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AEA New Members Luncheon. 2012-2013. Welcome!. Show of hands: First time teachers? 1 - 3 years? 4 -10 years? 11 - 20 years? Member of a union ? Grow Up in a union household?. AEA. Representing Arlington teachers continuously since 1927

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Show of hands:

First time teachers?

1 - 3 years?

4 -10 years?

11 - 20 years?

Member of a union?

Grow Up in a union household?

  • Representing Arlington teachers continuously since 1927
  • Arlington Education Association is proud to be the voice for teachers on issues like:
    • New Educator Evaluation System
    • High Expectations for Students
    • Professional Standards for Teachers
    • New Common Core Standards
aea at work
AEA at Work

There are thousands of organizations in the fields of education and labor, but only ONE has the primary purpose of:

  • Improving your working conditions, benefits, and salary
  • Representing you and your interests in the workplace
executive officers 2012 2013
Executive Officers 2012-2013
  • President: Linda Hanson (K-8 Reading)
  • 1st Vice President: Siobhan Foley (Elementary)
  • Treasurer: Amy Duke (Ottoson Middle School)
  • Secretary: Valerie Sarazen(Arlington High School)
  • Immediate Past President: Ron Colosi

(Ottoson Middle School)

I always wanted to be an executive!

building representatives
Building Representatives

Arlington High School: David Moore, John Bookston, Moira Byer

Ottoson Middle School: Judy Packer, Linda Tomilson

Bishop: Annette Brubaker, Liz Higgins

Brackett: Diane Vergnani

Dallin: Open

Hardy: Marsha Mann

Peirce: Evelyn DeRosa

Stratton: Ellen Mendes

Thompson: Lynne Dichter, Nicole Melnick

take your turn
Take Your Turn!
  • Just like with PTO and School Council, ALL teachers should plan to do a 2 year rotation as a building representative once you have achieved PTS – Professional Teacher Status
  • Weekly AEA Updates
  • Only one e-mail a week!
  • “Important Contract Dates” handout
aea website
AEA Website

Webmaster: Rebecca Bell

Loaded with Information:

New Teacher Handbook



AEF Grant Information

Useful Forms


#1 Union!!!

active membership
Active Membership!

12% of members involved in committee work

aea committees
AEA Committees
  • Sick Leave Bank
  • Grievance Committee
  • Special Education Committee
  • Educator Evaluator Committee
  • Superintendent’s Advisory


  • Committee to Research Feasibility of Allowing Children of APS TeacherstoAttend APS Schools
new contract
New Contract
  • Ratified 3 Year Contract: 2012-2015
  • Pay Scale COLA increases

2.5%, 2%, 2% (+steps)

  • 2012-2015 Integrated Contract Document in process….
benefits at a glance
Benefits at a Glance
  • 15 Sick Days
  • 2 Personal Days – use or lose!
  • 2+ Professional Days
  • Special Education Liaisons and Therapists:

2 Days during school year for report writing etc…

religious observation
Religious Observation

Absences are allowed for religious holy days when your religious beliefs require an absence from school.

  • Not deducted from personal/sick days
  • Advance notice required (48 hours)
sick bank
Sick Bank
  • For members who have exhausted their own sick leave and who have a serious illness
  • Every member deposits one day in the sick bank as of first day of employment in APS
  • Grant from sick bank of up to 30 days
  • Sick Bank Committee in charge of processing requests according to criteria in the contract
other types of leave
Other Types of Leave
  • Bereavement
  • Maternity
  • Sabbatical
  • Military
  • Parenting/Adoption

Details are in the contract….

temporary absence form
Temporary Absence Form
  • Ask your building secretary for a “Temporary Absence Form”
  • Fill out and submit to principal
  • 48 hour advance notice except in emergency
  • Approval received via interoffice mail
  • AESOP System for reporting all absences
these are sensitive times
These Are Sensitive Times
  • Maintain professional boundaries at all times
  • No rides
  • Avoid touching
  • No closed door, one-on-one help sessions
  • Use school e-mail for professional purposes only, use home e-mail for everything else, including communicating potentially sensitive matters about any work related situations
thoughts on
Thoughts on
  • You are now a public figure!
  • Only post what you would want your grandmother orsuperintendent to read/see
  • If you plan to set up a student group, create a new profile and keep it very businesslike (athletic teams and school clubs)
at the first sign of a problem
At the first sign of a problem…
  • No “dumb” questions
  • Come to the AEA
  • Get in touch with your Building Representative
  • The sooner the better
  • Weingarten Rights: an employee’s right to union representation at any meeting with the employer in which misconduct is being discussed or investigated. Weingarten was the name of the company in the US Supreme Court decision that defined these rights. But really, invite a Building Rep. “buddy” to any meeting for moral support.
taking charge of issues or making the best of tough times
Taking Charge of Issues(or making the best of tough times)
  • Health Insurance Reform – GIC + HRA
  • Pension Reform
  • New Mass. Educator Evaluator System
    • Fought back on the STAND ballot initiative that would have eliminated Professional Teacher Status for part time teachers
    • Fought to retain the right to collectively bargain parts of the new Educator Evaluator system
what s an hra
What’s an HRA?

