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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



    Nominations to attend the International Convention which will be held in Boston, Massachusetts from July 15th - July 21st, 2018 will be held on April 9th, 2018 at our Union Hall Located at 84 Broadway, Taunton, MA 02780 from 9am-1pm. Anyone wishing to attend as a delegate must be nominated during this time and be a member in good standing of AFSCME Local 1368.

    Should Elections be necessary to elect delegates: Elections for International Convention Delegates will be held on April 19th, 2018 at our Union Hall Located at 84 Broadway, Taunton, MA 02780 from 9am - 1pm.

  • 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

    Tewksbury State Hospital  163 Yes 25 No 188

    Shattuck Hospital  119 Yes 35 No 154

    AFSCME Council 93 Boston Office 11 Yes 10 No 21

    Wrentham Developmental  261 Yes 17 No 278

    Taunton State Hospital  116 Yes 23 No 139

    Pocasset  18 Yes 5 No 23

    Corrigan Mental Health  21 Yes 2 No 23

    Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital 85 Yes 4 No 89

    Chelsea Soldier’s Home  68 Yes 6 No 74

    Total Yes 1463 Total No 259 Total ballots 1722

  • Contract Ratification Vote and Locations!


    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

    Berkshire Community College
    Room G9
    West St, Pittsfield

    Chelsea Soldiers Home
    Chelsea auditorium
    91 Crest Ave, Chelsea

    Corrigan Mental Health Center
    Steven’s Conference Room
    49 Hillside Street, Fall River
    (Please note 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

    Holyoke Soldiers Home
    Conference Room B
    110 Cherry St, Holyoke

    Pappas Rehab Hospital
    (Formerly Mass Hospital School)
    Fish Bowl
    3 Randolph St, Canton

    Massachusetts State Police
    General Headquarters
    470 Worcester Road,

    Hogan-Berry Regional Center
    Auditorium Area
    450 Maple St, Danvers

    Pocasset Mental Health Center
    Conference Room
    830 Country Road, Pocasset
    (Please note 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

    Shattuck Hospital
    Lobby Area
    170 Morton St, Jamaica Plain

    Taunton State Hospital
    Bove Auditorium, Chambers
    60 Hodges Ave. Ext, Taunton

    Templeton Developmental
    TCS Day Program Building
    Conference Room
    212 Freight Shed Road,

    Tewksbury Hospital
    C-1 Conference Room
    365 East St, Tewksbury

    Western MA Hospital
    South 1 Conference Room
    Westfield, MA

    Worcester Recovery Center &
    Hospital (WRCH)
    Lobby Area
    Hospital Drive, Worcester

    Wrentham Developmental
    Wrentham Auditorium
    Emerald St (Off Route 1A)

  • 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 

  • Dues Increase

    The International has imposed a mandatory dues increase for the new year. Attached is the letter sent to local unions. It will be $.44 per payroll for a full time employee.

  • 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. The stipulation being all the money had to be spent exactly and it would be part of the budget for each year from now on. While negotiating with the commonwealth there was a surplus of money left over and the committee decided Groupworkers II and III should get that money as they fit the financial parameters to use it all. I was made aware this was a possibility less than a month ago. You will or have received a letter stating this and that your new step date is in July. As well as the retro pay out date. I fully wish every title in DYS would have got an upgrade but that was not possible. 


    President Morse


  • 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. It is much tougher to negotiate with a Republican Governor who thinks our jobs should be privatized.

    This was in this morning’s State House News


    By Matt Murphy

    STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, OCT. 18, 2017.....Animosity has begun to brew between Gov. Charlie Baker's administration and public employee unions negotiating new contracts with the state who believe the governor's team has been low-balling the workers with salary offers that fail to keep up with rising health care costs and increased demands.

    Baker is moving into the final months of his third year in office and the likely start of a re-election campaign with a raft of unsettled contracts hanging over his head.

    Of the 10 contracts covering more than 35,000 state employees that fall under his purview, five have expired, two extend into the summer of 2018 and three contracts for State police, nurses and firefighters expire at the end of the year.

    Several of the largest public employee unions in the state wrote a letter to Baker last Thursday expressing "deep disappointment" in the administration's bargaining position to date, suggesting that the governor's office has drawn a line in the sand and won't accept any collective bargaining agreement that exceeds 5 percent in incremental costs over three years.

    "We don't have unrealistic expectations. We didn't expect that staffing levels were going to go up under your administration. We didn't expect that our health care costs would go down. What we did expect however is that we would get a fair shake from you when it came time to negotiate wages. The simple fact is that we haven't," the union leaders wrote.

    The letter was signed by the heads of the National Association of Government Employees, SEUI Local 509, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, OPEIU Local 6, SEIU Local 888, AFSCME Council 93 and the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

    The unions claim that while the cost of living is increasing roughly 2.5 percent a year, the state workers have been offered two raises in fiscal 2018 of just 0.5 percent each. They further suggest that municipal union workers have signed multi-year agreements with cities and towns with increases in excess of 2 percent each year.

    "We don't expect to be treated better than other public employees, but we didn't expect to be treated worse," they wrote.

    The Baker administration responded to the letter by pointing out ways in which it has worked with unions, including SEIU Local 509, to reduce caseloads on social workers and invest in the Department of Children and Families to improve conditions for workers. The governor's office pointed to $114 million invested in DCF that has resulted in new hires and progress toward achieving collectively bargained caseload ratios for social workers of 18 to 1.

    "The Executive Office for Administration and Finance and the Office of Employee Relations are in ongoing discussions with state employee unions regarding new contracts, and are committed to providing fair and reasonable benefits to our hardworking state employees to continue progress on issues like staffing and caseload management at agencies such as the Department of Children and Families," Administration and Finance spokeswoman Sarah Finlaw said in a statement.

    The letter, according to a spokesman for SEIU Local 509, was hand-delivered to Baker's office last Friday, around the same time that unions had another bargaining session during which the salary offers from the administration did not change. The SEIU Local 509 represents two bargaining units of 8,439 social workers and secondary education employees whose contract expired on Dec. 31, 2016. The previous three-year contract for those units included 3 percent annualized salary increases for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

    In addition to the social workers and school employees, 9,669 clerical, skilled trades and administrative employees unionized by NAGE and 7,918 institutional services employees and 67 corrections officers and 1,725 scientists and engineers are working without contracts.

    The unions, who negotiate separately but were aiming to present a unified front, said in the letter that their members have taken "deep cuts in take-home pay" due to increases in health insurance co-pays and deductibles implemented through the Group Insurance Commission by the Baker administration. They have also dealt with budget cuts and staff turnover and reductions because of early retirement programs implemented by the governor to generate budget savings.

    "We ask that you reconsider the economic parameters of our negotiations. We ask that you authorize settlements that are more in tune with the increase in the Consumer Price Index, as well as other public sector settlements reached in FY 18 in Massachusetts," the unions wrote.


  • 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