In the wake of Frank Minasian's
resignation as the Chairperson of the MSCA Grievance Committee, an emergency
meeting of the MSCA Grievance Committee was convened today at Framingham State
College to elect an interim chairperson to complete the term of office.
Seven of nine committee members participated
in this election, in person or by absentee ballot. Margaret Vaughan (Salem)
was elected to serve as the interim chairperson; Sandra Faiman-Silva (Bridgewater)
was elected to serve as the interim vice-chairperson.
The MSCA Grievance Committee for
2004-2006 will be convened on October 8th, 2004, to elect the chairperson
for that term.
Donna Sirutis, Gail Price and Lisa
Reese (office secretary) and all grievance committee members present remained
for the 90 minute meeting that followed, in order to review the status of
summer and fall arbitrations, the status of the office, secretary, equipment
and files, and other pressing matters. Some discussion was held concerning
the short-term and long-term prospects for the grievance committee office
and chairperson. I thank everyone who participated in this meeting.
It was decided to keep the grievance
committee office at Worcester State College until October, 2004, at a minimum.
Lisa Reese will work 50% for the MSCA and 50% for the Worcester Chapter. Other
long-term decisions will wait until September or October.
Given the importance of this position
and the need to fill it as soon as possible, I thank Maggie and Sandy for
their willingness to step forward and assume these responsibilities. As I
do with every elected and appointed official of the MSCA, I will work closely
with both of them to insure that our members get the best representation with
the least disruption over this interim period and during the fall transition.
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