2020-2023 Day Contract Negotiations

Upcoming Bargaining Dates:
March 9 (4:00 – 8:00 p.m.) – Worcester State University: Foster & Fallon Rooms
March 19 (4:00 – 8:00 p.m.) – Canceled
April 14 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – a virtual meeting is anticipated

April 27 – a virtual meeting is anticipated
May 14 – a virtual meeting is anticipated


Ground Rules


MSCA Proposals:
Shared Governance (March 9, 2020)


BHE/CoP Proposals:
Anonymous Complaints (March 9, 2020)
Article II (Mandatory Training) (March 9, 2020)


Dear Members,

The team met at Worcester State on March 9th from 4:00 to 8:15pm. In addition to our core bargaining committee, we were joined at the meeting by two silent representatives – both faculty members from Worcester State University. Management was represented by their legal counsel, the executive officer for the CoP, a representative of the BHE, and one representative each, from Bridgewater State University, Worcester State University, and MCLA.

Our committee offered our first set of proposals to management. Together these broadly addressed issues of faculty/librarian voice and shared decision making. In our survey and other feedback opportunities, members identified significant concerns about the diminishing voice of faculty/librarians on our campuses and the desire to ensure faculty/librarian participation in the direction of our universities. This was noted as particularly important given issues with enrollment and other uncertainties currently facing higher education. The contract already identifies the important role that faculty/librarian expertise should play in decision-making processes. These proposals were meant to strengthen that commitment. They included smaller suggestions, addressing limitations on the use of “interim” academic administrators, to larger issues such as creating a budget standing committee and an evaluation system for academic administrators. You can read more about these proposals on the MSCA website.

Management also offered their first set of proposals which are also posted on the MSCA website. These were focused on Article II and Appendix R (Policy on Handling Anonymous Complaints).

Financial parameters were not shared with us on Monday. Management stated that they were still awaiting clarification about these.

Our next bargaining session is scheduled for Thursday, March 19th from 4:00-8:00 at Worcester State University in the Fallon Room. We will share more information as bargaining proceeds.

In solidarity,
The Bargaining Committee:
Maria Hegbloom/Bargaining Chair (Bridgewater State University)
Aruna Krishnamurthy/Bargaining Vice Chair (Fitchburg State University)
Sarah Pilkenton (Framingham State University)
Katie Riel (MassArt)
Elaine Craighead (Mass Maritime Academy)
David Eve (MCLA)
Dan Mulcare (Salem State University)
Margot Hennessey (Westfield State University)
Don Bullens (Worcester State University)
C.J. O’Donnell/ex-officio member (MSCA President)
Roberta James/Field Representative (MTA)


Bargaining Update: February 24, 2020

Dear Members,

The Bargaining Committee met with management on Friday, February 21st at Worcester State University. The session ran from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. We were able to complete our negotiation of ground rules and are looking forward to beginning substantive bargaining at future sessions. We are hopeful that these ground rules may provide some structure to our sessions that will encourage a more efficient and effective bargaining season.

The ground rules and updates will be posted on the MSCA’s 2020-2023 Day Bargaining page of the MSCA website as they become available: https://mscaunion.org/2020-2023-day-contract-negotiations/.

Several MSCA union members were present and participated as Silent Representatives on our Bargaining Team. We are looking forward to continuing this structure.

Subsequent sessions have been scheduled for Monday, March 9th from 4:00-8:00pm; Thursday, March 19th from 4:00-8:00pm; and April 14th from 10:00-4:00pm. More information about location will be sent when it is available.

As always, if you have any specific questions or feedback, please feel free to reach out to our Bargaining Committee.

