Wednesday, March 14, 2018                                                                               3:15-4:30

Starting Time: 3:22                                                                  Adjournment Time: 5:09

 

Agenda:

  1. Welcome/Introductions
  2. Presentation of Agenda
  3. President’s Remarks
  4. Guest Speaker: Max Page for MTA VP
  5. New Business
  6. Old Business
  7. Treasurer Reports
  8. Consent Agenda (Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Grievance, and PAL Reports)

Review standards of meeting.

Moment of silence for Parkland shooting victims

John Archambault passed yesterday. Moment of silence for him.

Agenda accepted without objection.

President’s Remarks

Spoke about MTA Annual Meeting, 5/4/2018-5/5/2018 in Boston, and the benefits of attending.

This year is important as it is election for President and Vice President of the MTA.

Chuck is grateful for a strong, progressive, and combative president who led No on 2 Campaign

Introduced Max Page.

 

Max Page’s Speech

He explained his history in education and unions. He fought for pay parity and long term job security for adjuncts. He discussed why he is running with Merrie Najimy with their common experience and goals. He discussed the regressive direction of the MTA prior to Barbara Madeloni. Max discussed his role in helping Barbara get elected, the No on 2 Campaign, and a progressive legislative agenda. He gave an example of the moratorium on state standardized testing. He discussed the current fights for the $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave, and the Fair Share Amendment and their benefits.

After the Janus decision, there continuing the goals of All In and keeping in contact with our colleagues. Further goals include strengthening locals and restoring respect of educators.

Max clarifies that MCAS has been a focus on standardized testing rather than education. During a moratorium, discussions will occur to assess student achievement in districts.

Max responds to West Virginia’s strike. He felt it was a tremendous victory to exercise their power. He feels that it is a major tool that shouldn’t be denied to public sector unions.

 

We have 21 delegate slots available for annual meeting. If there are more, then there will be an election for delegates. Please inform your colleagues!

 

New Business

Action Committee – Proposed committee to engage members. This is not just for negotiations, but in helping with the effects of the Janus decision.

Jean motioned to accept. Ben seconded. Passed without objection.

Zach and Scott will chair the committee and have proposals;

  • CEA shirts for every member. The MTA will be providing shirts for a fee. Black and white for contract negotiations, then different colors by building (i.e. blue and yellow for Comp).
  • Inclement weather caused delay of meeting to decide for the joint meeting. We should try to attend every committee meeting that we can, both School Committee (1st and 3rd Wednesday) and City Council (1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month).

The shirts will come from a union shop and funds will likely come from an MTA All In grant. The estimate cost would be ~$9000. Worst case scenario is ~$4500 cost to the CEA via dues, whereas best case is free. Either way, no cost to members. It’s another benefit of membership, such as the Holiday Party and the Retirement Party.

The purchase of t-shirts for every member through a union shop, not to exceed $7000, and the application of an All In grant to defray the cost.

Motion to authorize purchase of the shirts by Jason. Tim seconded. Passed unanimously.

There is a fear of retaliation in Chicopee so many will only show up if there is a crowd. Please email with a date.

 

Individual Professional Development Plan Folder – MTA has created a folder to assist with license renewal and supplied for every member. This will help with making contact with member and as a tool to show the benefits of continued union membership.

We are developing a plan to distribute these to the buildings.

 

Backpack Full of Cash – 5/2/2018, Academy of Music, Northampton. The movie addresses the attempts to privatize public education. Easthampton, Northampton, Society of Professors, and CEA are sponsoring this showing. It is free to anyone.

The start time will be 6 or 6:30. Once this is decided, the information will be disseminated.

 

Old Business

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Concerns – Admin has been noncompliant with informing members of asbestos abatement. The teachers didn’t know until after the abatement and there was no cleanup of rooms afterwards. The principal and custodians did not know about the visit until shortly before abatement. In theory, asbestos is treated before it becomes a problem. There should be blueprints and plans on site at every building, and it is to be informed to staff, PTO, and parents.

The AHERA and management report has been requested.

Admin seemed aware that Ron Simard wasn’t doing his job to the full extent and are willing to let him take the fall.

Formulating a public release to use as leverage to get motion on this issue.

Only Chicopee High and Chicopee Comp are buildings without asbestos.

Why are teachers the only ones accountable for our jobs? Chuck will be informing the school committee by their March 21 meeting.

This can be a point for the Action Committee.

 

Health Insurance Update – Open enrollment is April 9-April 20. This doesn’t mean that nothing is changing. There are four options;

  • No change, increase rates by BCBS +0.8%, HNE +8.17%
  • Increase deductible, but reimburse some expenses through the city. BCBS +0.34%, HNE +4.7%
  • Increase copays and prescriptions and reimbursement account. HNE (Family) -2%
  • New provider, Cygna as nationwide provider. BCBS +41%

Research information won’t arrive in time for open enrollment.

 

Collective Bargaining – We aren’t because School Committee has been postponed by inclement weather. No change from general meeting.

 

General Meeting, 3/1/2018, CHS – If the school committee trims, the mayor will provide additional information. There will be layoffs this year.

 

Treasurer Report

Treasurer is absent.

 

Grievance Report

Accepted without objection.

 

Consent Agenda

Accepted without objection.

 

 

Next meeting at The Elks, April 11

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