Recording Secretary Report 2021-01-06

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 4:00-5:00

Starting Time: 4:00 Adjournment Time: 5:52



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


Consent Agenda

Accepted without opposition.


President’s Remarks

There have been many MOA violations this year. Union is guided by a contract and labor laws. There are mandatory subjects of bargaining (i.e. if it changes working conditions, it is a subject of bargaining). This is a time for unity, stand together.


Treasurer’s Report

Added to consent agenda


Grievance Chair’s Report

Grievances resolved to protect all members, not just the ones who file the grievance.

Specifically surveys should be anonymous. We’ve fought and won where they use it to identify people.


New Business

MTA ESP of the Year – Danielle Brooks from the CEA is the MTA ESP of the Year!


Survey of 2020-2021 Check In – Emailed to members


Superintendent’s Reopening Committee & the CEA Reopening Bargaining Committee – Superintendent intended her Reopening Committee to be a think tank and does not have influence on MOAs. Nothing that came out today has been discussed in the committee. Meeting to address this tomorrow. The return might be a hybrid model.

DESE mandates evaluations every year, modeling it off of last Spring’s model.

  • Reset evaluation cycles to start of 2 year
  • Year 1 marked proficient, moved to Year 2 next year


Free Wired Mice – This is the link to the free mice pick up . You need to have a plan for distribution.


Grants – MTA’s PR&O has a $5k grant that we’ll be buying from local businesses to help support community members in need.

NEA Social Justice grant will hopefully be planned and received by CEA’s ALANA group.


CEA Scholarship Update – No holiday party and didn’t raise any funds. CEA will take the hit for this year to support our members for this year.


Furlough Information – The CEA has not been given any information about furloughs from the superintendent or school committee. How will they furlough and expect people to return?


Early Retirement Information – It is in the works, but a long process. It will likely take a couple years for negotiation. There may be layoffs in the Spring because many students moved out of the district. A bill needs to be passed.


MTA Winter Conference – Attend to learn more about being an active member of the union; local, statewide, and national. Learn about activism.


MTA Organizer – new organizer will be introduced at next meeting


2021-2024 Contract Negotiations – Please fill out the survey!


Old Business

Health Metrics Committee – Summary of air quality meetings. Disagreement about whether these summaries show the buildings are safe to return. Teachers will know if the rooms meet a 4.5 ACH rate before returning. Many buildings need HIPAA filters that must be run at all times. Many buildings will need 2+ windows open at 6 inches. OSHA law applies to schools, temperature needs to be 68℉

We are negotiating to get all of this in writing to enforce.


Snow Days Update – Superintendent changed working conditions without negotiating. 



Furloughs – Food staff and custodians are being furloughed. Chicopee residents have a right to ask for a copy of the budget and ask questions as to why if education is level funded and gotten grants for COVID relief.

ADA & Returning Teachers – there will be a numbers issue with class size, teachers taking leaves of absence, etc.

Paper vs. Reality – We have the power to enforce the MOA and contract. If PPE isn’t used, report it.


Next Meeting via Zoom on February 3, 2021