Meeting Dates 2019-20

All AEA members are invited and welcome to join any meeting on the following dates to discuss union issues.

Meetings are on Monday afternoons at 3:30 at the Beaver Brook Elementary School.

September 16, 2019

November 18, 2019

January 13, 2020

March 16, 2020

May 18, 2020

April Updates: License Renewal and Evaluation Deadlines

1. Evidence/Evals –  Deadlines for evidence submission are fast approaching – April 20th for those on 1-year plans, May 1st for year 2 of a 2-year plan, and May 15th for year 1 of a 2-year plan.
2. License Renewal – Please see the linked memo from DESE regarding re-certification for those who are up in June. Recertification Correspondence from DESE
3. Retirement Party – Information will be forthcoming regarding the AEA Retirement Party to be held on May 9th from 4 – 7 pm at the Rockland Golf Course. (The Monponsett Inn was booked)
4. Elections – We will be posting candidates and bylaw change proposals by next Friday. Elections will take place the week of April 29th. I will send all documents electronically once ready.
5. Contracts – We finally have a complete and accurate Unit A contract! We will update the website soon and provide hard copies as soon as we can go to print. Unit B will follow shortly.
6. Fund Our Future – MTA’s campaign is in full swing. Our field rep, Carl Stamm, has stated that this is the biggest initiative around the funding of public education since Ed Reform in the early ’90s. He believes there is a lot of momentum in affecting some significant change around how schools are funded moving forward. He seems to thinks it’s not a matter of if we will see an increase, but how much. Abington could potentially gain close to $500K in additional revenue. Imagine what could be done with that money to relieve class sizes, increase counseling services and offer additional programs to our students. Fund Our Future
Your Building reps will be posting some literature in common areas in the coming days. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the initiative.

MTA is holding a rally at the State House on May 16th in the late afternoon. MTA will provide free buses for locals who wish to attend. I would love to see at least 5 or more members from each building attend and represent the AEA in Boston.  Please consider joining us!

AEA Elections 2019-2021

AEA ELECTIONS 

Term of 2019-2021 

Beth Golden and Mark Regalbuto will run this year’s AEA elections 

According to our By-Laws, AEA elections must be completed by May 1. Candidates must be secured by April 8. Candidates must complete a nomination paper. (Nomination papers are attached to this email and require 5 AEA members’ signatures.) Candidates’ names shall be posted at least 2 weeks before the election. Voting will be done in secret. Candidates and By-Law changes will be elected/changed by a simple majority. New officers will assume their responsibilities in conjunction with the school year. All offices carry a 2-year term. 

 

If you are interested in running for office please complete a nomination paper and return it to Beth Golden or Mark Regalbuto at AMS by Friday, March 29. In addition, if you want to propose an addition/change to the By-Laws please complete that sheet (revision sheet also attached) and return it to Beth or Mark at AMS by Friday, March 29. Nomination papers and By-Laws revision sheets are attached and you can also get them from your building representatives. 

Candidates and By-Law additions/changes will be posted by April 8. The election will be held during the week of April 22. You must sign verifying that you have received a ballot. 

The following AEA leadership positions are open: 

Officers: 

President
Vice-president
Secretary
Treasurer

Executive Board/Contract Maintenance Committee (combined as one board in the last By-Law changes, also the number of representatives based on the AEA population in each building) 

High School – 3 Unit A representatives/1 Unit B representative 

Middle School – 3 Unit A representatives/1 Unit B representative 

Woodsdale – 2 Unit A representatives/1 Unit B representative 

BBES  3 Unit A representatives/1 Unit B representative 

AEEP/Pre-K – 1 Unit A representative/1 Unit B representative 

Plymouth County Representatives from Abington – 2 

MTA Delegates, plus 2 alternates (represent the AEA at the annual MTA Delegates Meeting, this number may change as it is determined by MTA in April, but this has been our number for many years) 

5 delegates 

The spring election is also the time to change the By-Laws. I have attached the current copy of the By-Laws.  

What you can expect –  

Executive Board/Contract Maintenance Committee members meet every other month or when needed. Board members are to represent, help, and inform the members in their buildings about contractual matters, and all AEA, MTA, NEA issues. The contract maintenance part of your job involves handling grievances. Luckily grievances do not happen often – sometimes not for years. 

PCEA delegates attend monthly meetings and keep members up-to-date on all PCEA information. 

MTA delegates may attend the annual MTA Delegates meeting held each spring. You would be expected to report back to the membership what happened at the meeting. 

 

Steve Shannon, President 

 

 

 

Unit B Ratification Meeting on 12/20/18

 

UNIT B RATIFICATION MEETING

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20TH

3:15 PM AHS/MS SEMINAR ROOM

* We need 40% of eligible UNIT B members present to reach a quorum in order to proceed with the vote to ratify. Lack of a quorum would mean postponing the vote until a quorum can be reached.

* Retro-active raises will not take effect until ratification occurs

* Not a member and want the chance to have your voice heard and vote count
It’s not too late – you can register for AEA/MTA/NEA membership on the spot at the ratification meeting and be eligible to vote for your contract!

Joint Labor/Management Committee

I would like to introduce you to your Joint Labor/Management Committee (JLMC) team members. I want to thank them for stepping into this role to serve you and the association regarding the review of our evaluation agreement. Steve Moore (AEA/HS), Taren Whitman (AMS), Jessica Sullivan (Woodsdale), Donna Flynn (BBES), as well as myself will represent the AEA. The purpose of this committee will be to meet with administration and review the current evaluation agreement to determine whether or not we should adopt any changes to make the process more fair, clear and consistent throughout all schools in the district. One of our tasks will be whether or not to adopt or adapt the new rubrics created by DESE. Once both sides reach agreement on any changes to the agreement, we will need to ratify it by a majority vote of Unit A members. Until that time we will be operating under the current agreement. If you have suggestions or items you would like to see addressed by the committee, please reach out to the committee member in your building. We will do our best to address as many concerns as we can and report back to you when we can. Our first meeting is Wednesday, October 24th. I am providing a few links in case you would like to see the proposed changes as well as our current agreement housed on the AEA website.

https://abingtoneducationassociation.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/abington-eval-system-06-16-15-update-final.pdf

http://www.doe.mass.edu/edeval/sprating/rubricproject/2018revision-teacherrubric.pdf

http://www.doe.mass.edu/edeval/sprating/rubricproject/

-Steve Shannon, AEA President