Executive Committee Meeting-December 1, 2015                                                                

 

The Executive Committee of the Scranton Federation of Teachers met on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.  President Boland called the meeting to order at 3:58p.m.

Members Present: R. Boland, K. Kays, M. Loftus, M. Doran, J. Telesco, G. Baldauff, F. Regan, M. Byron, L. Lempke, L. Ross, K. Beckwith, D. Powell, V. Amico, A. Geiger, T. Anderson, J. Zaleski,  S. Bartnicki

Members Excused: A. Trapani, V. Wojnar, K Waltz, D. Walter, P. Festa

 

Secretary’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kays distributed the minutes from the September 17, 2015 meeting to the Committee members present.  A motion was made by Fran Regan, and seconded by L. Lemke to accept the minutes.  The motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kays presented the Balance Sheet as of October 31, 2015. Kays also presented the Profit and Loss statement dated through October 2015 to the Committee members present. Kays also noted that all accounts have healthy balances and that all properly submitted bills have been paid. These financial reports have been filed in the Treasurer’s Office and are available for inspection by any SFT Member. Kays then summarized the process undertaken and the rationale for the fiscal plan. He noted that the Budget Committee recommends passage. Kays thanked Boland, Loftus, Wojnar, Geiger, and Bartnicki for their service. S. Bartnicki made a motion to pass the proposed budget M. Doran seconded the motion.

 

President’s Report

  • A recent arbitration found in favor of the SFT. A Member will be awarded the retirement incentive for which she had applied.
  • A Member is owed $1500 for not taking the health insurance. The SSD Solicitor says that this will be resolved to the satisfaction of the SFT.
  • Another Member was given a satisfactory rating, yet received an “unsatisfactory” because her principal wanted to. The SSD Solicitor says that this will be resolved to the satisfaction of the SFT.
  • Mr. Gelman assures us that several other grievances at the level of the arbitration are strong cases for the SFT. Many of these grievances could be solved in a few minutes, if they are heard. The SSD School Directors have refused to hear them.
  • The SSD has assigned a Vice-Principal who does not have a principal’s certificate.
  • There are numerous issues with eSchool.

 

New Business

Kathleen Beckwith reported the initiation of an SFT Food Drive. Donations will not come from students. SFT Members only! A box will be placed at each school. Each week we will give a different food pantry the donated food.

A motion to adjourn was made by J. Baldauff and seconded by J. Telesco.

The motion passed. Adjournment – 5:08a.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Executive Committee Meeting-January 13, 2016                                                                  

 

 

 

The Executive Committee of the Scranton Federation of Teachers met on Wednesday, January 13, 2015.  President Boland called the meeting to order at 3:55p.m.

 

Members Present: R. Boland, K. Kays, M. Loftus, M. Doran, G. Baldauff, M. Byron, L. Lempke, K. Beckwith, D. Walter, P. Festa,D. Powell, V. Amico, A. Geiger, T. Anderson, J. Zaleski, A. Trapani,  S. Bartnicki, V. Wojnar, K Waltz

 

Members Excused: J. Telesco, F. Regan, L. Ross

 

 

 

Secretary’s Report

 

Secretary/Treasurer Kays distributed the minutes from the December 1, 2015 meeting to the Committee members present.  A motion was made by V. Amico, and seconded A. Geiger to accept the minutes.  The motion passed.

 

 

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

Secretary/Treasurer Kays presented the Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2015. Kays also presented the Profit and Loss statement dated through December 2015 to the Committee members present. Kays also noted that all accounts have healthy balances and that all properly submitted bills have been paid. These financial reports have been filed in the Treasurer’s Office and are available for inspection by any SFT Member.

 

 

 

Vice-President’s Report

 

Grievances filed for Arbitrations Resolved

 
  • Insurance waiver payment will be paid.
  • Both ‘Unsatifactories’ have been removed and ‘Satisfactories’ have been placed in both Members’ files.
 

Grievances filed for Arbitrations Expected to be Resolved

 
  • Diagnostician position has been reinstated.
  • Special Education Bargaining Unit Work
  • Special Education Prep Period
 

Grievances Expected to go to Arbitration

 
  • ESL Assignments
  • Wilson Reading Program
  • Competency Learning Model
  • Specialists’ Caseloads
  • Payment for missed days
  • Member discipline
 

President’s Report

 
  • Vice-Principals who were recently appointed by the superintendent went back to their teaching positions. The superintendent cannot appoint. The School Board appoints all employees.
  • Our President and the superintendent have had and are planning future lunch dates to discuss educational and contractual issues.
  • We are updating our SFT Scholarship Fund Application
 

New Business

 
  • A $.10 correction to morning duty periods, for those who were getting the incorrect pay, will be made.
  • Executive Committee meetings for March through June will be held on the second Tuesday of each month.
 

 

 

Adjournment

 

A motion to adjourn was made by J. Zaleski and seconded by M. Byron .

 

The motion passed. Adjournment – 5:22p.m.

