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Negotiations Update


 OCTOBER 31, 2019   
 Dear Union Brothers ad Sisters,
Teamsters Local 127, the lead union in the negotiations for a new Unit B contract, met again with MassDOT yesterday to continue those negotiations.  Although progress continued to be made on several proposals, the majority of this several hour meeting was spent carefully reviewing and adjusting seniority lists provided for the first time by MassDOT for all Unit B employees.  It is imperative that Unit B seniority is accurate and that is why so much time was spent on it.  We will continue to review the lists provided and will be ready to provide corrections at our next meeting.  We have scheduled two additional meetings; the first is scheduled for  November 19th and the second, if needed, is scheduled for December 6, 2019.
Prior to the negotiations, Local 127 leadership learned of rumors circulating that a settlement would be reached yesterday.  Although we are prepared to reach agreement as soon as possible, we are not going to predict success prior to any of our negotiations meetings.  That is because we cannot predict in advance of any meeting what important proposals we have given MassDOT to protect our members will be accepted.  So please do not rely on rumors.  We are confident that we will get this round of negotiations completed soon, but the merits of any settlement are far more important than its timing.
We are making progress.   MassDOT would be very happy if we panicked and signed off on an agreement that we do not fully support.  We will not do that.  Please support us by your continuing patience so that we can get you the very best settlement possible.
George McGilloway, Secretary-Treasurer/ Principal Executive Officer Local 127
Danny Sullivan    President Local 127
October 31, 2019

Negotiations Update

Teamsters Local 127 leadership met again today along with its partner unions in Unit B for further negotiations with MassDOT. We continued to narrow the differences with MassDOT over a new contract, but have not yet reached an agreement that we can recommend to our members.

The single most important difference remaining between MassDOT and Teamsters leadership is that of changes to the work schedules of our members. MassDOT continues to seek the right to force members into schedules in which they would be working both weekend days as a part of their regular schedules, and at straight time rates. MassDOT also wants the right to force members to regularly work three 13.3 hours days and/or four 10 hour days, often including weekend schedules, a consequence of which may be harmful to the work and family lives of many of our members. We continue to seek reliance on volunteers and employees hired after this contract is settled in place of involuntary assignments of our members to them.

Officers of Local 127

George E. McGilloway Secretary-Treasurer
Daniel Sullivan President
Daniel Lawlor Vice-President
David Pierce Recording Secretary
David Hickson Trustee
Frank Smerlas Trustee
Timothy Johnson Trustee


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