Negotiations

The negotiating teams met six times in the past seven weeks and nearly all of the 51 issues brought to the table by one party or the other have been discussed thoroughly. It is getting close to the time where further discussion on some issues is unlikely to move either party, and each will have decisions to make.

Progress has been made on multiple issues related to salary and other compensation, voluntary and involuntary transfer, sick leave bank, and negotiating procedures. One of the unsettled major issues is scheduled for discussion on April 5. We anticipate that the discussion will include involving department chairpersons in the observation and rating of department members. Please forward a note to Bill Jones at the TAAAC office or an email to BJones@mseanea.org if you have an opinion or other input on that issue.

Our next two sessions are scheduled for April 5th and April 16th. Obviously, we are not going to meet our March 31st deadline.

RALLY FOR STATEWIDE FAIRSHARE FEE

Are you annoyed with, or at least weary of, free-riding non-members driving up your MSEA dues? Take time on Wednesday evening to help do something about it.

Join MSEA, your Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, and some of your TAAAC leadership to make a final push for the passage of Fair Share on Wednesday, March 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Annapolis. We’ll meet at the Miller Senate Office Building on 11 Bladen Street in the First Floor East Conference Room. Dinner will be provided. If you’re going to attend, it would helpful if you would register in advance. You can do so at:

https://marylandeducators.wufoo.com/forms/emergency-lobby-night-for-fair-share

If you have TAAAC shirts or jackets, please wear them. If you do not, please wear something orange.