Recording Secretary Report 2019-04-10

Wednesday, April 10, 2019                                                                                  3:15-4:15

Starting Time: 3:22                                                                   Adjournment Time: 4:52



  1. Presentation of Agenda
  2. President’s Remarks
  3. Funding/Budget Issues
  4. Treasurer Reports
  5. Grievance Report
  6. New Business
  7. Old Business
  8. Consent Agenda (Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and PAL Reports)

President’s Remarks

Agenda passed without objection

We’ve empowered the CEA and its members. The rally was a huge success and got a lot of attention. Elected officials and prospective elected officials have been come to us to hear our concerns.

May 16, 4:30 to 6ish, Rally at Springfield.  Wear CEA shirts. This is our one chance to be supplied with the money that we need, an extra $14 million per year.

Activism like this has empowered the CEA so that the School Committee listens to us.


Treasurer Report

Robbin tardy


Grievance Report

Accepted without objection.


New Business

Annual Meeting – Can accept delegates until 4/15. It is May 3 and 4. CEA is hosting a dinner on Friday night. We have 10 open slots for delegates.


Successes – Discussed ways that we’ve grown our union by member engagement and activism. Keep engaging members with CAT teams, 10 min meetings, Health & Safety Committee, Insurance, Breakfasts, Motion on Grievances, Evaluation Training for Admin.

Propose Rally at CSC on May 1 for lack of retro/raises. Passed without objection. They should be our advocates. If they back us, we can invite to a rally at City Council Meeting.


Health Insurance – Mayor Kos put a kibosh on self-insuring. But our push has caused Health Insurance to drop (see CAT team for more details). City HR website has useful information.


Elementary Collaboration Time – Elementary Schools have fewer collaboration days because approved midyear. One of the last 3 half days will be designated as a half day. For next year, all 5 are on the approved calendar.


Proposed Dues Timeline Bylaw Amendment – First reading


Proposed Agency Fee Bylaw Amendment – First reading


Coalition Lawsuit – Chicopee was a heavy hit district by no underfunding. The NAACP, Association of School Committees, and others are filing a lawsuit that students aren’t getting the funding they need.


Sick Bank – No one in district understands how the sick bank works. When run out of sick time, can withdraw up to 30 days. Every new employee has one deposited in to the bank. We only know how many have been withdrawn each year, they have no idea what the total number is.

Motion to Any Units that have a Sick Bank Committee to meet at least twice per year as a joint committee for procedural collaboration. (Vote passed unopposed)


Spring Fling – We need volunteers for a committee. June 18, 4:30-???


Tee Shirts – Debate about color. Google Form for Spring Fling. Name, Building, Size.


10 Minute Meetings – Hold them to keep our members in the loop.


Old Business

Retirement Party Update – Changed to May 30


Fund Our Future Rally – May 16 in Springfield from 4:30-6


Annual Meeting – Question about savings per person for decreased day to annual meeting? What is the cost to offer building reps a stipend?

Compare the cost saved to comradery of Annual Meeting.

Prior procedure due of submitting voting slip, which created accountability.

We haven’t had a dues increase in living memory.

New leadership has fostered comradery with events at Annual Meeting.


Consent Agenda

Accepted without opposition.


Next meeting at Chicopee High School, May 1