Minutes 2020-07

Friday, July 17, 2020 – Zoom


APA Statewide:

  • Sherry Horeanopoulos, President and Fitchburg State President
  • Charlie Cianfarini, Vice President
  • Mark Powers, Secretary
  • Maria Brunelle, Treasurer
  • Liz Novak, Web Manager
  • Alan Jackson, APA Representative to Health & Welfare
  • Catherine Santiago, MTA Field Representative

APA Chapter Presidents:

  • Seth Bean, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Brian Cahillane, Westfield State University
  • Jane Decatur, Framingham State University
  • Susan McNeil, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  • Mike Storey, Bridgewater State University
  • Edward Vacha, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Maribeth Wrobel, Worcester State University


APA Statewide:

  • Aaron Childs, Membership Coordinator
  • Alan Jackson, APA Representative to Health & Welfare

APA Chapter Presidents:

  • Mike Pelletier, Salem State University


  • Bret Seferian, MTA
  • Rosa Taormina, Salem State University Grievance Officer

Call to Order


Approval of Minutes

Friday, June 19, 2020

  • Amendments: None
  • Motion to approve membership report as presented/amended made: by: M. Storey
  • 2nd by: J. Decatur
  • Vote: Unanimous
  • Action: Motion Carries

Public Comments

Motion to suspend the agenda made:

  • by M. Wrobel
  • 2nd by B. Cahillane
  • Vote: Unanimous
  • Action: Motion Carries

Discussion with guest members regarding the furlough negotiations with Salem State University management occurred. Specifically discussed were the proposals for a memorandum of agreement of how these furloughs would occur in July as well as later in the calendar year, if needed.

President’s Report – Sherry Horeanopoulos

Contract updates

  • No responses yet regarding request to extend vacation accrual/usage to September.
  • Salem State Furlough Proposal
    • Negotiated memorandum of agreement (MOA) for July 19-25.
    • Currently negotiating MOA for remaining furlough proposal.
    • Negotiating counter-proposals to include fewer furlough days and waived fee on courses.
  • From C. Santiago
    • Higher Education Campus Return Campaign – see document sent July 21, 2020
    • Campaign for Public Higher Education Summer 2020 – see document sent July 17, 2020.
  • Send letters to State University Council of Presidents (CoP) from each campus Union Leadership as well as from faculty and staff.
  • Zoom account for APA

Treasurer’s Report – Maria Brunelle

Payroll due on Monday, June 22, 2020 by 12:00pm.

Approval of June report

  • Amendments: None
  • Motion to approve membership report
    • presented/amended made: by: S. McNeil
    • 2nd by: S. Bean
    • Vote: Unanimous
    • Action: Motion Carries
  • Motion to review membership Coordinator monthly stipend on an annual basis every July 1st
    • Motion made by M. story
    • 2nd by S. McNeil
  • Discussion: current compensation is based on the number of unit members at the individual campus within the following ranges:
    • 0-100: $100/monthly
    • 101-150: $125/monthly
    • 151-200: $150/monthly
    • 201-999: $175/monthly
  • As the number of unit members can change month to month, should the membership coordinators stipend be lowered or raised each month if the membership fluctuates.
  • Approval of Motion
    • Vote: unanimous
    • Action: motion carries
  • An inquiry to the previous APA treasurer is being made to help determine how the amount of annual local aid for each chapter is determined.

Membership and Data – Aaron Childs

  • Report postponed to next meeting

Website – Liz Novak

  • June stats slightly higher than last month: 731 page views
  • Published June Minutes just now
  • Security update – site updated to drupal 8.9.2
  • Ideas for new content:
    • Retirement information + FAQs – Charlie to share resources
    • Unemployment resources – Brian to share resources
    • Move Q of Month to page of FAQs
    • Furlough information – especially regarding Salem
    • Signed MOA to be shared by Sherry
    • COVID policies from all schools – all schools to share

Health and Welfare Report – Alan Jackson 

  • No report
  • APA President to send letter to Health and Welfare Committee appointing Mike Storey as the new APA representative.

Committee Reports – Reports postponed to next meeting

Budget Committee – Mike Storey

Employee Relations Working Group – Mark Powers

Professional Development – Edward Vacha

Negotiations – Sherry Horeanopoulos

  • See notes under Presidents remarks.

Old/New Business

  • FAQ of the Month for the Website for July 
  • The MTA central regional office has moved from Auburn to Worcester: Massachusetts Teachers Association Central Regional Office
    12 East Worcester St
    Worcester MA 01604

Institutional Issues


Friday Check-In meetings via Zoom


  • Motion to Adjourn made at 1:04pm
  • by: S. McNeil 
  • 2nd by J. Decatur
  • Vote: Unanimous
  • Action: Motion Carries
  • Next Meeting: 10:00 – August 21, 2020 (Zoom)