Westfield State University Announcements

NEPR ‘Westfield State University Faculty Leaders Want Their President To Step Down’ Article and Radio Segment

A piece done by New England Public Radio journalist Karen Brown, listen here.

Friday, January 25, 2019: First chapter meeting of the Spring 2019 semester / AUC Vacancies

Hi folks –

We are having a chapterwide meeting on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in Scanlon’s Loughman Living Room from 1:30-3:00 pm. We will have an important update on the contract situation.

Moderator John Dempsey has also put out a call — there are two vacancies for All University Committee this spring semester. Please reach out to John Dempsey or Margot Hennessy if you are interested in sitting on AUC this semester.

Thursday, December 5, 2018: Update regarding funding the contract & actions on campus

Please take note of Statewide President C.J. O’Donnell’s recent update regarding bargaining: Presidents Want Union to Renegotiate.

Thank you to every one who came out during our chapter’s informational picketing action at the Westfield State University Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, December 5th — and thanks to those faculty who reached out in support as they taught classes during the event! You can find related photos at the following link right here. We took note of about ~45 faculty who came to demonstrate with us throughout the day. We had a very visible demonstration of faculty and librarian solidarity.

Thursday, September 20, 2018: Welcome Back, Updates, & Ongoing Business

  • On September 4, 2018, the Westfield chapter of the MSCA held an opening day meeting. You can find minutes of this meeting located here on this clickable link.  Within these minutes, you’ll find updates regarding funding of the CBA that was originally ratified back in April 2018, as well as concerns over funding equivalencies.
  • For a timeline of the progress on the funding of the new day contract, click here.
  • The Massachusetts State College Association has filed an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge against the Board of Higher Education for failing to file with the governor, within 30 days, the funding request for the day collective bargaining agreement. See the labor charge here.
  • Please be aware of the current advisory statewide has released regarding promotion with the granting of tenure. You can find more information here at this clickable link.
  • Moderator John Dempsey has put out a call to fill in one seat vacancy on the All University Committee. Any full time faculty member is eligible to serve. Please self-nominate through your campus email address via John Dempsey’s original email call.
  • The union office has been working to confirm university-wide advisory committee MSCA representatives who intend on carrying on their work during the ’18-’19 AY. The deadline to respond to administrative assistant Jonelle Coutinho’s email verification thread is September 21, 2018 — her original email was sent to committee members September 14, 2018 through campus email addresses. During the last week of September, we will be pushing out more calls to fill committee seats. Be on the lookout !
  • You can find up to date MSCA representatives for governance and evaluation committees for the 2018-2019 AY on our chapter committees pages. Please note that university-wide committees are out of date currently while we work to confirm committee membership.

February 6, 2018: GIC Update, Upcoming Chapter Meeting, & Bargaining Update

  • On February 1st the GIC voted to reconsider the decision the eliminated three of the six carriers. The Commission then voted in favor of “Option B” that retains the six current carriers. CONGRATULATIONS… WE WERE HEARD!
  • The Westfield chapter of the M.S.C.A will be meeting on Tuesday, February 13th from 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm in Wilson Auditorium A. An agenda will be forthcoming.
  • Amy Everitt recently posted an update regarding day bargaining. You can find that update located by clicking here.

January 30, 2018: Bargaining, Group Insurance Commission (GIC), and Westfield MSCA webpage updates

  • The M.S.C.A. bargaining team has released an update which you can find at this link here. Future bargaining sessions will take place on February 8th and February 15th.
  • There are various opportunities to get involved and help reverse the removal of three carriers from the GIC. Learn how by clicking here and then here.
  • Local Westfield MSCA pages have been appended to include 2017-2018 committee members. We have also further added documents to our documents page.

November 28, 2017: Website Updates and Upcoming Meetings

We are pleased to announce a new resource available online for the Westfield MSCA chapter – a documents page where you can find .pdfs, .docs, and info-graphics related to our chapter. This includes chapter meeting minutes, digitized newsletters, and information related to bargaining updates.

