A Message from the President
February 1, 2019
Welcome to Spring Semester, APA Members;
If you are reading this letter, you are currently enjoying a look at the new APA website. For this upgrade to the online presence of the APA, we sincerely thank APA member, Liz Novak, of Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Liz answered the call for a web designer/manager and has been devoting considerable time to building and enhancing this site, which will provide APA members with a more robust source of information about the APA, (and the MTA and NEA), member benefits, political issues and a host of other resources. We look forward to your feedback and suggestions.
By now, APA members have all received (finally!) contractual salary increases and retroactive pay. We appreciate that this has been a arduous and sometimes frustrating process. Thanks to feedback from the bargaining team, the APA and other MTA affiliated unions have been putting together language, that may escalate to legislation, seeking to simplify and streamline the bargaining process. I’m sure once their own contract woes have been resolved, the MSCA will be eager to join in this initiative. There will be more news on this as the language gets closer to being finalized.
Many members, HR Directors and APA local chapters have been requesting the finalized 2018-20 APA Agreement language. We have received word that the lawyers working on the contract may have a final draft ready for mid to late February. Currently, the only finalized document on record for the contract language changes is the Memorandum of Agreement that was distributed back in May. A copy of that is posted here on the APA Website. As soon as the final draft of the Agreement is ready, it will also be posted. For now, the 2014-16 Agreement is here for reference.
Additionally, we know there have been questions regarding the new evaluation process. At your institution, (and - adherence to the schedule for the first employee “narrative” has been flexible for the first round) the initial “November” narrative should be complete. The next is due in April, followed by the evaluation (due in June). It is important for members to participate in the “self-promotion” aspect of these important phases of the evaluation process. Your narrative sets the tone and criteria by which your supervisor can craft the evaluation. Please be candid in listing your achievements, your goals, your professional development needs and those things that impede your success.
An FAQ about the evaluation process and some key advice on how to be successful (employees and managers) is being developed and will be distributed to the Institutions. Thanks to all who worked to develop a better evaluation vehicle for APA members.
In the meantime, please enjoy this new semester in the State College and University System. Have a peek at our new website and please, let us know your suggestions.
The very best to all –
Statewide APA President
Fitchburg State Local Chapter President