 

 

 

Cope Meeting

 

President Boland called a COPE meeting to order at 3:55p.m.

 

 

 
  • We want to endorse Katie McGinty. We hope she defeats Pat Toomey.
  • The AFT and AFT PA has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Many of our members are backing Bernie Sanders. We should back whoever the Democratic nominee is.
 

 

 

A motion to adjourn was made by J. Baldauff and seconded by M. Delmar.

 

The motion passed. Adjournment – 5:34p.m.

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Executive Committee Meeting-February 11, 2016                                                                    

 

 

 

The Executive Committee of the Scranton Federation of Teachers met on Thursday, January 11, 2015.  President Boland called the meeting to order at 3:49p.m.

 

Members Present: R. Boland, K. Kays, M. Loftus, M. Doran, G. Baldauff, D. Powell, A. Geiger, J. Zaleski, A. Trapani,  S. Bartnicki, V. Wojnar, K. Waltz, F. Regan, V. Amico, P. Festa

 

Members Excused: M. Byron, K. Beckwith, L. Ross, L. Lempke, J. Telesco, D. Walter, T. Anderson

 

 

 

Secretary’s Report

 

Secretary/Treasurer Kays distributed the minutes from the January 13, 2016 meeting to the Committee members present.  A motion was made by V. Wojnar, and seconded by A. Geiger to accept the minutes.  The motion passed.

 

 

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

Secretary/Treasurer Kays presented the Balance Sheet as of January 31, 2016. Kays also presented the Profit and Loss statement dated through January 2016 to the Committee members present. Kays also noted that all accounts have healthy balances and that all properly submitted bills have been paid. These financial reports have been filed in the Treasurer’s Office and are available for inspection by any SFT Member. The SFT will be filing AFT Defense Fund applications in order to receive a refund on our arbitration and legal fees.

 

 

 

President’s Report

 
  • President Boland placed the Executive Committee into executive session to discuss outstanding grievances and arbitrations.
  • We are nominating 6 delegates to the AFT Convention. At the next General Membership meeting.
 

 

 

New Business

 
  • J. Baldauff made a motion to purchase new chairs to replace any that are unrepairable. A. Trapani seconded the motion. The motion passed.
 
  • J. Baldauff made a motion to lease a new copier. V. Wojnar seconded the motion. Matt Loftus offered a friendly amendment to take a 3 year lease agreement. Baldauff accepted the friendly amendment. The motion passed as amended 13-1.
  • There were questions about the Scranton School District’s financial viability. It was noted that a group of employees were recently given a significant monetary award, amounting to several hundred thousand dollars.
  • SFT Members should not collaborate with administrators on their supervisory duties. Teachers do not supervise. Administrators supervise.
 

 

 

Adjournment - 5:13p.m.

 

A motion to adjourn was made by J. Zaleski and seconded by M. Byron. Motion passed.  

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 
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General Membership Meeting – February 18, 2016

 

President Rosemary Boland called the General Membership Meeting of the Scranton Federation of Teachers to order at 3:48 P.M.

 

President Boland led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of silence for our sick and deceased members and family members.

 

New York Life Insurance Company representatives gave a policy overview.

 

Secretary’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kevin Kays read the minutes from the August 20, 2015 General Membership Meeting.  Dawn Hafner made a motion to accept the minutes.  Greg Linck seconded the motion.  The motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kays then gave the Treasurer’s report which summarized the July 2015 through January 2016 balance sheet and profit and loss statement.  Kays noted that all accounts have “healthy balances,” and that all properly submitted bills have been paid. All SFT financial reports including the most recent audit are on file and available for inspection upon request by any SFT member.

 

President’s Report

President Rosemary Boland brought the following to the attention of the members:

  • Please report your sick and personal days appropriately
  • Please give administration appropriate notice for Family Medical Leave, Medical Sabbaticals, and Bereavement days, as defined in the CBA
  • Please verify that your pay stub information is correct. Save all pay stubs!!
  • Keep all SSD documentation

 

Vice-President’s Report

1st Vice-President Matt Loftus brought the following arbitrations to the attention of the members:

  • Insurance waiver settlement.
  • 2 Negative evaluations have been removed
  • Special Education bargaining unit work – pending
  • Competence Learning Model – postponed pending settlement
  • Compensation for missed prep – settled
  • Specialists caseload partially settled
  • Diagnostician Position – restored to position – monetary settlement pending
  • Wilson Reading – July 6th arbritration
  • Payment for strike make-up days – not scheduled yet.
  • Discipline without just cause – settled – letter removed.

