Meeting Minutes

April 2022

Date/Time: 10:00 am Friday, April 15, 2022

Location: MTA Office @ 12 E Worcester St 2nd Fl, and Zoom

Present

APA Statewide

  • Susan McNeil, Vice President
  • Mark Powers, Secretary
  • Aaron Childs, Membership Coordinator (Non-voting)
  • Gerol Petruzella, Web Manager (Non-voting)
  • Mike Storey, Health & Welfare Representative (Non-Voting)
  • Roberta James, MTA Field Representative (Non-Voting)

APA Chapter Presidents

  • Renee Bernier, Bridgewater State University
  • Brian Cahillane, Westfield State University
  • Jane Decatur, Framingham State University
  • Peter Fenuccio, Worcester State University
  • Sherry Horeanopoulos, Fitchburg State President
  • Susan McNeil, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  • Rosa Taormina, Salem State University

Guests

  • Jenna Shales, VP, Bridgewater chapter
  • Charlie Cianfarini, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Absent

APA Statewide

  • Seth Bean, President
  • Maria Brunelle, Treasurer (Non-Voting)
  • Catherine Santiago, MTA Field Representative (Non-voting)

APA Chapter Presidents

  • Edward Vacha, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Call to Order

  • 10:06 am

Approval of Minutes

  1. Friday, March 18, 2022
  • Amendments: Section IX B. Spelling correction; Section IX F. Sentence completed
  • Motion to approve membership report as amended made: by S. Horeanopoulos
  • 2nd by: B. Cahillane
  • Vote: 7-0-1
  • Action: Motion Carries
  1. Friday, March 25, 2022 Emergency E-Board Meeting
  • Amendments: None.
  • Motion to approve membership report as presented/amended made: by R. Taormina
  • 2nd by: J. Decatur
  • Vote: 5-0-3
  • Action: Motion Carries

Public Comments

  • None.

President's Report

  1. Payroll regarding contracts raises. Each campuses may be doing the retro pay differently.
  2. MTA 2022 Annual Meeting May 20-21. 18 Delegates registered (11 as In-Person, 7 Virtual). Deadline to register has been extended to April 25th.
  3. Meeting occurred with Management to try and finalize the Starting/Ending Salary Ranges listed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Treasurer's Report - Maria Brunelle

  1. Payroll due on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 by 12:00pm.
  2. Approval of March Treasurer's Report
  • Amendments: None
  • Motion to approve membership report as presented/amended made by: S. Horeanopoulos
  • 2nd by: B. Cahillane
  • Vote: Unanimous
  • Action: Motion Carries

Membership and Data - Aaron Childs

  1. 1354 Overall Membership since March 2022. An increase of 7.
  2. 154 Non-Dues Paying Members. An increase of 3 since March 2022.
  3. Google Suite account no longer a free service. 12 user accounts - $1700/year ($12.00/user/month).
  • Motion 2022.04.15-01
  • Move to purchase 20 Google Suite User Accounts, per fiscal year, for use by the APA Executive Board to conduct the business of the Association.
  • Moved by: S. Horeanopoulos
  • 2nd by: P. Fenuccio
  • Vote: Unanimous
  • Action: Motion Carries

Website - Gerol Petruzella

  1. 1 March – 31 March 2022
    1. Website Overview – Users. During March 2022, maapa.org saw increases in both users and sessions relative to February 2022 (Figure 1). The most popular days/times for users to visit the site were Thursdays between 10a and 4p ET, then Wednesdays 10a-3p and Mondays between 10a and 1p ET (Figure 2).
    2. Website Overview – Traffic. Traffic to maapa.org was predominantly direct traffic or the result of a Google search (Figure 3). The top 10 most visited pages are indicated (Figure 4).
    3. Website Overview – Other. I performed content updates on the site including:
      a. Updated meeting minutes.
  2. I continued to maintain an internal Wordpress instance of the site in parallel with the “live” Drupal instance. As the Drupal instance falls further behind in security updates, I continue to recommend transitioning to the Wordpress CMS as soon as
    possible.

