With the imminent sunset of the 2011-2014 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on June 30, 2014, the process of negotiating the next CBA has begun. In preparation for the 2014 Round of Negotiations and based on their commitment to this lofty task, I have selected the following members of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit Education Association (AIUEA) to represent the various programs of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. In preparation for this Round of Negotiations, many of the TEAM members listed below have attended PSEA’s Leadership Workshop at Gettysburg College.
Based on their significance to the process, I refer to them as the TEAM.
Name TEAM Representation_______________
Suzanne Brannagan Chief Negotiator Bargaining Unit
Victoria Rice Campbell AIUEA Core Team Member Bargaining Unit
District Based and Transition
Danielle Clouse AIUEA Core Team Member Bargaining Unit
Mary Brushaber & AIUEA Committee Member Centers: Mon Valley, Pathfinder
Dana Ritter (with flexibility) and Sunrise Schools
Dena Conway AIUEA Committee Member DART
Betsy Dalton AIUEA Committee Member English as a Second Language
Darlene Geddes AIUEA Committee Member Speech and Language
Michael Horvat AIUEA Committee Member Hearing and Vision
Vicky Kovacs AIUEA Committee Member Non Public Schools
Jan Pressman AIUEA Committee Member English as a Second Language
Janice Vogan AIUEA Committee Member Pupil Personnel Services
Michael Harrison AIUEA Salary Committee Bargaining Unit
Crystal Vogstberger AIUEA Salary Committee Bargaining Unit
The TEAM’s first meeting was held on September 10, 2013. At that time, the goal of meeting was to meet at least two times per month and remain in continual communication via text, email, and TEAM meetings was established.
Following the selection of the TEAM and the onset of internal meetings, the negotiation process included a PSEA-recommended survey which was mailed to our members. The results of the surveys were tabulated by PSEA and returned to the TEAM in graph form for easy analysis. To insure that the TEAM maintains awareness of the needs and desires of the membership, this data is continually referenced during the negotiation process.
As required by Act 88 of 1992: The Collective Bargaining Law for School Employees and to meet the time line requirements of the process, Dan Carey, PSEA Uniserv Representative, and I met with Dr. Michael Brinkos, Assistant Executive Director for Operations and Educational Services, and his negotiations team on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. In essence, with this meeting, the formal negotiations process has begun.
Please allow periodic emails presented in this format to inform you of our progress in the negotiation process. In other words, if you did not hear it directly from me or a member of the Core Team, then please consider it rumor, innuendo, or simply speculation. For your reference, the updates will also be posted on our website at http://aiuea.psealocals.org. Parenthetically, this process of communication was developed in response to your survey request for more information during the negotiation process.
As updates are sent, you may want to track the sections of the CBA that are signed by noting such in your 2011-2014 CBA. The periodic updates will provide the specific sections which have been signed by both teams to date.
If you know of a colleague who is not receiving negotiation updates, please have her/him email firstname.lastname@example.org to provide a private email address. Use of an AIU email address is not appropriate and will not be accepted as part of the list serve.
As always, our goal for the negotiation of the next CBA is a fair and equitable contract. You may reach AIUEA leadership at any time by emailing us at email@example.com.