Loftus brought the following grievances to the attention of the members:

  • G8-15 Discipline without just cause
  • G22-15 Library
  • G24-15 after school meetings with administrator
  • G25-15 class size
  • G26-15 Intermediate School foreign language class elimination.
  • G2-16 Monticello textbooks and supplies
  • G3-16 Posting and rotation of homebound assignments
  • G4-16 Credit for experience
  • G5-16Special Education paperwork from an outside agency
  • G6-16 observation by 2 principals concurrently
  • G7-16 Just cause
  • G8-16 BIC

Loftus noted that the SFT is aware of these additional issues:

  • Chiropractic coverage limits being combined with physical therapy.
  • Dental coverage
  • Rx override forms
  • Call Millennium at 866-644-2489
  • Health Insurance enrollment
  • Mandated reporting vs. reporting to administrators
  • Bids will be purged 10-1 of each year
  • Update contact information at the SFT

 

Members Concerns

  • Separate billing by doctors and the hospital
  • Danielson training and execution differences
  • Payless paydays possibility
  • Please place SFT Food drive boxes outside the building on collection days.

 

Steve Bartnicki made a motion to nominate the following for delegates to the AFT 2016 Convention: R. Boland, P. Festa, V. Wojnar, J. Baldauff,  J. Zaleski, M. Byron

Tammy McHale seconded the motion.

There were no nominations from the floor. The delegates were elected by acclamation.

 

A motion to adjourn was made by Patty Carr.  It was seconded by N. Cangemi.  The motion passed

Adjournment---5:18PM

 

COPE Meeting

President Boland called a COPE Meeting to order at 5:18PM

 

We need pro-public-school candidates. Please take note of the AFT and SFT endorsed candidates.

 

A motion to adjourn was made by Lisa Michaels.  The motion was seconded by Jen Brotherton. The motion passed.

 

Adjournment---5:20PM

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

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Executive Committee Meeting-March 8, 2016                                                                      

 

The Executive Committee of the Scranton Federation of Teachers met on Thursday, February 13, 2015.  President Boland called the meeting to order at 3:50p.m.

Members Present: R. Boland, K. Kays, M. Loftus, M. Doran, G. Baldauff, D. Powell, A. Geiger, J. Zaleski, A. Trapani,  S. Bartnicki, V. Wojnar, K. Waltz, F. Regan, V. Amico, M. Byron, L. Ross, T. Anderson, J. Telesco

Members Excused: K. Beckwith, L. Lempke, D. Walter, P. Festa

 

Secretary’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kays distributed the minutes from the February 13, 2016 meeting to the Committee members present.  A motion was made by V. Wojnar, and seconded by M. Byron to accept the minutes.  The motion passed.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kays presented the Balance Sheet as of February 29, 2016. Kays also presented the Profit and Loss statement dated through February 2016 to the Committee members present. The documents show that all accounts have healthy balances and that all properly submitted bills have been paid. These financial reports have been filed in the Treasurer’s Office and are available for inspection by any SFT Member.

 

President’s Report

  • There are several unresolved grievances and arbitrations. The Scranton School District Board of Directors seems content to allow these to remain backlogged, resulting in several thousand dollars of late fees to have to be paid by both the SFT and the SSD. The SFT will be reimbursed by the AFT and AFT PA. Who will reimburse the tax payers for these unnecessary fees. All of the grievances could be easily resolved if the School Board Labor Relations Committee would hear them.
  • President Boland gave an update on SSD administrators’ use of cell phone to take pictures of teachers whom they are observing. She also noted that Principals and Vice-Principals are double teaming during observations. Both of these practices are direct violations of the SFT/SSD CBA.

 

New Business

  • M. Loftus made a motion to take out an advertisement in the programs for the Spring plays at SHS and WSHS. L. Ross seconded the motion. The motion passed.

 

Adjournment - 5:07p.m.

A motion to adjourn was made by V. Wojnar and seconded by J. Zaleski. The motion passed.  

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

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Executive Committee Meeting-April 12, 2016                                                                      

 

The Executive Committee of the Scranton Federation of Teachers met on Tuesday, April 12, 2015.  President Boland called the meeting to order at 3:50p.m.

Members Present: R. Boland, K. Kays, M. Loftus, M. Doran, A. Geiger, J. Zaleski, A. Trapani,  S. Bartnicki, K. Waltz, G. Baldauff,  F. Regan, M. Byron, L. Ross, K. Beckwith,

Members Excused: L. Lempke, D. Walter, P. Festa, D. Powell, V. Amico, J. Telesco,

T. Anderson, V. Wojnar

 

Secretary’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kays distributed the minutes from the March 8, 2016 meeting to the Committee members present.  A motion was made by M. Loftus, and seconded by A. Geiger to accept the minutes.  The motion passed.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kays presented the Balance Sheet as of March 31, 2016. Kays also presented the Profit and Loss statement dated July 2015 through March 2016 to the Committee members present. The documents show that all accounts have healthy balances and that all properly submitted bills have been paid. These financial reports have been filed in the Treasurer’s Office and are available for inspection by any SFT Member.

