Present – R. AUGUSTINE, J. CHISHOLM, D. CICARELLA, T. CRISCUOLO, A. DUSA, I. FESTA, J. GONZALEZ, O. HERNANDEZ, J. LEACH, M. MALONEY, F. ORTIZ, T. HARRIS, M. SOARES, J. STEELE, K. STEELE-DISTANTE, V. SULLO, R. THOMAS, K. WETMORE, P. WILSON
- Call to order
- David Cicarella called to order the regular meeting of the Executive Board at 4:01 pm
- Motion to accept minutes from September 10th, 2019
- Meeting minutes accepted
111. Committee Reports
- Finance: Not present, nothing to report at this time
- Treasurer: Not present, nothing to report at this time
- PreK-12: There is a vacancy in this position currently
- Chief Steward: There are many workshops being offered, check your emails for updates and any questions or interest contact Marianne Maloney (Maloney_marianne@yahoo.com). “Labor to Labor” is looking for individuals who are interested in going door to door, ie: door knocking. Fund Our Future is a nationally coordinated campaign to restore public school funding. Lobbying on this will be needed, this is an important campaign to be following, and more information will be given as it is received. Work place violence is a concern for teachers and legislation is being explored as to what protections are out there for teachers. Statistics are being gathered on the violent acts that are taking place in our schools and will be forthcoming.
- Security: Star tech training
- Grievance: The one case has been resolved. The teacher suspended without pay will have all of his pay returned and the disciplinary letter in his file was changed to a letter of advisement.
- School Reform: Nothing to report at this time
V. New Business
- LGBTQ: Culture Trainings will be offered in the near future to all schools and staff.
- The Department of Labor’s letter denying the election protest of Tom Burns has been received by the NHFT and AFT-National. Copies are available to members upon request. The letter states that they did not find any wrongful acts in the NHFT election. The election will still be re-run for all exec board positions based on the AFT’s findings. AFT also did not find any wrongful acts committed on any points in question, but in broadening their scope of investigation it was determined that the election should be re-run based on 3 small sub-chapters of the NHFT (2 nurses units and one unit of private school teachers totaling just 27 members among the 3 sub-chapters) not having the opportunity to vote. The re-running of the election discussion was tabled until next meeting where further discussion regarding the Executive Boards stance on the matter can be addressed.
- There is a request to investigate the finances of the union. The treasurer made copies of one year’s worth of “proprietary documents” and gave them to a member which is not permitted Any member has the right to view financial records, but not make copies. It was decided that this discussion was best tabled until next meeting since the treasurer was not present.
- It was suggested that an open architect plan be explored through Fidelity. This option allows the individual to be involved in their own portfolio vs. paying someone a percentage to manage it. This option will be explored further.
- Class size issues: There are three schools left at this time with class size overages and each of these teachers will be getting compensation for their overages at this point.
- New Teacher orientation is looking to be held at Goodfellas or Amarantes on either October 10th or 17th. Dave is looking to get representatives from Century Preferred, HSA and Blue Cross to help the new teachers make an informed decision regarding their health care.
- Pat looked into the results of the surveys and Carrolyn Ross Lee informed him that the surveys will be posted next week.
- A new attendance policy was created by a sub-committee of the Executive Board. The attendance policy was reviewed and discussed by the Board and a unanimous vote was received to adopt this attendance policy.
- David Cicarella adjourned the meeting at 5:23pm
Meeting minutes submitted by: Jennifer Chisholm