Minutes 2022-01

Date/Time: 10:00 am Friday, January 21, 2022

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


APA Statewide

  • Sherry Horeanopoulos, President (Outgoing)
  • Seth Bean, President – Newly Elected
  • Charlie Cianfarini, Vice President (Outgoing)
  • Susan McNeil, Vice President – Newly Elected
  • Mark Powers, Secretary
  • Aaron Childs, Membership Coordinator (Non-voting)
  • Gerol Petruzella, Web Manager (Non-voting)
  • Catherine Santiago, MTA Field Representative (Non-voting)

APA Chapter Presidents

  • Marissa Barros, Massachusetts Maritime Academy – Acting
  • Seth Bean, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Renee Bernier, Bridgewater State University – Newly Elected
  • 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
  • Mike Pelletier, Salem State University
  • Mike Storey, Bridgewater State University
  • Rosa Taormina, Salem State University – Newly Elected


APA Statewide

  • Maria Brunelle, Treasurer (Non-Voting)
  • Roberta James, MTA Field Representative (Non-voting)

APA Chapter Presidents

  • Edward Vacha, Massachusetts Maritime Academy – On Ship

Call to Order

  • 10:07 am

Approval of Minutes

  1. Friday, December 17, 2021
  • Amendments: Postponed until February 2022 meeting
  • Motion to approve membership report as presented/amended made: by N/A
  • 2nd by: N/A
  • Vote: N/A
  • Action: N/A

Public Comments


President’s Report – Sherry Horeanopoulos/Seth Bean

  1. Still waiting for Management to complete changes to D. Salary Ranges before initialed published collective bargaining agreement is available.
  2. Funding of contract still pending action by State legislatures.
  3. From Catherine –
    • 1. February 28th – MTA Winter Union Skills Conference March 2022 kick-off
    • BIPOC Leader Development

Treasurer’s Report – Maria Brunelle

  1. Payroll due on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 by 12:00pm.
  2. Approval of July 2021 Report
  • Amendments: None
  • Motion to approve membership report as presented/amended made by: S. Horeanopoulos
  • 2nd by: S. McNeil
  • Vote: Unanimous
  • Action: Motion Carries
  1. New mileage rate for 2022 – $0.585 per mile

Membership and Data – Aaron Childs

  1. 1337 Overall Membership since December 2021. A decrease of 8.
  2. 152 Non-Dues Paying Member. A decrease of 5 since December 2021.
  3. New Visio Membership Data Collection form sent to all Chapter Membership Coordinators.

Website – Gerol Petruzella

  1. Decrease in unique visitors
  2. No additional work upgrading the site yet.

Health and Welfare Fund Report – Mike Storey

  1. Health and Welfare Trust (HWT) Notes: December 17, 2021 meeting
    1. Metlife reports a 90% loss ratio from July-Oct, 2021. Pretty normal for this time period. No issues with MTA claims.
    2. The Gray Group reposts that the Fund is doing well. Equities are performing well with a 13.5% increase this year. Fund has increased an average of 11% over last 5 years. Commodities are a good investment during an inflation.
    3. KD/HPI reports that enrollment in the plan is down 5% from 9267 in March to 8792 in November. Caused by positions where employees have left or been eliminated across the state have not been filled.
    4. Treasurer reports that Fund has moved from E. Boston Savings to Rockland Trust. Recommendation is to move Fund to Salem 5 from Rockland Trust because the team we worked with at E. Boston Saving is now working there and they are more receptive to Funds the size of the HWT.
    5. Passed revised Travel policy for any trustees to attend Fund business or conferences across the country.Next meeting – February

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

Nothing to report

Old/New Business

  1. FAQ of the Month for the Website for February: Update on the funding of the contract
  2. Results of APA State-Wide Elections
    1. Election Results:
      President – Seth Bean
      Vice President – Susan McNeil
      Secretary – Mark R. Powers
    2. Approval of Amended Statewide Bylaws
    3. New officers and Amended Statewide APA Bylaws in effect as of January 21, 2022
  3. Results of Local Chapter Elections
    1. Bridgewater Chapter (Elections took place in December 2021)
      President – Renee Bernier
      Vice President – Jenna Shales
      Membership Coordinator – Iris Lapaix
    2. Framingham Chapter (Elections taking place January 31, 2022)
      President – Jane DecuterSeth Bean
      Vice President & Grievance Officer – Lauren Keville
      Secretary & Membership Coordinator – Maureen Fowler
    3. Fitchburg (Elections took place in December 2021)
      President – Sherry Horeanopoulos
      Vice President – Rebecca Shersnow
      Grievance Officer – Gretchen Mayhew
    4. Mass College of Art & Design Chapter (Elections took place in December 2021)
      President – Susan McNeil
      Vice President/Grievance Officer – Catarina Coelho
      Treasurer/Membership Coordinator – Lucan Dean
    5. Mass College of Liberal Arts Chapter (Elections took place in December 2021)
      President & Grievance Officer – Seth Bean
      Vice President – Deborah Raber
      Membership Coordinator
    6. Mass Maritime Academy Chapter
      President – Edward Vacha
      Vice President & Grievance Officer –
      Membership Coordinator – Marissa Barros
    7. Salem Chapter (Elections took place in December 2021)
      President – Rosa Di Virgilio Taormina
      Vice President – Derek A. Barr
      Grievance Officer – Michael Pelletier
      Secretary – Brian Helman
    8. Westfield Chapter (Elections took place in April 2021)
      President – Brian Cahillane
      Vice President –
      Grievance Officer – Louann D’Angelo
      Membership Coordinator – Giselle Frechette
    9. Worcester Chapter (Elections took place in December 2021)
      President – Peter Fenuccio
      Vice President –
      Grievance Officer –
      Membership Coordinator –
  4. Discussion concerning the various candidates running for MTA President.
    1. Motion 2022.01.21-01: Move to invite MTA Presidential Candidates to present their platform before the APA Execute Board at the March and/or April E-board meetings.
      • by: S. McNeil
      • Second by: J. Decatur
      • Vote: 9-1-0
      • Action: motion carries
  5. Discussion concerning APA’s representation at the Health & Welfare Trust.
    1. Motion 2022.01.21-02: Move to appoint Mike Storey as the APA Representative to the Health & Welfare Trust through the end of December 2022 with a monthly stipend of $75.00.
      • by: S. Horeanopoulos
      • Second by: S. Bean
      • Vote: 9-0-1
      • Action: motion carries
  6. Discussion regarding the funding of the contracts by the State legislature.
    1. Motion 2022.01.21-03: Move to have the APA Executive Board send of letter to the Governor of Massachusetts regarding immediate funding of the higher education collective bargaining agreements.
      • by: J. Decatur
      • Second by: B. Cahillane
      • Vote: unanimous
      • Action: motion carries
  7. New Zoom Account
    1. User Name: zoom@maapa.org
      Password: APA-R0x22

Institutional Issues


  1. None.


  1. Motion to Adjourn made at 1:20pm by: S. Horeanopoulos
  2. 2nd by: S. McNeil
  3. Vote: Unanimous
  4. Action: Motion Carries