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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

  • VOTE!

    Vote!!! Make sure you get out and elect the individuals who will lead this country and your state for the years to come. Nothing is more important than choosing the people who will make the laws and decisions that effect you financially. Make sure your family and friends get out and vote. Give them a ride if they need it, but make sure you and anyone else you know is not silenced due to lack of getting to the poles!



    You will all be receiving a ballot(s) in the mail some time in the next day or two. You will notice there is only one or two ballots to vote for, depending on where you work, this is because the following officers were nominated and unopposed. Therefore the follow positions were elected through acclamation and will serve a 2 year term:

    President: Dan Morse

    Vice-President: Grace Velasquez

    Secretary-Treasurer: Daniele Rose

    Sargent-at-Arms: Chris Duquette

    Western Region Executive Board: Richard Harrigan

    Central Region Executive Board: Frank Ojeda

    Northeast Region Executive Board: Amara Freeman

    Southeast Region Executive Board: Clinton Silva

    Trustee: Paul Faria

    Trustee: Cecilia Crawford

    Trustee: James Collins


    ***IMPORTANT*** Make sure you put your ballot(s) in the blue envelope and seal it then (fold it if necessary) and put in the prepaid envelope for return. It is important you use the provided materials to ensure your vote counts! They are numbered to prevent fraud.


     Local 1368 Norminations for all officers will be held at our regular schedule Excutive E-Board meeting Thursday, September 15th 2015 Starting at 2pm 84 BROADWAY 3rd FL. TAUNTON MA.

    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

  • 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).