Category: Member Questions

  • Question: Additional Duties

    Question: Additional Duties

    Question: An APA staff member* has left work and I have had to take on some or all of their job duties. When do I qualify for additional pay for doing this? What are my next steps? Answer: The first step is to get it in writing that you are expected to assume these duties. Once the time […]

  • Question: Advocacy Day

    Question: Advocacy Day

    Question: What is Higher Ed for All Advocacy Day? Answer: On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, the Massachusetts Teachers’ Association (MTA) is hosting a day of action at the Massachusetts State House from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event will call attention to the goals of fully funding community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses to implement […]

  • Question: Grievance Arbitration?

    Question: Grievance Arbitration?

    Question: What is the process to request my grievance be arbitrated? Who makes the decision to arbitrate a grievance? Will I get a chance to present my grievance? Answer: As the exclusive representative of the unionized positions in the APA, the APA Executive Board considers grievances cases that have been denied through the two grievance steps to […]

  • Question: Contract Raises & Retirement?

    Question: Contract Raises & Retirement?

    Question: I retired or resigned since June 30, 2020.  Am I eligible for retroactive pay for the contractual raises in our current 2020-2023 contract?  Am I eligible for the COVID bonus? Answers: To be eligible for the contractual raise that is effective July 2020, you must have been employed from July 1, 2020 through June 30, […]

  • Question: Accrued Vacation

    Question: Accrued Vacation

    Question: I have more than 375 hours of accrued vacation time. What will happen with the extra hours? Answer: Thanks largely to the circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, employees have been adjusting to teleworking and the new demands of remotely providing service to their institutions.  Knowing that increased workload would affect employees’ ability to take […]

  • Question: Advocacy Day

    Question: Advocacy Day

    Question: What do you want to learn on Advocacy Day? What issues would you like brought to the attention of the state legislature on Higher Ed Advocacy Day, Monday, March 2, 2020? Answer: On Advocacy Day, representatives from all of the Higher Ed Unions and students converge on the statehouse and let legislators know of their concerns…so, let us […]

  • Question: Paid Family Medical Leave

    Question: Paid Family Medical Leave

    Question: What is happening with Paid Family Medical Leave from the Union’s perspective? Answer: To date, and over the course of three bargaining meetings concerning PFML, the APA, along with sister-unions MCCC and MSCA have only agreed about process of notifying employees of the impending deduction from their bi-weekly pay. No Massachusetts state-employee bargaining unit […]

  • Question: Changing Job Descriptions

    Question: Changing Job Descriptions

    Question: What is the process for changing APA member job Descriptions? Answer: (Please refer to Article III, (Workload of Administrators) Section A (Duties and Responsibilities: Job Descriptions) for complete details. In a nutshell, the APA Agreement stipulates that every administrator shall have a written job description.  Every member should have received a copy of the […]

  • Question: Bi-Annual Narrative

    Question: Bi-Annual Narrative

    Question: Do I have to do my bi-annual Employee Narrative?   Answer: Yes.  It is a requirement.  But, more importantly, it allows APA members to set the tone and the agenda for their Annual Review.  By reviewing and documenting both your accomplishments and hindrances to completing tasks and projects, you remind your supervisor about just […]

  • Question: Bi-Annual Evals

    Question: Bi-Annual Evals

    Question: Should employee and supervisor be required to meet after both Bi-Annual evaluation narratives are submitted by the APA member to the Administrative Area Supervisor (November and April)?   Answer: The intention of the new evaluation process is to promote communication between employees and supervisors. Ideally, after the first bi-annual report is submitted there would […]