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

MOSES Vice President Marie Cunningham and Rob Oftring testified in opposition to the bill when it was heard by the Joint Committee on Public Service on June 15, 2016. They highlighted that the issue of sick leave accrual is subject to collective bargaining and should remain as such. They also argued that the Baker bill does nothing to address the true ‘golden parachute’ issue because it exempts higher education and only targets rank-and-file employees in the Executive Branch, who cash out much more modest buy backs of roughly $5,000.00 on average. It was also argued that the continued erosion of a modest state benefit package makes it harder and harder for state agencies to attract talented engineers and scientists to the public sector. Overall, MOSES, along with our colleagues at NAGE, SEIU Local 509, AFSCME Council 93, and others, asked the committee to reject Governor Baker’s proposal. MOSES also received great coverage in MassLive as a result of the testimony.

As noted above, Governor Baker included this proposal as an amendment to the FY17 budget veto package. MOSES is working with the public sector union coalition to fight back the proposal before the end of session. 

Read MOSES' President Joe Dorant's complete testimony here.