Cost of Living Increases, Retro Payments will be processed simultaneously; paychecks issues with a check date of Friday, December 22

Due to the Legislature’s recent enactment and Governor’s signature of the Closeout Supplemental Budget for Fiscal Year 2023, the Office of the Comptroller will process collectively bargained cost-of-living adjustments and retro payments simultaneously in the pay period ending December 16. Commonwealth of Massachusetts employees will receive checks dated Friday, December 22. Retroactive payments for any additional percentage step increases above the 4% salary increases will be processed in January 2024.

APA Chapter Board Meeting Minutes 3/3/2023

  • Rosa, Derek, Mike, Brian present
  • Statewide is pushing back against SSU
    • Meeting scheduled with Rosa and reps at state level on subject
  • SSU doesn’t understand (or respect) the definition of “peak”.  “Peak” refers to occasional extra hours during busy times, not scheduling whole extra (weekend) days
    • SSU Members are hesitant (ie terrified) to file grievances
    • Toxic environments across campus where membership are complaining, but not willing to make formal complaint
  • Meeting RE: Commencement wasn’t well attended.  Looking to schedule another one
  • Discuss with HR the issue of non-signed job descriptions
    • Concern with the constant opposition and defensive posture from HR, even for normal conversation
  • Still considerable confusion over the evaluation process
  • Tuition Remission
    • Other schools have a better package.  We’d like SSU to agree to a similar benefit or make a formal statement that they will not
  • Ask to meet with president, not a designee
  • Spring Meeting
    • Possible breakfast (catered?)
    • Breakfast at Marsh
  • Roberta James (MTA Rep) suggested regular office hours

APA Chapter Board Meeting Minutes 2/3/2023

  • Responses about Grievance email
    • Ask for more information
    • Only want to do 1 ceremony
    • Many high-profile people are in favor of moving forward
    • Next Steps
      • When we get the assignments, people need to respond with “based on my job description, I am not required to perform these duties”
      • Inundate them with individual grievances
    • On-going abuses of APA employees
      • Not allowing breaks
      • Forced work outside of scheduled hours
    • AFSCME
      • Reached out to state AFSCME
      • Overlap in duties
      • Do not know their timeline, if they will take-on
    • Change of job descriptions w/o member’s knowledge
    • Putting through “promotions” without acceptance (signatures) from members
  • Lack of contract language (dates) update
    • Health & Welfare benefits (dental) does not require dues-paying membership
  • Are getting list of new-hires who haven’t signed up for Union
  • Still do not have a printed contract
  • Dental coverage still a concern
    • Statewide committee has not been meeting
  • Current Grievances
    • MP
  • Discussion with Brett regarding grievances.  He has been more responsive
  • 199 paying members

APA Chapter Board Meeting Minutes 1/6/2023

  • Rosa, Brian, Derek, Mike
  • Step II Grievance Discussion (2nd Meeting)
    • Trying to compromise, but not voluntary
    • Bruce not accepting of a change
    • Originally told management was in agreement that AFSCME would also work
    • Management backtracked on AFSCME – they are too busy
    • No decision sent to APA yet, but expecting a denial of grievance
    • Will go to the Statewide board for arbitration
  • Work From Home
    • Conflicting language
    • APA redlined the contradictory language and returned to HR
    • No response from HR
  • Comparison of similar positions of AFSCME vs APA
    • AFSCME gets step raises, so can quickly pass APA for similar jobs
  • Membership
    • Onboarded roughly 20 new people in the last month
    • A couple previously non-paying have joined
  • Stipend Issue
    • Member told they were going to get a stipend for doing work over a period of time that was in addition to existing role
    • Amount of stipend is in question.  Contract reads that stipend will be the pay of the position.  Management is offering substantially less.
  • Positions not being advertised properly
    • Positions staying vacant for prolonged periods
  • Service Award years – buyback years
    • SSU is not acknowledging buy-back years for people who worked at SSU as full-time non-benefited.

APA Chapter Board Meeting Minutes 11/4/2022

General Discussion

  1. Considering creating a Climate Survey to understand Employee Morale
    • How to increase morale
  2. Banking hours for use during holidays
    • Holiday Period Email (11/3/22)
      • Ambiguous as to what the actual policy is
  3. Exodus of employees
    • Transfer of duties (temporary or permanent)
    • Continuity of services
    • Compensation for those taking on (temporary?) additional duties
  4. Should APA start rallying, displaying support similar to faculty?
    • Wearing of pins or messaged shirts
  5. APA Membership Meetings
    • 2 per year, per bylaws
    • Board Office Hours
      • No agenda, no appointment, less formal – for membership discussion
  6. No one has stepped up for Treasurer
    • Per bylaws – vacation no more than 90 days
      • Filled by scheduled or special election
  7. Discussion of Remote Work Arrangement Policy
    • Mostly good document, but contradicts itself in several locations
  8. Grievances
    • Grievance regarding stipend for filling in for departed supervisor settled
    • Commencement –  Step II 11/16 @ 3p