Wednesday, April 7, 2021 4:00-5:00
Starting Time: 4:00 Adjournment Time: 5:30
- Presentation of Agenda
- Consent Agenda (Reports from Corresponding Secretary, Political Action Liaison, Recording Secretary)
- President’s Remarks
- Treasurer’s Report
- Grievance Chair’s Report
- New Business
- Old Business
Added Treasurer’s and Grievance Report. Accepted without opposition.
Despite the difficulty of the year, we have grown stronger. We have been working together as a local and as part of the MTA.
- Quarantining while teaching should not be taking sick time.
- Principals can NOT force you to not teach remotely while quarantining.
- 10 days of COVID sick time this year (not your personal sick time).
- 300 days to file an MCAD (if you think your ADA was unjustly denied).
- You cannot refuse an order. Document and grieve after you follow the order.
Moment of Silence for Will Kidd – Former grievance chair and proud CEA member passed away earlier this year.
2021-2024 Contract Negotiations Update – Coordinated bargaining. All four units bargain at once and all members can attend. Team leaders will be at table, but caucuses will be open. Identified common areas between all units. While all units will be there, only one unit will be negotiating at a time.
Unprecedented amount of money is coming to the district ($22 million) and the city ($40 million).
Next meeting is Wednesday 14, 3:30-5:30
District Control of Browser – People at home have messages saying the district is controlling the browser. If you sign out of your CPSGE account, they do not have control. Talking with telecom to fix this issue.
PAC Intent – Items can be submitted to the secretary anonymously. Agendas should be followed and run by a leadership team separate from the principal.
ULP Update – Mediation date is 4/8. Charges based on repudiation of agreement from the MOA from September. We will be bringing up issues with the current MOA as well. Bowe’s issue will also be addressed in this meeting.
Bowe Update – Found out they were closing at the start of September (despite asking for air testing in March). More students have been brought back than were expected via MOA.
April 5 everyone was supposed to return, 2 & 3 at CHS, 4 & 5 at Fairview. This was told to staff one week prior. Almost all students were reassigned for space concerns.
Only one communication was sent to parents and only in English. 180 Broadway passed the buck back to the principal who had to follow 180’s directives.
Developed a petition driven by the parents. Superintendent agreed to most of these, not in writing yet because the meeting was yesterday.
- Students don’t have to return until 2 weeks after air check has been provided to all.
Legislative Town Hall – Legislative Priorities:
- Fully funded, safe and diverse public K-12 schools
- High quality, debt-free public higher education
- Ensuring a dignified retirement (including early retirement)
- Dignity and protection for public employees
- Progressive revenue for our future
- Student Opportunity Act Funding
MOA Questions – MOAs must be followed unless the district first proves it can’t be followed, then it can be renegotiated. DESE does not supersede an MOA or CBA. DESE can change regulations.
Buildings should ONLY be moving desks if needed. When they try to impose, we collectively push back. PAC can provide some leverage if implemented correctly. Our power comes from collective action, so Laura can only push where members are willing to back her up.
Chicopee did not apply for a waiver, and should have!
No changes despite still being in the red by health metrics.
MTA Supporting Locals and Locals Supporting the MTA (with President Merrie Najimy and Vice President Max Page) – Never apologize for defending the health of your students, their families, or you. Polling shows that more people are in favor of educators than before the pandemic. The naysayers are the loud ones, don’t listen to them. There is a lot of money that we helped win for education. Our issues are the same across the state. Locals are not alone and our similar actions are having great repercussions. The CEA is different than it was, we grew it into an active union that wields a great amount of power. Strengthen relationships with families.
Rallying Success in Chicopee – Parents are holding a standout tonight, 4/7 at 6:30 at Chicopee City Hall. Stand with them and support our community.
MTA Annual Meeting – April 30 and May 1
- Make sure MOA is followed; by you, by staff, and by students. (i.e. people using PPE properly, filters on all day, etc.) If it isn’t, talk to your principal and let your building rep or CAT know.
- There are plenty of monitors, headsets, and other technology. Ask your principal.
Next Meeting via Zoom on May 5, 2021