Recording Secretary Report-5/14/2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015                                                                         3:15-5:15

Starting Time: 3:19                                                                  Adjournment Time: 5:20



  1. Welcome
  2. Presentation of Agenda
  3. CEA Bylaws Revision
  4. Proposed Bylaws Amendments
  5. President’s Remarks
  6. Officer Reports
  7. Old Business
  8. New Business


CEA Bylaw Revisions

Revised bylaws read.

Article IV.4.F Replace teachers with CEA staff

Appendix A: Unit B, D, E Coordinator (effective day)

Question of equity was raised between Units.

Concern over increase in Building Rep responsibilities without pay


Motion to end debate and call the question. Passed.

Bylaws Revision Failed


Bylaw Amendment: Dues Increase

Bylaw Amendment read.

Concern over spending more money than we’re gaining

Request to lower MTA and NEA dues

Dues increase to keep out of red

Motion to end debate and call the question. Passed.

Dues Increase Failed


Bylaw Amendment: Unit A Negotiation Team Stipend

Bylaw Amendment read.

Concern over paying instead of volunteer for negotiation team

Discuss similar amendment for other Units.

Question whether leadership should inform each person

Motion to end debate and call the question. Passed.

Unit A Negotiation Team Stipend Failed


Bylaw Amendment: President Release Time

Bylaw Amendment read.

Chuck rationalized the demands of the job and compared to other unions

Comparison of SPED salary to CEA president

Question about do we need school committee approval to pass this?

Concern over double dipping with both jobs

Question about spending more money when we’re already in the red

Motion to end debate and call the question. Passed.

President Release Time Failed


Bylaw Amendment: Unit D Coordinator Stipend

Bylaw Amendment read.

Concern over Grievance loss

Question of equity was raised between Units.

Question of Unit D flying solo

Motion to end debate and call the question. Passed.

Unit D Coordinator Stipend Failed


Starting Time: 5:28                                                                  Adjournment Time: 6:15

President’s Remarks

Thanked Chicopee High School for hosting

Introductions abound

Unit A is too complacent to come to General Meeting.

Chuck is a little disappointed over the general meeting and the lack of turn out.


Recording Secretary Report

Motion accepted and passed


Corresponding Secretary Report

No report

Email when we know something happens. More info is better than less.


Grievance Chair Report

Unit E will hopefully be putting language concerning Involuntary Transfers

Motion accepted and passed


Treasurer Report

Not present, no report.


Old Business

2014 General Meeting Vote Results – The results concerning hiring procedure was 28 for, 20 opposed. Did not pass with 2/3 majority.


Units B, D, and E Negotiations Update – This is the biggest priority for this year.

Unit B seems favorable for approval, waiting on School Committee.

Unit D doesn’t have an MTA rep working with them. Not much is known of progress.

Unit E meets next on May 28th to give presentations to School Committee


MTA Delegate Meeting – 5/9, reconciled finances via membership overestimate leading to no MTA dues increase. Due to outgoing Chancellor of UMass not paying retro, MTA summer conference has been canceled. Potentially salvaged programs in Springfield. Amendment made to create lesson plans to raise awareness of School-to-Prison Pipeline.


Elementary Report Cards – Significant changes have been made for next year. Not all schools have gotten revised report cards. Not as many changes were made as were initially desired.


New Business

Political Action Meeting – Surprise attended on 5/11. Share impact of MTA proposed legislation to state legislatures. Surprise shared personal story of DDM misuse. Heard of summer conference cancelation.


Corresponding Secretary Position – Surprise had concerns about how he could fulfill the job. There are financial implications by his position. He is uncomfortable without the bylaw change to account for the Cheer Fund. Specifically, he is uncomfortable about sending more expensive gifts (>Cheer Fund as originally written) without approval from the Board. The Cheer Fund is currently not on our website and not in our bylaws. The Cheer Fund needs to be updated via procedural change.


Educational Meeting – June 18, it concerns H340 which pertains to the high stakes testing. Hoping to gain momentum via a thank you letters to Humason. Perhaps bring someone to testify.


Next meeting at Chicopee Comprehensive High School, June 11