OPEIU Local 6 News Flash

September 1, 2015

General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, September 8, 2015, is our next regularly scheduled General Membership Meeting. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the OPEIU Local 6 office, 77 Parkingway, Quincy, MA.

From Metro West:
Take I-95 S / RT-128 S. At the Braintree split, take the ramp toward Braintree / Providence, R.I.
Merge onto US-1 N.
Take the Rte.-3 S exit- (Exit 7) toward Cape Cod.
Take the Washington Street exit- (Exit 19) – toward T Station / Quincy Center.
Turn slight left to take the ramp toward T Station / Quincy Center.
Merge onto Burgin Parkway/ Thomas S. Burgin Parkway. T
urn slight right onto Granite Street.
PARKING WAY is the street immediately on your right.

From the South:
Take Rte. 3 North.
Take Exit 19 toward T Station/Quincy Center.
Merge onto Burgin Parkway/ Thomas S. Burgin Parkway.
Turn slight right onto Granite Street.
PARKING WAY is the street immediately on your right.

From the North:
Take 93 South.
Merge onto MA- Rte. 3 South.
Take the Washington Street Exit (Exit 19) – toward Quincy/Adams/Train Station/Braintree.
Merge onto Burgin Parkway/ Thomas S. Burgin Parkway.
Turn slight right onto Granite Street.
PARKING WAY is the street immediately on your right.

 

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Maintaining Affordable Health Care For State Workers

• The Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 6 (“OPEIU”) is an organized labor union that represents roughly 3,300 trial court workers in Massachusetts.

• OPEIU opposes a proposal in Governor Baker’s fiscal year 2016 (FY16) budget that would substantially increase health care costs for state employees. Specifically, section 18 of the Governor’s FY16 budget proposal would raise the state employee’s share of the health insurance premium paid by 25 percent through shifting the 80/20 contribution ratios to 75/25. OPEIU opposes this initiative as it would result in additional and significant cost shifting to state employees who are already struggling to meet the demands of rising health care costs.

• The cost of health insurance for state employees was already increased for FY16 through changes approved by the GIC. The GIC has increased copays, deductibles and approved higher annual premiums (with an average increase of 5.7%) for FY16. In total, these changes represent $160 million in increased costs shifted to state employees for FY16 alone.

• The Governor’s FY16 budget proposal results in an additional shift of $34 million in health care costs to state employees. If section 18 passes, it is estimated that 45,000 employees statewide, who are on the 80/20 premium split, would take on an additional 25% of premium costs through the 75/25 premium split.

• If the Governor’s proposal is adopted, trial court workers will struggle to meet greater out-of-pocket costs, higher deductibles, higher co-pays, and a greater share of what are already increased GIC premiums. The average OPEIU member makes slightly over $42,000 a year. If the Governor’s proposal is implemented, the cost increase to the employee for a GIC family health insurance plan could be as much as $1,500 in 2016. Within the OPEIU’s membership, 70% of employees are women, almost half of whom are single mothers with children. These additional premium increases simply do not provide an affordable health care option for many of our state employees.

• OPEIU strongly recommends that the House and Senate not adopt Section 18 of the Governor’s FY16 budget proposal into the House and Senate budgets. Moreover, OPEIU respectfully requests that the House and Senate oppose any measures that would operate as continued cost shifting of rising health care costs to state employees.

OPEIU Local 6 News Flash

March 26, 2015

Massachusetts House Passes Early Retirement Proposal; Does Not Extend Early Retirement to Trial Court Employees

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed legislation authorizing an early retirement incentive for only executive branch employees in Group 1 yesterday. Despite giving serious consideration to including trial court and higher education employees in this early retirement proposal, the Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey opted against recommending the same. As reported in the State House News Service, Court Administrator Harry Spence expressed concerns that an early retirement incentive would leave the judicial branch seriously understaffed. Governor Charlie Baker had previously stated his opposition to the option of including higher education and trial court employees. It is expected that the Massachusetts Senate will consider and pass this early retirement proposal soon. While it is unclear whether the Senate will limit the bill’s reach, there is a very strong sense that they will also limit its application to only executive branch employees at this time. We will keep you posted with further updates as the early retirement legislation progresses.

 

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OPEIU Local 6 News Flash

March 23, 2015

Unions to Hold Lobby Day to Oppose Governor’s Proposed GIC Premium Increase

Governor Charlie Baker has included a provision in the fiscal year 2016 budget proposal that would shift the premium contribution rate ratio to 25/75 for all state employees. While there is currently no indication as to whether or not the legislature would agree to this proposal, we must oppose this measure in an effort to ensure that result. Already, OPEIU, Local 6 has sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee opposing the Governor’s budget proposal. Further, organized labor will be holding a Lobby Day at the State House to educate legislators on the impact of recent GIC cost-shifting measures and to oppose increasing premiums and further shifting costs to state employees, as is contemplated by Governor Baker’s fiscal year 16 budget. OPEIU, Local 6 will be completing an informational drop of materials to every legislator to support this effort. OPEIU, Local 6 members are also welcome to attend the Lobby Day:

UNION LOBBY DAY
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Gardner Auditorium in the State House |

If you are interested and available to attend this Lobby Day, please be aware you will have to use your own time. If you have any questions, contact your OPEIU, Local 6 office at 617-984-0006. OPEIU, Local 6 understands how important affordable insurance is for state employees and is committed to stay active on all efforts to ensure that the Commonwealth continues to support its workforce.

