Massachusetts State College Association
Board of Directors
Minutes of the Regular Meeting
March 9, 2001
Framingham State College
Fireplace Lounge

Members Present: J. Alberghene, B. Art, G. Concannon, A. Goyette, P. McGee, P. Markunas, F. Minasian, C. OíDonnell, L. Paolillo, G. Price, N. Price, S. Schlosberg, M. Seider, J. Stonehouse, J. Tetrault, D. Twiss. Guests: P. Lyons, D. Sirutis, R. Whalen (MTA Consultants); V. Bliss, M. Abrambsha, R. LeBlanc (Framingham/MSCA)

Visiting Speaker: Mohideem Ibramsha (Framingham/MSCA)
The speaker addressed the Board prior to the start of the meeting.

Approval of the Orders of the Day
The Orders of the Day and the Minutes of the Feb. 2, 2001, meeting were approved.

Presidentís Report
President Markunas nominated Ely Dorsey (Bridgewater) to the Affirmative Action Committee and Alta Carroll (Worcester) and Marcia K. Anderson (Bridgewater) to the Crisis Committee. The Board approved the nominations.

President Markunas moved to thank Ginny Fiore for making arrangements for the Board and Bargaining meetings. Approved unanimously.

It was moved and seconded to establish a Crisis Committee in compliance with MTA policy. The motion passed.

It was moved and seconded to empower the Bargaining committee to expend up to $30,000 for a local public relations effort to publicize the bargaining stalemate. The motion passed.

It was moved and seconded to purchase a scanner for the presidentís office in order to archive the presidentís materials. The motion was tabled.

Vice Presidentís Report
It was moved to go into Executive Session to discuss pending litigation (Markunas et alia v. Murphy et alia). The motion was approved.

It was moved and seconded to leave Executive Session. The motion passed.

The vice president discussed budget issues and the unionís lobbying efforts.

Treasurerís Report
The Treasurer moved to allocate $1200 per delegate to the NEA-RA. The motion passed.

Secretaryís Report
The Secretary moved to fill the remaining seats and establish an alternate list by lot. All nominations will be sent to the MSCA president who will conduct the lottery. The motion passed.

Local Chapter Presidents
The local chapter presidents reported on activities on their campuses.

Bridgewater State College motions:

It was moved and seconded that the MSCA Board of Directors file and advocate for a bill to repeal the law that prohibits the use of state funds for graduate and continuing education at the state colleges. It is the intent of this motion that there be no adverse effect on the day program budgets. The motion was approved.

It was moved and seconded that the MSCA Board of Directors seek the assistance of trusted legislators (Barney Frank/Ted Kennedy) to settle the agreement. The motion was approved.

It was moved and seconded that the MSCA Board of Directors act to discourage NEA from outsourcing the work of its local units through its use of distance education in collaboration with a private company (Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.). The motion was approved.

Westfield State College motion:

It was moved and seconded that the MSCA Board of Directors direct the MSCA president to request of the Westfield State College president a one course load reduction for Brad Art for the Spring 2001 term in accordance with Article XII, C 7. The motion passed.

The MSCA and the MTA committee reports were delivered and the meeting adjourned at 12:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Gerald Concannon
MSCA Secretary