DCE Salaries will increase 3/5% for the spring semester 2015

December 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Joseph Rizzo
MCCC DCE Grievance Coordinator

DCE Salaries will increase 3/5% for the spring semester 2015 as provided by the collective bargaining agreement. These rates will be applicable to courses offered January 15, 2015 through the fall 2015. The new rates are as follows.

Step 1 $ 986 per credit
Step 2 $ 1,055 per credit
Step 3 $ 1,134 per credit
Step 4 $ 1,191 per credit

.74 Lab ratio

DCE faculty will move from salary Step 1 to salary Step 2 upon teaching the sixth class and move to Step 3 upon teaching the eleventh class. Step 4 is effective upon attaining 8 years of seniority at the college.

Please feel free to contact Joseph Rizzo, MCCC DCE Grievance Coordinator, if you have any questions. Grievance-DCE@MCCC-union.org

PA meeting Wednesday, December 3

December 1st, 2014 Comments off

There will be a PA meeting Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in Building 13, Room 111 during the college hour.

Please note the location change for this meeting only.

Lunch will be provided.

Thank you,
Denise Zarlengo
PA Secretary

The PA meetings

September 10th, 2014 Comments off
Good afternoon,
The PA meetings for the Fall semester are listed below.  They will all be during the college hour and held in Building 2, Room 701-702 except where noted.
Monday, September 22nd
Friday, October 24th
Wednesday, December 3rd (this date is not on the employee planner)
Wednesday, February 4th – Building 2, Room 703-704
Monday, March 9th
Friday, April 10th
Also please note the new contracts are available and can be picked up in Lynn McDonald’s office, Building 27, Room 155.
Thank you,
Denise Zarlengo
Secretary Professional Association


September 7th, 2014 Comments off
Full-time and Part-time Day Unit Faculty Course Materials Under the Day Contract - – Please Note-This does not apply to DCE day/evening/weekend/summer adjunct faculty (DCE Contract Applies) 
Faculty are required to distribute course materials  to each student and forward a copy to the immediate supervisor prior to the conclusion of the add/drop period.  The course materials shall include all materials listed on the attached Checklist for Course Materials. (Form XIII-E2)
The confidentiality of these materials shall be maintained and the  employer may not distribute these materials to anyone without your permission.  The immediate supervisor must return all course materials to the  faculty member by the end of the fifth (5th) week of classes.  If items on the checklist are missing or if the immediate supervisor has concerns, the faculty member will be advised in writing and will be given fourteen (14) calendar days to submit the missing items and respond to the concerns.
The intent of this 14 day response period serves two (2) purposes:
1)  To give the faculty member the opportunity to correct an oversight without a negative comment being placed in the summary evaluation.
2)  To insure that students have all of the items on the checklist.
NB: Please note that faculty have full freedom in the selection of course materials. If the faculty member believes that a directive from the immediate supervisor to change the course materials infringes upon academic freedom,  then the faculty member has the right to initiate the grievance process.   Full freedom in selecting course materials includes full freedom to:
Select texts and paperbacks,
Adopt instructional objectives,
Adopt teaching procedures,
Give Assignments and/or supplemental reading,
Select tests,
Determine the basis for student grading,
Determine the criteria for evaluating student performance, and
Determine attendance policy.
Full-time Faculty Office Hours
1) All faculty are required to submit their preferred office hour schedule at the beginning of the semester and post their office hour schedule by the end of the first week of classes.
2) Office hours are required on campus unless a faculty member is approved to hold office hours at an off campus instructional site.
3) Faculty are required to maintain four (4) office hours per week over four (4) days unless a faculty member has a reduced instructional workload.
4) For faculty with reduced instructional workloads, one (1) office hour is reduced for each three (3) credit hour course reduction.  This means that the number of days required for office hours is reduced by one (1) day for each office hour reduced.
Adjunct Faculty Office Hours
Adjunct faculty are not required to submit and/or post  office hours under the day contract and/or the DCE Contract.  If you are a day/unit part time faculty member, then there is no requirement to post/ hold/provide office hours.  If you are a DCE unit member (day or evening), there is no requirement to post and hold set office hours, but there is language in the DCE contract that states you are obligated to be available to students by appointment when mutually convenient.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
Dennis Fitzgerald
MCCC Grievance Coordinator
170 Beach Road #52
Salisbury, MA 01952

email mcccfitzy@comcast.net
tel   978-255-2798

fax  978-255-2896
Dennis Fitzgerald
MCCC Grievance Coordinator
170 Beach Road #52
Salisbury, MA 01952


Contract with your students

September 5th, 2014 Comments off
On behalf of your union’s Executive Committee, welcome back.
As a new semester begins, your union wants to suggest some measures that might help you avoid needless student grievances.
One effective and increasingly popular method you might adopt is developing a “contract” with your students. Here’s how it’s done. On a separate sheet of paper, reproduce the behavioral expectations (student conduct) found in your syllabi, or add other relevant items with regard to in-class student deportment. Make certain any additional expectations aren’t in conflict with class policies already outlined in your syllabi.
When you distribute this sheet to students, inform them this document will serve as a contract and their signature constitutes their agreement to abide by the stated conditions. Create spaces for their name in two forms (a legible signature and printed lettering) and the date. Collect and file them.
Try to avoid language which might appear harsh or excessively punitive; don’t convey the impression you are spoiling for a fight. Your demeanor when requesting student signatures should be friendly and the matter should be treated as standard procedure.
You might also inform students verbally of established college policy which dictates that complaints about any instructor should be addressed to the instructor first, not department chairs, deans or vice presidents.
In the event of a formal student complaint, union members are strongly urged to contact me before meeting with any administrator. (Remember, this is your legal right.) Call or send a text message to my mobile phone (413-896-5219) as soon as possible. This is the most reliable and immediate way to reach me.
If you have any questions regarding this memo, please feel free to phone me. No STCC/PA member should ever hesitate to contact me to pose questions or express concerns.
Nick Camerota
PA President