 

President’s Report

  • The SSD has posted 2 positions. One of these is Chief Compliance Officer, the duties of which were among several other responsibilities that used to be performed under another administrative position.
  • There are several unresolved grievances and arbitrations. The Scranton School District Board of Directors seems content to allow these to remain backlogged, resulting in several thousand dollars of late fees to have to be paid by both the SFT and the SSD. Even grievances that the SSD Solicitor signed as settled have not been resolved in reality.  The SFT will be reimbursed by the AFT and AFT PA. Who will reimburse the tax payers for these unnecessary fees. All of the grievances could be easily resolved if the School Board Labor Relations Committee would hear them. Some of these may have to be filed as Unfair Labor Practices.
  • Some Principals are not coming to work on time
  • If a teachers doesn’t get an unencumbered prep, that teacher must be compensated the hourly rate.
  • The breakfast in the classroom program is fraught with problems.
  • excessive refined sugar content

  • nutritionally deficient

  • sanitary issues with spilled or dropped food

  • are classrooms an appropriate place to eat a meal

     

    New Business

     

  • The Special Education Task Force has yet to come to a consensus about what model should be adopted. Maybe the model should include more personnel in the classroom working with the students rather than more administrators.

 

Adjournment - 5:50p.m.

A motion to adjourn was made by A. Geiger and seconded by J. Zaleski. The motion passed.  

 

COPE Meeting

 

President Boland called a COPE meeting to order at 5:50p.m.

 

M. Delmar made a motion to support Steven Zappala for PA Attorney General. M. Byron seconded the motion. The motion passed.

 

 

Adjournment - 5:52pm

Respectfully Submitted,

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Executive Committee Meeting-August 16, 2016

 

The Executive Committee of the Scranton Federation of Teachers met on Tuesday, August 16, 2015. Vice-President Loftus called the meeting to order at 9:35a.m.

Members Present: R. Boland, K. Kays, M. Loftus, A. Geiger, J. Zaleski, A. Trapani, S. Bartnicki, K. Waltz, G. Baldauff, F. Regan, K. Beckwith, L. Lempke, P. Festa, D. Powell, T. Anderson, V. Wojnar, D. Walter, J. Telesco

Members Excused: V. Amico, M. Doran, L. Ross, M. Byron,

 

Secretary’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kays distributed the minutes from the June 2, 2016 meeting to the Committee members present. A motion was made by A. Geiger, and seconded by V. Wojnar to accept the minutes. The motion passed.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kays presented the Balance Sheet as of July 31, 2016. Kays also presented the Profit and Loss statement dated July 1, 2016 through July 31, 2016 to the Committee members present. The documents show that all accounts have healthy balances and that all properly submitted bills have been paid. These financial reports have been filed in the Treasurer’s Office and are available for inspection by any SFT Member.

Kays also presented the most recent SFT Audit Report for the year ending on June 30, 2016. The audit states that the SFT financial records are “in excellent condition.” The auditor also stated that Secretary-Treasurer Kays “does excellent work.”

 

Vice-President’s Report

Vice-President Loftus addressed the following issues.

  • A member’s letter of reprimand.
  • Librarians sent from secondary schools to elementary one day a week (or more).
  • WSHS – “voluntary” training meetings after work.
  • Foreign language teachers removed from middle schools.
  • Speech Teacher days, preps, rooms, and Psychologists and Speech caseloads.
  • Homebound posting and rotation.
  • SHS surveys.
  • Teacher evaluation/photography at WSIS, NEIS, and WSHS.
  • Breakfast in the classroom – collecting monies and bargaining unit work.
  • WSIS posting and rotation PJAS.
  • Teacher Participation – In-Service/Special Education.
  • A teacher’s observation and improvement plan.
  • ESY Nursing Seniority.
  • ESY Nurse – no posting.
  • Teacher-Leader, Co-Principal, Acting Principal, and whatever else.
  • Special Education transfers-reductions in positions.
  • SSD has failed to send notifications about posting positions and SSD School Board meetings.
  • ESY compensation for covering classes.
  • Job postings and seniority – Paraprofessionals
  • SSD failure to properly convene an Insurance Committee Meeting concerning planned changes, as defined by the SFT/SSD CBA Articles 72 and 73.
  • SSD failure to post – extracurricular compensation.
  • SSD failure to provide the SFT with notice and agenda of board meetings.
  • Assignment of rooms and seniority, multiple course levels, and split grade classes.

 

 

Adjournment – 11:45a.m.

A motion to adjourn was made by V. Wojnar and seconded by K. Beckwith. The motion passed.

 

COPE Meeting

 

Vice-President Loftus called a COPE meeting to order at 11:45a.m.

 

T. Anderson made a motion to approve a $300 donation to Kevin Haggarty’s campaign for representative. J. Telesco seconded the motion. The motion passed.

 

Adjournment – 11:47pm

A motion to adjourn was made by V. Wojnar and seconded by A. Geiger. The motion passed.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

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Executive Committee Meeting-September 13, 2016

 

The Executive Committee of the Scranton Federation of Teachers met on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. President Loftus called the meeting to order at 3:49p.m.

