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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! Daniel Morse, 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

  • 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

  • State has failed to honor our agreement

    Good Afternoon Everyone,


    My apologies for being the bearer of bad news, but as you might have all expected, the State has failed to honor our agreement on the expenditure of the .25% for Fiscal Year 2016, which ended yesterday at 11:59 p.m.

    We have filed the attached ULP against the State for bargaining in bad faith and repudiating the terms of our agreement, and hope to seek relief through the DLR. 

    We have also had discussions around this issue with MOSES, SEIU 509, SEIU 888 and NAGE.  We are all in a similar, if not the same situation.  We are working together on this both on a political, as well as on a legal front.

    At this point, our members should not be expecting an upgrade or reclassification until the litigation is complete or until the terms of the agreement are met.

    While I know that this information is disappointing, I hope that it helps you all with providing your local board members and the general membership with an explanation for the delay, as well as to outline our plan of action to get our members the increases that we mutually agreed to!


    As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


  • Notice of Proposed Amendments to DYS Regulations 109 CMR 3.00, 4.00, 8.00 and 10.00

    Please be advised that the Department of Youth Services has filed the attached Notices of Proposed Amendments of Regulations and Opportunity For Public Comment regarding the following DYS Regulations:

    109 CMR 3.00, “Access to All Records of Juveniles Committed to the Department of Youth Services”

    109 CMR 4.00, “Classification of Juveniles Committed to the Department of Youth Services”

    109 CMR 8.00, “The Granting and Revocation of Conditional Liberty for Juveniles Committed to the Department of Youth Services”

    109 CMR 10.00, “Social Science Research by Outside Agencies or Persons”

    All of the proposed revisions are on state website:http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/regulation-review.html

    Please if you have any questions or concrens feel free to contact Jim Durkin at AFSCME Council 93 (617-367-6000).

  • 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:


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


  • 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 


  • PEOPLE Jackets

    Dear Council 93 staff,

    It has become apparent that many of the members who have signed up as PEOPLE MVPs, (contributing at least $100/year), have not received their PEOPLE jackets. In an effort to streamline the process of sending them their jackets, we have created a Google form so that I may track who I have shipped jackets to. Please direct your members to:


    You can also find this link on the homepage of the AFSCME Council 93 website in the upper right hand corner. Should anyone have any questions, please feel free to call me at (617) 367-6045. Thank you for your participation in the PEOPLE program!

    In solidarity,


    Molly Maloney

    Assistant Director of Legislation, Political Action and Communications

    8 Beacon Street

    Boston, MA 02108

    617.367.6045 (p)

    617. 367.6031 (f)

  • 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.







  • Union Cards

    Brothers and Sisters,

    PLEASE READ IN ENTIRETY: Your Stewards will be coming around asking you to fill out a membership card for them. This is important as we do not have an accurate list of addresses for you all and when we sent out our yearly letter we received many back with bad addresses. We have elections coming up and those will be done through the mail, important correspondences can be sent out this way to inform you of what is going on with your Union

    The top section is about being AFSCME Strong: What does that mean? It simply means that when the people who look to destroy your Union come to call that you will stand up with us, your local Union Leadership, with AFSCME Council 93's Leadership, and AFSCME International's Leadership to defend the rights we have collectively bargained over and won for years. 

    The middle section is to update your address and have a "green card" on file for you. This is something you did upon employement with the Commonwealth and we still have only the address you originally signed up with. Some of the more longstanding members will have moved 2-3 times since them, possibly more in some cases.

    The bottom part is for AFSCME PEOPLE. What is AFSCME PEOPLE and why is it important to me? Well like it or not our jobs are political...In some ways this is a detriment, but in one big way it is a bonus. YOU GET TO CHOOSE YOUR BOSS, that's right with every election cycle you can change your boss at will. The issue with this is funding, despite what some want you to believe we can not (and would never) use your dues for political contributions...that's where AFSCME PEOPLE comes in. This is separate from your dues and goes to AFSCME friendly politicians who will protect your jobs, fight for you to get better wages and benefits, and keep your workplace open (Just like they did in Taunton with the State hospital grounds). Trust us when we say the people who want to sell your work off to the lowest bidder are hard at work to take your jobs...they funnel millions of dollars into campaigns for people who would hire vendors into your state job. So this is the BIG ASK....for the price of a cup of coffee a week, just $4.00 a pay check (pretaxed so it is even less), and probably an amount you wouldn't even notice; YOU get to help choose your boss! Not only that but you get a coat in the mail delivered to your door simply by checking off what size you want AND you earn points for every dollar you donate towards other AFSCME items. Please sign up for AFSCME PEOPLE help YOUR UNION level the political playing field and keep your job safe!