Recording Secretary Report 2021-06-09

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 3:30-5:00

Starting Time: 3:33 Adjournment Time: 5:03


  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

Added Treasurer’s and Grievance Report. Accepted without opposition.

President’s Remarks

There has been a lot of difficulties this year, but we’ve made progress in making education in Chicopee more fair for staff and students. Examples: PAC, Health & Safety Committees, CAT, Grants going to members and the community,

Know your contract so you can stand up for your well earned rights. Know your Weingarten Rights, let us know if you need Weingarten cards.

New Business

New Vice President – Sarah Kneip was appointed by Laura and approved by the Board of Directors, per Article IV, Section 3.

Heat – If it is too hot, talk to your principal first and show the MOA’s language. Reach out to the PAC as a topic for discussion.

Dues Increase – The CEA is operating at a loss, so this will need to be discussed. This process will start in September. The CEA hasn’t had a dues increase in living memory.

2021-2024 Contract Negotiations Update – SC offered 2/2/1.5 and CEA countered with 6/6/5. All city unions will not go below 4/4/4. The mayor has given himself a 21.76% raise. Chicopee will be getting $39 million over the next 3 years. SOA money (~$27 million) will also be coming in.

Unified bargaining (all Units in room at the same time) so Units can support each other and bring contracts into parity. Guest speakers or observers are welcome.

Lamothe was the only school committee member at negotiations, Barsalou claims that committee was never told negotiations were started.

School Committee Meetings – Many members are of the opinion that not saying anything bad is the same as not being disrespectful. People view Broadway’s decisions as having the approval of the school committee. Individual members of SC are meeting with the CEA membership, see the CEA calendar.

Cannot discuss negotiations. We need to be respectful to make the positive change in the relationship and culture in the city.

President Release Time – General membership vote will determine whether to fund part time release for the CEA President to be proactive in CEA duties. Without this, the CEA president will only have two periods a day to run the fifth largest educator’s union in Massachusetts, and largest union in Chicopee.

Motion made by Robbin Lussier: The CEA will support financing the CEA president for half time release for the 2021-2022 school year.

Passed 34-0

ULP Meeting – ~4 hour meeting. It was based on the district sending members back in January, not bargaining certain actions, and Bowe movement. Filed 6 counts; investigator can determine that none, any, or all can move to complaints which will be a hearing. Looking for public statement of apology and/or recognition and to change behavior going forward.

ALANA – Gift certificates went out to community members from the CEA with translations to the recipients’ native language. Pushing to get more educators of color hired.

CEA Summer Send Off – June 17 starting at 3PM. 266 are coming according to the survey. Vanished Valley Brewing in Ludlow. Park in the back and wear your mask while indoors. Food tickets will be provided and are a burger plate, a taco plate, or a pulled pork. Cash bar. Raffles raising funds to buy toiletries for students over the summer. We’ll honor retirees and new members. You can bring your own lawn chairs as they have plenty of space.

General Reminders

  • 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 (pending approval) on September 1, 2021 (starting at 4:00)