Members Present: R. Boland, K. Kays, M. Loftus, A. Geiger, S. Bartnicki, G. Baldauff, F. Regan, K. Beckwith, L. Lempke, P. Festa, V. Wojnar, V. Amico, M. Delmar, L. Ross, M. Byron, J. Zaleski, D. Walter, A. Trapani

Members Excused: K. Waltz, D. Powell, T. Anderson, J. Telesco

 

Secretary’s Report

 

Secretary/Treasurer Kays distributed the minutes from the August 16, 2016 meeting to the Committee members present. A motion was made by P. Festa, and seconded by A. Geiger to accept the minutes. The motion passed.

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

Secretary/Treasurer Kays presented the Balance Sheet as of August 31, 2016. Kays also presented the Profit and Loss statement dated July 1, 2016 through August 31, 2016 to the Committee members present. The documents show that all accounts have healthy balances and that all properly submitted bills have been paid. These financial reports have been filed in the Treasurer’s Office and are available for inspection by any SFT Member.

Kays also confirmed that the SFT 2016-17 Budget Committee will meet September 30th at 3:30pm.

 

President’s Report

 

President Boland addressed the following issues:

 

  • Numerous outstanding grievances
  • There has never been as many beginning-of-the-year problems reported regarding the SSD Special Education plan.
  • The Lincoln Jackson/ Monticello School has numerous problems, including classes with very small rooms, possibly in violation of fire code, and lack of books and ancillary materials.
  • Many regular education classes’ size exceeds the contractual limits.
  • The SFT notified the SSD via certified mail that the SFT wishes to begin contract negotiations.
  • The SFT also filed another Unfair Labor charge against the SSD for ignoring numerous filed grievances.

 

Boland placed the Executive Committee in executive session to discuss a recent arbitration hearing.

 

 

 

New Business

 

  • M. Loftus made a motion to purchase a laptop computer with Office for the ER&D Site Coordinator’s use, to be paid from the ER&D account. P. Festa seconded the motion. The motion passed.
  • Problems continue with the Breakfast in the Classroom program.
  • The future of lesson plan committees.
  • Report card prep continues to be an issue.

 

Adjournment – 5:36p.m.

 

A motion to adjourn was made by J. Zeleski and seconded by M. Byron. The motion passed.

 

COPE Meeting

 

President Boland called a COPE meeting to order at 5:37p.m.

 

Matt Cartright is having a rally on September 19th. Please think about attending.

 

Katie McGinty is attending a rally on October 8th.

 

J. Zaleski is the SFT/AFTPA @016 Campaign Coordinator, asking for support to work the phone banks at the AFSCME building in Dunmore on 9/20, 9/26, 10/6, 10/18, 10/26, Monday through Thursday 10am-8pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm.

 

Adjournment – 5:50pm

 

A motion to adjourn was made by V. Wojnar and seconded by S. Bartnicki. The motion passed.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

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General Membership Meeting – September 20, 2016

 

President Rosemary Boland called the General Membership Meeting of the Scranton Federation of Teachers to order at 4:00 P.M.

 

President Boland led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of silence for our active and retired military veterans.

 

ER&D Site Coordinator Report

ER&D Site Coordinator Louise Kurpis informed the membership about the following pertinent issues:

  • Food service will no longer be provided by Aramark. Coffee and tea and water will still be provided. On the last day of the course, instructors will provide food and refreshments paid for by the SFT.
  • Please choose a second and third option when registering for courses.
  • Please don’t choose a course which you already completed.
  • Priority is given to those in dire need.
  • Those who have never had a release time course, or who haven’t had one in a long time are given preference.
  • Please check the PDE website regularly to be sure your hours are credited. If there is a problem, please don’t wait a long time to report it.
  • There is a new cycle which begins 7/1/17.

 

Secretary’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kevin Kays read the minutes from the May 17, 2016 General Membership Meeting. L. Kurpis made a motion to accept the minutes. J. Bradley seconded the motion. The motion passed.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kays then gave the Treasurer’s report which summarized the July 2016 through August 2016 balance sheet and profit and loss statements. Kays noted that all accounts have “healthy balances,” and that all properly submitted bills have been paid. All SFT financial reports including the most recent audit are on file and available for inspection upon request by any SFT member.

 

President’s Report

President Rosemary Boland brought the following to the attention of the Membership:

  • Sharing of a classroom by 2 different content area classes.
  • Salary increases for many non-bargaining unit employees.
  • 2 former SFT Members accepted the position of Assistant School Leaders. These jobs required no bidding process and no interview panel. No one else was given an opportunity to apply for these positions. These people were hand-picked by the Superintendent.
  • There are 4 Acting Principals
  • A Judge has dismissed the lawsuit filed by an administrator against President Boland and some School Board Directors.
  • The SFT won the Wilson Reading Arbitration
  • The ESL paras seniority has been upheld

 

 

 

Vice-President’s Report

Vice-President Loftus enumerated and explained the status approximately 25 current grievances, arbitrations and ULPs. He also listed the many and various issues that our Members have brought to the attention of the SFT Office.

