Minutes 2020-08

Friday, August 21, 2020 – Zoom


APA Statewide:

  • Sherry Horeanopoulos, President and Fitchburg State President
  • Charlie Cianfarini, Vice President
  • Mark Powers, Secretary
  • Aaron Childs, Membership Coordinator
  • Liz Novak, Web Manager
  • Alan Jackson, APA Representative to Health & Welfare

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 Pelletier, Salem State University
  • Mike Storey, Bridgewater State University
  • Edward Vacha, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Peter Fenuccio, Worcester State University


APA Statewide:

  • Maria Brunelle, Treasurer
  • Catherine Santiago, MTA Field Representative


  • Colleen Fitzpatrick, MTA Field Representative

Call to Order


Approval of Minutes

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Amendments: None
  • Motion to approve membership report as presented/amended made: by: S. McNeil
  • 2nd by: J. Decatur
  • Vote: 9-0-1
  • Action: Motion Carries

Public Comments


President’s Report – Sherry Horeanopoulos

Contract updates

  • Must use Accrued Vacation before December 31st else one-time roll-over to Accrued Sick Time

Salem State Furlough

  • Negotiated memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the week of July 19-25.
  • MOA for requires employees to take two weeks of furlough proposal before December 31, 2020
  • Discussing the additional two (2) weeks for Fiscal Year 2021 in November.

Colleen Fitzpatrick (attending for C. Santiago):

  • Day of Action on August 19, 2020.
  • Higher Education Leadership Council (HELC) – Requesting of the MTA that there be more field representatives.

State-wide returning to work guidelines and tele-communting/tele-working policy.   Zoom account for APA:

  • Annual cost would be $299.00 for the Professional License.
  • Account to be maintained by the APA State-wide Treasurer.

Discussion about having a Retired APA Employee as a Board member (see Old/New Business).

Treasurer’s Report – Maria Brunelle

Payroll due on Monday, August 18, 2020 by 12:00pm.

Approval of July report

  • Amendments: None
  • Motion to approve membership report
    • presented/amended made by: J. Decatur
    • 2nd by: S. McNeil
    • Vote: 8-0-1
    • Action: Motion Carries

Membership and Data – Aaron Childs

  • 1369 Overall Membership since May 2020. An Increase of 7
  • 104 Non-Dues Paying Member. A decline of 5 since May 2020.

Updated Dues Structure from MTA for FY21:

  • Full-Time (AC1-100)
    • NEA: $200 (+ $4 from last year)
    • MTA: $500 (+$3 from last year)
    • APA: $85.70 (Same)
  • Part-Time (AC1-50)
    • NEA: $111.50 (+ $2 from last year)
    • MTA: $250 (+$1.50 from last year)
    • APA: $42.85 (Same)

Website – Liz Novak

  • Published the approved July minutes
  • Usage of website – 681 page views over the last month

Health and Welfare Report – Alan Jackson 

  • Nothing new to report
  • Next meeting is scheduled for October 16, 2020

Committee Reports – Reports postponed to next meeting

Budget Committee – Mike Storey

Employee Relations Working Group – Mark Powers

Professional Development – Edward Vacha

Negotiations – Sherry Horeanopoulos

Old/New Business

  • FAQ of the Month for the Website for September
  • Discussion regarding Retiree Membership for APA and have a Retiree Member on the APA Executive Board. Suggestion was made that these individuals must pay the MTA Retiree Dues and $1.00 APA Dues annually.
    • Motion: Move to create a membership category of Retired APA Member and consider creating an Executive Board Representative position within APA By-laws.
      • Motion made by B Cahillane
      • 2nd by M. Storey
      • Vote: 6-1-2
      • Action: Motion Carries
  • Create Ad-hoc APA By-laws Committee
    • M. Powers as Chair, S. Horeanopoulos, M. Storey, J.Decatur
    • Propose the following changes to the By-laws:
      • APA Retiree Membership Category
      • APA Retiree Representative on Executive Board
      • Allowing Chapter Vice Presidents to attend monthly meeting when Chapter President cannot attend.
      • Adding State-Wide Grievance Officer responsibilities to APA State-wide Vice President position
      • Adding Parliamentarian responsibilities to APA State-wide Secretary responsibilities.
  • MTA Field Staff currently in contract negotiations with MTA management and need the support of the APA.
  • Add to APA website – information pertaining to Employee Assistance Program.

Institutional Issues


Friday Check-In meetings via Zoom


  • Motion to Adjourn made at 12:36
  • by: S. Bean
  • 2nd by B. Cahillane
  • Vote: Unanimous
  • Action: Motion Carries
  • Next Meeting: 10:00 – September 18, 2020 (Zoom)