MOSES HAS SIGNED A SUCCESSOR CONTRACT AGREEMENT WITH THE COMMONWEALTH
On Friday September 24, 2021, your MOSES Commonwealth Collective Bargaining Committee reached a tentative Agreement with the Commonwealth, which covers the period from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2023. This proposed agreement is subject to ratification by Commonwealth Unit 9 employees 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 October 20, 2021. Ballots will be counted on October 21, 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 Understanding is attached below.
A summary of the proposed changes are listed below.
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.
- 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.
- D. All employees who are currently active upon the date of signing of this MOU, will receive a one-time COVID Recognition Payment of one and one-half percent (1.5%) of their base salary. (A minimum amount of $1,000 shall be set for the one-time payment.)
- MOSES shall withdraw, with prejudice, SUP 20-8103 (Complaint No.) In the event that the Department of Family and Medical Leave 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.
Article 3.2 – Aligns the contract language with the 2019 state law regarding union membership.
Article 8.1 – Enhanced sick leave language, adds additional family members, foster child, step-parent, step-child, brother, sister, grandparent, grandchild and person for whom the employee is the legal guardian.
Article 8.13 – This language incorporates the PMFL, MGL. Ch 175M, into the contract.
Article 10.1– Adds the “Juneteenth National Independence Day “to the list of legal holidays.
Article 12.4 – Allows employees to receive their step increases on time, when on approved leave (FMLA or PMFL).
Article 15.4 – Former “03” contractors may request credit for prior service to the Commonwealth for vacation and longevity status.
Article 24.3 C. – After 2.5 years, written warnings will be automatically removed from an employee’s personnel records and will not be counted against employees if there is no further discipline.
Article 32 – A wage re-opener clause has been introduced to the contract providing that MOSES and the Commonwealth will re-open negotiations if any other Executive Branch Bargaining Unit is provided with a better economic package.
The Collective Bargaining Committee has determined that this is the best offer that could be obtained from the Commonwealth. Therefore, we recommend that you approve the tentative agreement.
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 Commonwealth Collective Bargaining Committee
Chris Bresnahan, Co-chair Alex Smigliani, Co-chair
Joe Bellino Mary Richmond
Paul Donohue John Bardzik
Joe Dorant Marie Cunningham
Jennifer Baker Darryl Forgione
Jessica Leger Ryan Cross, MOSES Attorney