The Glen Cove Teachers' Association is coming to the end of a full year working under an expired contract. Our last few settlements over the years have been harsh,half steps and menial increases of 1% for a year, or .5%. It hasn't even countered the rise in health insurance. See below for details. We are now in mediation and the District has only insulted us, offering menial % only if we take a step freeze, but demands we given extra help after school and wants changes to other items in our CBA. Their offer does not equate to their demands and is an outright slap to all our hard working teachers.
We just had our second mediation meeting. The Association has taken just about all proposals off the table, except for a % increase and the District still isn't coming back with a fair offer, demanding way too much for any % increase.
Our next mediation session is scheduled for June 18th.
The next and only BOE meeting is this Wednesday, June 6th, at the High School! We are planning an all out rally starting at 7PM at the entrance and into the lobby. Our teachers will be wearing our "contract now" t-shirts and holding signs. It would be great if Glen Cove community people came and spoke on our behalf. Just asking for our teaching staff to be treated professionally and fairly. Sorry for the last minute ask, but had trouble getting this message out due to computer issues.
It is sad that every time we negotiate the BOE and super drag us 2 years on an expired contract just to deny us retro.
If you are a local president, please pass this on to your members.
If you are a NYSUT member who lives in Glen Cove, please call our superintendent and BOE Trustees or email them NOW, before our June 18thmediation.
The superintendent's name is Dr. Rianna and her phone number is 516-801-7012.
The email for the trustees and the superintendent are GCBOE@glencove.k12.ny.us.
Thanks in advance for any help you may offer!
Karen Ferguson, President
Glen Cove Teachers' Assoc.
HISTORY of Past Negotiations
APPR done first – signed June 2012. Two years later MOA for 2011-2016 contract signed April 2014.
2013-2014 Effective May 1, 2014 - all unit members had to give up the increment increase on their step, having 2/10 of their increment deducted from their summer pay, but the cells on the pay scale all went up 1.5%. It averaged a .3% increase for that year. Some lost money and made a crumb. We had settled the APPR in June of 2012 for nothing in exchange and got screwed. Negotiations started in spring of 2012 and we didn't sign a monetary package of half step moves and crumbs until May of 2014. The 2 years before we got nothing. Very bad times.
2014-2015 1% + 1/2 step increment
2015-2016 1% + 1/2 step increment
2016-2017 .5% (in exchange for APPR) signed September 2016 (we learned from last time to not do this for free)
Started Negotiating in Spring of 2017 and here we are again being insulted and not appreciated.
Please see the letter NYSUT sent to SED highlighting our concerns with the draft ESSA regulations which can be very harmful to districts with high opt-out rates like Bellmore-Merrick. Our ED 17 representative Tomia Smith from Massapequa sent out a sample letter we can send to SED expressing our shared concerns about the potential harm these ESSA regulations could have to our district. Please consider using it as a template or emailing your own letter to SED.
I strongly disagree with the June 2018 ESSA draft regulations and ask that they be modified to address the following concerns:
I strongly encourage you to address these concerns.
TO: NYSUT Board of Directors
FROM: Jolene DiBrango
DATE: June 5, 2018
RE: ESSA Letter
We sent the attached letter to SED on last Tuesday highlighting our strong concerns with the ESSA regulations. The concerns we raise about the treatment of opt outs could have a significant impact on any locals in your area with high opt outs. Please share our letter with any of your locals with high opt out rates and urge them to send a comment letter to SED at ESSAREGCOMMENT@nysed.gov
Thank you for your help on this important issue. The Commissioner and the Board of Regents must hear from teachers in the field about the impact SED’s choices will have on their students and schools.
Attached please find the application for the Long Island Coalition of Black Trade Unionist 2018 scholarship. This scholarship is open to high school Seniors who have at least one parent that is a member of an AFL-CIO organization, regardless of race or ethnicity. Please share this with ALL your members.
Please note the application requirements and deadlines. Any questions don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com.
NYSUT Director At-Large 17/20
Trustee- Long Island Coalition of Black Trade Unionist
It is important to keep the pressure up. We have to get the APPR bill to the floor. This Friday June 1, we will be gathering outside Senator Marcellino's office 250 Townsend Square, Oyster Bay at 4 PM.......
either to thank him or to persuade him with signs and chants and bad publicity to push the bill on the floor.
The flyer is attached.
Our pressure is working, please try to attend.
This afternoon the high schools will receive the BMUST t-shirt and the middle schools will receive them tomorrow at their faculty meeting. These shirts were ordered for you by your union. We ask that you wear the t-shirt to work on Friday, May 4th. Although that day bears no specific importance, we’ve selected it as OUR day to demonstrate our unity and pride in unionism.
As we await the pending decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Janus case and witness the thousands of teachers demonstrating in different parts of the nation for fair pay for teachers and professional rights for us all, let's wear the t-shirts to recognize the importance of our union rights and as a promise to each other to keep our local, state, and federal unions strong in the face of attacks from political institutions and outsiders.
If you did not order a t-shirt and would still like to order one, please contact Kim in the BMUST office or see your head building representative.
he Kiwanis Club of the Bellmores is raising money for the community with an Annual Pancake Breakfast to be held at Applebee's. All are welcome. Please see the attachment for further details.
Eileen Davidson (formerly Flood) was a member of our BMCHSD family from 2008-2010. During her short time here, she positively impacted students, athletes, and faculty alike. She was an asset to our community and was loved and respected by all. Sadly, Eileen’s husband, FDNY Lieutenant Michael R. Davidson, made the ultimate sacrifice on March 22, 2018 when he battled a fifth alarm blaze in Harlem, NY. This devastating, unimaginable loss has left Eileen without her husband and her 4 young children ages 1 to 7 without their father. Please consider donating any monetary contribution so that we, Eileen’s BMCHSD family, can assist the Davidsons during this incredibly difficult time.
Cash may be given to your Head Building Representative this week.
Three regional offices (including both Nassau and Suffolk) and one local union office were the subjects of attempted stings on Tuesday sponsored by Project Veritas. As you may recall, Project Veritas produces secretly recorded undercover audio and video encounters with leaders and workers in public sector unions and various academic, governmental and social service organizations, purporting to expose allegedly abusive or illegal behavior by employees and/or representatives of those organizations. In an effort to make unions look bad, they selectively edit videos to take comments out of context and create the false impression that people said or did things they did not actually say or do.
In order to protect yourself and your members against these dishonest sting operations, please regularly practice the following safety procedures at all union meetings and events, both formal and informal:
● Be alert to suspicious behavior or encounters in private and public settings.
● Report any suspicious behavior or encounters to your LRS.
● When solicited for advice or counsel, always make sure you know the identity of the person you are talking to. Verify membership if the person soliciting your help or advice is not known to you
● If you have your own union office, be sure any staff person working there is aware of these procedures.
● Always assume that someone may be recording a conversation with you and remain professional in all of your responses.
● End conversations that make you uncomfortable or suspicious.
● Post signs at all union events stating: Members Only. Making recordings without the authorization of the union is not permitted. Make everyone show a badge or ID to enter.
● Remind members to be cautious when having conversations people they do not know in public settings like coffees shops or bars.
Regional Staff Director, Nassau
Office Tel: (516) 496-2035
Mobile: (516) 319-7065
Fax: (516) 921-2964
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