2021-2023 DGCE Contract Negotiations

The DGCE Bargaining Committee has extended the deadline for you to take DGCE pre-bargaining survey to Monday, May 4 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

The survey can be accessed at: https://forms.gle/w5ofF961VgYSH98Q8

We appreciate your participation.


The MSCA DGCE Bargaining Committee is making campus visits during February and March. Please try to attend a session at your university.

ChapterDateBuilld/RoomTime
FraminghamFebruary 20CANCELED
FitchburgFebruary 20Hammond 214TBA
SalemFebruary 21Ellison Center, Underground, North Campus9:30 – 10:30
MCLAFebruary 27 Faculty Center, Bowman Hall12:00 – 1:00
WestfieldFebruary 28Ely Conference Room 31:30 – 2:55
BridgewaterMarch 5Heritage Room, Maxwell Library3:30 – 5:30
Mass MaritimeMarch 16TBA3:30 – 4:30
MassArtMarch 17TBA1:00 – 2:00
WorcesterMarch 26TBATBA


Upcoming DGCE Bargainning Dates:


MSCA DGCE Bargaining Committee:
Graziana Ramsden, Chair (MCLA)
Irina Seceleanu, Vice Chair (Bridgewater)
Rala Diakite (Fitchburg)
Sarah Pilkenton (Framingham)
Ben Ryterband (MassArt)
Nick Aieta (Westfield)
Don Bullens (Worcester)
CJ O’Donnell, MSCA President (Mass Maritime)
Roberta James, MTA Consultant

MSCA DGCE Bargaining Committee Alternates:
Maria Hegbloom, (Bridgewater)
Aruna Krishnamurthy (Fitchburg)
Robert Donohue (Framingham)
David Eve (MCLA)
Joanna Gonsalves (Salem)
Margot Hennessy (Westfield)
Julie Frechette (Worcester)


New Business Items Passed at the 2019 Delegate Assembly (wording is in draft format):

#1:  Resolution to Empower the MSCA through Open Bargaining

WHEREAS, Open bargaining empowers unions by allowing for active participation of the full membership in bargaining; and

WHEREAS, Open Bargaining maximizes the collective power of the union in support of contract negotiations;

THEREFORE, be it resolved that when negotiating the terms of a contract, the MSCA bargaining team must maintain open bargaining, as established in the final sessions of negotiating the 2017-20 contract; and

Resolved, That the MSCA bargaining team must not agree to any ground rules which limit the ability of members to be fully informed of all discussions and offers that take place during bargaining, nor to agree to any ground rules that limit member observation of or participation in bargaining sessions; and

Resolved, That the MSCA bargaining team will work within a frame that informs members and allows and encourages observation and, when appropriate participation in bargaining.


#2:  Resolution to Empower Membership Engagement and Involvement in Developing Bargaining Proposals

WHEREAS, the active engagement of the full membership in bargaining maximizes the collective power of the union in support of contract negotiations;

THEREFORE, be it resolved that in addition to the bargaining survey, chapter membership meetings may pass resolutions on areas of the contract of concern to members.  Any chapter resolutions must be submitted by the Chapter President to the Bargaining Committee by the deadline for submission of the bargaining survey; and

Resolved, that the results of the bargaining survey and any chapter resolutions must be distributed to all MSCA members via executive session presentation and be available in chapter offices; and

Resolved, that all proposals of the MSCA bargaining team must be made available to all MSCA members once they have been proposed during a bargaining session and will be posted on the MSCA website within 48 hours of the conclusion of each session; and

Resolved, that so that members may shape the content of bargaining, the sharing of MSCA bargaining team proposals and summaries of bargaining sessions will also include an online form or other mechanism for membership to give feedback to the entire bargaining team.