December 11, 2017
NOTE: These minutes are also available online at www.lmeaonline.org.
President C. Santa Maria called the meeting to order at 4:03 pm.
E. Anderson made a motion to approve the minutes from November—sec by D. Mandarino -passed.
President’s Report: C. Santa Maria gave the following report:
Building reps are bringing some “swag bags” back to buildings for our new members. This is part of PSEA’s strategy to respond to the expected ruling in the Janus case, which the Supreme Court will rule on in the coming months. The case examines the question of whether public employee unions should be allowed to collect “fair share” fees from non-members in return for providing the resources it takes to bargain collectively. Sadly, we expect the Court to rule against us, which PSEA estimates could cost us as much as 38% of our membership. Obviously, without the dues collection of those defectors, we will not be able to function as effectively on your behalf, so the “swag bags” are part of our effort to retain as much of our membership as we can. Think of it this way: if you elect to forgo paying your dues, not only are you giving up the right to representation in the face of discipline AND the many financial benefits you can access via membership, but you’re also saying you’re willing to sacrifice effective bargaining for your salaries and benefits—by as much as 38%.
If you’re having a significant conflict with a colleague, please note that there is a path to mediation that does NOT involve administration as referee. This process is done through the Employee Assistance Program (formerly Beacon), but does not rely on LMEA to arbitrate disputes either. If you feel you are in need of this avenue, please contact your building rep or LMEA leadership for information on resources.
We are in the process of completing our annual audit of the district’s LTS employment, matching our existing staff with the members who are on leave. We expect to have a final report next month.
The monthly absence report is due to us in the next week or so, which means we will have that to share next month.
Please see the Apple Core (via LMEA blast) for information on PSEA/NEA member benefits and discounts (for example, 21% off your Verizon wireless bill!), the tax reform efforts in Congress, an upcoming retirement seminar at the LMEA office, and the potential for weather-related impact on our school calendar.
VP Support: V. Fedeli submitted a written report, and talked about the NEA/RA ballot and the ESP core school.
VP Professional: NR
1st Vice President: A. Avellino reported that some of our schools helped with Treats for Troops, and we shipped more than 200 boxes last week.
Secretary Support: NR
Secretary Professional: NR
Treasurer: D. Mandarino made a motion to accept the November Treasurer’s Reports—passed.Committee Reports:
Settlement Task Force: J. Mudd reported that we continue to prepare should a strike become necessary. Our subcommittees continue to work on community interactions and member education. We hope to have the STF action plan to present next month.
Elections: NRCIPD: NR
CNC: R. Loue reported on the status of negotiations. After seven meetings with the district, we find ourselves stuck. The district hasn’t engaged in meaningful salary discussions, and despite long hours and hard work we can only promise to continue that work until we reach a fair settlement. We remain committed to achieving our goals for bargaining.
Health & Safety: Reminder to contact A. Avellino or L. Giaquinto with any concerns.
Legislation: M. Stettner reported on a bill that was in the legislature last week, but which was not voted on yet. Please call your state representative to OPPOSE SB 166, which is designed to prevent payroll deductions.
Minority Affairs: NP
PACE: M. Stettner reported that the payroll deduction deadline for PACE has passed. You can still contribute by check. See your building rep for details.
PR&R: P. Dawson submitted a written report.
Special Services: There’s a whole list of great discounts in the Apple Core—check it out for savings!
Sunshine: Please contact Debbie Williams as the need arises at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership: D. Grumbine submitted a written report, which is accurate as of the most recent Board Report. Everyone who is not a member should have received applications for membership in inter-office mail.
Belmont Hills: NR
Cynwyd: Prof: NR
Gladwyne: Prof: NR
Merion: Prof: Is there a policy regarding Bring Your Child to Work Day? It’s a building-level thing, so see your principal if you have questions. Currently, Merion is the only school that does not allow visitation on this day.
Penn Valley: Prof: Questions about the form for outside tutoring—Board policy requires you to disclose which students you’re working with and where. This is an attempt to avoid conflict of interest and protect the district and employees from liability. The form is not optional.
Penn Wynne: Prof: NR
Bala Cynwyd: NR
Welsh Valley: Prof: Concerns about a professional on unpaid leave—this is a matter for PR & R, will be discussed at that meeting. Also, administrators are asking staff to chaperone a trip that goes beyond school hours—given the contract status, should staff decline to commit to this trip? The LMEA is weighing all its options on our thinking, but no decisions will be made before the end of the year. In the meantime, staff are NOT required to participate in this regardless of contract status. Also, concerns about whose role it is to verify teacher sign-in in the morning—this could be the building secretary if the principal designates. Also, questions about yet another management directive/paperwork deadline from Leslie Pratt—will be discussed.
Lower Merion: Question & discussion about prep time and teacher schedules—this may have been resolved in the building.
Harriton: Prof: NR
Minority At-Large Reps: NR
Building and Grounds: NR
New Business: NR
Meeting adjourned at 5:20pm
Andrew Thomas LMEA Secretary—Professional