Health Reimbursement Account

  • All co-pays of $100 or more reimbursed: Emergency Room, High Tech Imaging, Inpatient/Outpatient Surgery
  • Out of Pocket Cap: $1,250/$2,500
  • Forms on APS Website: Health/Dental Benefits – Health Reimbursement Form
political action
Political Action!

Mary Cummings – LPAT Chair

Legislative and Political Action Committee – Senate District

Val Sarazen – “PAL” Political Action Leader

  • Activate MTA members to help elect pro-education, pro labor, MTA endorsed candidates in local races, at the state level (Warren) and at the national level (Obama)
  • Power in Numbers- 140,000 active and retired MTA members!
  • Become an LPAT Member
  • [email protected]
anti union sentiment
Anti-Union Sentiment
  • Wisconsin
  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Maine
  • Florida

We need all the help we can get to retain our collective voice in Massachusetts!

campaign for our communities
Campaign for Our Communities
  • Push for Mass. Legislation to restore revenue to support education and other vital community services
  • Long term lack of sufficient revenues at state level hurting teacher salaries and working conditions (past 30 years cut $2.5 billion annually)
  • Threatening to have a long-term negative impact on the quality of education we can provide
  • Target – Fall 2013 to pass legislation

new educator evaluator system
New Educator Evaluator System
  • Arlington will implement in 2013-2014
  • MTA helped develop the new state framework
  • MTA providing extensive guidance to help implement the system
  • Using MTA Model Contract Language for negotiations
key features
Key Features
  • All teachers will participate in establishing their own goals
  • All teachers will participate in collecting evidence to support the successful completion of their goals
  • More frequent observations with feedback
  • Teachers are more actively involved than in the past
  • Overall goal = increase capacity to meet student needs within a continuous improvement system
new ell regulations
New ELL Regulations
  • Adopted in June 2012 as a result of US Dept. of Justice finding of civil rights violations
  • Too many ELL students placed with teachers not trained to best meet student needs
  • New training requirements – stay tuned!
mta resources
MTA Resources

MTA – Advocating Toolkits

  • Educator Evaluator
  • ELL Regulations
  • Revenue Toolkit
  • Track Mass. Legislation
  • Invest in Our Communities
  • Legislative Scorecard
  • Budget Spreadsheets
licensure questions
Licensure Questions
  • AEA plans to host a Teacher Licensure workshop in 2012-2013 to go over licensure issues and requirements
  • Show of hands

I want to teach!

don t be a stranger
Don’t Be a Stranger!
  • Arlington Public Schools has a very collegial working environment
  • Talk to your Building Representative
  • Our goal is to help you do your best
  • If we all work together, we can do great things!
  • Please participate and let us know what you think and how we can help

AEA is here to help!

e mail policy
E-Mail Policy
  • We will sign you up for our weekly AEA updates unless you direct us not to
  • Blind Copy
  • Effective, efficient way to communicate
why join the mta
Why Join the MTA?
  • Seat at the Table
      • Locally – Contract, Health Insurance Bargaining
      • Statewide – Educator Evaluator System, Pension Reform
      • Nationally – ARRA Funding, National Education Policies
  • We Have Your Back!
      • Due Process in Disciplinary or Termination Hearings
      • Legal Representation and Liability Protection
  • We Save You $$
      • MTA Discount Group Life, Home, Auto Insurance and Mortgage Refinancing and Financial Services
teacher voice in education policy
Teacher Voice in Education Policy

Recent MTA Poll: “When it comes to improving public schools, whose opinion do you trust and value most?”

  • Teachers: 54%
  • Parents of School Age Children: 44%
  • Principals and Administrators: 31%
  • Business Leaders, such as Bill Gates: 9%
aea mta nea

The local, state and national teachers’ organizations

are your opportunity to influence policies and practices

that shape your daily work life and the education field.

We hope you will join us in using that voice!

agency fee
Agency Fee

Union membership is a condition of employment in the Arlington Public Schools:

AEA/School Committee Contract Article XXII, Section A

Employees have the right to choose to pay an “agency fee” instead of full union dues. The agency fee for a full time Unit A member is $379.

agency fee payer
Agency Fee Payer

Not entitled to

  • Representation in dismissal/suspension case
  • Representation against child abuse case
  • Assistance with criminal charges if assaulted at work
  • Representation against employment discrimination
  • Liability coverage for workplace related lawsuits
  • Ineligible for MTA discount life, auto, travel insurance, mortgage refinancing, and financial services
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  • Arlington Education Association – Local Level
  • Mass. Teachers Association – State Level
  • National Teachers Association – National Level

Full TimePart Time (50% or Less)

AEA $128 $64

MTA $480 $240

NEA $180 $100

TOTAL $788 $404