Narragansett Update

NRSD: the parties met yesterday for two hours in zoom bargaining and will continue July 8.  A 1% retro wage increase was approved for all units for the 2019-20 school year.


COVID-19 Update for Holyoke Council on Aging

Holyoke Council On Aging:  The unit is returning to work on a limited basis preparing meals for curbside pick up.  The shuttle buses are being fit with Plexiglas and they will be doing one person pick ups for medical appointments.  Everyone is to continue with distancing and masks.  All staff are still being paid in full.It is not clear what the new fiscal year will bring because the Federal government has yet to fund the States.


COVID-19 Update for Brattleboro Food Coop

We met in a zoom Labor/Management meeting 5/13 and had a very frank discussion of maintaining operations while ensuring safety during this pandemic. We will commence Inters Based Bargaining, June 22/23 and hope to get an initial zoom bargaining session in before the July 4 break followed by more sessions in July.


COVID-19 Update for Narragansett

NRSD: There will be no layoffs through the end of the school year. There is discussion of possible layoffs for the Fall as the budget is uncertain. There is discussion of trying to zoom bargain a conclusion to a new contract.

COVID-19 Update for Gill-Montague Custodial

GM Custodial: In light of MA DOL loosening guidelines, the unit is returning to full working mode within the remaining COVID restrictions on masks, distancing, gloves, and gatherings.

COVID-19 Update for VATCO

Vatco: Using Governor’s order on masks to enforce a version of no mask, no ride.  Passenger is instructed if needed on necessity of mask.  If the customer says anything other than they are unable to comply because of medical issue, driver calls it into office, management and/or police meet the bus in route and passenger is removed.  So far, there have been few problems with passengers.

COVID-19 Update for Durham School Services Holyoke

Durham/Holyoke: continue to be paid guaranteed hours; put in for lost extra income qualifying them for Federal $600 week supplement.  Charter section is receiving UI plus Federal pay.

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