We Belong Here

We Belong Here

On Tuesday  February 25, 2020 we will be the kicking off the We. Belong. Here. campaign supported by a range of student, faculty, staff and other community groups with the goals of help the Salem State Board of Trustees and the State Legislature understand who we are as a community AND to advocate for the state funding we need. You will also see We. Belong. Here. information and be able to leave comments at bulletin board across campus.  Please see the leaflet for the schedule of activities for Tuesday (many of which will actually be fun as well).

News from the MSCA Union – Work to Rule ends

Good Morning

Below, is a message from the statewide Board of Directors of the MSCA:

On Friday, November 1, 2019, the MSCA Board of Directors voted unanimously to end Work to Rule at the statewide level effective Monday, November 4, 2019.

The Board unanimously supports the Westfield State University chapter’s continuation of Work to Rule at the chapter level and the chapter’s vote of no confidence in the university president. 

The decision to end Work to Rule came as the day part-time, per-credit rates have been agreed to, as well as the hourly rate for Music Instructors.  We have been told that the universities are in the process of paying all retroactive monies owed, dating back to July 1, 2017.

Several of the university presidents have indicated to chapter leadership that they a will be partially or fully implementing increases in the equivalencies for modes of instruction other than lecture and seminar.  This was the language item that ultimately necessitated a renegotiation of the original tentative agreement last spring.

It is time to reflect on the gains that the bargaining team was able to achieve – parental leave and day part-time increases in excess of 13% – and celebrate the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision on the 15% Rule in favor of the MSCA last month, while the team is preparing for successor negotiations.

MSCA Board of Directors

Note from the President of the Salem Chapter:

President Keenan and Provost Silva have agreed in principle that Salem State should move toward more fair equivalencies with special attention to the goal of moving the lab and studio courses to a 1 to 1 ratio. Chapter Vice President Juditha Burchsted and I have been in communication with Interim Assoc. Dean Tad Baker about this issue. Besides these talks between the chapter leadership and management, there will be meetings with the membership to gather the faculty’s ideas and desires on this issue. Look for mention of these meetings in future editions of the chapter’s e-blasts.

2019 APA Contract Survey

THANK YOU for taking a few minutes to complete the APA contract member survey. Your input is important to the eBoard as it moves into the contract negotiations process. We’re keeping it simple. Please let us know up to five items that concern you about the APA agreement. You may comment on salary, working conditions, benefits, or anything you like the statewide APA executive board to address in the upcoming contract negotiations meetings. We will collect all of the data you provide, and let you know the top concerns presented by APA members statewide. 

GIC Health Insurance Buy-Out Enrollment Period: 10/2/19 -11/1/19

Please note that the Group Insurance Commission’s Fall 2019 health insurance buyout enrollment period will run October 2nd through November 1st. Under the buy-out plan, eligible state employees receive 25% of the full-cost monthly premium in lieu of health insurance benefits for one 12-month period, and receive a monthly check. The amount of payment depends on your health plan and coverage.

Eligibility for Buy-Out

Employees insured with GIC health insurance on July 1, 2019 or before, and continue their coverage through December 31, 2019 may apply to buy out their health plan coverage effective January 1, 2020.  

Interested employees should review the GIC’s website to access more information and the Health Insurance Buy Out Election Form.

All buy out election forms are due by Friday, November 1st. Please contact Joanna Nandi if you are interested in participating or have any questions.