In July 2020, Governor Baker signed into law a bill that recognizes Juneteenth (June 19th) as an official state holiday. The annual commemoration marks the day when Union Gen. Gordon Granger reached Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and enslaved people were free. That day – June 19, 1865 – was more than two years after Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln. We have signed a Memoradum of Agreement with the Board of Higher Education to recognize this state holiday in our collective bargaining agreement. Per our agreement, Saturday holidays will be observed on the Friday preceding the holiday, and Sunday holidays will be observed on the following Monday.
The APA and the BHE have reached a Memorandum of Agreement regarding an Early Retirement Incentive Program. The 9 state university presidents will be reaching out to each local chapter regarding their institutions participation. A meeting to discuss MCLA’s participation is pending; any news will be shared as it is available. Any questions, please contact Seth Bean, APA MCLA Chapter President.
A post from the State-wide APA President, Sherry Horeanopoulos, is available at https://www.maapa.org/board
APA Members may be interested in attending the 2021 NEA Virtual Pre-Summit Higher Education Conference, Wednesday, March 10th – Friday, March 12th. In addition, higher education members are encouraged to participate in the NEA Leadership Summit being held Friday evening to Sunday, March 12-14.
This year’s conference theme is Our Democracy. Our Responsibility. Our Time!: Higher Ed Building the Foundation for Collective Action. During this unprecedented time of COVID, the conference will provide a virtual venue for NEA Higher Ed members and state affiliate staff who share the common interest of advancing the educational issues and job concerns of Higher Education employees in public and private universities, and community, technical, and state colleges; and of organizing and building strong locals through the framework of the NEA Leadership Competencies.
To register, CLICK HERE.Registration fee is $30 for the 2021 NEA Virtual Higher Education Conference only and $50 for the 2021 NEA Virtual Higher Education Conference AND Leadership Summit. Please register for the conference as soon as possible. Registration closes Friday, February 19th.
For questions, please contact Karla Medina at HigherEdConference@nea.org.
Refer to the NEA Higher Education website for registration update.
The APA will reimburse up to 3 local chapter members for their NEA Conference registration. The Local may select up to 2 additional members who would like to attend. Please let your local chapter know if you would like to participate.
MTA Higher Ed Division is offering a Winter Skills Conference closer to home this year. Any one interested in learning more about union skills is encouraged to attend. We can help with accommodations if interested. Space is limited, so please contact Seth as soon as you can to reserve your spot!
The MTA has some great opportunities this month – Check them out!
|DATES||YOU COULD WIN A…||NUMBER OF WINNERS|
|August 19 – September 16||$500 Visa gift card||2 winners|
|November 11 – 19||$150 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card||2 winners|
|January 20 – 27||$100 99 Restaurant gift card||3 winners|
|March 16 – 23||$100 Gap Options gift card||3 winners|
|May 11 – 18||$150 Lowe’s gift card||2 winners|
|July 13 – 20||$50 Fandango gift card||5 winners|
Our MTA Retirement consultant has some more time slots available for phone consultations on the wide variety of topics associated with retirement. He has released some new 40 minute phone consultation appointments for those interested.
Here are the time slots available:
Interested members should email Ed McCourt (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the day(s) that would be possible for you and the time(s) at which you can accept Ed’s call. In your reply,please include your best phone contact and your MTA membership card number. Anyone without card may secure your membership number by calling MTA’s Division of Affiliate Services at 1-800-392-6175 ext. 8208, or contact Seth or Charlie directly.
I know Ed has helped a couple members here at MCLA recently, and I’m glad to provide this information should anyone else need to ask any questions.
Since July 1, 2019 fell in the middle of a pay period, the Commonwealth is processing our contractual increase in the next pay period, July 7-July 20, and will include the small amount of retro pay for July 1-6 in the pay advise that is available for that pay period on July 26. You will see your new rate in the July 26 pay advise; your pay advise this Friday, July 12 will not show any changes in your rate.
If you do not see your changed rate in the July 26 pay advise and were expecting one, please contact me. For those of you who are receiving additional rate changes as a result of the salary adjustment process, you should be getting a letter from HR directly regarding the timing of that.
The MTA has a consultant that assists with retirement planning and navigating the process for preparing for retirement. Often the sessions available for this consultant are in the easter part of the state as a result of the population concentration. The consultant has emailed me and would like to offer his services via phone for individual members that wish to speak to him about the wide range of topics surrounding retirement.
He will be available to speak with individual members for up to 40-minutes on Tuesday (7/9) and Wednesday (7/10) at the times listed below. Interested parties should email him with the day(s) that would be possible for you and the time(s) at which you could accept his call. In your replies members should include your best phone contact and your MTA membership card number. Anyone without card may secure your membership number by calling MTA’s Division of Affiliate Services at 1-800-392-6175 ext. 8208 or by contacting me.
He will respond to members with a confirmation as soon as possible.
Edward G McCourt
MTA Retirement Consultant – Higher Ed
APA Annual Evaluation Timeline has been agreed upon and posted. For your recollection, the memo is repeated here.
Annual Evaluation Schedule
- The evaluation period this year is July 1, 2018 -March 31, 2019.
- First Bi-Annual Report by Administrator to the Administrative Area Supervisor was due on November 16, 2018.
- Second Bi-Annual Report by Administrator to the Administrative Area Supervisor is due on April 16, 2019.
- Annual Performance Narrative Form to be completed by Administrative Area Supervisor and sent to Administrator approximately one week in advance of the in- person meeting – May 17, 2019.
- Administrator meets with Administrative Area Supervisor by May 24, 2019.
- All forms/materials sent by Administrative Area Supervisor to Chief Administrative Officer by May 31, 2019.
- Chief Administrative Officer reviews materials/signs Annual Performance Narrative Form, provides copy to Administrative Area Supervisor who provides copy to Administrator, and sends originals to HR for inclusion in the administrator’s Official Personnel File by June 15, 2019.
For those that may not have received this email, GIC has announced their open enrollment period. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources.
Get ready for GIC Annual Enrollment April 3 – May 1, 2019
|March 28, 2019|
The Group Insurance Commission Annual Enrollment kicks off on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 and continues through Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
Annual Enrollment offers Commonwealth of Massachusetts employees the opportunity to review their benefit options, enroll in or change their coverage, effective July 1, 2019. All members will be able to change plans, and the GIC encourages enrollees to compare health insurance products to identify the right match for their needs.
New this year:
All carriers, products, and yearly deductibles will remain the same.A lower co-pay of $150 for members who utilize freestanding facilities for eye procedures and GI endoscopies. Co-pays for procedures at hospital outpatient facilities would remain the same at $250 this fiscal year.
Benefit Strategies will be administering the Commonwealth’s Flexible Spending Account pre-tax program starting July 1, 2019.GIC is having a Special Open Enrollment for its Long Term Disability benefit program from April 3 – June 14.
If you wish to make a benefit change for the 2019-2020 benefit year:
You must submit your benefit change request(s) to your GIC coordinator (active employees) or directly to the GIC (retirees) by Wednesday, May 1, 2019.If you choose not to make any changes, your coverage will continue automatically.
Attend a GIC benefit fair event in April to meet with GIC staff and carrier representatives about the products and benefits available to you. This year’s benefit fair schedule is below. You can find also find a benefit fair near you and other Annual Enrollment information at mass.gov/orgs/group-insurance-commission.Benefit Fair Poster DownloadGroup Insurance Commission