SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1955        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1409

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Paul R. Feeney

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to ensure pay parity for county sheriffs' correction officers and jail officers.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

 

Paul R. Feeney

Bristol and Norfolk

 

Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk

1/24/2019

Marc R. Pacheco

First Plymouth and Bristol

1/24/2019

Michael F. Rush

Norfolk and Suffolk

1/25/2019

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

1/25/2019

Michael J. Rodrigues

First Bristol and Plymouth

1/25/2019

Michael J. Soter

8th Worcester

1/28/2019

Walter F. Timilty

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

1/29/2019

Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

1/29/2019

Viriato M. deMacedo

Plymouth and Barnstable

1/29/2019

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

Second Hampden and Hampshire

1/29/2019

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

1/30/2019

Ryan C. Fattman

Worcester and Norfolk

1/30/2019

Dean A. Tran

Worcester and Middlesex

1/30/2019

Shaunna L. O'Connell

3rd Bristol

1/30/2019

RoseLee Vincent

16th Suffolk

1/31/2019

Norman J. Orrall

12th Bristol

1/31/2019

Diana DiZoglio

First Essex

2/1/2019

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

2/1/2019

Barry R. Finegold

Second Essex and Middlesex

2/1/2019

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

2/1/2019

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

2/1/2019

Hannah Kane

11th Worcester

2/5/2019

James K. Hawkins

2nd Bristol

2/11/2019

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

2/11/2019

Nick Collins

First Suffolk

2/13/2019

Brendan P. Crighton

Third Essex

3/1/2019

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

3/7/2019

Michael D. Brady

Second Plymouth and Bristol

5/9/2019

Joan B. Lovely

Second Essex

11/13/2019

 



SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1955        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1409

By Mr. Feeney, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1409) of Paul R. Feeney, Patrick M. O'Connor, Marc R. Pacheco, Michael F. Rush and other members of the General Court for legislation to ensure pay parity for county sheriffs' correction officers and jail officers.  Public Safety and Homeland Security.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act to ensure pay parity for county sheriffs' correction officers and jail officers.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Section 17 of Chapter 37 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after existing text in Section 17 the following:

Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, The Correction Officers and Jail Officers working in the fourteen (14) County Sheriffs' Offices throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall re‐titled Correction Officer I, II and III or Jail Officer I, II, and III, and be paid base salaries according to the corresponding salary Grade in State Bargaining Unit 4 covering the Department of Correction job titles of Correction Officer I, II, or III. County Sheriffs’ Office, Correction Officers and Jail Officers shall be slotted into such Unit 4 titles according to where the core duties and responsibilities of such Correction Officers and Jail Officers within the County Sheriffs’ Offices most closely approximate the core duties and responsibilities of the corresponding Department of Correction CO I, II, and III titles. The foregoing compensation adjustment shall be structured so that the salary rates for Sheriffs' Office Correction Officer I, II, III and Jail Officer I, II, III equalize with the general Department of Corrections base salary rates in through equal annual increments over the three fiscal years after next following the passage of this legislation by the General Court and its enactment by the Governor. Upon the enactment of this legislation, County Sheriffs will not be required to bargain under G. L. Chapter 150E with public employee organizations representing County Sheriffs Correction Officers I, II and III or Jail Officers I, II and III over base salary rates for such Officers covering the three fiscal year period in which such Officers are receiving salary rates pursuant to this legislation, but shall otherwise remain obligated to comply with collective bargaining agreements, if any, covering such Officers and, in all other respects, except as otherwise provided herein, shall remain obligated to comply with their obligations under Chapter 150E with respect to such Officers and the public employee labor organizations representing such Officers during such three fiscal year period. Following the three fiscal year period covered by this legislation, Chapter 150E shall once again fully apply to County Sheriffs as it relates to Correction Officers I, II, and III and Jail Officers I, II and III in all respects, including but not limited to the negotiation of base salary rates with public employee organizations representing them.