• Question: Silent Representatives
    Question: What is a silent representative? How do I become one? Answer: Silent representatives attend, listen, and observe the bargaining sessions, meet with other silent representatives as a team to caucus and provide feedback to the core bargaining team, which is comprised of the elected state-wide and chapter representatives. Silent… Read more: Question: Silent Representatives
  • Question: Working During University Closure
    Question: Am I required to work when my university is closed due to inclement weather or other circumstances? Answer: Only members who are designated as Essential Personnel are required to report to work during an emergency closure of the university. The time worked by administrators who are designated as Essential… Read more: Question: Working During University Closure
  • Question: PFML Benefits
    Question: Can I now use vacation time, sick time, or other PTO while receiving Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) benefits? Answer: Yes. For PFML applications filed on or after November 1, 2023, you can receive top off benefits from your employer using PTO. The combined weekly sum of PFML benefits… Read more: Question: PFML Benefits
  • Question: Parameters
    Question: How do parameters work in higher ed? Answer: The parameters represent the amount of money that the state will provide to the public colleges and universities for the salaries of employees in collective bargaining units. Any money spent in a collective bargaining agreement that is more than the parameters… Read more: Question: Parameters
  • 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… Read more: Question: Additional Duties
  • 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… Read more: Question: Advocacy Day
  • 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… Read more: Question: Grievance Arbitration?
  • 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… Read more: Question: Contract Raises & Retirement?
  • 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… Read more: Question: Accrued Vacation
  • 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… Read more: Question: Advocacy Day
  • 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.… Read more: Question: Paid Family Medical Leave
  • 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… Read more: Question: Changing Job Descriptions
  • 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… Read more: Question: Bi-Annual Narrative
  • 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… Read more: Question: Bi-Annual Evals