The semester isn’t over yet, but we’re already planning for the future! Below you’ll find a list of future Westfield chapter meetings for members.




Special Note

February 13

3:00 pm –
4:15 pm

Wilson Savignon

Auditorium A

February 28

2:45 pm –
4:00 pm

Wilson Savignon

Auditorium A

Purim begins at sundown

March 22

3:00 pm –
4:15 pm

Wilson Savignon Auditorium B-134

April 13

1:40 pm –
3:00 pm

Wilson Savignon

Auditorium A&B

University common meeting time

April 30

2:45 pm –
4:00 pm

Wilson Savignon

Auditorium A

May 8

3:00 pm –
4:15 pm

Wilson Savignon

Auditorium A&B

Day classes end

October 25, 2017: Call to action. Informational picketing at Westfield State

This is a call to action for MSCA members. The Board of Higher Education will be meeting on the Westfield campus on Tuesday, October 31st from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in Scanlon Hall (Loughman Living Room and the Banquet Hall).

As you are aware, the MSCA (and other campus unions) have been without a contract for 117 days, as of today October 25, 2017. Information on the status of contract negotiations can be found through the following links through the statewide MSCA site:

July 9th update – contains language proposals by the BHE/COP
July 23rd – MSCA files charge of prohibited practice
September 18th update – contains financial proposal information
October 13th – MSCA files second charge against the BHE/COP
October 22nd – update to proposed language changes

We are asking for all hands on deck to engage in informational picketing as the BHE contingent enters and exits the building. This is one of the few opportunities we have to engage in raising awareness of our concerns.

We are asking those able to show up between 9:00 am -10:00 am and/or between 12:30-1:30 to show solidarity. Even 15 minutes of involvement is important. Wear your MSCA shirts! There are still some available in M, XL, and XLL at the Union Office in Parenzo #010 Wednesday, 10/25 from 10-4 or Thursday 10/26 from 9-4 for free. Any remaining t-shirts will be available on Tuesday. The MSCA will also have posters available on Tuesday or you can be creative and bring your own.

Per the WSU campus email from President Torrecilha, faculty and/or their classes are invited to attend the BHE meeting. If you attend the meeting, we encourage you to be respectful and professional, but you are highly encouraged to wear your MSCA shirts or the color blue.

October 18, 2017: Join our off-campus e-mail server

The Westfield Chapter of the MSCA has decided to pursue the use of an e-mail address server that is not hosted or owned by the state of Massachusetts. We have high hopes that utilizing an accessible off-campus e-mail server will enable and empower MSCA unit members to feel more comfortable reaching out to Executive Council members about pressing concerns on the Westfield campus.

Please join our mailing list to give us feedback, participate in discussions, and learn about future union actions and events.

Click the button below to fill out a google form – the responses are private and available only to MSCA admin. assistant Jonelle Coutinho.. If you are hesitant to submit electronically through google forms, you can submit your e-mail personally to westfieldMSCA@gmail.org, or come in person to the union office in Parenzo #010.

Please fill out our google form here.

October 6, 2017: Westfield chapter meeting

Moderator John Dempsey is convening a chapter meeting for Thursday October 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm in Wilson Auditorium B. All unit members are invited to attend as we will discuss bargaining updates and pressing concerns on campus for our membership.

September 8, 2017: Westfield chapter meeting

Moderator John Dempsey is convening the second chapter meeting of the semester. This chapter wide meeting is scheduled for Tuesday September 12, 2017 in Wilson Hall, Auditorium B at 3:15 pm. We will continue our discussion of the urgent situation facing our union here at Westfield and statewide.

September 1, 2017: Opening day chapter meeting

Welcome back! Chapter President Margot Hennessy has announced the first chapter meeting of the semester. This is an important meeting as we will discuss the implications of working without a bargaining agreement for the first time in many years. Our meeting is directly following the opening reception and is slated to begin at 10:40 am in Wilson Hall, Auditorium A and conclude by 11:30 am.