Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists

MOSES SIGNS A SUCCESSOR CONTRACT AGREEMENT WITH MASSDOT

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Last night, October 21, 2021, your MOSES MassDOT Collective Bargaining Committee reached a tentative Agreement with the MassDOT, which covers the period from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2023. This proposed agreement is subject to ratification by MassDOT Unit E employees, approval by the MassDOT Board of Directors and the funding is then subject to approval of the Massachusetts Legislature…

 

The ratification vote will take place by mail. A packet of information on the contract will be mailed to your home address in a large manila envelope, please keep an eye out for the materials. When you receive the information, mark your ballot and carefully follow the “Ratification Instructions” to make sure your ballot will be verified. Mail your ballot promptly to ensure your ballot is received by the deadline of November 17, 2021. Ballots will be counted on November 18, 2021, and the results posted on the MOSES website. A Zoom webinar will be provided to view the vote counting – details to follow.

 

A copy of the signed Memorandum of Agreement will be posted on the MOSES members website. Please note: the 2.5% increase in July 2020 and the 2.0% increase in July 2021 are retroactive.

 

A summary of the proposed changes are listed below.

 

  1. Article 12 – Proposed salary increases

 

A.   Effective the first full pay period in July 2020, employees who meet the eligibility criteria provided in Section 2 of this article shall receive a two and one-half percent (2.5%) increase in salary rate.

 

B.   Effective the first full pay period in July 2021, employees who meet the eligibility criteria provided in Section 2 of this article shall receive a two percent (2%) increase in salary rate and be paid in accordance with the July, 2021 Schedule of the Bi-Weekly Salary rates shown in the attached appendices.

 

C.   Effective the first full pay period in July 2022, employees who meet the eligibility criteria provided in Section 2 of this article shall receive a two percent (2%) increase in salary rate and be paid in accordance with the July, 2022 Schedule of the Bi-Weekly Salary rates shown in the attached appendices.

 

D.   The salary charts shall be adjusted to reflect the above adjustments.

 

E.   All employees who are currently active and who meet the eligibility criteria provided in Section 2 of this Article as of the date of signing of this MOA, shall receive a one-time payment equal to one and one-half percent (1.5%) of an employee’s annual salary, with a minimum payment equal to no less than one-thousand ($1,000) dollars. 

 

NOTE: Section 2 referred to in sections A, B, C and E above relates to Annual EPRS Evaluations (currently Section 12.3 in the published contract book). This language carries over from previous contracts and will reflect the renumbering of this section with the 2020-2022 salary rates.

 

The Union acknowledges that the 0.5 percent increase referenced above in Section 12.1(A) fully satisfies and fulfills any and all obligation that the Employer has or may have to it or its members pertaining to Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) contribution. Specifically, the Union hereby waives its rights to assert, and hereby relinquishes any and all claims, whether pending or to be brought, regarding the Employer’s obligation to bargain over the amount of the PFML contributions to be paid by its members, and regarding any entitlement to compensation or reimbursement for PFML contributions paid since October 2019 or to be paid by its members at the maximum allowable employee contribution rate determined by the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML). The Union agrees it shall withdraw any matter pending matters related to all claims associated with PFML contributions.

 

Notwithstanding the above, in the event that the DFML establishes a PFML contribution rate for which the maximum allowable employee share exceeds 0.5 percent, upon request by the Union, the parties shall bargain over the impact of that contribution rate.

 

  1. Article 3.2 – Aligns the contract language with 2019 state law regarding union membership.
  2. Article 8.1 (J) – The language on sick leave abuse is revised to align with terms in other collective bargaining agreements.
  3. Article 8.14 – This language incorporates the PMFL, MGL. Ch 175M, into the contract.
  4. Article 10.1– Adds the “Juneteenth National Independence Day” to the list of legal holidays.
  5. Article 12.3 – Allows employees to receive their step increases on time, when on approved leave (FMLA or PMFL).

 

The MassDOT Collective Bargaining Committee has determined that this is the best offer that could be obtained from MassDOT. Therefore, we recommend that you approve the tentative agreement. 

 

Parallel to our negotiations with MassDOT, Unit E agreed to an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) regarding position review for equity (salary) concerns and a MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) regarding NETTCP and ACI certifications. Both agreements will be posted on the membership side of the MOSES website.

 

If you have any questions on the proposed changes, please use the contact us button on the MOSES website to send a question.

 

Please remember to mail your ballot promptly so it is received prior to the deadline.

 

 

The MassDOT Collective Bargaining Committee

 

Allen Bondeson, Co-chair               Nick DelVento, Co-chair

Tom Prendergast                               Bob Fitzgerald

Mark Brum                                        J P Telemaque

Carmen Ramirez                                David Baker

Mark Spinale