 

Members Concerns

  • Are we preparing for new contract negotiations? Act 195 requires us to notify the SSD that we would like to begin negotiations.
  • SFT Members must not violate the CBA
  • Life support class size
  • Taking a 6th class should be only done in emergency situations.
  • Students transferring to the SSD that have IEPs unknown to us.
  • The Special Education Plan passed by the SSD Board of Directors is not the plan that has been implemented this year.
  • How do teachers follow a plan that is not in writing.
  • ‘Regional teams’ was not discussed.

 

Adjournment---5:58PM

L. Ross made a motion to adjourn. It was seconded by F. Reagan. The motion passed.

 

 

 

COPE Meeting

President Boland called a COPE Meeting to order at 5:59PM

 

  • We need pro-public-school candidates. Please take note of the AFT and SFT endorsed candidates.
  • We need to write letters and emails, and make calls to our PA Representatives and Senators.
  • J. Zaleski asked for volunteers to help make calls for Hillary Clinton.
  • There will be a rally on October 8th on Courthouse Square.

 

A motion to adjourn was made by Lisa Ross. The motion was seconded by Marissa Byron. The motion passed.

 

Adjournment---6:03PM

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

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Executive Committee Meeting-October 11, 2016

 

The Executive Committee of the Scranton Federation of Teachers met on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. President Loftus called the meeting to order at 3:45p.m.

Members Present: R. Boland, M. Loftus, S. Bartnicki, G. Baldauff, F. Regan, P. Festa, V. Wojnar, J. Zaleski, D. Walter, A. Trapani, K. Waltz,

Members Excused: T. Anderson, K. Kays, K. Beckwith, L. Ross, M. Byron, L. Lempke, D. Powell, A. Geiger, M. Delmar, V. Amico, J. Telesco

 

Secretary’s Report

 

The minutes were distributed to the executive committee for the September 15, 2016 meeting to the Committee members present. A motion was made by P. Festa, and seconded by S. Bartnicki to accept the minutes amended to show that J. Zaleski wa present at the 9/13/16 Executive Committee meeting.. The motion passed.

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

  • The Executive Committee reviewed the Balance Sheet as of September 30, 2016 and the Profit and Loss statement dated July 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016 to the Committee members present. The documents show that all accounts have healthy balances and that all properly submitted bills have been paid. These financial reports have been filed in the Treasurer’s Office and are available for inspection by any SFT Member.
  • In the absence of Secretary-Treasurer Kays, President Boland presented the proposed SFT 2016-17 Budget which was recommended by the SFT Budget Committee which met 9/30/16. Trustee G. Baldauff offered clarification of cuts and adjustments to the budget. V. Wojnar made a motion to accept the proposed budget. F. Regan seconded the motion. The motion passed.

 

President’s Report

 

President Boland addressed the following issues:

  • 27 grievances have not been heard
  • 2 members received improvement plans
  • Insufficient numbers of substitute teachers
  • Lesson Plans
  • SFT/SSD Committees
  • NPCTM Conference at the Hilton 10/27/16 – Act 48 hours available
  • Electronic system for evaluation issues
  • SSD Special Education model disaster – physical assaults on teachers, paraprofessionals, and bus drivers
  • State looking at LJA – Monticello in October – Special Edication students are required to have 28 sq. ft. of space per student.
  • Salary concerns for Paraprofessional and Behavior Technicians at Electric City
  • Assistant Principal posting
  • Acting Principals

 

New Business

The Executive Committee discussed the following:

 

  • A member has suggested that the SFT Constitution be amended to expel members who take a 6th class. A grievance has been filed. The SFT is now considering arbitration.
  • Add a position in the Constitution for Alternative Education. A vote on whether or not to recommend this to the Membership will be take next meeting.
  • Inclusion of Life Skills and Autistic students.
  • The SSD Solicitor is slow to move on Grievance settlements.
  • Call for a Building Representatives meeting.
  • CBA negotiations

 

Adjournment – 5:31p.m.

 

A motion to adjourn was made by V. Wojnar and seconded by M. Byron. The motion passed.

 

COPE Meeting

 

President Boland called a COPE meeting to order at 5:31p.m.

 

  • The SFT is endorsing Clinton, Cartright, McGinty, Toricelli, DePasquale, and Shapiro.
  • The rally on September 19th was successful.
  • Consideration of an interview of candidates by the full Executive Committee before endorsement.
  • Saturday canvassers from NY need drivers.
  • A motion was made by J. Zaleski and seconded by F. Regan to spend $1250 to pay for 10 busses to transport rally attendees to and from the Steamtown Mall and SHS.

 

Adjournment – 5:51pm

 

A motion to adjourn was made by S. Bartnicki and seconded by F. Regan. The motion passed.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

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Executive Committee Meeting-November 15, 2016

 

The Executive Committee of the Scranton Federation of Teachers met on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. President Loftus called the meeting to order at 3:50p.m.

