Unit-A Members,

In 1964, LBJ was elected president, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, and nearly one-third of US workers belonged to a union.  Today, it is one in ten, the lowest level since the Great Depression.

In Chicopee, the CEA’s 1100 members constitute 54% of public sector workers.  When we utilize our collective strength we can check arbitrary government power, help sustain a middle class and uphold democratic values, all the while helping children become selfless and insightful citizens.

Our collective power begins and is defined through the collective bargaining process.    As you know our Unit-D and Unit-E agreements were signed last month, a year-and-a-half after they expired.  Now, with a year-and-a-half left on those agreements, we have already begun planning for the next series of negotiations.

Let this notice serve as a call to join your unit’s collective bargaining team.

There are three ways to get involved.  Please watch the following clip so that we can explain how this negotiation process will be different from the past:


We are looking for civic minded members who will negotiate wages, benefits, and working conditions for our 2018 – 2020 contracts.  We are looking for cleat thinking volunteers to help break the broken negotiation cycle and reach agreement before the expiration of our current agreement in August, 2017.

If you’re interested in being a part of this vital work by serving as a negotiation team member or as a second table representative please contact:  jhulseberg@chicopeeeducators.org   Include the building or discipline you represent.


Hoping to hear from you,

Chuck Clark


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