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MOSES Scholarship Application 2017

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The 37th Annual MOSES Memorial Scholarship Awards will be drawn at the September 12, 2017 General Membership meeting. There are (25) twenty five scholarships worth $750 each in memory of deceased members of the MOSES Board of Directors and (1) one $1,500 scholarship in the name of our deceased former President, Charles P. Wilson.

Since its inception, over $275,000 has been awarded to support the advanced education of our members and their immediate family. Click here or on the image at right to print out the form. All applications must be received in the MOSES office (via email, fax or post) by close of business, September 8, 2017.

Tag, You're It! State Reps. Experience Real Life Shark Tank

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Massachusetts' leading shark expert, MOSES member Dr. Greg Skomal, recently took State Representatives Sean Garballey and Dylan Fernandes on quite a boat ride! 

Skomal, a scientist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and members from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy took the men on a tagging expedition off Cape Cod's Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.

Rep. Fernandes observed, "The Cape has become a destination for Great Whites and we talked about how improved science and tracking of Great Whites can inform public safety and sensible public policy."

Click on the picture at left (courtesy of Rep. Garballey) to watch video from Rep. Fernandes.

MassDOT: Agreement Reached on Classification Study

IB ImageMOSES is pleased to announce that MassDOT and the Coalition of MassDOT Unions for Unit E have reached an agreement on the implementation of the Classification Study conducted by Segal and Associates.  

At the outset we want to congratulate the Unit E joint labor subcommittee and acknowledge all of the thoughtful and hard work that they did reviewing employees’ Job Analysis Questionnaires and Form 30s. And although everyone would have liked the process completed sooner, we believe that this Agreement provides a fair resolution to a complex process and avoids further lengthy delays in litigation. We also believe that this process has demonstrated once again that when labor and management work together, challenging problems can be resolved in a way that benefits the interests of all parties. 

The purpose of the Classification Study was to identify instances where employees were improperly classified and get them into their proper classification. This required taking a comprehensive look at the actual functions people were performing and comparing them to both their own job specifications and the job specifications of employees in other titles performing similar functions. While the review found that a majority of employees were properly classified, there were many instances where employees were either working above or below their classifications. In other instances we found that existing job titles didn’t accurately capture the work that was being performed and we agreed that new job series should be created. 

Implementation of the Classification Study agreement will see more than 150 Unit E employees reclassified into new titles which reflect their job duties and responsibilities and which in some instances will address wage parity issues. The agreement also calls for the creation of several new job classifications (Bridge Inspector; Construction Coordinator, MassDOT Industrial Health and Safety Inspector) and the expansion of existing job series (Mechanical Engineer V). We believe that these modifications will provide new career growth opportunities for Unit E employees and help MassDOT attract and retain a highly-qualified workforce. 

Over the next few weeks, notification letters will be sent to individuals who will be upgraded or reclassified into new positions. Pursuant to the agreement, employees who participated in the study, but were not recommended for an upgrade will be advised of their appeal rights which will be sent to employees work email. It is important that everybody that participated in the study watch for and open their email from MOSES on this issue. The appeal form and instructions will be included in the notice which must be filed with MOSES by June 30, 2017. If you have questions, after receiving your email, you may contact one of your MOSES MassDOT Board Members (listed below) or wait for a series of “Brown Bags” that will be held in each District office during the first few weeks of June.
 
Again, thank you for your patience throughout this long and arduous process.  

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Driving Our Future

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MOSES MassDOT members (volunteers at the conference); Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin (with tie); MassDOT Secretary & CEO Stephanie Pollack (in red); and officials from the Federal Highway Administration are pictured below at the 2016 Annual Meeting held in Boston. Considered one of the industry’s most important events that brings together transportation, government and commercial organizations, the Annual Meeting offers industry professionals the opportunity to network and share the latest in policies and innovations.

Key topics addressed at this year’s meeting included intermodal transportation development and its direct impact on statewide economics; examination of user fee alternatives to the traditional fuel tax framework; and the viability of automated vehicle technologies as a great potential for improving safety, mobility and efficiency within the transportation system, to name a few.

MOSES President Joe Dorant shared, “It was quite an event. Great minds and great people joined together, sharing state-of-the-art ideas and information, all in the name of improving transportation."