Members Present: R. Boland, M. Loftus, S. Bartnicki, G. Baldauff, F. Regan, V. Wojnar, J. Zaleski, K. Waltz, T. Anderson, K. Kays, K. Beckwith, D. Powell, A. Geiger, L. Ross, M. Byron

Members Excused: L. Lempke, P. Festa, M. Delmar, V. Amico, A. Trapani, D. Walter, J. Telesco

 

Secretary’s Report

The minutes were distributed to the executive committee for the October 11, 2016 meeting to the Committee members present. A motion was made by V. Wojnar, and seconded by S. Bartnicki to accept the minutes. The motion passed.

 

Treasurer’s Report

The Executive Committee reviewed the Balance Sheet as of October 31, 2016 and the Profit and Loss statement dated July 1, 2016 through October 31, 2016 to the Committee members present. Secretary-Treasurer Kays stated that all accounts have healthy balances and that all properly submitted bills have been paid. These financial reports have been filed in the Treasurer’s Office and are available for inspection by any SFT Member.

 

President’s Report

President Boland addressed the following issues:

  • The SFT won the ESL Arbitration. The SSD must post all positions for bidding before Christmas. That is the 3rd SFT Arbitration award in recent times.
  • 12/1/16 is the first SFT/SSD Negotiations session for a successor CBA.
  • The SFT has filed Right-to-Knows for all tests that the SSD has ordered for all buildings in the District.
  • Air quality continues to be a concern among employees in all the buildngs.
  • Numerous teachers have been diagnosed with various rare forms of cancer, including multiple myeloma.
  • The SFT currently has 30 grievances against the SSD.

 

New Business

The Executive Committee discussed the following:

  • The SSD Special Education Plan fails to address the many problems in various schools.
  • Mandated progress reports are a problem for teachers who has not received proper training.
  • Lack of substitute teachers results in a loss of preps for many teachers. Those teachers then do not have enough time for lesson planning, date entry, etc.
  • A lack of a consistently-enforced progressive discipline policy.

Adjournment – 5:45p.m. A motion to adjourn was made by K. Waltz and seconded by everyone present. The motion passed.

Respectfully Submitted,

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General Membership Meeting – December 7, 2016

 

President Rosemary Boland called the General Membership Meeting of the Scranton Federation of Teachers to order at 3:50 P.M.

 

President Boland led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of silence in honor of Pearl Harbor Day and all veterans who have served our country.

 

Secretary’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kevin Kays read the minutes from the September 20, 2016 General Membership Meeting. S. Bartnicki made a motion to accept the minutes. M. Delmar seconded the motion. The motion passed.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kays then gave the Treasurer’s report which summarized the July 2016 through October 2016 balance sheet and profit and loss statements. Kays noted that all accounts have “healthy balances,” and that all properly submitted bills have been paid. All SFT financial reports including the most recent audit are on file and available for inspection upon request by any SFT member.

 

President’s Report

President Boland brought the following to the attention of the Membership:

  • 3 arbitrations won by the SFT.
  • 9 grievances resolved in favor of the SFT.

 

Vice-President’s Report

  • Vice-President Matt Loftus enumerated and explained the status approximately 25 current grievances, arbitrations and ULPs. He also listed the many and various issues that our Members have brought to the attention of the SFT Office.
  • Loftus also noted that the SFT and SSD were due to schedule negotiations for a successor CBA and retirement incentive.

 

Members Concerns

  • What happens to contracts under PA State receivership?
  • Principal discretion
  • Retroactive payment
  • Class size
  • Lower caps for alternative education classes
  • The importance of contacting state representatives to voice concerns
  • The push for more state funding

 

Adjournment---5:02PM

J. Zaleski made a motion to adjourn. It was seconded by M. Byron and others. The motion passed.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

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General Membership Meeting - February 8, 2017

 

President Rosemary Boland called the General Membership Meeting of the Scranton Federation of Teachers to order at 4:00 P.M.

 

President Boland led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of silence for our ill and for our deceased Members of the SFT.

 

President Boland introduced John Broomall of the PA Alliance for Arts Education who highlighted the disastrous cuts that school districts are making to support for the Arts and other educational programs. John emphasized that these cuts are coming about largely because districts are outsourcing work, that used to be accomplished by district employees to private contractors.

Boland also introduced Susan Spicka of Education voters of PA, who encouraged all to raise public pressure on legislators to properly fund public education, and to hold lawmakers accountable. She noted that Scranton is currently not receiving the funding that it should be.

 

Secretary’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kevin Kays read the minutes from the December 7, 2016 General Membership Meeting. J. Brotherton made a motion to accept the minutes. D. Hafner seconded the motion. The motion passed.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Kays then gave the Treasurer’s report which summarized the July 2016 through December 2016 balance sheet and profit and loss statements. Kays noted that all accounts have “healthy balances,” and that all properly submitted bills have been paid. All SFT financial reports including the most recent audit are on file and available for inspection upon request by any SFT member.

