ALERT! Senate Bill 246

Next week, the NH Senate will hold a hearing on a re-referred bill, SB246.  The bill seeks to remove principals, assistant principals, librarians and guidance counselors from the state’s definition of teacher for the purposes of re-nomination protection.
We are strongly opposed to this bill, and to that end, NEA-NH President Scott McGilvray will be testifying Tuesday against the bill.


NEA-NH Recommends Clinton

“Tireless fighter for students and educators throughout her career”
Culminating a process that began in May, the NEA-NH Executive Board released news this week that NEA-NH recommends Hillary Clinton in the upcoming primary.
The recommendation process included face-to-face interviews of all major Democratic party candidates by a representative committee of teachers, education support professionals and retired members. Republican candidates did not respond to invitations to speak to the GR Committee.


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Emergency Ratification Meeting

Concord Education Association

Emergency Meeting

Thursday, May 28

Concord High School Auditorium

4:10 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, May 28 to vote on a proposed three-year contract. A ratification vote will take place at the end of the meeting. Come hear the details, ask questions, comment on the contract and vote.

The negotiation team has worked tirelessly the past year to reach a fair and equitable contract solution. This is a very important meeting. Some of the contents of the proposal contain items that will impact some members more than others. It is imperative that every member understands and appreciates every aspect of their collective bargaining agreement and any proposed changes. As we stated earlier, your team has volunteered a considerable amount of their personal and family time to negotiate on your behalf. Now it is time for you to show your support and respect for the process. On Thursday, May 28 many of you have scheduled building level meeting. Chris Rath has agreed to notify administrators that you will be allowed to miss these meetings. RMS teachers can leave before the 20-minutes after the school day. Please try and be prompt. We look forward to presenting the details to you.

Your negotiation team includes:

Charlie Swift – Concord High School

Kim Bleier – Concord High School

Sandy Metevier – Abbot Downing School

Jeremy Duclos – Concord High School

Paul Bourassa – Christa McAuliffe School

Mike Macri – Broken Ground School

Laurie Haney- Rundlett Middle School

Dan Magarian- Retired Teacher

We are continuing the Ground Rules. No public statements will be made until after the meeting on May 28th.

May Meeting Update

Join us at the Red Blazer on June 9th from 3:45 to 5:45 to honor our CEA retirees and celebrate the ending of another fantastic school year!

Our 2015 Retirees:

Shirley Blanchard, Meeta Brown, Lisa Burton, Mark Denoncour, Susan Dicroce, Sharon Durkis, Cathleen Furlong, Linda Mai, MaryBeth Morrill, Laurie Owen, Jan Smith, Mary Wilke,Chris Makris, and Laurie Gordon

April Meeting Update

From the April 2015 Meeting:
Summer paychecks will be distributed in one lump sum on the last Friday in June.  This is just like two years ago. Take home pay will increase because union dues and insurance contributions are only deducted during the school year.
The first paycheck of 2015-2016 will be 9/11/15.
The CEA Retirement Social is Tuesday June 9, 2015. IT IS FUN – COME!
Red Blazer 3:455:45 pm. Appetizers, great company, honoring retirees, cash bar.
A number of days were returned to our sick bank after a CEA member went on disability leave recently.

A note from the district office regarding health benefit information:

Some employee groups who will/may move to the Consumer-Driven Health Plan (CDHP) effective September 1, 2015.  Because of this, we have scheduled four dates and times for SchoolCare representatives to conduct educational sessions with a specific focus not only on this plan, but also the benefits of the Flexible Spending Account.  These sessions are designed to provide you with information regarding this plan in order that you have a better understanding of how the plan works, deductibles, etc.  
These sessions are not to be confused with our regular “Open Enrollment” meetings, which will begin on May 18th – this schedule will be announced at a later date.
We encourage anyone who is interested to attend, and do not limit it to just the groups moving to the new plan – every employee, whether on an HMO or CDHP now, or even if not enrolled in a plan at all, should feel free to attend.
The schedule is noted below.  Please let Larry Prince know if you have any questions.
Monday, April 20th   3:30pm   CHS Auditorium
Wednesday, April 22nd   3:30pm   CHS Auditorium
Monday, May 4th   3:15pm  Mill Brook School
Wednesday, May 6th   4:15pm   Rundlett Middle School Media Center