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To date, I have received many emails from you regarding your interest in SB1173.

October 29th, 2009 Comments off

ORP Members,
To date, I have received many emails from you regarding your interest in SB1173.  The ORP Committee members and the MCCC Vice President have asked for feedback from your legislators if they do or do not support the bill by November 8,2009.
The Committee urges ORP faculty to ask their State representative and Senator to contact the Co-Chairs of the Public Service Committee and move the bill forward with a favorable recommendation.  Your Representative should contact House Chair Robert Spellane and Senator should contact Senate Chair Thomas McGee to let them know they support the bill.

To send an email to a representative,go to: http://www.mass.gov/legis/memmenuh.htm
To send an email to a senator, go to: http://www.mass.gov/legis/memmenus.htm

The State House number is (617-722-2000) and ask to be connected to your legislator.

Please email me when you receive a response from your legislator.

The bill would provide a one-time opportunity

October 20th, 2009 Comments off

ORP Members, MCCC Vice President Donnie McGee and members of the ORP AD Hoc Task Force Committee are meeting on Wednesday October 21 at the MCCC Office in Worcester to determine which legislators have been contacted and support SB 1173. The bill would provide a one-time opportunity for faculty and admnistrators enrolled in the Optional Retirement Plan the chance to make an informed decision about their retirement security and provide an opportunity to buy into the State Employees Retirement System. Would you please email me if you are interested in having the opportunity to buy into the State Employees Retirement System and/or if you have contacted your State Representative and Senator (via email) asking their support of SB1173.

State budget news continues to be bleak. September’s state revenues failed to meet benchmarks by more than $200 million

October 13th, 2009 Comments off
State budget: State budget news continues to be bleak. September’s state revenues failed to meet benchmarks by more than $200 million, and 9C budget cuts will likely be enacted later this month. House Speaker Robert Deleo says the budget shortfall may hit $500 million to $1 billion for FY ’10. In a meeting with the Joint Labor Relations Committee last week, college presidents said they have prepared for 9C cuts in this year’s budget. One troubling rumor indicates that 9C cuts may be enacted all at once in this fiscal year. Instead of implementing the 9C cuts on an as-needed basis in several installments, the state may slash up to $1 billion all at once. This action will significantly increase the threat of layoffs.

The FY 11 budget is even more troubling. Sources report that state budgets for our colleges may be cut by 7.2 percent plus another 1.5 percent for costs associated with collective bargaining agreements. To better plan for the challenges ahead, we have invited MTA Executive Director David Borer, President Anne Wass, Vice President Paul Toner and Arthur Pippo, Director of the MTA’s Higher Education Division, to our next board of directors meeting. Watch for details in my next update.

Licenses and Certifications: The third installment of payments for licenses and certifications will be paid in November. These points/salary increases will be funded by the colleges. In addition, the Joint Licenses and Certifications Committee will meet on Oct. 27 to review member requests to add licenses and certifications to the approved list.

An L and C application is attached. To be considered for credit by the committee at its next meeting, send the completed application form, a copy of your license and/or certification and supporting materials to the Department of Higher Education by Oct. 20.
To review the list of licenses and certifications list along with points assigned to each license and certification, follow this link:

Full-time Faculty Classroom Observation Evaluation

October 8th, 2009 Comments off
Classroom observation evaluations take place in the fall semester of an evaluation year.  The evaluator selects the time frame and class with specific notice requirements.  A one time postponement is allowed.  Usually, the evaluator and the faculty member mutually agree to the class to be observed, but contract language gives the employer the authority to select the class consistent with the timetable below.
Who Is Evaluated?
The immediate supervisor is required to complete at least one classroom observation per calendar year for faculty in pre-tenure years (1-6) and every third year for tenured faculty.  These evaluations have  been done traditionally in the Fall semester and become part of the February 1st Summary Evaluation.
Timetable and Observed Class
1) Faculty will be advised of a 2 week period during which the evaluator will conduct the classroom observation.
2) Then, the evaluator will give the faculty member at least 24 hours’ notice of the date of the specific classroom observation.
3) Faculty may request a one time postponement if the request is made 24 hours in advance of the postponement.
4) Faculty may submit supplemental materials regarding the planned classroom observation and may request  pre-observation and post-observation conferences. Your classroom presentation, pre-observation conference,  and post observation conference should focus on the 6 objectives on the evaluation form.   If  a post observation is requested, it shall occur within 2 weeks after the observation.
5) The evaluator shall forward the classroom observation using Form XIII-E3 to the faculty member within 14 days of the observation. (Form Attached)
6) Faculty have 7 working days to respond to the evaluation and the response  will be attached to the summary evaluation.
7) In accordance with Article 13.06, upon request, unit members shall be provided with written reasons for the evaluation.
8)Faculty may file a grievance within 30 calendar days from receipt of the classroom observation.
Dennis Fitzgerald
119 Rocky Pond Road
Plymouth, MA  02360
tel 508-746-2533
fax 508-714-5258

ORP Members

October 7th, 2009 Comments off

To ORP Members,
On September 21, 2009 testimony to support SB1173 was given before the Public Service Committee at the State House.  The bill would provide a one-time opportunity for faculty and administrators enrolled in the Optional Retirement Plan a chance to make an informed decision about their retirement security and buy into the State Employees Retirement System.
If you are affected, please contact your district representative and senator by email and ask  his or her support of the bill #1173.  If the bill is reported favorably out of the Public Service Committee, it will be forward to the Ways and Means.  The target date for a favorable report is mid November.  This would be the time to contact your legislators.

State House: go to this link: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/trs/trsdir/diridx.htm