• Court receives notification of a positive test of a staff person
  • Manager completes detailed fact-finding form with the individual to identify close contacts
    • CDC definition of close contact > More than 15 minutes at less than 6 feet distance over a 24-hour period
    • Manager requests written permission to share name with other managers in the office to address any concerns
  • Manager consults with HR to assess need to close a courthouse using CDC guidelines
  • HR makes recommendation to Associate Court Administrator who seeks concurrence from Chief Justice and Court Administrator

Dear Sisters & Brothers

Yesterday, the Trial Court issued an updated 90-Day Operational Plan and an Overview of its process for handling court closures, cleaning buildings and contact tracing analysis when an employee tests positive for COVID-19. Local 6 has advocated for and supports the Trial Court’s decision to extend its reduced staffing model through April 5, 2021. Throughout the resurgence of COVID-19 cases over the past few months, we have worked closely with Trial Court leadership in an effort to keep our members on rotating schedules and working in limited capacities wherever possible. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 trends and make recommendations to the Trial Court to ensure that appropriate actions are taken to protect your health and safety while at work.

Due to COVID-19, as well as Governor Baker’s order limiting the number of people at gatherings, we are cancelling the OPEIU Local 6 General Membership meeting that was scheduled for 1/12/2021.

Due to COVID-19, as well as Governor Baker’s order limiting the number of people at gatherings, we are cancelling the OPEIU Local 6 General Membership meeting that was scheduled for 11/10/2020.

Pursuant to COVID-19 Order Number 30, Governor Charles D. Baker has extended the prohibition of gatherings of more than ten people until May 18, 2020. Therefore, the OPEIU Local 6 General Membership Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm is cancelled.

Introduction

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trial Court has followed the recommendations issued by the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. These protocols and guidelines continue to evolve and change; as such, so will this document. In addition, the Trial Court has contracted with an Epidemiologist who specializes in infectious diseases to provide guidance and advice on issues not covered by the CDC or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. We have consulted with our Epidemiologist throughout the development of this document.

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Introduction

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Trial Court has followed the recommendations issued by the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. These protocols and guidelines continue to evolve and change; as such, so will this document. In addition, the Trial Court has contracted with an Epidemiologist who specializes in infectious diseases to provide guidance and advice on issues not covered by the CDC or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. We have consulted with our Epidemiologist throughout the development of this document.

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

What would you like to see in the next contract with the Trial Court? What are the challenges you face on the job? What is important to you? How can we as a union improve our workplace and our quality of life? Who would you like to see on your negotiating team? Do you have any suggestions? 

Please join us at a location convenient to you to discuss the upcoming negotiations with the Massachusetts Trial Court and to nominate and elect members to the negotiating team. We are hosting Demand and Proposal Meetings in the following locations.