NBEA Virtual Annual Meeting

The NBEA Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, June 16 @330.
Hello members, if you are interested in attending the virtual NBEA Annual Meeting, please follow these instructions for how to participate. Use the link provided to join the meeting. This is our first attempt at this so hopefully it goes well. Also, please note that we do not expect any new info regarding the budget or the return to school plan for this meeting.
Registration for the meeting will begin at 315
The Meeting will begin at 335.
At 335 you will receive the Agenda and other documents. They will be posted in the chat box.
Please be sure that your screen name is your actual name as you will need to be registered as an NBEA member to enter.
Upon entry all members will be muted to limit any possible background noise.
Further instructions will be given at the meeting
copy and paste the link to join the meeting
Topic: NBEA Annual Meeting
Time: Jun 16, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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NBEA Elections

NBEA Elections
Self-nomination forms are posted in schools every year for the election of NBEA, Inc. Officers and Directors. As that is not possible, they are available here and also on the NBEA website. Please note that the deadline for these forms has been extended to May 14, 2020.
Please see the form for vacancies in this year’s election.
Please send a copy of the completed and signed form to the NBEA by mail before the due date of May 14, 2020.
Please send any questions to nbeducators@yahoo.com

Call to Members for Committee on Concerns related to school closing

Dear Members,
In the most recent extension of the MOA regarding the school closings, the NBEA bargaining team secured a Committee that shall meet with the District bi-weekly and also at the request of either side.
The purpose of this committee is to have a vehicle for educators to address any concerns that come up regarding remote instruction/ learning or anything else related to the current school closings.
The NBEA is asking for any educator who would like to be on this committee to send an e-mail with your name, what you teach and where you teach, to

please use the subject line:   Committee

The NBEA would like to have as much representation on this committee as possible, please consider being part of this committee so that we can ensure direct member dialogue with the District about concerns.

In Solidarity

Christopher Garcia

NBEA reaches agreement with District on School Closings due to State Health Shutdown

Dear Members,
I want to update you as to the status of our talks with the District about the closing of schools in New Bedford due to Coronavirus.

The NBEA received word from the District on Sunday, March 15 that Governor Baker had ordered that all schools in the state be closed until April 7. Immediately, I sent a request to bargain any and all changes to working conditions, to the Superintendent. His office and myself began to work on this language at once.

The NBEA’s first goal was to ensure that all educators will continue to receive their full salary and benefits from the District. To this end, the the NBEA has now secured a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to the Contract to ensure this in writing.

The MOA was negotiated by the President of the NBEA with the assistance of First Vice-President Fred Pearson, Vice President of Unit A Chuck Lapre and Vice President of Unit B Jeff Longo. NBEA also consulted with MTA for direction and advisement.

The negotiated MOA was sent to the NBEA Executive Board for review and approval this morning. Do to the inability to hold an emergency meeting in person, the Board was given until 1PM to vote by e-mail. The Board voted unanimously to approve the MOA. A ratification vote was not possible, due to the unforeseen need for this measure, the lack of time, and most importantly, the inability to have a meeting of the membership both for logistical and health concerns. Because of this the NBEA Executive Board voted unanimously to approve the signing of the MOA without ratification.

The MOA, as well as an FAQ, is available in the members section of  the NBEA website.

The MOA states:

1.     Effective March 23, 2020 through April 6, 2020 all Unit A staff are expected to be available for remote work during their normally scheduled hours.  Remote work may include, but is not limited to grade entry, communication to families/students, data analysis, providing remote instruction/remote instruction assistance, professional development, and other activities related to the Unit A job descriptions. Any disagreement as to what constitutes remote learning for any professional employee will be addressed in a meeting with the NBEA and the District.
2.     All staff are expected to check their email frequently, throughout the workday, and respond to/acknowledge emails in a timely manner.
3.     All Unit A staff working remotely will be paid their full salary, including ELT stipends.  No Additional hours or stipend payments connected to clubs and/or spring athletics will be paid.
4.     Those serving as mentors and mentor coordinators will continue their mentoring activities and receive their mentoring stipends as scheduled.
5.     This agreement shall sunset at the close of business on April 6, 2020 unless an extended closure of schools is required.  If an extension of school closure is required, the District and the Association will meet to discuss the terms of that extended leave.

The NBEA office is closed during this time of school closures in New Bedford. However, I will still be working remotely to support any members concerns on this or any other matter. Please address questions to nbeducators@yahoo.com and I will try to answer them in as timely a manner as possible.

In Solidarity,

Christopher Garcia