MOSES MassDOT Divers Featured in TV Story

IB ImageMOSES MassDOT members were recently featured in multiple news stories on WBZ-TV4, WCVB-TV5 and FOX25, as well as in the Boston Globe.

During the underwater inspection of a bridge over the Neponset River, Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack and Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin took time to praise the Underwater Operations Section for its unseen work to keep state bridges safe for the public.

“It’s very crucial for the safety of the public,” MOSES member Randi Bonica, the Underwater Operations Engineer, shares. “They don’t know what’s going on underneath the water. The only way to determine if there are any issues is if we inspect it.”

Brian Clang, also a MOSES member, is the State Bridge Inspection Engineer and oversees the dive team. He explains, "Underwater bridge inspection is likely the least visible role of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, but perhaps one of the most critical. Our 22-member team of full- and part-time divers take on tough conditions to inspect - below the water - the state's approximate 1,000 bridges. Additionally, we supply the labor and underwater repairs at no charge, so the savings to cities and towns to keep bridges not owned by the state safe is substantial."

The dive team inspects approximately 400 bridges annually throughout the Commonwealth. They dive year-round, making inspections, as well as repairs, as needed. The current dive team consists of five full-time divers and an additional 17 part-time divers, each of whom work in various engineering positions within MassDOT. All divers make at least 20 dives a year and must complete an initial 100-hour in-house dive training course, an 80-hour National Highway Institute bridge inspection course, as well as other ongoing dive and engineering training.

Joe Dorant, president of MOSES, observes, "The commitment by each of our members to this important and much-needed service provided by MassDOT is staggering. Their work is not only strenuous, but can be hazardous, as well. Yet, since 1973, when the Underwater Operations Section was formed, there have been no diving injuries. This fact alone is a testament to the extensive and continuous training each member completes."

Kudos to Randi and all the MOSES members of MassDOT's dive team, including Gordon Broz, Bill Colleran (eastern area dive coordinator), Brian Fitzgerald and John Mankowsky (western area dive coordinator), all full-time divers, as well as the part-time dive team that includes Steve Ausevich, Mike Bastoni, Allen Bondeson, Barry Courville, Mike Dostal, Bryan Engstrom, Bill Ferry, Steve Finck, Zach Gikas, Mark Griffin, Ali Jalinous, Carrie Lavallee, Dan Mastrangelo, Tom Prendergast, Dennis Simkhovich, Roger Wykes and Joe Graham with the United Steel Workers.

Watch the story by reporter Anna Meiler of WBZ-TV4 here: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/11/04/massdot-dive-team-bridge-safety/

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2016 MOSES Election Results

IB ImageThe votes have been counted and the results are in. These results must be approved by the members present at the December 13, 2016 General Membership Meeting. Once the Election Committee report is accepted, the new Officers and Trustees will be sworn in for a new two year term. A total of 1,273 ballots were received (36% of membership).

For a complete election vote summary, please click here.

At-Large Contest results:

President  
Joe Dorant (DEP) 1062  -  Unopposed
   
Vice-president  
Patrick Russell (MWRA) 742  -  Elected
David  Baker  (MassDOT) 502
   
Secretary  
Allen Bondeson (MassDOT) 824  -  Elected
Jennifer Marsh Baker (Military Div) 396
   
Treasurer  
Jim Galvin (MassDOT) 948  -  Unopposed
   
Trustees (3 Seats)  
Mary Richards (Retiree) 849  -  Uncontested
Paul DiPietro (Retiree) 820  -  Uncontested
Vincent A Long (Retiree) 803  -  Uncontested

For a complete election vote summary, please click here.

The Election Committee:

Louis Sciortino - Retiree MDC  - Co-chair
Robert Danilecki - Retiree DHCD - Co-chair
Arne Carr - Retiree - DFW
Stephen Hawko - Reiree DEP
Norman Goldman - Retiree DOT
Paul Petrowski - EOL
Chuck Salemi -Retiree POL

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Higher Education Pays!

IB Image 2016 MOSES Scholarship winners were drawn at September’s General Membership meeting in Raynham, Mass. A total of 24 scholarships (23-$750 scholarships and one $1,500 scholarship) were distributed to help defray educational expenses. 

