A Message from the President
October 7, 2021
Dear APA Members,
Many of you have joined us for virtual meetings regarding the ratification of our successor agreement. We are now gearing up for the vote on October 20th. Electronic voting has made it possible for easy participation - no waiting in line to cast a ballot - and you can vote from virtually anywhere as long as you have a phone, tablet or computer nearby. Please exercise your right to vote on this important union matter.
Many of you have asked, “How soon will I see my salary increase and my retroactive pay?”. I wish there were guarantees! I will tell you that the money has already been approved by the DHE and the Administration and Finance Office - and is now in the supplemental budget. That is many steps closer to being processed than we have seen in past contracts and has impressive support (see the COP Letter to the Legislature [docx]). Once the ‘Supp’ passes through the Legislature, money will be released to the campuses.
Ratification is achieved by a simple majority of the voters. You will receive an email from our electronic voting site (Electionrunner.com) between 8:00am and 8:30am on the 20th. If you do not receive an invitation to vote, please contact your local chapter president immediately and we’ll get your email re-entered into the system and generate an invitation. The contract Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) can be reviewed HERE on our APA website.
The PowerPoint presentation from the member meetings is also available to review. As always, if you have questions, please refer them to your local chapter president, all of whom serve on the contract bargaining team, or send them directly to me at email@example.com.
Speaking of the bargaining team, we kept them busy over this past year, negotiating a Remote Work Policy, Mask and Vaccine Mandates, Paid Family Medical Leave and the APA Agreement. When you see your local President and/or the officers on our Board, please acknowledge the time they devote and commitment they have to the membership and for a healthy Union. They are truly a wonderful group of colleagues.
If you have an interest in serving the APA on a statewide level, remember that the elections for President, Vice President and Secretary of the APA will be held (if the Ratification vote is successful) on December 17. If you are interested in running for office, stay tuned for the details on how to submit your nomination and paperwork.
Finally, a sincere expression of appreciation for all that you have done on your campuses during the most challenging time in memory. So many of our APA members have kept the “business” of our schools running efficiently and successfully, from on campus or in home offices. I am particularly grateful for the incredible demonstration of how remote work can be implemented and accomplished seamlessly. Kudos to the entire group for working above and beyond the call in 2020 and 2021.
Hoping the semester is finding you healthy and happy,
President, Association of Professional Administrators