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Quincy, MA 02170


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Attention Building Reps!

Click here for the

2012 MTA Association Rep Handbook

QEA Contracts

QEA Calendar of Events 2015-2016

Jun 29, 2015 - Last day for Teachers!

Sept. 8 - First day back for Teachers

Sept. 9 - First day of school for grades 1-9

Sept. 9 - QEA Executive Board, 3 p.m.

Sept. 10 - First day of school for grades 10-12

Sept. 14 - First day of school for Kindergarten

Sept. 23 - QEA Rep Council, QHS Presidents’ Cafe, 3 p.m.

Please let QEA know of any items of interest for the Calendar at quincyteachers@gmail.com

~ QPS Educator Evaluation - Pilot Year 2 - 2014-2015 Unit A ~

Retirement Questions?

Please call MTA for an appointment to discuss your individual retirement plans ~ 617-878-8240

Maternity Leave Questions?

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***ASPEN ~ Teachers please note that the Academic Tab section and Teacher Pages are NOT mandatory at this time

The only requirement at this time is posting of interim reports, final term grades and attendance. 

Training for Aspen that is scheduled before or after school hours is also NOT mandatory.  

Please contact QEA or your Building Rep if you have questions.

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You may sign up as either an active QEA member, or as a non-member.

What’s Next for Ed Eval?

  1. 2014-2015 School year -- 100% of QPS teachers and educators will be evaluated using the new Educator Evaluation procedures

  2. Tier 1 (PTS Educators evaluated last year) are now on a 2-year Self-Directed Growth Plan -- check with your Principal or Supervisor if you are uncertain which plan you are now on

  3. Tier 2 (PTS Educators who were not evaluated last year) will be placed on a 1-year Self-Directed Growth Plan (PTS); non-PTS Educators will be placed on a Developing Educator Plan

NEW!!

***Attention ALL QEA Members***

You have a right to union representation if you are called into a meeting where disciplinary action could result!

Understand your Weingarten Rights

Call a Building Rep or Email Allison at quincyteachers@gmail.com or call 617-479-2283 if you need immediate assistance

Educator Evaluation is a 2-Rating System

Summative Rating - began June 2014

Student Impact Rating - begins Oct. 2017*

(*please see June 2015 FAQ for the most up-to-date information!)

4 Standards, 2 Goals - Student Learning goal and Professional Practice goal

Evidence & Observations

PTS members evaluated last year are Tier 1

Remaining PTS and non-PTS members are Tier 2

100% of Educators now on Plans

Ratings; Unsatisfactory, needs Improvement, Proficient, Exemplary

Rating determines type of next Ed Plan

District-Determined Measures (including MCAS)

1-year DESE extension

This 2014-2015 year is a pilot

Next year data will be collected*

*Oct. 2017 first SIR ratings for Quincy

Ratings:  Low, Moderate, or High

Rating determines length of next Ed Plan

Health Insurance Changes for FY16 (beginning July 1, 2015)

The Group Insurance Commission (GIC) voted yesterday on changes for FY16. Budget deficit concerns are driving these changes.

The city of Quincy Public Employees Committee (PEC) will be discussing these changes - new premium rates are expected March 4. Please stay tuned.

*Please note that health insurance in Quincy is bargained by the PEC, not QEA.

Changes effective July 1, 2015 include:

  1. HP Independence and Tufts Navigator will become POS Point of Service plans. Members will need to designate a PCP; referrals to specialists will be needed

  2. Calendar year deductible will change to $300/individual and $900/family

  3. Specialists will be tiered and copays increased

Please visit the GIC website for more information.

Click here to see changes in your GIC health insurance plan for FY16 (starting July 1, 2015).  New rates are expected to be announced on March 4.

*please note these changes were voted on and approved by the GIC commissioners on Feb. 13, 2015.

The City of Quincy and it public-sector unions have NO vote on plan changes or rate increases.



The current QEA Unit A contract expires on August 31, 2015.  For several reasons, not the least of which was the incredible nature of this past winter, the bargaining process has taken much longer than we would ideally have preferred.

