Focus on the WSEA

March/April 2018
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Updates:

The WSEA will be sponsoring a showing of “Backpacks Full of Cash” in Northampton on May 2nd. All are welcome!

The WSEA is looking for a person to fill the vacancy of Chairperson of the Political Education/Public Relations Committee. The duties of this position include, be aren't limited to, Keeping the Facebook page and WSEA web site up to date, organizing member emails, sending emails to members to keep them up to date on union politics, organizing public relations information and posting it. The salary for this position is $400. Please send letter of interest to: khilman179@comcast.net

Applications are being accepted for the Negotiations Committee. There are one middle school, two elementary, and one early childhood positions available. Please contact the WSEA at memberwsea@gmail.com with interest and questions.

We are in need of an elections committee consisting of one elementary, one middle school, and one high school representative. They would be asked to prepare ballots, organize the vote, and count the ballots for this years elections. Please email memberwsea@gmail.com if you are interested.

We are proposing that our Membership Chair position stipend be increased by $400. We will be holding a vote by the membership. Please keep an eye out for an email survey on this.


Upcoming Events:

Our next meeting will be held on Monday, April 9th at 3:40 at the West Springfield Public Library.

Our WSEA Social will be held on Thursday, June 7th at 3:30 at the Dante Club. All are welcome!


Reminders:

Scholarships are currently available for any high school senior who has a parent that is a member of the WSEA. Applications are due by April 15th. Applications can be found on the WSEA website!

All educators will need 15 PDP’s in both ELL and SPED before the will be able to renew their license.

Please add memberwsea@gmail.com to your contacts so that emails from the WSEA do not go to your spam folder.

Know your rights! If there is disciplinary action being taken against you, contact your union rep and the WSEA before accepting. (Can be found on pg. 34-36 in your contract)

Please contact Gwen Keough at gkeough@townofwestspringfield.org or visit her webpage for more information on your insurance.

Contact your building rep if you are interested in joining the efforts or would like more information on the All In campaign.


West Springfield Education Association
November/December 2017

Focus on the WSEA Updates:
After holding the two information sessions about the WSEA paying representatives, a vote was conducted via email. The results of the vote were 84% yes and 16% no with a total of 101 votes recorded. Thank you for your participation!

Over the summer, some of the board members cleaned out the office. Important files will now be held in Holyoke at the MTA Office.

Applications are being accepted for the Negotiations Committee. There are one middle school, two elementary, and one early childhood positions available. Please contact the WSEA at memberwsea@gmail.com with interest and questions.

We are proposing that our Membership Chair position stipend be increased by $400. We will be holding a vote by the membership. Please keep an eye out for an email survey on this.

WSEA Elections! Any member is welcome to run for any position. If you are interested please email Kathy Hillman a short bio and the position you will be running for by February 1st. The list of positions and their responsibilities can be found in the by-laws and are posted on your WSEA bulletin board.

Upcoming Events:
Our next meeting will be held on Monday, January 8th at 3:40 at the West Springfield Public Library.

Reminders:
Please add memberwsea@gmail.com to your contacts so that emails from the WSEA do not go to your spam folder.

Know your rights! If there is disciplinary action being taken against you, contact your union rep and the WSEA before accepting. (Can be found on pg. 34-36 in your contract)

Please contact Gwen Keough at gkeough@townofwestspringfield.org or visit her webpage for more information on your insurance.

All MTA cards were mailed in August. Please call the Holyoke MTA office at (413) 535-2415 if you haven't received yours yet, unless you are a new hire. Also, register your MTA card online with the MTA for additional discounts and to update your information.

Union Dues:Collection of union dues (or agency fees) for WSEA Unit A via payroll deduction begins annually with the first check in November and continues for 15 payrolls. As this schedule starts and concludes within the current 22 pay-periods there is no impact of changing to 26 pay-period. The WSEA is adjusting the deduction schedule from 10 to 15 pay-periods to account for the lower average gross payment under a 26-check payroll. (For additional information on DUES DEDUCTION please see Article 2 of the WSEA Unit A contract.)

2017-2018 Me e t i n g D a t e s
January 8 t h
February 1 2 t h
March 1 2 t h
April 9 t h
May 1 4 t h
All meetings will be held at the West Springfield Public Library.

We hope to see you there!

If you need to contact your Rights  and Responsibilities

co - chairs,
they can be reached at
ljcanon@yahoo.com or
rpettengilljr@comcast.net

Insurance information can be found at: www.townofwestspringfield.org/gov/departments/hr/benefitWest Springfield Education Association
November/December 2017

Focus on the WSEA Updates:
After holding the two information sessions about the WSEA paying representatives, a vote was conducted via email. The results of the vote were 84% yes and 16% no with a total of 101 votes recorded. Thank you for your participation!

Over the summer, some of the board members cleaned out the office. Important files will now be held in Holyoke at the MTA Office.

Applications are being accepted for the Negotiations Committee. There are one middle school, two elementary, and one early childhood positions available. Please contact the WSEA at memberwsea@gmail.com with interest and questions.

We are proposing that our Membership Chair position stipend be increased by $400. We will be holding a vote by the membership. Please keep an eye out for an email survey on this.

WSEA Elections! Any member is welcome to run for any position. If you are interested please email Kathy Hillman a short bio and the position you will be running for by February 1st. The list of positions and their responsibilities can be found in the by-laws and are posted on your WSEA bulletin board.

Upcoming Events:
Our next meeting will be held on Monday, January 8th at 3:40 at the West Springfield Public Library.

Reminders:
Please add memberwsea@gmail.com to your contacts so that emails from the WSEA do not go to your spam folder.

Know your rights! If there is disciplinary action being taken against you, contact your union rep and the WSEA before accepting. (Can be found on pg. 34-36 in your contract)

Please contact Gwen Keough at gkeough@townofwestspringfield.org or visit her webpage for more information on your insurance.

All MTA cards were mailed in August. Please call the Holyoke MTA office at (413) 535-2415 if you haven't received yours yet, unless you are a new hire. Also, register your MTA card online with the MTA for additional discounts and to update your information.

Union Dues:Collection of union dues (or agency fees) for WSEA Unit A via payroll deduction begins annually with the first check in November and continues for 15 payrolls. As this schedule starts and concludes within the current 22 pay-periods there is no impact of changing to 26 pay-period. The WSEA is adjusting the deduction schedule from 10 to 15 pay-periods to account for the lower average gross payment under a 26-check payroll. (For additional information on DUES DEDUCTION please see Article 2 of the WSEA Unit A contract.)

Building Reps
Ashley
Jenn Dufresne 
Coburn
Marianne Singer
Jessica Jacobs
Cowing
Gina Maloney
Maureen Christofori
Fausey
Karen Santos
Joan Cameron
Karen Kane
Memorial
Deb Fiorentino
Melissa Duquette
Mittineague
Leanne Berggrun
Tatham
Phyllis Zuccalo
Lisa Towle
Middle School
Becky Bryant
Chuck Dufault
Kathy Hillman
Natalie Savoy
Laurie Ashe-Unit D
High School
Angela Valinski
Paul Taylor
Brandie Della Giustina
Michelle Kiah
Tim Pitkin

2017-2018 Me e t i n g D a t e s
January 8 t h
February 1 2 t h
March 1 2 t h
April 9 t h
May 1 4 t h
All meetings will be held at the West Springfield Public Library.

We hope to see you there!

If you need to contact your Rights  and Responsibilities

co - chairs,
they can be reached at
ljcanon@yahoo.com or
rpettengilljr@comcast.net

Insurance information can be found at: www.townofwestspringfield.org/gov/departments/hr/bene fit