 

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OPEIU Local 6 News Flash

December 19, 2014

General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, is our next regularly scheduled General Membership Meeting. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the OPEIU Local 6 office, 77 Parkingway, Quincy, MA.

From Metro West:
Take I-95 S / RT-128 S.
At the Braintree split, take the ramp toward Braintree / Providence, R.I.
Merge onto US-1 N.
Take the Rte.-3 S exit- (Exit 7) toward Cape Cod.
Take the Washington Street exit- (Exit 19) – toward T Station / Quincy Center.
Turn slight left to take the ramp toward T Station / Quincy Center.
Merge onto Burgin Parkway/ Thomas S. Burgin Parkway.
Turn slight right onto Granite Street.
PARKING WAY is the street immediately on your right.
From the South:
Take Rte. 3 North.
Take Exit 19 toward T Station/Quincy Center.
Merge onto Burgin Parkway/ Thomas S. Burgin Parkway.
Turn slight right onto Granite Street.
PARKING WAY is the street immediately on your right.

From the North:
Take 93 South.
Merge onto MA- Rte. 3 South.
Take the Washington Street Exit (Exit 19) – toward Quincy/Adams/Train Station/Braintree.
Merge onto Burgin Parkway/ Thomas S. Burgin Parkway.
Turn slight right onto Granite Street.
PARKING WAY is the street immediately on your right.

 

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OPEIU Local 6 News Flash

November 24, 2014

OPEIU LOCAL 6 MEMBERS RETRO IN NEXT PAYCHECK!

We have received official confirmation: The Trial Court will pay the retro payment in your December 5, 2014 pay check. This retro payment is for the 1.5% wage increase owed to you from July 13, 2014 thru November 1, 2014. You will see this payment December 5, 2014.

 

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OPEIU Local 6

News Flash
November 5, 2014

WAGE INCREASES IN NOVEMBER 21ST PAY CHECK!

We have received official confirmation:

The Trial Court will pay your contractual raise effective this pay period covering the period from November 2nd to November 15th and will be in the check issued on November 21, 2014.

The Trial Court has informed Local 6 that the retro payment will be disbursed within the next two pay periods. As soon as we have a definite date for the retro payment Local 6 will send a news flash.

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Governor Signs Supplemental Budget Authorizing New Agreements

Governor Deval Patrick has signed a supplemental budget containing language authorizing the new collective bargaining agreements between the Trial Court and OPEIU, Local 6, Units J6C and J6P; the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds and OPEIU, Local 6; the Hampden Registry of Deeds and OPEIU, Local 6 and the Middlesex South Registry of Deeds and OPEIU, Local 6 . The language, which authorizes payment under each new contract, is required to comply with Mass. Gen. Laws chapter 150E, section 7. OPEIU would like to take this opportunity to thank Governor Deval Patrick, A&F Secretary Glen Shor, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray, House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey, Senate Ways and Means Chairman Stephen Brewer as well as House Minority Leader Bradley Jones and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr for their efforts on this matter. OPEIU would also like to acknowledge the leadership of the Administrative Office of the Trial Court who weighed in with the Administration and respective Ways and Means Committee on behalf of this matter. As the legislation contained an “emergency preamble”, the provisions of the supplemental budget became effective at the time of the Governor’s signing of the legislation instead of after the usual 90 days.

House and Senate Send Supplemental Budget Authorizing New Agreements to the Governor’s Desk Today, the Massachusetts House and Senate have enacted a supplemental budget containing language authorizing the new collective bargaining agreements between the Trial Court and OPEIU, Local 6, Units J6C and J6P; the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds and OPEIU, Local 6; the Hampden Registry of Deeds and OPEIU, Local 6 and the Middlesex South Registry of Deeds and OPEIU, Local 6. The language, which authorizes payment under each new contract, is required to comply with Mass. Gen. Laws chapter 150E, section 7. As you know, earlier this month the House and Senate had each passed supplemental budgets with slightly different language in sections not relating to OPEIU’s contracts. Over the last few weeks, the Senate and House have been working to reconcile the differing language. Now that the differences have been reconciled, the House and Senate have formally enacted the bill, readying it for final consideration by the Governor. Governor Patrick will now have ten days to review and sign or return the matter to the legislature. OPEIU would like to take this opportunity to thank House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray, House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey, Senate Ways and Means Chairman Stephen Brewer as well as House Minority Leader Bradley Jones and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr for their efforts on this matter. We will keep you posted with further updates as the Governor takes action on this budget.