Negotiations Begin / Survey Coming

Negotiations between TAAAC and the Board for fiscal year 2018 kicked off on September 29th. The session was intended to cover some preliminary issues, and accomplished what was intended. The teams got re-acquainted, a negotiating calendar was prepared through March 22th, 2017, and the joint committee on extra-curricular classification created in the previous Agreement was more clearly defined and its first meeting scheduled. The next negotiations session is scheduled for November 3, 2016, at which proposals will be exchanged. Unless an extension is mutually agreed upon, the window to offer new proposals will close at the end of that session.

A bargaining survey will be distributed over the next few business days to all TAAAC members for whom we have personal email addresses. Please encourage colleagues who may have not provided us with a private email to do so. Those who are uncertain whether their addresses are on our list should look at their inboxes and spam folders and check for this message.

MEMORIAL SERVICE

This distribution list is typically reserved for bargaining and bargaining-related topics. Please permit this rare diversion:

A memorial service has been scheduled for Charles R. LoCascio, who passed away on July 29th while retired and residing Virginia. Charles began as a teacher-activist in TAAAC in the late 1960’s, took a position as an MSTA UniServ Director, and later became TAAAC’s Executive Director. He retired in the summer of 2003 after serving in the roll of Executive Director for nearly two decades. Charles did a lot of good work for a lot of good people, many of whom are still employed and on this distribution list. They would not want to be left uninformed.

There is a local memorial service scheduled for the benefit of Charles’ many Maryland friends. It will be held on Saturday, November 12, at 1:00pm at Saint Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Pleasant Plains Road, Annapolis, Maryland. There will be a reception afterwards.