Register now for classes at the Labor Guild held in Braintree MA. Classes are Monday nights March 11th to May 13th.
In the first period, 6:30 pm to 7:40 pm, there are three class choices: The Steward’s Job, the American Labor Relations System, or Effective Conflict Resolution.
In the second period, 7:50 pm to 9:00 pm, you the choice of: Retirement: What You Need to Know in 2019, Keys to the Kingdom-Unlocking the Secrets of Municipal Finance, or Intro to Strategic Campaign Communications.
The cost is $125.00 for both periods. Members are eligible for reimbursement if they complete the full semester. This is limited to one member per chapter. Chapters may use their chapter funds to pay for any additional member’s tuition. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in this option.
For more details and an application form, please visit the Labor Guild website: laborguild.com/courses
Local 888 Department of Public Works members in Ashburnham kicked off the new year by unanimously ratifying a new contract. The 3-year agreement includes retroactive pay back to the old agreement’s expiration last July.
“A big plus” to the contract is that DPW workers can now rely on getting step raises, said Stephen Pickard, chapter chair. “And getting our general wage increases squared away was, of course, important, too.”
The wage scales have been readjusted so that members averaged raises just under 3 percent for the first year, with 2 percent increases in years two and three. Members also got a $200 signing bonus and the addition of a fifth step for $1 at 10 years, which adds about another 5 percent for members who had capped out on step increases.
Also increased: the weekly “on call” rate from $275 to $300 in the first year of the contract, $325 in the second and $350 the third year.
Local 888 members who work for the Scituate Public Schools have approved contracts with a new “split COLA increase” in pay. The more senior members will receive a higher percentage cost-of-living increase during the first two years of the contracts, as other workers get step raises as well. Everyone will get 2 percent cost-of-living raises in the last year of the contracts.
Local 888 unites about 150 paraprofessionals, secretaries and cafeteria workers in the Scituate Public Schools.
The Scituate Cafeteria Workers received an increase in the maximum sick days accrued per year, language for out-of-grade pay for stepping in as a kitchen manager or assistant kitchen manager, a store credit for members to purchase school pride gear. Members will no longer have to provide a reason when requesting a personal day.
The Paraprofessionals were able to clarify language over longevity payments and had the decision-making regarding education allowance and tuition allowance put into the hands of the schools superintendent.
The School Secretaries contract says management cannot arbitrarily deny personal leave. Also, members will not have to provide a reason for taking a personal day. A key win is that, when filling vacancies, “seniority shall prevail” and “all applicants will be given an opportunity to interview for the position”.
The Scituate School negotiating teams all stood strong against many proposals made by management — in particular standing up for seniority, said Local 888 internal organizer Joan Caruso. “I was proud to be a part of these bargaining teams.”
The new contract for Local 888 members in the Barnstable County facilities includes a cost-of-living wage increase this fiscal year of 2 percent, plus a new “Step 8” that provides a 3 percent raise. In addition, the contract makes clear that the distribution of overtime will be done “equitably on a rotating seniority basis.” There will be additional COLA payments in upcoming years of the contract.
The new contract says that workers will receive overtime pay when working regular hours during a State of Emergency. In addition, there was an increase in longevity payments and uniform allowances.
Finally, one-half hour will now be allotted to provide union orientation for new employees.
For a copy of the hallmark union orientation language, Local 888 members can see their union rep or email email@example.com
The town of Yarmouth’s Middle Managers (Unit B) has OK’d a new contract that includes cost-of-living raises of 5.5 percent spread over three years. In addition, the new pact improves on bereavement leave and increases vacation days for the more senior members. Also: Employees who have been enrolled in the town’s health plan for at least one year may become eligible to opt out of taking that insurance — and get a stipend from the town in compensation.
“The negotiating team really did a great job,” said field representative Joan Caruso. “All told, the package is quite favorable for Local 888 members.” The 20-odd middle managers work in a variety of departments, with jobs ranging from golfing director to head of the board of health.
‘TRAINING OF TRAINERS’ WORKSHOPS FOR WOMEN: “Popular Education for Social Change” workshops set for Sat., Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., SEIU Local 509 Headquarters, 293 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough. Sponsored by WILD, the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development. Two levels of training: Introductory and Advanced. Cost: $25 for breakfast, lunch and all materials (Free to WILD women volunteers and facilitators). For more info, go to http://wildlabor.org/data/documents/training-of-Trainers-outreach-2019.pdf
ORGANIZING YOUNG WORKERS: Mon., Feb. 11, 5 to 7 p.m. Part of a Labor Guild Young Workers Workshop Series. For tickets, which are free: https://laborguild.com/2019/01/04/winter-2019-young-workers-workshop/