Contract Update

Fellow Union Brothers and Sisters,

As promised, this is an update regarding our last contract meeting on September 18.

During the negotiations, we gave management a comprehensive proposal in which the Union sought further wage improvements for both red - circled and non - red circled members. We also proposed modifications to management’s proposals for the right to employ temporary employees and to require new work shifts consisting of either or both 4 ten hour work weeks and/or  3 - 13.34 hour work weeks, without guarantees of weekends off. In each case, we sought limitations to protect our members from loses of overtime and protection for our members who are unable to work the new proposed schedules. MassDot did not give us a formal response to our proposals, but did indicate that they were unhappy that the Union did not accept their last proposal without change. We advised MassDot that the Union cannot accept those proposals as written because they do not provide adequate compensation for our members and would subject the membership to arbitrary losses of overtime and hardship for our members who would struggle or would be unable to work the new shifts MassDot is proposing. The Union expects and deserves a good faith response from MassDot on our counterproposals at our next meeting on October 3rd.

In the meantime, feel free to send an to email Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack at <stephanie.pollack@state.ma.us> and tell her that “ It has been 10 years since the merger of the MassPike; the time has come and long overdue for MassDot to finally provide a fair contract to former MassPike employees and to new workers who are employed in their same job titles”.   “Fair Contract Now!”
 
Fraternally,

George McGilloway

Principal Officer/Secretary Treasurer

Danny Sullivan

President