In Solidarity,
Maria Hegbloom/Bargaining Chair (Bridgewater State University)
Aruna Krishnamurthy/Bargaining Vice Chair (Fitchburg State University)
Sarah Pilkenton (Framingham State University)
Katie Riel (MassArt)
Elaine Craighead (Mass Maritime Academy)
David Eve (MCLA)
Dan Mulcare (Salem State University)
Margot Hennessey (Westfield State University)
Don Bullens (Worcester State University)
C.J. O’Donnell/ex-officio member (MSCA President)
Roberta James/Field Representative (MTA)



2020-2023 Day Pre-Bargaining Survey Summary


MSCA Day Bargaining Committee:
Maria Hegbloom, Chair (Bridgewater)
Aruna Krishnamurthy, Vice Chair (Fitchburg)
Sarah Pilkenton (Framingham)
Katie Riel (MassArt)
David Eve (MCLA)
Elaine Craghead (Mass Maritime)
Dan Mulcare (Salem)
Margot Hennessy (Westfield)
Don Bullens (Worcester)
CJ O’Donnell, President (Mass Maritime)
Roberta James, MTA Consultant

MSCA Day Bargaining Committee Alternates:
Irina Seceleanu (Bridgewater)
Jenn Berg (Fitchburg)
Robert Donohue (Framingham)
Graziana Ramsden (MCLA)
Todd Hibbert (Mass Maritime)
Joanna Gonsalves (Salem)
Nick Aieta (Westfield)
Sam O’Connell (Worcester)


New Business Items Passed at the 2019 Delegate Assembly (wording is in draft format):

#1:  Resolution to Empower the MSCA through Open Bargaining

WHEREAS, Open bargaining empowers unions by allowing for active participation of the full membership in bargaining; and

WHEREAS, Open Bargaining maximizes the collective power of the union in support of contract negotiations;

THEREFORE, be it resolved that when negotiating the terms of a contract, the MSCA bargaining team must maintain open bargaining, as established in the final sessions of negotiating the 2017-20 contract; and

Resolved, That the MSCA bargaining team must not agree to any ground rules which limit the ability of members to be fully informed of all discussions and offers that take place during bargaining, nor to agree to any ground rules that limit member observation of or participation in bargaining sessions; and

Resolved, That the MSCA bargaining team will work within a frame that informs members and allows and encourages observation and, when appropriate participation in bargaining.


#2:  Resolution to Empower Membership Engagement and Involvement in Developing Bargaining Proposals

WHEREAS, the active engagement of the full membership in bargaining maximizes the collective power of the union in support of contract negotiations;

THEREFORE, be it resolved that in addition to the bargaining survey, chapter membership meetings may pass resolutions on areas of the contract of concern to members.  Any chapter resolutions must be submitted by the Chapter President to the Bargaining Committee by the deadline for submission of the bargaining survey; and

Resolved, that the results of the bargaining survey and any chapter resolutions must be distributed to all MSCA members via executive session presentation and be available in chapter offices; and

Resolved, that all proposals of the MSCA bargaining team must be made available to all MSCA members once they have been proposed during a bargaining session and will be posted on the MSCA website within 48 hours of the conclusion of each session; and

Resolved, that so that members may shape the content of bargaining, the sharing of MSCA bargaining team proposals and summaries of bargaining sessions will also include an online form or other mechanism for membership to give feedback to the entire bargaining team.


The MSCA Day Bargaining Committee is making campus visits during October. Please try to attend a session at your university.

ChapterDateBuilld/RoomTime
FraminghamOctober 7McCarthy Center 309 aka Alumni Room1:30 – 2:30
MassArtOctober 9DMC Building, Huntington Studio4:00 – 5:30
SalemOctober 153:00 – 4:00
FitchburgOctober 15Hammond G113:30 – 4:30
SalemOctober 161:30 – 2:30
SalemOctober 163:00 – 4:00
FitchburgOctober 16
BridgewaterOctober 16RCC – Small Ballroom9:00 – 10:30
BridgewaterOctober 16BUR 123B1:30 – 3:00
BridgewaterOctober 17RCC 2021:00 – 2:30
WestfieldOctober 17Scanlon A2:00 – 3:30
WestfieldOctober 23Scanlon A1:00 – 2:30 
WorcesterOctober 221:30 – 2:30
Mass MaritimeOctober 23Faculty Lounge4:00 – 5:00
MCLAOctober 24Faculty Center,  Bowman Hall12:00 – 1:00
MassArtOctober 295:00 – 6:00