DOR Chapter Update – January 2014

Brothers and Sisters,

First off, I’d like to thank the members who endorsed me in my campaign for Chapter President. A warm welcome as well to Eric Rios as our Vice President and Secretary of Grievances. Our new leadership team looks forward to representing all the members at DOR — and with 20 + years of service in child support and an active member in our union for many years, I plan to use my experience , knowledge, and common sense to guide us through the tough decisions that effect our daily work conditions.

The number one priority now is our contract. I recently attended two contract negotiations meetings. At the most recent session on December 20, management again came to the table without any contract offer. It became clear that the Administration had no intention to move forward with negotiations in any meaningful way, and our bargaining team collectively agreed to walk out. Contract negotiations are often a slow and tedious process, and it appears our employer wants us to change contract language for their benefit and offer only a minuscule cost of living increase in the end. We needed to show the Administration we mean business, and we certainly did.

On the local front, the following committees are still active: Career Ladder, Supplemental Agreement M, Promotional Process Guidelines and Health & Safety (which is active in our Chelsea bed bug situation). A special thanks goes out to Jenn Doe, our field representative, who has been actively engaged in our Chelsea situation.

I’d like to welcome any and all members to attend our monthly Chapter meetings, which take place on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6PM at our union headquarters (100 Talcott Ave in Watertown). Please check our SEIU 509 calendar for any changes.

Please feel free to contact me at 617-626-2730 or cunninghaj@dor.state.ma.us if you have any questions, comments or concerns in the coming months. I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you!

Jim Cunningham
DOR/CSE Chapter President

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