 

President’s Report

President Boland brought the following to the attention of the Membership:

  • 3 arbitrations won by the SFT.
  • 12 grievances resolved in favor of the SFT.
  • The disastrous, ill-conceived education plan which was proposed by the Superintendent and approved by the School Board.
  • Critical observations performed by principals who have never taught the level that they are observing.

 

Vice-President’s Report

  • Vice-President Matt Loftus enumerated and explained the status approximately 25 current grievances, arbitrations and ULPs. , including a grievance on the SSD proposed health care plan which will be scheduled for arbitration. He also listed the many and various issues that our Members have brought to the attention of the SFT Office.
  • Loftus also noted that the SFT and SSD were due to schedule negotiations for a successor CBA and retirement incentive.

 

Nominations of Delegates and Executive Committee Members

  • Chris Walker placed the names of the current Executive Committee to serve during the next term, July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021. There was one nomination from the floor. George Roskos nominated Ken Murphy for Committee member from West High School. Fred Falbo seconded the nomination. An election will be scheduled at West Scranton High School for that position. All other nominees were elected by acclamation.

 

  • Chris Walker also placed the following Members in good standing into nomination to serve as delegates to the AFT PA Convention in June: R. Boland, Amy Trapani, Vince Wojnar, Matthew Loftus, Jerry Baldauff, Patrick Festa, Steve Bartnicki, Jennifer Zaleski, and Marissa Byron. There were no nominations from the floor. The nominees were elected by acclamation.

 

Members Concerns

  • An unjustified letter of reprimand
  • Concerns about reduction in staffing due to the implementation of the proposed education plan.
  • Maintenance concerns
  • Prioritizing concerns for the future of the teaching profession before selfish petty concerns.
  • Formation of building committees to deal with the concerns of individual schools.
  • Increasing attendance at school board meetings.
  • The APEX program.
  • The trickle-down effect of the proposed plan on all content areas

Adjournment---6:37PM

P. Festa made a motion to adjourn. It was seconded by many. The motion passed.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

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Executive Committee Meeting-April 19, 2017

 

The Executive Committee of the Scranton Federation of Teachers met on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. President Boland called the meeting to order at 3:49p.m.

 

Members Present: R. Boland, M. Loftus, S. Bartnicki, G. Baldauff, F. Regan, P. Festa, M. Delmar, V. Amico, K. Waltz, K. Kays, J. Telesco, K. Beckwith, L. Lempke, A. Geiger, J. Zaleski, M. Byron

Member(s) Absent: V. Wojnar, T. Anderson, L. Ross, D. Walter, D. Powell, A. Trapani

 

Secretary’s Report

The minutes were distributed to the executive committee for the February 21, 2017 meeting to the Committee members present. A motion was made by A. Geiger, and seconded by P. Festa to accept the minutes. The motion passed.

 

Treasurer’s Report

The Executive Committee reviewed the Balance Sheet as of March 31, 2017 and the Profit and Loss statement dated July 2016 through March 2017 to the Committee members present. Secretary-Treasurer Kays stated that all accounts have healthy balances and that all properly submitted bills have been paid. These financial reports have been filed in the Treasurer’s Office and are available for inspection by any SFT Member.

 

President’s Report

-President Boland informed the Committee that the SFT Scholarship applications are about to be sent out. President Boland asked for a motion to award one $1,000 and one $500 scholarship at each high school. Mary Delmar made the motion. Marissa Byron seconded the motion. The motion passed.

-President Boland then placed the Executive Committee in executive session in order to discuss contract negotiations.

-Some teachers in various school buildings are reporting infestations of bed bugs and mice. One teachers found mouse droppings on her desk.

 

Vice-President’s Report

Vice President Matthew Loftus brought the following to the attention of the Committee.

  • The Behavior Techs have approached the SFT to gain membership.

Jennifer Zaleski made a motion to deny their entry into our union. Steve Bartnicki seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

  • Loftus made a motion to amend the SFT Constitution by adding “(including assignments to Grade 6 at all Intermediate Schools)” at the end of Article 5 Section 1. Marissa Byron seconded the motion. Due to the need to amend the motion, Loftus withdrew the motion to be revisited at the May meeting.

A constitutional amendment must be approved by 2/3 of the Membership.

 

Adjournment -- 5:23p.m. A motion to adjourn was made by J. Telesco and seconded by A. Geiger. The motion passed.

 

 

COPE Meeting

President Boland called the COPE meeting to order at 5:23p.m.

 

-J. Telesco made a motion to donate $400 to Gene Talerico’s campaign for District Attorney, and $300 each to Todd Eagan and Joe Cosgrove for Commonwealth Judge. M. Loftus seconded the motion. The motion passed.

 

-M. Loftus made a motion to donate $250 to each of the SFT endorsed candidates for School Director: Waldeck, Gilmartin, McAndrew, Phillips, and Sheridan.

J. Zaleski seconded the motion. The motion passed.

 

Adjournment – 6:01p.m. A motion to adjourn was made by M. Delmar and seconded by J. Baldauff. The motion passed.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

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