2021-2023 DGCE Contract Negotiations

Upcoming DGCE Bargaining Dates:

The MSCA DGCE Bargaining Committee is conducting negotiation sessions through Zoom at this time. Please contact your chapter president for information on becoming a silent participant.

November 23, 2020 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm
October 20, 2020
September 22, 2020
August 21, 2020
July 23, 2020


On October 1st, 2020, the BHE and the MSCA DGCE Bargaining Committee agreed to ground rules.

Management’s proposals:
Management’s PMFL proposal
Management’s Online Instruction form
Management’s proposal on Article VI (Appointment and Termination)


The DGCE Bargaining Committee has the results of last spring’s survey. Those results can in a graph and PowerPoint summary

Below is an archive of the DGCE Bargaining Chair Reports:

We appreciate your participation.


MSCA DGCE Bargaining Committee:
Graziana Ramsden, Chair (MCLA)
Irina Seceleanu, Vice Chair (Bridgewater)
Rala Diakite (Fitchburg)
Robert Donohue (Framingham)
Ben Ryterband (MassArt)
David Goodof (Salem)
Nick Aieta (Westfield)
OPEN (Worcester)
CJ O’Donnell, MSCA President (Mass Maritime)
Roberta James, MTA Consultant

MSCA DGCE Bargaining Committee Alternates:
Maria Hegbloom, (Bridgewater)
Aruna Krishnamurthy (Fitchburg)
Sarah Pilkenton (Framingham)
David Eve (MCLA)
Margot Hennessy (Westfield)
Katie Riel (MassArt)
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.