APA Annual Meeting of the Membership

meetingGood day, APA members across the state;

As the weather begins to chill and remind us that the holiday season is looming, it’s time to prepare for the Association of Professional Administrators Annual Meeting of the Membership.  This year’s host institution is Bridgewater State University.  The Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018.  As always, there will be a business meeting for the Executive Board with the auditing firm at 10:00am, followed by a general membership luncheon meeting at 12:00 noon.  The general membership meeting will include a preliminary report from the auditors, news of interest to the membership, a report from the Health and Welfare chairperson and a visit from the MTA Higher Education Director, Suzanne Wall, who will speak to us about the goals of the MTA for its Higher Ed program in the upcoming year.

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GOOD NEWS!

Received word that the Governor has signed off on the Supplemental Bill, which means that funding for the contracts in it is a GO.  Next up – the DHE has to release the funds to the campuses, calculations have to be made for the retro 2017, retro 2018 and salary increases.  I am currently trying to get word on which pay period will include the increases, but thought you’d like to know that this part was finally done.

Sherry H

Parking Fee Grievance

Parking TicketDear SSU APA Constituency:

On September 26, we heard from the University regarding the status of the Parking Fee Grievance filed last month.

If you were not aware, Salem State is 1 of only 2 Massachusetts State Universities who charge a fee for APA members to park.  The other institution is the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.  Per our contract, a parking fee may not be charged.  However, the contract does allow for local negotiations regarding such fees on an “as needed” basis.  This is to be conducted through a Parking Committee.  The current fee was established in the 1980’s and has carried through all subsequent contracts without going to a Parking Committee with APA representation.
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Contract Funding Update

Our 2017-20 APA Agreement FINALLY got over the most challenging hurdle of funding yesterday (October 15) when it was approved by the House Ways and Means committee in informal session.  Next step is Senate Ways and Means, then back to the Governor for final validation.  The expectation is that the whole process will be complete before the end of the month, as the state Comptroller wants to close out Fiscal 2018.  (Not to mention that the Governor is up for election at the very beginning of November.)

This extraordinarily drawn-out process has prompted discussion at the Higher Ed Leadership Committee meetings that may lead to proposed legislation to enforce the contractually agreed upon process and adherence to deadlines and commitments.  MTA is working on how that kind of legislation might be composed.  Our support for that effort will be pretty enthusiastic, to say the least.

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APA Statewide Facebook Group Created

From Brian Helman (Salem State APA unit member)
During the 2017 Annual Statewide APA Meeting, held here at Salem State, I repeated a suggestion I had made at previous Statewide meetings (Westfield and Bridgewater) that there should be a mechanism for inter-chapter communications – whether a mailing list, Facebook group or some other interactive discussion board. The state-wide board praised the idea and repeatedly said “why haven’t we thought of this”.

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