Recording Secretary Report 2019-01-09

Wednesday, January 9, 2019                                                                                 3:15-4:15

Starting Time: 3:27                                                                   Adjournment Time: 4:42



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

President’s Remarks

350 cards in 2 weeks

MTA is helping us to organize and show our members the benefits of union membership

We need to attend School Committee and City Council during budgeting season

Next negotiation cycle, 2% is not enough.

We’re getting more day to day union activity in most buildings. We’re building power.

Relationship seems to be working between admin and CEA. Laura will not let our rights be trampled on.

Website is updated with Unit A and E contracts

Add tab to website for Scholarship.

A few have opted out by talking to the city. They have not told the CEA. Tell anyone opting to see Tim Sweeney.

They lose the right to vote in CEA, MTA, and NEA elections, the right to MTA lawyers, the MTA benefits package, CEA social gatherings, etc. They only get represented in grievance up to Level 4 and the benefits of the contract.


Treasurer Report

Not present, but report presented. Accepted without objection.



Grievance Report

Accepted without objection.

Weingarten Rights cards are plentiful. You are always allowed to have union representation. You have to stay in the meeting, but you don’t need to say anything. This has been denied once by a principal, who got a major slap on the wrist and Laura attended all following meetings.

All non-PTS will still be getting training. They do have rights!


New Business

All In Grant – Several had voiced opinion for a Spring picnic. Need ideas for events, let Laura know.


New Contracts – They are now in effect. Unit A and E are online, B and D will be online after some other checkups.

Parent-Teacher Conferences haven’t changed. Things should keep to past practice.

Coverage have not raised with raises.

Separate check with detail for stipend.


Funding Petition – We have over 500 signatures! These are going to the statehouse with other locals throughout the state to aid our legislative efforts to give us proper funding.

We get stronger by these minor actions. The city has been the major source of issues, not the school district.

It took the city 6 weeks to get the list of names to the CEA and less than 2 weeks for us to get almost all the signatures.


Health and Safety Committee – Mold seems to be a problem throughout the district. The city wants CEA members on their committee as well. We need 1 committee person from each building.


CEA Building Concerns – Turnaround visitors were in Bellamy. Success comes from when staff is supported from admin and are happy to go to work.


Community Engagement Committee – Upcoming CHS/Comp basketball game. We need to make our presence known in the community.

Comp/High hockey game at Mass Mutual Center.


Old Business

Salary Increase Update – Looks like the increase should be by effect in February. One retro check for 2017-2018 and one retro check for 2018-2019.

City wants to absorb school district’s HR, IT, and custodians.

John Mruk needs to do his thing, then it goes to the city. It is currently in the city’s hands.

We are salaried employees, they should treat us like so rather than trying to dock an hour for doctor’s appointment, etc.

WRT direct deposit, if the contract is in effect, where’s our raise?


Update on Office Assistants Joining the CEA – Those who are interested should contact Laura Demakis. They would be placed under Unit D with a separate pay scale.


Christmas Party details will be at next meeting; costs, fundraising, etc.


Consent Agenda

Accepted without opposition.


Next meeting at Stefanik, February 6