Recording Secretary Report-02/15/2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017                                                                            3:15-5:15

Starting Time: 3:19                                                                  Adjournment Time: 4:55



  1. Presentation of Agenda
  2. Welcome
  3. President’s Remarks
  4. Unit A Second Table Response to CSC Call for Mediation
  5. Consent Agenda (Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Grievance, and PAL Reports)
  6. Treasurer Reports
  7. Old Business
  8. New Business

Agenda passed without objection


Unit A Negotiation Update

CSC said this is a blue collar town that won’t spend more money on education.

We plan on engaging community to interact with CSC rather than teachers engaging with CSC.

We want to come up with a Fact Sheet and/or Talking Points about our issues to help parents.

  • Air quality
  • Class Size
  • Retaliation
  • Morale
  • Teaching Flexibility/Autonomy
  • Competitive salary
  • Play time
  • Elementary Prep time

Another Second Table Meeting will be on March 2

Proceed until apprehended


President Remarks

Forgoes comments, but please read Teacher Negotiation Breakdown.

Jason Mathas was contacted today for mediation dates. Most likely start in April.


Consent Agenda

Accepted without objection.


Grievance Report

Large gap in the change in HR management.

Accepted without objection.


Treasurer Report

This is a very busy time of year for treasurer.

Enrollment just needs DOB and last 4 of SSN.

There will potentially be a future online enrollment.

Accepted without objection.


Old Business

Release Time for the Association President Failed – After approved by board and MTA, the CSC voted to oppose the proposal for a 1 year pilot program with no cost to the district. They were unwilling to improve working relationship between CEA and CSC. It can only be brought up if CSC brings it up again.

It was clear that they don’t respect the union and Chuck Clark. Some people like their job, supervisor, and students, but is looking for a new job due to the disrespect of the political situation.

Some were interested in if the members would support this, but then voted in down so we can’t bring it to the members.

CSC elections are coming up in November. We may look for recruits to oppose these obstinate members of the CSC.


Bylaw Revisions (Part 2 of 4) – Page 10 Section J “The date of the general meeting.”

Motion to approve by Jean Sherlock. Seconded by Jake Husleberg. Passed without objection.


Retro Pay – Separate paycheck on February 10, after 5 months. Please check with other members to see if anyone is still owed money.


Masschild Fund – $231 left in fund.


New Business

Eric Lesser’s “Innovation Partnership Zone” Bill – “Based” on Springfield, but very different language and use. It is a loophole around Ballot Question #2, providing individual schools with no accountability and appointed oversight. Essentially it turns individual schools into charter schools. It specifically targets Chicopee.

Contact Eric Lesser, 617 722-1291

Contact Stan Rosenberg, (617) 722-1500

Tell them, we don’t agree with this. We backed Eric Lesser, so feel free to be honest about how you feel with him.


The Next “Friedrichs” SCOTUS Case – Two other cases are working through the courts to be quickly dismissed until it makes it to the Supreme Court.

This may come mid-year of 2018 to break public unions and privatize education.

We need to motivate members to want to be a part of the union. It’s an opportunity to make a stronger union.


MTA ESP Conference (4/7-4/8) – It has 12 excellent PD workshops and fills up very quickly. More people can share room. Most sent was 6 in one year. $60 for early registration fee.

Jim Clark made a motion to sponsor up to 4 members with 2 shared rooms, submit a report to be shared with other ESPs through the board required. If more than 4 apply, a lottery will decide. Seconded by Jake Hulseberg.

Passed without objection.


MTA Annual Meeting – May 19 and 20. Midterm elections include executive board seat for District A (Western Mass) as well as board of directors seat 26A (Chicopee & Holyoke). Chuck Clark and Ben Eisen are running for these seats respectively and need support. We can bring up to 24 delegates!


Migration Away from CPSGE Email – It will separate union and school business. It will be strictly for union business and provide autonomy from the district.


Next meeting at Chicopee Comprehensive High School, Cafeteria, March 15