PA Meeting 04-27-16

April 26th, 2016 Comments off

The PA Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 27th will start at 12:30 to allow members time to participate in the 50th photo shoot.

The meeting will be held in Building 2, 701/702. Pizza, soda and water will be served.

Please find attached a message from Nick and the agenda for the meeting.

PA Meeting 04-01-16

March 22nd, 2016 Comments off
There will be a PA meeting on Friday, April 1st during the college hour.  The location has not been finalized but notification will go out as soon as it has.  The agenda is to discuss nominations for the STCC PA elections and voting methods.
The nomination process has been extended to Thursday, March 31, 2016.  Nomination forms are available in the PA Secretary’s Office (Denise Zarlengo) – Building 15, Room 205.

Special PA Meeting – 03/07/16

March 3rd, 2016 Comments off
This meeting has been arranged for the membership to meet with Claudine Barnes, MCCC Day Negotiating Team Chair, Rosemarie Freeland, MCCC Negotiating Team Vice Chair and Aaron Levin, MCCC Day Negotiating Team.
We will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Tentative Agreement of our contract.
Monday March 7, 2016 during the college hour in building 2, 7th floor.
Pizza and soda will be served.

URGENT: STCC/PA delegates to MTA Annual Meeting

February 1st, 2016 Comments off

Please consider representing the MCCC and our chapter as a delegate to MTA Annual Meeting in May.

MCCC members who want to be delegates to the MTA annual meeting (May 13-14, Hynes Convention Center, Boston) must put their names in this Thursday (February 4th) by 3:00 p.m. To do so, go to http://mccc-union.org/NOMINATIONS/ and use the on-line nomination form, choosing the box (upper left) MTA Annual Meeting Delegate.  It only takes a couple of minutes.

MCCC delegates are reimbursed $75 per day they attend, and the MCCC also pays for a shared hotel room for people who live more than 50 miles from Boston.  By far the most important reason to be a delegate is the opportunity to be involved in deciding the course of our union, but some people welcome the chance to be in Boston with expenses covered.

The MTA is having a hotly contested election, and only delegates can vote in this one. Furthermore, delegates also decide on dues increases, budget, and MTA positions on issues.

PA Meeting 02-08-16

February 1st, 2016 Comments off

The first PA meeting of the semester will be held Monday, February 8, 2016 during the college hour in Building 2, 7th Floor.

PA Meeting 12-9-15

November 30th, 2015 Comments off
The PA Meeting will take place during the college hour and will be held in Building 2, Room 703/704.  Pizza and soda will be served.
The agenda will be distributed prior to the meeting.

MCCC BARGAINING UPDATES

November 8th, 2015 Comments off

Special PA Meeting

November 4th, 2015 Comments off

There will be a special PA meeting held on Monday November 9 at 12:15 in Building 2 Room 703/704.

This meeting will be about Work-to-Rule

  • Informational
  • Discussion
  • Voting

 

PA Meeting 10-26-15

October 22nd, 2015 Comments off

ATTENTION:  Department Chairs and Full-Time Faculty

Please encourage all adjunct faculty to attend this meeting.  It is important they are informed and heard.

ACTION ALERT: Part-time Faculty PENSION Bill Hearing on 10/20/15 – Contact legislators Today!

October 16th, 2015 Comments off

For immediate distribution to MCCC Leaders, Activists, and Full- and Part-time Educators,

Dear MCCC Colleagues,

The Joint Committee on Public Service is holding a hearing on Tuesday, 10/20/15 on two Part-time Faculty Pension Bills (H. 2206 and S. 1376). These bills were sponsored on behalf of the MCCC so that part-time higher education faculty could participate in the MA State Employees’ Retirement System (MSERS). Currently, community college adjuncts who have no other employment with the state or retirement benefit from a prior period of state employment have no retirement safety net for their teaching at our community colleges.  They receive neither social security nor any employer contribution towards any retirement plan.

 

Adjuncts, activists and leaders: Legislators need to hear your voices. MCCC will testify at this hearing, but it is most important for union members across the state to ask their senators and representatives to support this legislation. For adjunct faculty, in particular, it is imperative that they tell their personal stories about the need for such support when they retire. More than most anything else, compelling personal stories persuade legislators to act.

 

Background information on these two bills and related talking points:

  • Both bills say the same thing; they are “companion” bills, sponsored separately in each chamber. Chief sponsor of S 1376 is Sen. Patricia Jehlen; Rep. Michael Brady is the lead sponsor of H. 2206. PLEASE THANK these sponsors if either one is your legislator.
  • The proposed legislation would require that part-time faculty teaching at least four (3-4 credit) courses per calendar year at one or more of the state’s colleges or universities would earn a half-year of creditable service for this time and would have such earnings count in determining participation in the state pension system. Upon accrual of at least 5 years of creditable service through 10 years of such part-time teaching, these faculty would be vested in the MA State Employees’ Retirement System.
  • Because Massachusetts is one of only 15 non-Social Security states in the nation, these faculty members fall through the cracks as they are getting no employer retirement contribution at either the state or federal level. The cost for the state to provide pension support to these employees would be about half as much as the 6.2 percent contribution it would be required to pay if this were a Social Security state. The Commonwealth typically contributes no more than 3 percent of an employee’s salary to the pension fund.
  • It is time for Massachusetts to do the right thing and provide part-time faculty with some retirement security. MCCC adjuncts should not be repeatedly asked to teach half-time or more at our colleges and then be faced with nothing to fall back on in their retirement years . This bill would correct that injustice for many of our adjunct faculty.

Affected part-time faculty please tell your stories to legislators. Everyone else, please advocate for your adjunct colleagues. Contact legislators in the next week to request their support for H. 2206 and S. 1376.

 

Communicating with legislators:

  • Make a call or send an email to your State Representative and Senator. Note, I typically ask to speak with the legislative director at a particular office.
  • Let your legislators know your position, the college where you are employed, and the reason for your communiqué: to ask for their support on H. 2206/S. 2376, bills that will be heard by the Public Service Committee on 10/20/15.
  • Affected part-time faculty: discuss how these bills would help you. Then ask your legislator if s/he would support this legislation.
  • Leaders, activists, colleagues, both full- and part-time: ask legislators to support this proposed legislation on behalf of the adjunct faculty who lack this retirement security.
  • Ask legislators who support this legislation if they will contact the respective chairs of the Public Service Committee to request that the bills be acted on favorably and moved out of committee.
  • As an FYI and in case legislators ask: Pro-rated retirement benefits for part-time faculty are also included in current, proposed legislation (H 1055) before the Joint Committee on Higher Education, which  many Legislators have co-sponsored. If your Representative or Senator has not had an opportunity to communicate his/her support on this bill to the Higher Ed. Committee chairs and has an inclination to do so, that would also be important. That bill was heard on June 17, 2015. No action has yet been taken on this. I have attached to this email a copy of a related MTA Fact Sheet.
  • Be sure to thank your legislators (and staff, should you speak with them) for their time and for their consideration of the proposed legislation.

Contacting Legislators:

Activists, leaders, and other colleagues, please take a few minutes to add your voices to this chorus. It is important that all of us who are concerned with this injustice take a few minutes to contact our state legislators. This includes, of course, the adjuncts themselves!

 

In solidarity,

Donnie McGee
MCCC Vice President & SAC Chair

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