Mar 31, 2016

UPDATE: Voluntary Layoff and Retirement Programs at Unemployment, Career Services

Following the March 31 announcement of a reduction in force at the state’s Department of Unemployment Assistance, the Commonwealth has provided NAGE with details of a voluntary layoff program and a voluntary retirement incentive program available to bargaining unit members at Department of Career Services, matching those offered to employees at the DUA. Because of the expected impact of the reductions at DUA on the DCS, the voluntary layoff and retirement incentive programs will also be open to eligible employees at DCS.
 
If you are an affected employee at the Department of Career Services:
You have until Wednesday, April 27, 2016 to decide to take advantage of either the early retirement or voluntary layoff incentive.
 
If you are an affected employee at the Department of Unemployment Assistance:
You have until Wednesday, April 20, 2016 to decide to take advantage of either the early retirement or voluntary layoff incentive.
 
The Department of Career Services prepared this overview document, an FAQ sheet, and an application form for interested employees.

NAGE and the Commonwealth will continue negotiations in an effort to minimize the impact of the budget reductions on the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, and we will update you here as news becomes available.
 


On Thursday, March 31, 2016, NAGE Local Presidents John Mann, Steven Douglas and Leo Munroe were notified by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development that it plans to implement a reduction in force of up to 250 positions during the next few months. It is anticipated that the reduction will directly affect employees of the Department of Unemployment Assistance and the Executive Office, and will have impact on the Department of Career Services.
 
During a meeting at NAGE headquarters, DUA Director Robert Cunningham and other management representatives outlined to NAGE officials their budgetary justification for the reduction in force. They also discussed plans to close the Worcester and Springfield DUA offices.   
 
The parties agreed that, prior to implementing any involuntary reduction in force, management would offer both a voluntary layoff and a voluntary retirement option to all NAGE-represented employees in DUA and the Executive Office (link to the agreement).   Employees will have until April 20, 2016 to decide whether they want to take advantage of either the early retirement or voluntary layoff incentive. 
 
The parties agreed to meet again at a later date to continue negotiations in an effort to minimize the impact of the budget reductions.
 
We will be updating this site as new developments occur.
 

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