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Vaccine Announcement from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Hello All,
 
Attached please find a copy of information and forms related to the Covid-19 vaccine mandate and the process for employees to demonstrate compliance with the mandate. They include the following:
 
Thank you
Olinda
 

Olinda R. Marshall

 

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Human Resources – Chief Labor Negotiator

Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
 
Governor Baker's Executive Order 595 Mandate 08.19.2021
 
We the Teamsters Local 127 were the first Union to ask DOT to cease and desist this 595 mandate and demanded to bargain over it  DOT met with the Teamsters twice and we have a third round next week. Teamsters Local 127 have made many calls to the IBT in D.C. and to Joint council 10 here in New England to no avail.
 
Make no mistake about it: we the Teamsters believe it is an individual's choice to take or not to take any vaccine; this is the USA, not Russia.  Having said that,our attorney has informed this office that the mandatory vaccine is inevitable Please be advised that all DOT employees need to get vaccinated and DOT assured Teamsters
that as long as an employee is in the process of getting the vaccine before Oct,17.2021 no progressive discipline will be levied on any Local 127 member.
 
Thank you for understanding.
 
In Solidarity,
Brother George

 
George E. McGilloway Secretary-Treasurer/Principal Executive Officer
Teamsters Local 127

New Hires

Dear Brother and Sisters,
 
Teamsters are aware of the fact that some new hires are coming on the job at higher rates of pay and grade.

We have our attorney looking into it  Our contract states - and DOT knows this - that all new hires start at the lowest pay and grade.
 
This Local will get to the bottom of this issue and make whole any affected members.  Or simply start the new hires at lowest rate and grade.
 
As for the DOT, common sense is very uncommon.
 
In Solidarity,
Brother 
GEORGE

Union Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Governor Baker signed an executive order # 595 without first bargaining with the Teamsters Local 127.  It mandates that by October 17 all Local 127 members need to be vaccinated from COVID-19.

Teamsters filed all the appropriate charges and we will fight them on this.  Absolutely NO one will take the vaccination if they DO NOT want it, either by a doctor's note or by your religious beliefs.

In Solidarity,
Brother GEORGE

Contract News for Unit D Only

Hi All,

Unit D only: you need to take a look at Unit D proposals and vote before Tuesday Aug,17.2021.  If you did not receive an Email from Teamsters Local 127, that means we do not have a valid email for you. Teamsters sent out to all unit D members using their state emails - some were not valid.  Please call the union hall and update your email.
Thank you.

In Solidarity,
Brother GEORGE

Union Update

NOTICE

Dear Brother and Sisters,

We have been fielding many calls about DOT's new hires and the fact that these new employees are coming in at a higher rate of pay.

Local 127 and our attorney put DOT on notice that our contract states new hires start at the lowest rate and grade.  DOT said they would look into it and get back to the Local. Teamsters will file all appropriate charges and/or grievances to make any affected members whole.


News
 
House Bill 2808 and Senate Bill 1669 came before legislature committee July,21.2021.  There is a long recording of their session on Mass.Gov,

Basically they will hear the evidence and reasoning for this benefit and any opposition to it The committee will review and forward to the House and Senate.

UPDATE

Teamsters Local 127 and DOT had our third C.B.A. session on Aug,03.2021. Both sides agreed to expedite these discussions. This Local does not deal with rumors and conjecture. I've heard about what other unions may or may not be getting for percentages. When the Teamsters have a bona fide offer worthy of all you front line
workers, we will forward to you for ratification

Thank you for all you do

In Solidarity,
Brother
GEORGE

George E. McGilloway
Secretary-Treasurer/Principal Executive Officer
Teamsters Local 127

Massachusetts Emergency Paid Sick Leave

Download the Massachusetts Emergency Sick Leave policy as of June 4, 2021.

Union Update

Dear Brother and Sisters,
 
Teamsters have started the next round for a Successor C.B.A. I pledge to all 127 members I will work as hard and long as it takes to get all Teamster members a well deserved raise Thank you for standing tall during these trying times. Teamsters have worked very hard at adding new jobs.  Please look at Mass.gov for more info on new job opportunities
 
MASSDOT currently has two mechanic position open at M-8 depot working the overnight shift. If you know anyone looking for a job, this would be a good opportunity for  them to apply.  Candidates can go to Mass.gov and search job category.
 
In the near future we have to consider getting back to In person meeting. This is the core of Teamsters, to give all members their say and to be heard.
 
In Solidarity
 
Brother
GEORGE

George E. McGilloway
Secretary-Treasurer/Principal Executive Officer


 

 

Update

Return to regular schedule effective April,12.2021. All Highway Maintenance Division will resume their normal schedules.
 
Thank you.
 
In Solidarity,
Brother GEORGE
 

George E. McGilloway
Secretary-Treasurer/Principal Executive Officer
Teamsters Local 127

COVID-19 Vaccine Timeline and Eligibility Information

Brothers and Sisters,
As you may be aware, the Baker-Polito Administration announced this morning the timeline for all remaining Massachusetts residents to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.  The full timeline is available at www.mass.gov/COVIDVaccinePhases.  All Massachusetts residents can preregister to book an appointment at a mass vaccination site at www.mass.gov/COVIDVaccine
The next group of residents will become eligible on March 22nd.  This group includes employees in certain fields, including transportation and transit.  Some, but not all, MassDOT employees will be eligible in this group based on their occupation.  Employees who are currently required to work in-person on a regular basis, including those who are required to work in-person on certain days and work remotely on other days, are eligible under this category.  Employees who are not required to work in-person are not eligible under this category, although they may be eligible based on other factors.
Employees are also reminded that they may be currently eligible or become eligible on March 22nd or April 5th based on other factors such as age and medical conditions.  Vaccine eligibility will be expanded to all residents 16 years of age or older on April 19th.  
In addition to preregistration, the federal government distributes vaccines to CVS Health sites as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership as well as to certain Massachusetts federally qualified community health centers.  Employees looking to book appointments across any of these providers should visit mass.gov/COVIDvaccine to learn more.
Thank you,
In Solidarity,
George E. McGilloway
Secretary-Treasurer/Principal Executive Officer
Teamsters Local 127
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