Governor Baker signed H 4930 – the legislation that contains funding for our ratified contracts with the Trial Court, Middlesex North, Middlesex South and Hampden County Registries of Deeds.

The Trial Court notified us that there has been a change from their original plan involving the implementation for our salary increases and retroactive pay which was dictated by the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology (MASSIT) and the Comptroller of the Commonwealth (CTR).

MASSIT and CTR informed the Trial Court that the plan is for salary increases and payment of retroactive pay for all agencies effected by the supplemental budget signed by Governor Baker 10/23/18 will be as follows:

  • The salary increase will be processed during the pay period covering 11/12/18 – 11/23/18 and will be in the check issued on 11/30/18.
  • The retroactive payment will be processed during the pay period covering 11/26/18 – 12/7/18 and will be in the check issued on 12/14/18. The check issued on 12/14/18 should include all retroactive pay due to you starting from the first full pay period of FY2018 (7/9/17) through to the end of the pay period before the salary increase is processed (11/10/18).

We anticipate no further changes in the plan to implement the salary increase and the retroactive pay. If there are, we will update you immediately.

The new salary chart is linked below.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact your business agent or the OPEIU Local 6 Union Office.

In solidarity,

George Noel

Business Manager

Local 6 Salary Chart

The next General Membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, 11/13/18 at 6 p.m. at our office at 150 Wood Rd, Suite 400, Braintree, MA 02184.

In accordance with Article VIII, Section 3 of the Constitution and By-Laws of OPEIU Local 6, nominations for the offices of President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Secretary-Treasurer, Trustee and Executive Board Member will be accepted from the floor of this meeting at the date, the time, and place indicated above.  The term of office will run for three years beginning January 2019.  Candidates elected as President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary and Secretary-Treasurer will also serve as delegates to the Office and Professional Employees International Union Convention which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in June 2019.

Nominations for a fifth delegate to the OPEIU convention will also be conducted at this meeting.

The OPEIU Local 6 and Massachusetts Trial Court Health & Welfare Fund is having open enrollment from October 15, 2018 through November 30, 2018. Click here for the Open Enrollment Letter, the open enrollment forms and Option 1 and Option 2 Dental Plan information.

During open enrollment, you can change your dental-plan option or make changes within your dental plan. During open enrollment you can also make other changes to your plan as a result of marriage, divorce, or death; giving birth to, or adopting a child; or other qualifying events. All changes and additions will become effective on January 1, 2019.

The Negotiating Team and the Leadership of OPEIU Local 6 are pleased to report that the members of our Union voted to ratify a new three-year contract with the Trial Court. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for both the Professional and Clerical contracts along with a request for appropriation to fund the contracts will be sent to the Governor within the next week. The Governor has forty-five days to send the MOAs to the legislature for appropriation. We will keep informed during this process.

Clerical MOA & Addendum 07.01.17-06.30.20

Professional MOA & Addendum 07.01.17-06.30.2020

Each year, the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO awards at least six $500 college scholarships to high school seniors who are children of members of unions like ours that are affiliated with the Central Labor Council. For Local 6 union members who are continuing their education; there are two $500 scholarships available. Check out the scholarship instructions and applications below!

2018 Pioneer Valley CLC Scholarship Application Instructions
2018 Pioneer Valley CLC Scholarship Application
2018 Gerard L Pellegrini Scholarship Application

Great News!

The 2018 OPEIU Scholarships applications are now available. OPEIU Scholarships are another great benefit for OPEIU members and their families. Also just announced is the Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council 2018 Scholarships.

GSEMLC Scholarship Letter

2018 – HOWARD COUGHLIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

2018 – JOHN KELLY LABOR STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP FUND

2018 – ROMEO CORBEIL/GILLES BEAUREGARD SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Sisters & Brothers:

The Greater Boston Labor Council’s (GBLC) Futures Committee has scheduled its 7th Annual Young Worker Conference. It will be held at the SEIU1199 union hall, 108 Myrtle St. Quincy from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

The GBLC Futures Committee is comprised of young workers (35 and under) who believe that they have a right to determine the future of their work, their city and their lives. Their mission is to build a young worker movement for social and economic justice.

Sisters and Brothers,

Your Bargaining Team continues to work hard to negotiate for a fair and just contract. We must stay strong and united as OPEIU Local 6 members. Please know that we are not alone in this struggle. We are also working with our sisters and brothers at other public-sector local unions to present a united front to the Baker Administration who controls the economic parameters at the bargaining table for all of us.

That’s why I enthusiastically signed on to a letter to Governor Baker urging him to reconsider his unacceptable economic proposal. Joining me on the letter are union leaders representing over 30,000 state employees here in the Commonwealth. Some of you may have read stories in the Salem News and other news outlets reporting on the letter given to the Governor.

In spite of budget cuts and severe under staffing, OPEIU Local 6 members have continued to provide high quality services for citizens across the Commonwealth who use the court system. We hope that the Trial Court and the Baker Administration share our goal of continuing to ensure that everyone who seeks justice in the Massachusetts Trial Court System receive the service that they deserve.

Yet if our contract does not keep up with the cost of living, staff turnover will only worsen, which will ultimately hurt all who use the Courts. The cost of living and cost of health insurance continue to rise, and the administration’s current proposal of two raises of 0.5% each in FY18 does not keep pace.

The letter was hand-delivered to Governor Baker’s office, and you have my word that we will continue to make sure he knows where we stand. We have bargaining sessions scheduled for early November. Stay tuned and stand strong.

In solidarity,

George Noel

Business Manager

Read the letter to Governor Baker