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2020 MOSES Endorsements

With the General Election upcoming on Tuesday November 3rd, the Legislative Committee has endorsed a number of candidates across the Commonwealth for both State Senate and State Representative. The committee received candidate questionnaire surveys from a number of qualified candidates. Questions asked on these surveys included opinions on privatization, union experience and what agencies/policies they would focus on. The endorsed candidates include...

MOSES Members on the Frontlines

Along with the heroic work of our healthcare workers fighting the COVID pandemic are an army of professionals in the Department of Public Health (DPH) who are truly the unsung heroes in this war against the virus. Microbiologists, epidemiologists, laboratory technicians, and chemists were all called to the frontline on day one to play a key role to combat this deadly disease. Now is the time to acknowledge these public servants fighting the coronavirus at the State Public Health Lab. Laboratory staff were the first to take over Covid testing from the CDC in early March.

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Dear MOSES represented employee,

On Tuesday, Governor Baker declared a "State of Emergency" in Massachusetts due to the extraordinary circumstances of the corona virus. He urged employees feeling sick with fever or flu-like symptoms not to come to work and encouraged high risk employees to talk with their supervisor to pursue alternative work assignments. He suggested employers and other large organizations to follow the state's example to limit or eliminate non-essential travel.

Instead of following the example that they suggested on Tuesday, the Baker administration has fallen behind the private sector. The private sector responded by sending sick and at-risk employees' home with paid leave, allowed large numbers of workers to work from home and relaxed policies for families whose children are home due to school closures.

MOSES has met with the Office of Employee Relations and has strongly recommended the following:

  1. The CDC recommends that employers develop flexible alternatives such as tele-commuting and flexible hours. Many agencies/departments have historically been resistant to such approaches. All agencies need to be mandated to implement telework and/or telecommuting whenever possible. All agencies that need equipment such as VPN should have them made available.

  2. All self-identified employees at high risk (chronically ill/auto-immune) along with all employees defined by the CDC as high risk should be allowed to telework and/or telecommute or be placed on paid administrative leave.

  3. Any whole or partial closing of any work location driven by concerns about the virus should be treated in the same manner that the state treats other kinds of emergencies such as snow or floods. Employees who are sent home or told not to report should receive their normal pay without any charge to leave time.

  4. Employees unable to fill out or submit their timecard will be presumed incapacitated by the illness and paid administrative leave until they can be contacted by their supervisor or manager.

  5. Provide MOSES with the agency and location of employees being quarantined. Affected locations should be closed, and all workers should be allowed to telework and/or telecommute or be placed on paid administrative leave.

  6. The CDC recommends that employers have leave policies that enable employees to take care of family members to a greater extent than normal. We ask that the employer waive the current limit for so-called "sick in family'' for the duration of the emergency.

  7. The CDC recommends that employers not require a healthcare provider note to justify an absence. The employer's current practice is in direct contravention of this recommendation. The employer should immediately discontinue this practice.

  8. The CDC recommends that employers implement aggressive cleaning programs. To date, we have seen little evidence that departments and agencies have implemented this recommendation. These cleaning programs should be implemented immediately and in a visible manner.

  9. Employees, who are the caregivers of children affected by school closings, shall be placed on paid administrative leave.

We will continue to advocate for our membership and ask that you contact your supervisors, managers and commissioners if any of the aforementioned items directly affects you.

Joe Dorant, President

Patrick Russell, Vice-President

December 2019 GIC Meeting

The Group Insurance Commission (GIC) met at One Ashburton Place in Boston on December 19th. Dr. Roberta Herman, Executive Director of the GIC, has stepped down to take the role as President and CEO of Joslin Diabetes Center. Her last day running the GIC was December 11th

November GIC 2019

On November 21st 2019 at 8:30am, the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) met at One Ashburton Place in Boston to discuss the upcoming months and the remainder of the 2020 fiscal year.


Ratification Vote set for Wednesday June 6, 2018 (Contract vote was 843 accept; 33 reject; 3 challenge ballots)

This does not include members from MassDOT and MWRA!

On Tuesday evening, May 22, 2018, your MOSES Collective Bargaining Committee reached a tentative Agreement with the Commonwealth, which covers the period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020. This proposed agreement is subject to ratification by Commonwealth Unit 9 employees and the funding is then subject to approval of the Massachusetts Legislature.

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