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Right to Representation

Your Weingarten Rights

An employee in a unionized workplace who is called into a meeting with his or her employer that may lead to disciplinary action is entitled to union representation upon request. Because the law does not specifically require a supervisor to inform employees of this right at or before such a meeting, the employee must state that he or she wants a union representative present. Once the request is made, the meeting must terminate until a representative is present. Faculty and staff cannot lawfully be disciplined for invoking this or any other union right.

Read more on Weingarten and other rights via the MTA Division of Legal Services.

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Bylaws Updates

Proposed Bylaw Amendments – 2016

This is a summary of the changes to the Bylaws proposed for adoption by the General Membership at the June General association meeting.

Amendment 1 – Remove Corresponding Secretary Position

Add “Shall keep a list of officers, building representatives, and members of committees,” to the Recording Secretary’s duties.
Add “Shall keep a list of all active members and update membership with affiliate organizations in a timely fashion,” to Financial Secretary’s duties.

Amendment 2 – Add School Committee Rep to Executive Board

The School Committee Representative shall attend all School Committee Meetings, prepare a written report for members of the Executive Board, and present a summary of the events that took place at the School Committee meetings at Executive Board Meetings.

Amendment 3 – Add New Teacher Rep to Executive Board

The New Teacher Representative shall organize social events for new teachers; keep an updated list of all new teachers to the school district and their membership in the RTA; keep new teachers updated in issues pertaining to events happening in their schools, around the school system, facing the Executive Board, and the RTA; pass along information to new teachers from the MTA, NEA, and RTA.

Amendment 4 – Add Communications Chair to Executive Board

The Communications Chair shall maintain the association website, social media accounts, and newsletter.

Amendment 5 – Removal of Negligent Board Members

By a two-third (2/3) majority vote of the Executive Board, an office can be declared vacant due to a board member being incapacitated or found grossly negligent in his/her duties as defined by these Bylaws.

Amendment 6 – Building Rep Duties and Elections

Add “Shall organize voluntary meetings for all teachers in your building to discuss the contract and other pertinent information as well as distribute any written materials,” to duties.
Add section: “Election of Building Representatives: Elections for Building Representatives will be held in each building no less frequently than every two (2) years.”

Amendment 7 – Remove Legislative Committee

Delete full section regarding Legislative Standing Committee

Amendment 8 – Grievance Committee

Make the grievance committee a standing committee with the following duties:
1. The Grievance Committee shall field all inquiries, questions, violations as they relate to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
2. Assist members in processing and presenting grievances beyond Level One as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
3. Make recommendations to the Executive Board if grievances reach the Arbitration stage.

Amendment 9 – Election of Officers

Replace current procedure with the following:
A. Prior to February first of an election year, the President shall appoint a Nominations and Elections Committee of members of the Executive Board not seeking elected office.
B. The Nominations and Elections Committee shall select a Chairperson, prepare nomination papers, and make all necessary arrangements for conducting an election including: seeking candidates for Executive Board Officers, confirming Nomination papers have no fewer than fifty (50) signatures, publishing names and information about candidates, running a secret election in buildings, and counting ballots.
C. Election of Officers shall be held during the third (3rd) week in May and shall be conducted by secret ballot in each building.
D. The names of the candidates for elective office together with information about each candidate shall be published and distributed to members no later than one week preceding the date of the election.
E. All ballots will be counted the same day as the election in an open forum. Any RTA member in good standing may observe the counting of the ballots.
F. To be elected, a candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast.
G. All officers shall be elected for a term of two (2) years.

Amendment 10 – General Election Procedures

In the event no candidate(s) receives a majority vote, a second election shall be conducted between/among the top vote getters. The ballot for the second election shall contain the names equal to the available positions plus one.
In the event that the number of candidates equals the number of positions available, the candidates shall be declared elected and no election shall be conducted.
In all instances of voting, members who vote shall be considered present and voting. All abstentions from voting shall be considered neutral.

Amendment 11 – Board Member Stipends

Add as a new Article:
Members of the Executive Board who attend at least 75% of all Executive Board, General Membership, and Special meetings will be paid the following honorarium.
RTA Position Annual Stipend
President $3,000
1st Vice President $1,500
2nd Vice President $1,500
Recording Secretary $1,000
Financial Secretary $1,000
Treasurer $1,000
School Committee Representative $750
New Teacher Representative $750
Communications Chair $750
Building Representatives (24) $750
Professional Negotiating Team (5-9) $1,000

Amendment 12 – Clarifications and Updates

Delete Article VIII – Order of Business
In Article V – Meetings, specify the Recording Secretary as able to call a meeting at the request of the membership.
In Article III – General Membership, correct “Constitution and Bylaws” to simply “Bylaws”

RTA Elections

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Biannual Election of Officers

The following announcements from the Elections Committee pertain to any members interested in running for office within RTA.

2016 Election Notice

2016 Election Protocol

 

A Few Announcements

RTA’s Annual Meeting

The spring General Membership Meeting will be June 2.  We will be taking a vote on bylaw updates and may also ratify a new stipend appendix to the contract. Whether you can stay for dinner after the meeting or not, please save the date! 

Red Sox Night

RTA has group tickets for the Red Sox game against the Rockies on May 26th. That night will also feature the retirement of Wade Boggs’ number.
Bleacher Tickets are $28 each, friends and family are welcome!  Send a check or cash to Liz Adamo at the Paul Revere School to reserve tickets. All payments must be put in an envelope labeled with your name, your school, and the number of tickets you wish to purchase. Make checks payable to “Revere Teachers Association.”  The deadline to reserve tickets is Friday, March 18th. 

Little Ricky Foundation

RTA made a donation to the Little Ricky Foundation, an autism charity serving Revere students.
We’ve received a small number of tickets to their event on the evening of April 9. Contact Matt Nazzaro for a ticket, first come first served. Additional tickets are available through the foundation. http://littlericky.vpweb.com/

2016-17 RPS Calendar

Although a finalized calendar isn’t ready for publication yet, rumors are swirling after the School Committee’s vote this week to open schools on religious holidays. This was the goal of the school district’s many requests to remove religious leave from our contract, but they have finally opted to try this calendar with our holy day protections intact.
As you make decisions for next year, please support our members who need this religious protection in future years by taking leave only to observe your faith. Someday (subject to negotiations, of course) we may be required to use personal leave on holy days. If you would not consider using a personal day for a holiday, then it’s best for us as a Union that you choose to come to work on that day next year.
Because of the start date provision negotiated last year, the teacher report date is expected to be August 25, with students’ first day one week before Labor Day, August 29. The calendar draft which circulated some time ago with teachers reporting on the 22nd was never acceptable under our contract.

MTA Annual Meeting

The MTA annual meeting is May 13-14. Nominations for annual meeting delegates and alternate delegates are open until Friday March 18th. If there are more nominees for delegate than our allotted representation, we will hold a full membership vote in buildings during the week of March 28th. To nominate yourself as delegate or alternate delegate, send an email to Andrea Aeschlimann via .

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