Recording Secretary Report – 04/12/2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017                                                                                 3:15-4:15

Starting Time: 3:28                                                                  Adjournment Time: 4:46



  1. Presentation of Agenda
  2. Welcome
  3. President’s Remarks
  4. Guest MTA VP Erik Champy
  5. Consent Agenda (Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Grievance, and PAL Reports)
  6. Treasurer Reports
  7. Old Business
  8. New Business

Agenda passed without objection. Due to time constraints ESP review occurred first.


MTA ESP Conference – 4/7/2017 through 4/8/2017 there were many workshops offered. Rebecca attended retirement workshop; relationship workshop for student interaction; and cook with children. 5 from Chicopee attended, 400 from all Mass. One had pre-registered without our prior knowledge.

Sherry also attended but came late due to being a bus monitor.


President Remarks

Chuck forgoes comments to introduce Erik Champy, VP of the MTA. He works on the budget of the MTA. The No on 2 Campaign took a large hit  to our coffers, and now we need to plan for 2018. The democracy occurs at the annual meeting to decide on how to do so. With Gorsuch confirmation, agency fees will likely go away by 2018. There is a governance race in 2018 and Charlie Baker is the most popular governor in the nation. He wouldn’t want to invest money against him, but may try to use our person-power. Midterm elections and Millionaire’s Tax are up in 2018. Barbara Madeloni will have termed out in 2018, so we will have new leadership as well.

To encourage our fellow teachers to join after 2018; we should foster the sense of community, a return on investment, professional development, MTA benefits, and our voice. We need to stand strong together. We can have differences in opinion, but we must be united in supporting our cause.

Harold Crowley is the MTA expert on retirement. MTRS does have some errors, so use the MTA’s resources.


Consent Agenda

Accepted without objection.


Grievance Report

Accepted as part of consent agenda due to Michele Foley’s absence.

Many grievances moved to Level 3 as Human Resources haven’t replied.


Treasurer Report

Accepted as part of consent agenda due to Robbin Lussier’s absence.


Old Business

Unit A Mediation – Unit A starts mediation after the meeting. Unit A negotiation committee and School Committee will be in separate rooms with state mediator as a go-between.


Unit B, D, and E Negotiations – Unit E is bargaining right now. Units B and D have stalled on dates.


MTA Annual Meeting – 5/19/2017 through 5/20/2017. Confirmed attendees will be Kathleen Abood, Jonathan Baru, Sherry Bienvenue, Barbara Ann Cheetham, James Clark, Donna Conroy, Laura Demakis, Alyssa Demers, Benjamin Eisen, Jacob Hulseberg, Kimberly Marowski, Claudia Palframan, Karen Stanton, Jason Surprise, Helen Wright. We can add 4 more delegates, but we are on a limited time table.

Afterwards there will be an education rally in Boston Commons.


Bylaw Revisions Distribution Parts 3 and 4 – Any changes have been highlighted. Please read parts 3 and 4 for approval by general membership. Questions and discussion will occur at next meeting.


Bylaw Revisions Discussion of Part 2 of 4 – Parts 1 and 2 are electronic and will make them available online. Adjust dates. Chuck proposed tabling discussion for next meeting.

Paula suggested changing Article O to biannual meetings.

Laura suggests that frequent meetings allow for frequent contact and more involvement with the union.


New Business

Health Insurance – Committee for negotiation of our rates. Health insurance costs are going up.

Current practice; life insurance is only offered when hired, but no proof that it was ever offered.

Single percentage payment: 70 district/30 employee

Family percentage payment: 60 district/40 employee


Jake is concerned about money running out of HRA account and change in coverage.

Kathy is concerned about the timeliness and accuracy of the city’s handling of funds.

Laura is concerned about individuals losing track of their money.

Robbin says they tried to do this before with poor results. We will not be saving in the long run.

Kathy says there’s no incentive for more risk. City will benefit by us not getting difference back.

Jason counters that this could be good if we can trust our city. He considers the record of their attempts to pay employees the money owed.

Robbin argues the city lacks knowledge to adequately cover this proposal. It is our risk, we should likewise reap any rewards.

Many urged Chuck to vote this proposal down.

Chuck motions to accept proposal for HRA, (Yes 0, No 12)


Next meeting at Chicopee Comprehensive High School, Cafeteria, May 17