Minutes 2024-1

Date/Time: Friday, January 19, 2024, 10:00am
Location: Zoom


APA Statewide

  • Seth Bean, President
  • Susan McNeil, Vice President
  • Mark Powers, Secretary
  • Maria Brunelle, Treasurer (Non-Voting)
  • Aaron Childs, Membership Coordinator (Non-voting)
  • Julie Dunlap LePoer, Web Manager (Non-voting)
  • Catherine Santiago, MTA Field Representative (Non-voting)

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
  • Jenna Shales, Bridgewater State University
  • Rebecca Shersnow, Fitchburg State President
  • Rosa Taormina, Salem State University
  • Edward Vacha, Massachusetts Maritime Academy


  • Jay Hastings, Grievance Officer/Westfield State University


APA Statewide

  • Roberta James, MTA Field Representative (Non-voting)

APA Chapter Presidents

  • Peter Fenuccio, Worcester State University

Call to Order

  • Time: 10:02am

Approval of Minutes

  1. Approval of December 12, 2023 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
    • Amendments: None
    • Motion to minutes of the December 12, 2023 Executive Board Meeting as presented/amended made: by: S. McNeil 2nd by: B. Cahillane
    • Vote: Unanimous Action: Motion Carries

Public Comments

  1. Jay Hastings. Grievance Officer/Westfield State University
  2. APA lieutenants are not eligible for overtime.
  3. Asking the APA Union leadership to request to have APA lieutenants moved From Exempt to Non-Exempt status.

President’s Report – Seth Bean

  1. Useful links to share with chapter members that came from HELC:
  2. Wage equity study being done by the MTA, largely faculty focused but they have reached out to HELC regarding higher education staff.
  3. Great press with the Cherish Act and the State Universities.
  4. UMass Lowell Sick Leave Bank and the misuse of allowing use of it.
  5. Membership Survey regarding upcoming collective bargaining update.
  6. HELC – Specially UMass Amherst and MCCC regarding Salary Compression
    a. MCCC has an Appendix in their CBA addressing this.
  7. Catherine Santiago –

Treasurer’s Report – Maria Brunelle

  1. Payroll due on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 by 12:00pm.
  2. Approval of December 2023 Treasurer’s Report
    • Amendments: None
    • Motion to approve membership report as presented/amended made:
    • by: S. McNeil 2nd by: R. Shersnow
    • Vote: 7-0-2 Action: Motion Carries

Membership and Data – Aaron Childs

  1. 1425 Overall Membership since December 2023. A(n) Increase/Decrease of 2 .
  2. 230 Non-Dues Paying Member. A(n) Increase/Decrease of 4 since December 2023.
  3. Replacement server approximately $6000.00
    • Motion 2024.01.19-01
    • Move to purchase a new server at approximately $6,000.00 for maintaining the membership database.
    • By: S. Bean 2nd by: R. Taormina
    • Vote: Unanimous Action: Motion Carries

Website – Julie Dunlap LePoer

  1. Normal Housekeeping update.
  2. Posted Minutes
  3. Analytics – 10% increase of overall site hits.

Health and Welfare Fund Report – Susan McNeil

  1. MTA Higher Education Health & Welfare Fund November 2023 Report.

Committee Reports

  1. Budget Committee – Rosa Taormina & Seth Bean
  2. Employee Relations Working Group –
  3. Professional Development – Edward Vacha
  4. Special Committees:
    • Committee on Legislative Action – Susan McNeil, Seth Bean, &
    • Committee on Health & Safety – Renee Bernier & Susan McNeil
    • Negotiations – Contract Committee
    • Employee Relations Committee (ERC) – Brian Cahillane, Jane Decatur, & Rosa Taormina

Old/New Business

  1. FAQ of the Month for the Website for February – FMLA
  2. Motion to Move SSU Grievance to Arbitration – see supporting documents in the shared drive.
    • Motion 2024.01.19-02
    • Move grievance SSU-2024-01 to go to Arbitration
    • by: R. Taormina 2nd by: S. McNeil
    • Vote: 0-7-1 Action: Motion Fails

Institutional Issues

Information has been redacted.


  • None


  1. Motion to Adjourn made at 1:35pm
    • by: R. Taormino 2nd by: B. Cahillane
    • Vote: Unanimous Action: Motion Carries

Next APA Meetings

APA Executive Board10:00amFriday, February 16, 2024HybridWorcester/Zoom
APA Executive Board10:00amFriday, March 15, 2024HybridWorcester/Zoom
APA Executive Board10:00amFriday, April 19, 2024HybridWorcester/Zoom
APA Executive Board10:00amFriday, June 21, 2024In-PersonTBD
APA Meeting Schedule 2023-2024