Massachusetts State College Association
Minutes of the Regular Meeting
September 6, 2002
Framingham State College

Members Present:
J. Ambacher, F. Minasian, D. Twiss, L. Paollilo, S. Schlosberg, J. Stonehouse, G. Price, N. George, P. McGee, C. J. O'Donnell, P. Markunas, G. Tetrault, B. Art, P. Hogan, G. Kaza, M. Seiden, G. Concannon

D. Sirutis, B Whalen (MTA consultants)

Approval of the Orders of the Day:
The meeting was called to order at 10:03 a.m.
It was moved and seconded to approve the orders of the day. The motion passed.
It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes of June 14, 2002. The minutes were amended and approved.

President's Report:
It was moved and seconded to accept the Oct. 11 calendar in order to convene MSCA committees.

It was moved and seconded to amend the motion to allow committee members to vote for committee chairs in person, by mail or by fax, but not by e-mail. The amendment passed. The motion as amended passed.

It was moved and seconded that anyone nominated to be a committee chair must accept the nomination prior to election on Oct. 11. The motion passed

It was moved and seconded to accept committee nominations as per the president's report: Bridgewater: Gail Price (day bargaining), Jean Stonehouse, (day alternate) Victoria Bacon (DGCE bargaining), Jean Stonehouse (DGCE alternate) Fitchburg: Peter Hogan (day bargaining). J. McKeon (DGCE bargaining) Westfield: Stanley Jackson (DGCE bargaining). The motion passed.

President Markunas discussed the governor's race, MSCA committee appointment procedures, the task force on academic advising, the agenda for the meeting with BHE Chair Tocco, and membership materials.

The Vice President's Report:
The Vice president discussed his lobbying activities over the summer. The major issues were the state budget, health insurance, unfunded agreements, and budget cuts at the campuses. Unfortunately, both the colleges and the MSCA membership took some serious hits (Libraries, co-pays, etc.) The vice president also announced his work on an organizing guide for new members.

The Treasurer's Report:
The Treasurer discussed monthly expenses, increases in dues, the MSCA audit, incorporation for local chapters, indemnification, workman's compensation and property insurance.

Special Report
A special report was delivered by the MSCA/ERC representatives and C.J. O'Donnell on the review of salaries vis- -vis Art. XIIIA. C. J. O'Donnell received a hearty round of applause for his work on this report and the MSCA salary database.

Local Chapter Reports:
The local chapter presidents reported on activities affecting their respective campuses.

MTA Reports:
It was moved and seconded to go into executive session. The motion passed.
It was moved and seconded to leave executive session. The motion passed.

MSCA Committee Reports:
The MSCA Day and DGCE bargaining reports were delivered by B. Art and D. Twiss. The grievance report was delivered by F. Minasian. He expressed special concern over the delays in processing grievances. It was agreed to place this item in a priority spot on the October Board agenda. D. Twiss delivered the Health and Welfare report He noted the MSCA group number is # 93994 when members are inquiring about coverage issues.

The meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m.

Gerald Concannon
MSCA Secretary