Health and Welfare Fund Report - Mike Storey

  1. Next meetings – April 8th was postposed to May 6th and May 13th moved to June
  2. The financial group overseeing the Fund sent trustees information regarding divesting from any investments that involve Russia because of their invasion of Ukraine. This will definitely be on our April agenda and we could potentially take a vote to divest at that meeting.

Committee Reports

Budget Committee - Rosa Taormina & Seth Bean

  • No report.

Working Committee for Employee Relations Committee

  • No report.

Professional Development - Sherry Horeanopoulos & Ed Vacha

  • No report.

Special Committees:

  1. Committee on Legislative Action – Susan McNeil, Seth Bean, & Sherry Horeanopoulos
    1. No report.
  2. Committee on Health & Safety – Renee Bernier & Susan McNeil
    1. No report.

Negotiations - Contract Committee

  1. Employee Relations Committee – Brian Cahillane, Jane Decatur, & Rosa Taormina
  • Topics for next round of negotiations:
    • Salary Compression
    • Longevity

Old/New Business

  1. FAQ of the Month for the Website for May
    No FAQ determined.
  2. Year 1.
    Retroactive to the first pay period of July 2020 for *eligible* unit members: a 2.5% increase
    *Year 1 Eligible Employees: Unit members who were employed from the first pay period in July 2020 through the first pay period in July 2021 and those who retired between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021
    Year 2.
    Retroactive to the first pay period of July 2021 for *eligible* unit members: a 2.0% increase.
    *Year 2 Eligible Employees: Unit members who were employed as of the first pay period of July 2021
    After the 2.5 and 2.0% salary increases are applied to the *eligible recipients, a one-time COVID-recognition bonus of 1.5% of base salary or $1000.00, whichever is greater, will be provided to eligible unit members.
    *1.5% Bonus Eligibility: Active Unit members who were employed as of July 1, 2021 and remain employed on the date of execution of this Memorandum of Agreement (September 20, 2021)
    Year 3.
    On the first pay period of July 2022: a 2% increase for all unit members who are then employed
  3. Logo contest. Approximately 21 entries submitted from approximately 11 individuals. The Executive Board will rank all of the logos by April 29th and then the top 3 or 4 entries will be sent to the membership for consideration.
    Rosa, Renee, and Gerol to lead the survey and vote.
  4. May 2022 APA Executive Board Meeting at the MTA Annual Meeting.
  • Motion 2022.04.15-02
    Move to schedule the monthly APA Executive Board to occur Thursday, May 19, 2022 to conduct the business of the Association.
  • Moved by: B. Cahillane
  • 2nd by: R. Bernier
  • Vote: 3-4-1
  • Action: Motion Fails
  1. Immunization Memorandum of Agreements (MOAs) expire in June.
  • Motion 2022.04.15-03
    Move to form a subcommittee for the purpose of polling the membership on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation regarding boosters.
  • Moved by: B. Cahillane
  • 2nd by: R. Bernier
  • Vote: 6-2-0
  • Action: Motion Passes
  • Subcommittee Members: R. Bernier, B. Cahillane, P. Fenuccio, S. Horeanopoulos
  1. MTA President and Vice President Candidates for the upcoming elections held during the MTA Annual Meeting.
  • Motion 2022.04.15-04
    Move that the APA Executive Board endorses Eric Champey as MTA President and Donna Grady as MTA Vice President for the upcoming election of MTA officers to be held at the MTA Annual Meeting on May 20 & 21, 2022.
  • Moved by: B. Cahillane
  • 2nd by: S. Horeanopoulos
  • Vote: 7-0-1
  • Action: Motion Carries

Institutional Issues

 

Announcements

  1. From Catherine Santiago to APA Executive Board. See invite for the Political Training we will be having in May. I believe that we decided that this will be open to all presidents and chapter presidents. Thank you.

Adjournment

  1. Motion to Adjourn made at 12:18pm by: B. Cahillane
  2. 2nd by: J. Decatur
  3. Vote: Unanimous
  4. Action: Motion Carries

Next Meeting: May 20 & 21, 2022 – MTA Annual Meeting, Hynes Convention Center