Recording Secretary Report 2020-01-08

Wednesday, January 8, 2020                                                                                 3:30-5:00

Starting Time: 3:36                                                                   Adjournment Time: 5:10



  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

CAT team meetings will follow All Member Meetings to increase attendance.

Next year starts negotiation, and there is more money coming every year through FY2023.

CAT team will provide bullet points for 10 min building meetings.

Current contracts will be uploaded to website by the end of the month.


Treasurer Report

Robbin absent.

Accepted without objection.


Grievance Report

Reimplementing Principal Advisory Cabinets via better accountability; stipend note take (CEA member), no retaliation, volunteers from members, ULP if principals violate any of these.

If Master’s program was more credits (60-ish), let 180 know as eligible for double Master’s column for the significant more work done.

PD Grids will be posted 3 weeks prior. If not relevant, we can propose our own (2 weeks prior) with principal’s approval. If they pay, they can ask for compensation as negotiated.

Accepted without objection.


MTA Board Report

Solidarity and donation against the compressor station in Weymouth

MTA acknowledge indigenous lands

2021 Annual Meeting in Worcester

Dedham: Strikes work but they don’t come from nowhere. Long work to build that level of trust. Silent faculty meetings, no volunteer for committees.

Open Bargaining has specific meaning in the law. Coordinated Bargaining is ok. Union has right to bring any people in so long as they have a specified purpose.


New Business

10 Minute Meetings – Hold a 10 minute meeting before January 30 to come up with ideas to spend this new money. Return before Jan 22. Celebration event on January 30 at CHS, 5:30-7.

This funding is OUR victory, let’s celebrate it and use it!

NHS to help with child care.

School Committee Meeting on February 5. Show up to meeting in CEA shirts.


MTA Winter Skills Conference – January 11, 2020 in Springfield, many workshops related to negotiations. It is free! Eastern state thinks Springfield is dangerous, so we need to show it is well attended.


Higher Ed Connections – Laura is involved in getting Higher ED more funding as well.


Old Business

Retirement Issue Update – Ongoing


Breakfasts – Need to set dates, email Laura.


Office Assistants – Need more participation if they’re to join the CEA.


Health Insurance Committee – Has not met yet.


Second Breakfast Update – Committee will meet before next All Member Meeting.


Contract Reopener for Salary Increase – Waiting for governor to release how much Chicopee will get. We will be addressing the concern of the health insurance increases.


Computer Update – Telecom’s views are very different from teachers and building admin. There is a major communication disconnect. All devices need to be restarted multiple times before resetting to previous level of need.

Let tech team and principals know of any issues. Abandoned sticky note protocol part way through.


Consent Agenda

Accepted without opposition.

Next meeting at The Elks, February 5