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AFSCME Council 93 The Beacon

Support Client and Worker Safety in the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services and Vote for H.111

Please sign this Change.org petition and ask the Mass General Court to take the first step in ensuring the safety of clients and employees of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services which is the juvenile justice agency for the commonwealth.

The petition urges Massachusetts state legislators to support H.111 which would create a special commission tasked with studying the issue of client and staff safety in DYS facilities recommending necessary changes to the administration.


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:   

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}


Abood decision at the Supreme Court

The video details the pending legal challenge of the Abood decision at the Supreme Court, which is known as Friedrichs vs. the California Teachers Association, this case could have a serious impact on the future of public sector unions including our ability to charge agency fees.  Below is a link to the video..

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time. We will continue to keep you informed as this case moves forward.

Paul L Faria President AFSCME Local 1368


Latest COFAR survey of corporate provider compensation

COFAR’s Dave Kassel has just published a post about COFAR’s latest survey regarding executive compensation at corporate vendors.  The post shows that those executives received more than $100 million in annual compensation, leaving state taxpayers on the hook for up to $85 million of that amount. 
Please comment and recommend:
The post is on the COFAR Blogsite at  https://cofarblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/compensation-of-provider-exec...


Preventing the Spread of Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases in Facilities

Preventing the Spread of Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases in Correctional Facilities


Corrections officers are exposed to a variety of infectious diseases. Those raising the most concerns are bloodborne pathogens, which includes Ebola, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureous (MRSA) and Tuberculosis. 

New Year update

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

On behalf of the AFSCME Local 1368 Executive Board, I would like to wish you a happy holiday season, and hope the New Year to come will be one of good health and prosperity.

Local 1368 Executive Board Election Results

AFSCME Local 1368

Department of Youth Services Employees Union

Report of the Elections Committee

Local 1368 Elections

Dear Brothers  & Sisters,

To ensure that our members get an opportunity to vote, we are holding the elections of officers 
this year via mail-in ballots.  Along with this type of voting method, we have to make every attempt to ensure the confidentiality of how our members vote.  
Our elections will be overseen by the Local 1368 Election Committee and a member of AFSCME Council 93 staff as well.

Mail ballots are being mailed out this week 10/19/2014.

In Solidarity,

AFSCME Local 1368 Elections Committee


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