Share This

Stewards Meeting September 24, 2019

Stewards Meeting

 Meeting Minutes

9/24/19

 

Present- S. BOUTIN, C. BRENNAN, M. BREULER, D. CANZANELLA, J. CHISHOLM, D. CICARELLA, Z. COLLIER, M. COMANDO, S. DAVIS, L. DELLAPIETRA, D. DENUZZO, J. DRYMILLER, S. FLYNN, M. GALANTE, M. GALLGHER, J. GONZELEZ, J. GRAVES, K. HOPES-MCFADDEN, J. LEACH, D. LOW, M. MALONEY, J. MASELLI, A. MEADOWS, T. MERRITT, K. MORRISON, L. NUSDEAU, K. O’KEEFE, M. PAVANO, R. REPKO, J. ROBINSON, J. ROTH, R. GLASSMAN, M. SEEGER, S. SIENA, M. SOARES, B. SOBOLISKY, M. SOLLI, V. SQUEGLIA, J. WELL-JACKSON, K. WETMORE, S. WHELAN, P. WILSON, B WOLAK, K. HERBERT

 

  1. Call to order
    • David Cicarella called to order the regular meeting of the Stewards meeting at 4:01 pm

 

  1. Motion to accept minutes from May, 2019
    • Meeting minutes accepted
    • Introductions of all members

 

   111.     Chief Steward Report

 

  • Executive Board has instituted an attendance policy for building stewards to attend all monthly meetings, remain for the entirety of the meeting, etc.
  • Union sign-ups for NHFT membership went out; all new staff should have received a membership card.  The more members we have, the stronger the support.  All teachers are encouraged to join.  It is important to make sure staff emails are current and accurate at the schools you are in.  Only personal emails can be used.  Information from monthly stewards’ meetings must be promptly disseminated to teachers at each of the buildings.
  • Fund Our Future- nationally coordinated campaign to restore public school funding.  Lobbying on this will be needed, more information to follow.
  • Violence in the classroom has been raised as an area of concern for teachers.  Options are going to be looked at as to what is out there for the situations that are beyond restorative justice.  The restorative practices are an excellent tool, but never intended as a “cure-all”. It is one effective program but not appropriate in every situation. Misuse is a concern.
  • AFT Facebook page is being re-launched as well as Twitter.
  • OSHA is offering ten hour training around health and safety.  If you are interested contact Marianne Maloney (maloney_marianne@yahoo.com).
  • Labor to Labor is looking for individuals who are interested in going door to door.  i.e. door knocking
  • First Book is a grant for new teachers in Title 1 buildings.  This grant offers new teachers a 50.00 stipend to buy books for their classroom.  The books/supplies are at a greatly reduced price.
  • Software “summer” turbo tax for student debt forgiveness is available, email Marianne if you are interested.
  • City-wide issue of getting substitute teachers for our buildings.  We need to come up with creative ideas to help with this.  Suggestions were, recent retirees and college students/interns/grad students from local colleges/universities.

1V. President Report

  • Facebook and Twitter accounts are up and running again, the twitter handle will be forthcoming.
  • Grievance issues: there are three and all are resolved.  Class size issues addressed.
  • All counselors have been re-instated.  Counselors are not all full time in one building, many have multiple schools.  The current staffing model has not changed where the number of students dictates the number of counselors in each school…whereby some schools have multiple counselors, some have one full time counselor, and others have an itinerant counselor where the counselor is split between 2 buildings. While the itinerant counselors at K-8 buildings are assigned to grades 5-8, many voluntarily service younger students in need, and this adds to their caseload of work.
  • AFT has determined that the NHFT Officers Election be re-run.  This decision to re-run was not based on the concerns/allegations raised in the election protest filed with AFT. All allegations/concerns were dismissed and deemed to either be without merit or withdrawn by Tom Burns during the AFT-National investigation this summer. The reason for the re-run was the 3 subchapters of our union (consisting of 27 nurses and private school teachers) did not receive ballots. Although not part of the election challenge, AFT-National determined this is significant and ordered a re-run of the election.
  • A second protest was filed with Dept of Labor. They have ruled in their decision letter that after a review of the “investigative findings …these findings do not provide a basis for action by the DOL to set aside the election”. They have dismissed the protest and allow the election results to stand. 
  • Dave will send information in an update to be posted on our 933 website with information as we will be abiding by the AFT ruling to re-run the election.
  • Lunch duty for elementary teachers. Dave referenced old language in the contract and clarified it as he has received several inquiries. Teachers can be asked to do lunch duty (and other collateral duties), if they have additional unassigned periods beyond their lunch and their preparation period(s).
  • Stewards must be careful as to what they advise teachers when they have an issue.  You can tell them their options, but don’t tell them what they should do or make promises about what will happen.
  • TEVAL: This must be a 1:1 meeting.  Teaches must be sure that they agree to goals(SLO’s) at the goal setting meeting. If there is an impasse over goal setting and the IM and teacher cannot come to an agreement, there is a mechanism to handle that…Dave and Michele Sherban(administrator in charge of TEVAL) can be called in for resolution. This has been success in the past.
  • If a teacher does not agree with a comment an administrator makes they can include this in their provided space for comments.
  •  Assessment methods to determine student growth should always be based on multiple measures of assessment, not just one test score.
  • Teachers can be asked to sign in and out for their prep if they are leaving the building. However, this is not the norm. Lunch time is exempt from this.
  • Any issue that occurs between a teacher and an administrator should be addressed first by the teacher and then if there is further action needed they should then ask the steward.  When there is a school wide issue or a large group issue then things should go through the union steward so that only one person is representing the whole group.  An expected turn around response time is 24 hours.  This does not mean resolution, but a response of receipt.

 

 

V. Security Report

  • Security Committee representative Peter Wilson reported: Our schools were assessed for active shooter safety.  Areas of concern are around communication (ie: working walkie talkie’s) .  Next steps will involve assessing schools while they are in session

 

V11. Adjournment

  • David Cicarella adjourned the meeting at 5:18pm