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In Brief

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.

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.

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

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