Skip to Content

Download PDF

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 611        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 847


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Sonia Chang-Diaz


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 relative to economic stability for displaced service workers .






Sonia Chang-Diaz

Second Suffolk

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Kenneth J. Donnelly

Fourth Middlesex

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Christopher G. Fallon

33rd Middlesex

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Daniel A. Wolf

Cape and Islands

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Michael Barrett

Third Middlesex

John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

Marc R. Pacheco

First Plymouth and Bristol

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex

Gale D. Candaras

First Hampden and Hampshire

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 611        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 847

By Ms. Chang-Diaz, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 847) of Sonia Chang-Diaz, Sal N. DiDomenico, James B. Eldridge, Kenneth J. Donnelly and other members of the General Court for legislation to econmically stabilize displaced service workers.  Labor and Workforce Development. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to economic stability for displaced service workers .


              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 150 of chapter 149, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “159C”, in line 21, the following word:-“, 189”.

              SECTION 4.  Chapter 149 is hereby further amended by inserting after section 188 the following sections:-

              Section 189

              (a)  As used in this section, the following words, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, shall have the following meanings:-

                            (A) “Awarding authority” means any person that awards or otherwise contracts for property or non professional airport services performed within the Commonwealth including contracted janitorial, security, maintenance and aviation services.

                            (B) “Successor Contractor” means any person or entity that employs, or that will employ by the acquisition of a contract for service covered by this section, 10 or more individuals engaged in property or aviation services, and who assumes a service contract where essentially the same services were previously performed by another contractor in the same location within the previous 30 days.

                            (C)“Predecessor Contractor” means any person or entity that performs a contract for property or aviation services prior to the commencement of the successor contractor. 

                            (D)“Service Employee” means any employee performing services including but not limited to janitorial, maintenance, aviation  and security services who works non-seasonally for at least 8 hours per week.  This does not include a person who is a managerial, supervisory, or confidential employee, including those employees who would be so defined under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

                            (E) “Service Contract” means any contract that has the principal purpose of providing janitorial, maintenance, security, aviation or other services through the use of service employees.

              (b) Where an awarding authority uses a service contract for the purpose defined in Section 189(a), subsection (E), a successor contractor shall retain, for a minimum 90-day transition period, service employees who have been employed by a predecessor contractor for the preceding four months or longer. 

              The successor contractor shall make a written offer of employment to each employee not less than 10 days prior to the commencement of service;

              The employee must answer the offer not more than 10 days from the date the offer is made;

              If the full complement of the predecessor’s employees is not retained by the successor because the successor requires fewer employees to perform the service contract, the remaining employees of the predecessor contractor will be placed on a preferential hiring list and will have the right of first refusal for any new open position during the transition period. 

              The employer will have the right to discharge the employee during the transition period for cause which shall be based on work performance or conduct, but in no case will the discharge be arbitrary or capricious.  

              (c) The awarding authority shall have the obligation, in accordance with the requirements above, to notify a predecessor contractor within 3 days of the granting of a new award and awardee.  Predecessor contractor will have the obligation to supply successor contractor and awarding authority with the employee names and corresponding dates of hire and job classification. Upon commencement of service, the successor contractor shall provide to the awarding authority a list of all employees providing service at the site or sites pertaining to the new contract for service with the awarding authority, indicating which employees were employed by the predecessor and which were not.      

              Failures or omissions in contravention of subsection 189(c) will result in a fine to either awarding authority, predecessor contractor, or both of $500.00 per employee prejudiced, to be paid to the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance.  

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The General Court provides this information as a public service and while we endeavor to keep the data accurate and current to the best of our ability, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.