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Update from State-wide APA President

Happy Spring Break!

This message brings just a quick update on some items of interest to APA members statewide.  First, kudos to our new APA Web Manager, Liz Novak, of the Maritime Academy for her redesign of the APA website.  Please check it out at http://maapa.org.  We welcome any suggestions for things you’d like to see on the site as it continues to be developed. 

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A quick reminder, the second bi-annual report of the new evaluation process (second employee narrative), per Article IV of the Agreement, will be due on or around April 15, 2019.  I’ve attached the digital draft copy of this narrative form as a reminder.  I’m sure many of the Universities and Colleges have provided an online form for members to complete. 

Please remember that the employee narrative piece of this new evaluation process sets the tone and the discussion of those details and items upon which APA employees will be evaluated by Supervisors.  It’s not easy to recall all the accomplishments and successes (or roadblocks) that have defined your performance over the course of 6 months (or a year).  Supervisors, particularly those who manage many employees, are even less likely to know the details of employee accomplishments and the pitfalls that may prevent successes.  It’s vital that we, as employees, provide the input that will speak to the successes and challenges we face in our day-to-day work.  These narratives provide the information that will remind supervisors of the challenges and ingenuity of employees, will help in the setting of reasonable goals for APA members and will serve to remind our managers of the effectiveness of the workforce.  Our participation in completing these narratives will promote an evaluation process that is more valuable to employee success.

Additionally, managers and supervisors are obligated to have discussion with employees about these documents.  It should NOT be the case that an employee is surprised with a manager’s response to the bi-annual narrative at the final performance review in June.  The dialogue piece of the evaluation procedure was emphasized by the management team during the bargaining of this contractual item…so please let your local chapter president know if process is not being mutually respected.  Unlike the old evaluation form, failure to follow the contractual process of this new evaluation is grievable.

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We are finally getting close to providing the completed 2017-2020 APA Agreement.  Last week, we received the edited copy from the BHE/CoP attorney and we are reviewing it to be sure everything we bargained is reflected in the new document.  As soon as both sides have signed off on the wording of the changes, a copy will be posted on the new website.  We will also be providing some printed copies to the local chapters.

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Finally, if any APA member is interested in stepping in as the interim Statewide Treasurer, please submit your letter of interest to Mike Storey, Local Chapter President at Bridgewater and chair of the Finance Subcommittee.  His email address is mstorey@bridgew.edu.  See the attached qualifications.

Looks like we might enjoy a little warming up this week.  Please enjoy Spring Break.

All the Best –

Sherry Horeanopoulos

President, Association of Professional Administrators

MTA Public Higher Education Advocacy Day March 21, 2019


Dear Colleague,
 
Funding for public higher education in Massachusetts has been cut by 31% since 2001, when inflation and student enrollment are taken into account. I am certain that you feel the effects of this  chronic underfunding every day, as you are constantly asked to provide students with high quality education using fewer resources. This year, we have a once-in-a-generation chance to fix how public colleges and universities are funded in Massachusetts by lobbying the Legislature to pass the Cherish Act. The Cherish Act (Senate Bill 741 and House Bill 1214) would implement the core finding of the 2014 Higher Education Finance Commission, resulting in an additional $500 million in funding for public higher education.
 
To help make this possible, please attend Public Higher Education Advocacy Day at the State House on March 21. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students will be joining together to ask legislators to pass the Cherish Act. To attend, take a day off or see if your college or university president has approved, or will approve, release time for faculty and staff to come to the state house to lobby for more funding for public higher education. The MTA is also organizing an abbreviated lobby day, allowing you to participate over the course of a long lunch-time  break. 
 
Here are the two different tracks you can attend:
 
The MTA  Lobby and Lunch track from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up here:  https://actionnetwork.org/events/faculty-staff-lunch-and-lobby-higher-ed-advocacy-day?clear_id=true

 
The Phenom all day track from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign up here:  https://actionnetwork.org/events/public-higher-ed-advocacy-day-2019
 
Lunch will be provided for both tracks.
 
Bus transportation will be provided from UMass Boston to the State House and may also be provided from other colleges/universities.
 
I hope you can join us at the State House on March 21st. Together we can win the funding we need for public higher education.
 
Signed,
 
 
 
Katie Durso
Field Representative – Higher Education Division
Massachusetts Teachers Association

APA Seeks Applicants for State-Wide Treasurer


The APA is looking for a candidate for Statewide Treasurer to complete the term of the incumbent, who is retiring.  Please review the attached job description and send a letter of interest and resume to the chairperson of the APA Budget and Finance subcommittee by March 13, 2019:
Michael Storey
Chairman, Budget and Finance Subcommittee
Bridgewater State University
131 Summer Street
Bridgewater, MA 02325
508-531-1352
508-531-1356 (fax)
Email:  mstorey@bridgew.edu
 
Candidates meeting the requirements set forth in the APA Bylaws will be contacted for interviews.  Thanks for your interest in serving the APA!
 
Best regards,
 
Sherry Horeanopoulos
President, Statewide Association on Professional Administrators