

    “I want somebody to at least take responsibility for what happened,” DePina said, adding that his family is considering legal options. “I want that person who screwed up to come to me and say, ‘I’m sorry.’ ”

    According to DYS, the Old Colony staff has been conducting monthly emergency response drills since December. The state is also reviewing the program’s reporting compliance and staffing standards.

    The state is also conducting a review of the effectiveness of efforts by DYS and law enforcement agencies to find youths who escape.

    “We take the safety of the hundreds of youth under our care, our staff, and community members very seriously and will continue to make any necessary improvements to strengthen our well-established programs,” DYS spokeswoman Michelle Hillman said.

    According to a separate incident report obtained through a public records request and dated Dec. 1, authorities tried to serve a DYS warrant at several addresses for relatives when there was suspicion Mills was being harbored by family.

    The report states that Mills’s mother told DYS he had gone to his stepsister’s home in Florida, but police there did not find evidence of his being in the state. His mother later admitted she was not honest with DYS staff, the report said.

    More than 270 youths have escaped from DYS in the last four years, and most were returned to custody within 72 hours, but 10 were not found for more than three months, the Globe reported in January, citing state records. Thirty-five of those who escaped committed crimes after absconding.

    “Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my father,” Barry DePina said Friday. “And it’s going to be that way for the rest of my life. I’m angry. Yeah, I’m angry. I don’t think it should take anybody losing their life for this to happen.”

     

    Jan Ransom of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Baker's Proposed FY '17 budget

    Governor Baker released his proposed FY ‘17 budget yesterday afternoon. 

    Our state members who rely on the GIC for healthcare coverage should know that the governor is attempting once again to increase GIC health insurance contribution rates for workers who were hired prior to July 1, 2003.  If you were hired before this date you are currently paying 20 percent of total premium costs.  If you were hired after that date you are paying 25 percent of premium costs.  

    Under the governor’s proposal, all workers would be required to pay 25 percent of premium costs. Therefore, only workers hired prior to July 1, 2003 would be impacted by the governor’s proposal. 

    We are still in the process of reviewing and analyzing the document. However, knowing that GIC contribution rates are always a concern, we wanted to get this information out as soon as possible and assure our members that we will be fighting the governor’s proposal as the FY ‘17 budget process moves forward.  

    It is important to stress that Governor Baker’s proposal is just that – a proposal.  It must be approved by both branches of the legislature. The legislature could completely reject the proposal or approve a variation of it.   

    The House of Representatives will complete their proposed FY ‘17 budget in April.

    The Senate will follow with their FY ‘17 budget proposal in May. 

    Both branches will then work together via a six-member conference committee to iron out differences between the two branches’ budgets and present one unified budget to the governor sometime in June. 

    At that point, the governor cannot add anything to the budget. He can only subtract money and language through a veto.   The legislature can override any veto but they must have the support of two thirds of the 160 House members and two thirds of the 40 senate members to do so.  

    We will keep you posted as the process unfolds.

  • 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, 

    Since that time we have not heard back from the Department until now, as which the department is handing out formal warnings and or suspension.

    I want every instance of discipline grieved, I will be fileing Unfair Labor Charge on the overall issue.

    Also for the record this web-site is protected as a Union entity post or comments are not subject to the Department scrutiny, we have always maintained a very high level professionalism.

     

    Please if you or anyone else has any question contract me anytime.   

     

    In Solidarity,

    Paul Faria 

     

     

  • 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:   

    The committee budget rejects Governor Baker’s proposal to shift more GIC premium costs to state and higher education employees.  The budget must still be voted on by the entire House and we must still fight to ensure that the Senate rejects Governor Baker's proposal.  However, today's action by the Ways and Means Committee is a major victory in this ongoing battle.  Jim and Molly will keep us informed of future developments. 

     

  • 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

    The incentive is that Eligible employees must apply for retirement on or after April 6, 2015 and not later than May 29, 2015, The requested retirement date must be on or before June 30, 2015.

    It is important to note that this proposed legislation must be voted on and passed by the state legislature. AFSCME members should be aware that the legislature could make changes to the legislation including changes to eligibility requirements. Any changes to the proposed law that may occur will be posted on this website.

    Please see link below about the proposed early incentive by the Governor Baker.

    http://www.afscme93.org/2015/03/06/blogpost/early-retirement-incentive-legislation-proposed-by-governor-baker2/

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