Jun 20, 2014

NAGE, Commonwealth Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

June 20, 2014—Today, negotiating teams from the NAGE state division and the Commonwealth reached a tentative contract agreement covering almost 12,000 executive branch employees for the next three years.
 
“We’ve made important strides for our members in this contract,” said David J. Holway, NAGE national president. “Our members keep the Commonwealth running, and they deserve economic stability and a dependable future.”
 
Highlights
  • The tentative agreement, beginning July 1, 2014, will give employees in Units 1, 3, and 6 a three percent raise next January, a three percent raise in October 2015, and a three percent raise in July 2016.
  • The first two raises include a guaranteed minimum annual raise of $1,700. Those raises would represent increases of up to 6% for lower paid employees in each of those two years.  
  • The state will phase in a new tuition reimbursement program for NAGE members in the second and third years of the contract.
  • The state will also establish a funding mechanism to reimburse employees who must hold a professional license for their jobs, such as electricians and attorneys.
  • The state will increase the mileage reimbursement in the latter part of the contract, as well.
Click here to see a PDF of the entire tentative agreement.
 
Ratification next week
 
Ballots for a contract ratification vote will be mailed to members on Wednesday, June 25. Ballots must be returned to NAGE in time for the ballot count on Wednesday, July 2 at 10:00 a.m. (Instructions will be included in the ballot package you will receive in the mail.)
 
“We need to ratify this contract as soon as possible to get it to the legislature before July 31,” explained Theresa McGoldrick, president of Local 207 in Unit 6. “Once their formal sessions end for the season on July 31, any one legislator could put the entire deal on hold until January.”
 
Reactions
 
“Our members are getting solid pay increases across the board,” said Greg Sorozan, president of Local 282 in Unit 6. “Members have worked diligently under difficult circumstances for a long time, and this contract goes a long way in recognizing their contributions.”
 
John Mann, president of Local 292 in Unit 1, said “The guaranteed minimum raise in the first two years of the contract will make a meaningful difference for the members who earn the least. Those raises will be a big relief to a lot of families.”
 
“You might be surprised how many of our members have to have professional licenses to keep their jobs,” said Leo Munroe, president of Local 219 in Unit 3. “Things like reimbursement for license renewals and tuition add up. They say, ‘We respect you and value your work.’”
 



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Want to read the tentative agreement? Click here to open a PDF of the entire tentative contract agreement for Units 1, 3, and 6. 
The negotiating committee for the NAGE state sector reached a tentative contract agreement for nearly 12,000 executive branch employees.
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