Minutes 2021-12

Date/Time: 10:00 am Friday, December 17, 2021

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


APA Statewide

  • Sherry Horeanopoulos, President and Fitchburg State President
  • Charlie Cianfarini, Vice President
  • Mark Powers, Secretary
  • Aaron Childs, Membership Coordinator (Non-voting)
  • Gerol Petruzella, Web Manager (Non-voting)

APA Chapter Presidents

  • Seth Bean, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • 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 (Non-voting)
  • Roberta James, MTA Field Representative

Call to Order

  • 10:01 am

Approval of Minutes

  1. Thursday/Friday, November 18/19, 2021
  • Amendments: None
  • Motion to approve membership report as presented/amended made: by S. McNeil
  • 2nd by: J. Decatur
  • Vote: Unanimous
  • Action: Motion Carries

Public Comments


President’s Report – Sherry Horeanopoulos

  1. Elections Monday and Tuesday, December 20 & 21, 2021- Send out local reminders
  2. Council of Presidents (CoP) are on board with pushing the contract funding, working with BHE. Union action with MSCA and others?
  3. MTA Government Relations thinks funding could happen in February (Feb 22 next Supp hearing) –
  4. New President Letter for Website – once the new president is elected
  5. Thank Charlie for service/commitment to the Union
  6. No HELC meeting last week – Negotiations are all over the place in stages of completion – Gov possibly waiting for them to complete before submitting funding request
  7. Thank everyone for support, challenging year of negotiating – Contract, Covid Mandates, PFML and Remote Work

Treasurer’s Report – Maria Brunelle

  1. Payroll due on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 by 12:00pm.
  2. Approval of November Report
  • Amendments: None
  • Motion to approve membership report as presented/amended made by: S. Bean
  • 2nd by: S. McNeil
  • Vote: Unanimous
  • Action: Motion Carries

Membership and Data – Aaron Childs

  1. 1345 Overall Membership since November 2021. An increase of 3.
  2. 157 Non-Dues Paying Member. A decrease of 2 since November 2021.

Website – Gerol Petruzella

  1. Website Overview – Users: During November 2021, maapa.org saw decreases in both users and sessions relative to October 2021 (Figure 1); however, return users increased month-over-month. The most popular days/times for users to visit the site were Fridays between 10a and 12p ET, then Mondays between 9a and 3p 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). (Note: /memo-contract-202110 is an alias of /node/88, so the pageviews of those two pages can be summed.)
  3. Website Overview – Other: I performed several structural tasks on the site.
    • Upgraded Drupal Core from version 8.9.7 to 8.9.20, in preparation for eventual upgrade to current version (9.3.0).
    • Upgraded PHP from 7.3 to 7.4 for improved security, and as a prerequisite for migration to Drupal 9.
    • Updated Add-on Modules and Themes. Chaos Tool Suite, CKEditor, Google Analytics all updated to most current versions.
    • Installed anti-spam module Antibot. No such module was previously installed.
    • Optimized database: fragmented tables.
    • Performed Site Maintenance. 5 maintenance/performance changes:
      • Set policy for cache expiration/management [performance]
      • Arranged directory structure to standard [maintenance]
      • Removed duplicate services/extensions [maintenance]
      • Disabled development features in production [security]
      • Disabled new user self-creation (35 blocked to date) [security]

Health and Welfare Fund Report – Mike Storey

  1. Next meeting ??

Committee Reports

Budget Committee – Mike Storey

Nothing to report

Employee Relations Working Group – Mark Powers

Nothing to report

Professional Development – Edward Vacha

Nothing to report

Negotiations – Sherry Horeanopoulos

Old/New Business

  1. FAQ of the Month for the Website for December – ??

Institutional Issues – not discussed at this meeting

  1. Bridgewater State Univ – Mike Storey
  2. Fitchburg State Univ – Sherry Horeanopoulos
  3. Framingham State Univ – Jane Decatur
  4. Massachusetts College of Art & Design (MCAD) – Susan McNeil
  5. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) – Seth Bean
  6. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) – Edward Vacha
  7. Salem State Univ – Mike Pelletier
  8. Westfield State Univ – Brian Cahillane
  9. Worcester State Univ – Peter Fenuccio


  1. None.


  1. Motion to Adjourn made at 12:10pm by: C. Cianfarini
  2. 2nd by: J. Decatur
  3. Vote: Unanimous
  4. Action: Motion Carries

Next Meeting: 10:00 – January 21, 2021 – MTA Office @ 12 E Worcester St 2nd Fl and ZOOM.