Learn about Section 60, your choice of retirement plan coverage, and the procedure to transfer your ORP participation to the MSERS.

April 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Section 60 Seminar Schedule

Learn about Section 60, your choice of retirement plan coverage, and the procedure to transfer your ORP participation to the MSERS. The Department of Higher Education and the State Board of Retirement  are sponsoring the following Seminars:

April 18, 2014

UMass Boston
Location: Student Campus Center
Ballroom A
No Registration Required
Presentation: 11:00 to 12:00
Presentation: 1:30 to 2:30
DHE, Retirement Board and Provider representatives will be available between presentations to answer individual questions.

April 25, 2014

Roxbury Community College
Location: Student Center; 2nd Floor; Room 200 (Cafeteria)
1234 Columbus Avenue Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
No Registration Required
Presentation: 10:00 to 11:00
Presentation: 12:30 to 1:30
DHE, Retirement Board and Provider representatives will be available between presentations to answer individual questions.

May 6, 2014

UMass Amherst
Location: Student Union Ballroom
Presentation: 10:00 to 11:00
Presentation: 2:00 to 3:00
Validated Parking: Campus Center Garage
DHE, Retirement Board and Provider representatives will be available between presentations to answer individual questions.
Advance on-line registration required:

Campus maps are available at each institution’s web site

HCC April 23, 2014 Orp Workshop

April 18th, 2014 Comments off
ORP Members , Important notice of ORP Section 60 Implementation Workshop at HCC on 4/23/14 at 4:00 pm
 Due to the interest of ORP participants in the midwestern part of the state an  ORP “Section” 60 workshop is scheduled at Holyoke Community College on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the Kittredge Center in Rooms 301 and 303.  ORP Administrator, Richard Nunes will present a powerpoint workshop and focus on the implementation of the ORP Section 60 status  of the Pension Reform Act of 2011.

Please contact me to confirm attendance

Albano, Roberta

DCE Contract Action Alert

April 8th, 2014 Comments off

On Jan. 13, 2014, after months of negotiations, the MCCC DCE Bargaining Team shook hands with management on a new DCE Tentative Agreement covering all faculty who teach courses on semester by semester assignments. Members ratified the contract by 95%. One issue is holding up salary increases for all members.

The union had long been trying to increase the amount paid for the laboratory component of science courses, which had been calculated at 66% of the lecture time. It was agreed to increase the ratio to 74%.

Both sides had reviewed the tentative agreement for accuracy, and management had no corrections. As the MCCC Board was scheduling the ratification vote of the TA to our members, management claimed that a mistake was made and that they only intended to increase the ratio to 71%. Members ratified the contract 2001 to 92.

Members should speak with their individual college presidents and trustees.

And tell them that:

  • The MCCC has indisputable evidence that a clear and explicit agreement was reached over the calculation of lab component salary.
  • The union has filed a bad-­‐faith bargaining charge and will participate in an investigation at the Division of Labor Relations on April 15.
  • The lab ratio affects faculty in many of those STEM subjects that the state is most concerned about advancing.
  • Reneging on a settled Agreement erodes the members’ trust in, and the integrity of, the collective bargaining process.

Our community college presidents have the power to resolve the situation. Urge them to settle the issue NOW!

DCE Contract Action Alert What is the cost difference to the colleges?

  • $3.86 per week for Step 1 faculty
  • $4.40 per week for Step 2 faculty
  • $4.53 per week for Step 3 faculty
  • $4.60 per week for Step 4 faculty

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Sign up for MCCC delegate assembly

April 2nd, 2014 Comments off


Saturday April 26, 2014
75 Felton Street · Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752 

8:30 – 9:30 am
Delegate Registration &Continental Breakfast

Call to Order 9:30 am
Adopt the Order of Business
Approval of Minutes
Adopt the Standing Rules
Appoint Minutes Review Committee

President Joe LeBlanc
Vice President / S.A.C. Donnie McGee
Greetings from the MTA


Review of the FY 15 Budget – Phil Mahler

Adoption of the FY 15 Budget

Bylaws and Rules Proposals – Claudine Barnes

New Business*

Advocacy Dad March 5, 2014

February 27th, 2014 Comments off

Come to the State House to advocate for revenues for community colleges, state universities and UMass on
Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

Meet at MTA Headquarters, 20 Ashburton Place,
between 8-10 a.m., then join with fellow advocates for public education at the State House.

WHAT: Massachusetts Public Higher Education Advocacy Day

WHEN: March 5, 2014, 10 a.m.
(Kickoff rally at 10 a.m., lunch provided)

WHERE: Massachusetts State House