Your full Unit A bargaining team met several times during the winter and spring to review and analyze data from buildings, and then to formulate proposals.  We met face to face with the QPS team for the first time on June 25 for a brief session to get the ball rolling.

At this time, President Allison Cox, Treasurer Sean Greene, and I are bargaining directly with Superintendent Rick DeCristofaro, Deputy Superintendent Kevin Mulvey, and School Committee member Barbara Isola.

Traditionally, QEA and QPS have bargained by sending two large teams in to meet together, with upwards of nearly 20 people at the table.  After our prior two contract negotiations in 2007 and 2012, we have come to believe that the size of the teams may be a hindrance to progress.  This time the full bargaining team has agreed to try sending a smaller group of three to meet with a smaller QPS team, with the understanding that we will return to the traditional model of a full team, if we feel it’s needed.

We are hopeful this smaller size will allow us to schedule more frequent meetings in order to move a bit more quickly through the bargaining process.  Also, we are hopeful the more intimate size will foster a more conversational and collaborative approach.

Although the face-to-face sessions involve only three members of the team, the larger team is still the single most important component of this process.  All binding decisions will be made democratically by the whole team.  As the Bargaining Committee Chair, I will personally ensure that the large team is updated frequently on the small group discussions and will continue to meet regularly to provide specific feedback, guidance, and direction to the smaller team. Our MTA field rep, Dorine Levasseur, will also be available at times when the team needs her expertise and/or resources.  Decisions of a binding nature will be made by the full team. 

In terms of where the process stands right now, the first meeting of June 25 was brief, as we anticipated it would be.  We discussed ground rules as well as our preference to explore a more collaborative style of bargaining, and we set dates for two future meetings.

In our discussion, we brought up the idea of abandoning the traditional “Exchanging of Proposals and Counterproposals” model, in which both sides exchange a long list of proposals that require time-consuming counterproposals back and forth, which often results in a very adversarial atmosphere, as the two sides say “no” over and over again to one another.

Instead, we expressed an interest in trying a process that will allow us to have more open and frank discussions about our members’ interests for this next contract.  We are hopeful that an interest-based approach will lead to discussions of a variety of possible avenues to meet the needs of our members, as well as the interests put forth by management.  The School Committee team responded favorably to this concept. 

Allison, Sean, and I had hoped to be able to have a couple of bargaining sessions over the summer.  Unfortunately, people’s summer travel plans eliminated literally ever week of the summer, and then some.  We have scheduled our next meeting for September 14.  That will be considered our first actual ‘bargaining’ meeting.   We will bargain again on September 24.

Although we are certainly getting off to a later start to this process than we all might have wished, it is important to remember that it is routine for us to begin a new school year without a new contract in place.  Everyone is still protected by the same contractual provisions as you were last year.

I would characterize the tone of our first meeting as extremely positive and friendly, and it is our hope to make steady progress once bargaining starts in earnest in September.  Regular Unit A bargaining updates will be posted on the QEA website.  QEA Building Reps and Executive Board members will also be receiving regular updates after we return to school in September.

If anyone has any questions or concerns about bargaining at any point, please feel free to contact me directly.

~ Michael Ellis, Chair

June 29, 2015

qeaveep@gmail.com

Unit A Bargaining Update ~ June 2015

Your 2015 Unit A Bargaining Committee

Michael Ellis, Vice President, Chair (high school)

Allison G. Cox, President (elementary)

Sean Greene, Treasurer (high school)
Nicole Prevost, Membership Chair (elementary)

Peg McDonough, Ex Board MS Rep (middle school/specialists)

Dan Caruso, PR&R (elementary/middle school/specialists)

Bill Pavao (middle school)

Martha Slocum (nurses)

Please click HERE for the

June 2015 QEA/QPS Educator Evaluation FAQ!

QEA is endorsing Mayor Thomas P. Koch for Mayor in this year’s City election. 

Read about it in the Quincy Sun!!