Recording Secretary Report-2/10/2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016                                                                            3:15-5:15

Starting Time: 3:22                                                                  Adjournment Time: 4:38



  1. Welcome
  2. Presentation of Agenda
  3. President’s Remarks
  4. Officer Reports
  5. Old Business
  6. New Business


Forgo introductions to discuss local problems.

Thanked all for attending.

Need to send out what is required and what isn’t for DDMs.


President’s Remarks

Thank for commitment to CEA.

There is safety in numbers. We’ve been successful in rallying for contracts, gathering money at CEA fundraiser, etc.

We’re making progress and we need to prepare for our future.

  • Supreme Court overturning right to union
  • Lifting Charter cap
  • District isn’t well funded
  • Contract Negotiations

Our goal is to increase member engagement.

Those here should assume role on secondary table. These responsibilities include:

  • Meet with teachers in building/discipline April and May
  • Lead discussions towards needs, goals, priorities, etc.
  • Provide feedback to first table in May and June
  • Disseminate status reports and other communications.


Recording Secretary Report

Motion accepted and passed


Corresponding Secretary Report

Still looking for a permanent corresponding secretary


Grievance Chair Report

Motion accepted and passed


Treasurer Report

Not present



Stan Rosenberg, State Senate President, attended Charter School meeting in Greenfield, but not Amherst due to equity issues. The meeting occurred without Rosenberg.

Jason is worried that he is out to make a deal and will likely raise the cap. Hopes to address the cap and funding issues. His report included contact for 3 state senators who represent Chicopee.

More information on Opt Out movement has been provided. We cannot provide these handouts to our students. We can give to other districts though.

Motion accepted and passed


Old Business

Negotiations 2017-2020 – There is an issue of diffusion of responsibilities. We’ve only had 1.5 volunteers. This is a top priority issue.

There was an issue with last contract due to leadership change. The old way was not organized, but now it has clear boundaries and timelines.

If you have some who are interested, email

The structures of communication are designed to build support as we negotiate. Second table is a great way to get your voice heard.

Show the 7-min video at a staff meeting with permission.


DuPont Parking/CCHS Back Gate – 1510 students at CCHS trying to leave is difficult. There is a safety issue in case of emergencies. A petition is going around to have the gate opened for a while at the end of the day. The reason for the gate closure was a side-deal with owners. This also impacts elementary and middle schools due to busses being delayed.

Superintendent has counted spots at DuPont and will be making more parking for staff.


DDM Negotiations – Still in negotiations. Still hoping they will continue to fade throughout the state.


Opting Out – Information was disseminated during PAL report.


New Business

Listening Tours – Please remind people a few days prior to the listening tour. Dates are posted on CEA website calendar.


ESP Conference – Let us know if interested.


CER Committee – First time it has occurred in memory. The goal is to cement good relations between admin and educators. They are also arbiters for Level 3 grievance. They are making a survey to gather concerns with SchoolBrains. They haven’t completed payment and the company doesn’t seem to care that much. Talked about busses and their tardiness. Payroll is working on retro checks.

There is a parental concern at school committees.


Some paras at Fairview are concerned about retro. When will it happen and why is the delay? CER meeting said the new rate should have been implemented in the last check. Retro will two separate checks be last week in February. There will be two retro checks; one for base and one for coverage.


There is concern at DuPont due to teaching requirements. Teachers must have a stopwatch in hand and spend specific times on very specific tasks. Teachers aren’t engaged because they are concerned about reprisal and lack of time. Bellamy suffers from similar intimidation. Middle school students aren’t reading whole books and are required with heavy assessment at high school. There is also inconsistency between disciplines.


Both coaches at middle schools are licensed in elementary. Middle school levels have different formula than high schools. This leads to Level 2 middle schools and level 3 or 4 high schools


Next meeting at Chicopee Comprehensive High School, March 16