Here in Falmouth, some of you may have had the pleasure to meet and work with Michael Shannon, MTA Field Representative for our region in the recent past. He works closely with FEA leadership offering guidance and support in countless ways. If you have been involved in the EBoard, Representatives Council, Negotiations Team, or you have met and worked with him in many different capacities.
Over the past seven years or so, MTA has assigned at least seven different Field Reps to Falmouth. The EBoard received notice a few weeks ago that Mike was being re-assigned and will no longer be our Rep. at the very latest, by February 15, 2019. We have been re-assigned to a returning Field Rep., Kimberly Hoffman. She comes to us and other regional local associations with vast experience and a glowing endorsement from MTA Regional Manager for our region, Victor Rosado. Some FEA members have had the pleasure of meeting Kim during this brief transitional period. Welcome Kim! Mike, Kim, Rachel Zaino (our Negotiations Chair) and I sat next to each other at our first open bargaining session with the Negotiations Team and Representatives from the School Committee of which I have already reported in a previous email.
Although we are pleased with having another experienced Field Rep in Kim, we do believe consistency is of utmost importance. As we just opened negotiations with the School Committee and have met once, and I am a relatively new President with no transition in July; the EBoard has agreed that we would like to endorse Mike to be our Transitional Field Rep working closely with Kim as our Assigned Field Rep until the end of the school year. As we have experienced in the past, effective progress has been impeded by the constant turnover of MTA Field Reps.
With the most recent JANUS decision, MTA has called upon us to become more active than we have ever been. We have obliged, and we have learned to become more active in being the voice we need to champion for what is in the best interests of the students, the families and the communities we serve. With that, I am calling upon you to champion to the MTA for what we deserve directly as the FEA.
We deserve consistency, a clear transitional plan, and local support before a new Field Rep is assigned. I believe the MTA Field Reps deserve the support from us to insure that, too. With that, I am imploring you to click the link below and be the activist MTA asks us to be in support of their initiatives. This happens to be in support of our initiative: keep consistency and have Mike remain in our region as a Transitional Field Rep with Kim as an Assigned Field Rep until the end of the school year. We believe this is in the best interests of children, our Local Membership as a whole, and MTA’s initiative to support locals more directly after the JANUS position.
Almost all of our regional locals have agreed to support this request, and I am sending this email to their Presidents to share the same message with their members in order to organize this collaboratively. Currently; Plympton, Duxbury, Whitman-Hanson, Kingston, Barnstable, and Silver Lake are in support of this transitional plan until the end of the school year. I ask that you cut, paste, and send this message to Victor Rosado so he understands our need in order to support MTA’s initiatives:
We are requesting that you, Victor Rosado, directly support our region’s and local’s current initiative: keep consistency and have Mike Shannon remain in our region as a Transitional Field Rep with Kim Hoffman as an Assigned Field Rep until the end of the school year. We believe this is in the best interests of children, in the best interests of our Local Membership as a whole, and MTA’s initiative to support locals more directly after the JANUS decision. Please consider this request and let us know your response directly as soon as possible. Respectfully, (enter your name and local association here).
Our local association is Falmouth Educators’ Association.
Click the link and email Victor Rosado directly with your feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve never clicked the link and sent feedback before – now is the time. I would not be sending this to you if it wasn’t in the best interests of the collective us.
The time is now.
I implore you, Lori