Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SHARE PCAs, LPNs, and MAs – Do you want to go back to school? A great opportunity is back!

Last year, SHARE, Worcester State University and UMass Memorial put together a program to help direct caregivers get started at college. We are excited that the Pathways Program has been so successful that WSU is currently preparing for the next wave of classes. To learn more about how you can take advantage, join coordinator Amy Ebbeson at one of the drop-in information sessions listed on the below flyer. You can also contact her directly by phone at (508) 929-8416, or email


It's affordable, at a convenient time and place, and not scary! This program is designed for people who may not have been in a classroom for a long time. You earn 9 or more college credits, which you can transfer to other colleges if you want. You get coaching and support, and you get help making a plan for continuing your education at the end. Your classmates will be other SHARE members in the same boat.

Convenient time: You can do the classes during the day or in the evening. The first group will meet one evening per week (Wednesdays 4:30-7:30pm), starting in April 13th and going through October. A second group will go to classes during the day, starting September 2016 and going through April 2017.

Convenient locations – All classes located at University, Memorial or Hahnemann campuses.

Affordable – The first "getting started" class is free to you – UMass Memorial will pay for it! For the next three classes (3 credits each), you get tuition remission from UMass Memorial for much of the cost. UMass Memorial has agreed to pay that amount up front so that you don’t have to come up with the money ahead of time, like you usually have to -- which is awesome. (If you start but don’t finish a class, you will have to pay back the money.)

To sign up: You can go to OurNet then My HR. Look for "Learning" and click on that. Look for the Direct Care Workers Pathways Program. You can also find it on the Worcester State University website.

Please note:  A state grant is paying for part of this program, and the state limited the program to people currently working as Patient Care Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Medical Assistants (or Medical Office Assistants). We wish we could make this opportunity available to all SHARE members – if this grant goes well, maybe we can do that in the future!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Phasing Out of "Spousal Coordination"

Good news for SHARE members who have had to deal with "spousal coordination" of their family health insurance -- it's going away!

Spousal coordination required SHARE members hired after 7/1/2008 to put their spouse on the spouse's employer's health insurance, if possible, even if the SHARE member purchased a family plan to cover children. UMass Memorial reimbursed the cost of the spouse's individual plan, and paid any extra to "top off" the spouse's coverage so that the employee didn't lose anything. It was supposed to cost no more to the SHARE member, but save UMass Memorial money.

UMass Memorial had proposed the plan to SHARE, feeling that area companies rely on the hospital's good health insurance coverage for spouses, saving those other companies money.

SHARE members thought spousal coordination was confusing, and a lot of paperwork to get reimbursed.

SHARE (and probably many others) had complained about spousal coordination to Human Resources. We asked if it really did save the hospital money, once the additional work was taken into account.

Human Resources has decided to discontinue the plan this year: New employees won't be signed up for it starting now, and SHARE members who already have won't anymore in the next health insurance year, starting January 2017.

HR has told SHARE that they are committed to helping SHARE members with the transition if there are problems with the timing of the spouse's health insurance year.

Monday, June 13, 2016


Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting, their families and their friends. 

We stand in solidarity with all those affected by this senseless violence, directly or indirectly, and especially with our own LGBTQ, Latino, and Muslim communities here at UMass Memorial Hospital and UMass Medical School.​

Friday, May 27, 2016

No Voting Required This Year for SHARE Rep and Executive Board Members

We received more than 50 nominations for SHARE Rep and Executive Board, and there are enough positions for all the nominees. A vote is only held when here are more people running than there are positions to run for.

Congratulations to the new and returning SHARE representatives, who are now considered elected! A list of all SHARE Reps and Executive Board members will be posted soon, right here on this blog.

Questions? Please call the SHARE office at 508-929-4020.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Opthalmic Techs Vote to Join SHARE!

By a landslide vote of 7 to 0, the Opthalmic Technicians of the Eye Center voted to join SHARE last week. Before this, they had been classified as non-union.

Let's wish them a warm welcome to the SHARE union!

Friday, May 6, 2016

SHARE Leader Nominations Open

Now's the time to think about nominating someone to be a SHARE leader. Are you interested in becoming more active in the SHARE union? Or is there a co-worker who you think would make a good SHARE Rep? Nominations are open now for SHARE Rep positions and for some of the SHARE Executive Board positions. You can nominate yourself or a co-worker.

Nominations are due in the SHARE office by Thursday, May 19th at 5pm. If there are too many candidates running for any position, we will have an election on June 16.

To read all about how to nominate someone, what SHARE Reps do, and all the rest of the information, click here for the full letter. (You may have already seen this letter in your mail at home.)

SHARE Phones Are Back

Thank you for your patience. The electrician was in today, and the phones are back online . . .