Recording Secretary Report 2019-11-06

Wednesday, November 6, 2019                                                                            3:30-4:30

Starting Time: 3:30                                                                   Adjournment Time: 4:52



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

President’s Remarks

Smaller attendance, but there may have be conflicts (staff meetings, parent conferences)

We are guaranteed 1 day a month w/o meetings for CEA meeting

Communication and solidarity works!

  • SC voting to reinstate VP at Streiber and Bowie. Committee to appoint new VP at Belcher
  • SC voting to reinstate middle school Math and ELA coaches
  • SC voting to reinstate certified librarian at Bellamy

Pushing to include people involve with SC decisions.

Custodians are only required to do bathrooms and trash when on overtime. Floating custodians to be hired to fill the hole. Achieved by letter with signatures of teachers sent to superintendent & Laura.


Treasurer Report

City hall has lost the person in charge of our payroll deductions. Has not been replaced.

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Accepted without objection.


Grievance Report

Deb Green absent.

Accepted without objection.


MTA Report

Freedom to Join Act (allow unions to ID and contact potential members) affirmed by House and Senate, Baker did not sign.

Dedham strike successful and ended after 2 days (Friday and Saturday). Due to timing, little fallout from this.

Concern in the MTA Board over Annual Meeting in Springfield

Positive follow up from Summer Conference

Electronic Voting for Candidates Bylaw being analyzed by taskforce

Ranked Choice Voting Bylaw

Annual Meeting on May 1 and 2


New Business

Bargaining Summit – Pre-bargaining starts in the spring. Open Bargaining (anyone can observe). Solidarity between Units, i.e. wait until all are finished before signing.


Principal Advisory Councils – Ms. Clark hopes that it will prevent grievances. These should not be chosen by Principals.


Retirement Issue for Unit D and E – Audit of city found paras’ retirement has issues regarding communication within the city.


All In Grant – $10 per member. Breakfasts, Unit socials, Spring Fling, etc. are funded by this.

New ideas: welcome bag/basket for new members. CAT team invite others to socials. Holiday party gift?

Motion to allocate $20 per new member (all units) for welcome basket (for this year). Include CEA information (meeting date/location, contact info, etc.)

Passed without objection.


CEA Holiday Party – gifts need to be donated before December 1.


Old Business

10 Minute Meetings – CAT teams should be holding these meetings.


Disability Insurance Through MTA – Fidelity can’t beat their rates.


Health & Safety Committee – Still need volunteers for this committee


Consent Agenda

Accepted without opposition.

Next meeting at The Elks, December 4