Joe Dorant, president of the Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists, shared, “I am proud that our board voted to increase each award amount by 50%. Member families count on this support to help pay higher education expenses and the MOSES leadership gets that.”

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MOSES Advocacy Leads to Key Budget Overrides

IB ImageThanks to MOSES members advocacy, vetoes from Governor Baker (which would have negatively impacted MOSES members) were defeated. These included an override of a health insurance premium increase and restoration of $7 million in cuts to both the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation & Recreation budgets.

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Gov's Sick Leave Cap Targets Rank-&-File, Not True Abusers

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MOSES, along with other unions, turned out in full force in opposition to Governor Baker’s recent proposal to cap sick leave accruals at 1,000 hours for Executive Branch employees. His bill, House Bill 4341, An Act to Reform Sick Time, was filed in response to multiple stories in the Boston Business Journal which highlighted high-level personnel at campuses across the public higher education system cashing out hundreds of thousands of dollars in unused sick time at the end of their careers. Under Baker’s proposal, Executive Branch employee’s sick time would be capped at 1,000 hours. Those with more than 1,000 hours at the time the bill is signed would be grandfathered into keeping their sick time, but could not accrue any more.

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MOSES Member Darryl Forgione Named Buddy Adams Award Recipient

DCR Engineer Honored by the Mass. Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health

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(Pictured (left to right): Darryl Forgione, MOSES President Joe Dorant and Alex Brown, MassCOSH board member and representative of the North Shore Labor Council.)

The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) named Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists (MOSES) Board Member Darryl Forgione of Ipswich the 2015 Buddy Adams Award recipient.

The award, presented this year by the North Shore Labor Council, recognizes a resident who has demonstrated leadership and dedication to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of workers in the Commonwealth. It is named in memory of Buddy Adams, a member of IUE-CWA local 201 who, fought for better health and safety conditions through activism at General Electric.

Forgione, an engineer with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), has been a longtime champion of occupational safety.

In his 20 years of advocacy, Forgione has built an effective labor-management health and safety committee. Together, they study injury data with an eye to reducing areas where accidents trend; work to get personal safety equipment and training for employees; regularly testify before the Massachusetts legislature in support of safety bills, including the recently passed bill extending OSHA protections to executive branch employees; and develop health and safety policies to keep fellow workers from harm, among other efforts.

“I am very vocal about safety,” Forgione explains. “If my efforts can help educate everyone to better understand everyday risks in the workplace and, in turn, mitigate these potential hazards, I’m happy to do it. Being safe on the job saves lives, money and heartache. I know that I, as well as my fellow workers, work hard to create a safe work environment, and this award is an honor for all of us.”

Joe Dorant, president of MOSES, observes, “An effective workplace safety program starts with a strong and visible commitment to safety and touches every level of the organization. Each and every day, Darryl leads by example by encouraging safe practices and procedures and exemplifying his commitment to ’safety first.' The Commonwealth is well served by MOSES members like Darryl, who recognize that workplace safety programs, with a focus on prevention, are key to ensuring dedicated public servants remain safe and protected on the job.”

DCR Acting Commissioner Daniel Sieger shares, “This recognition highlights the dedication and determination that employees like Darryl have made to create a safe work environment. We at DCR are especially proud to have one of our engineers receive this prestigious award.”

“Darryl truly embodies the passion and dedication to health and safety of the late Buddy Adams,” says Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, executive director, MassCOSH. “Darryl has devoted decades of his career to ensuring that his fellow workers can do their jobs protecting our state’s parks and return home safely to their families. We all owe a debt of gratitude to him.”

Representative Bradford Hill (R-Ipswich) says, “Darryl Forgione is an invaluable employee of the Department of Conservation and Recreation due to his commitment to safety in the workplace. The Commonwealth is lucky to have Darryl, and I am proud to call him a constituent."

Every day, throughout the Commonwealth, thousands of professional engineers and scientists dedicate themselves to serving the public interest. They provide protection from life threatening dangers; assure the quality of our air and water; design, build and preserve our roads and bridges; and ensure that our workplaces and homes are safe from toxins. These employees all have one thing in common – they are members of the Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists (MOSES), a professional organization 3,200 members strong dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Massachusetts’ residents through science and engineering.

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