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© 2018 LFA Local 1261

News From the LFA and its member schools:

Thanks to Dan DiPleco, our newsletter editor, the LFA publishes a periodical Newsletter.  Click the links below for the most recent and archived newsletters.

Recent News:

July/August 2018:

Janus   vs   AFSCME   Supreme   Court   Decision:       The   U.S.   Supreme   Court   dealt   a   blow   to   organized   public   labor,   ruling   that   non-members   cannot   be   forced   in   pay   fees   to   unions   representing   public employees   such   as   teachers   and   police,   shutting   off   a   key   union   revenue   source.   Local   1261   is   a private union and this ruling does not apply to us. On    a    5-4    vote    powered    by    the    court's    conservative    majority,    the    justices    overturned    a    1977 Supreme   Court   precedent   that   had   allowed   the   so-called   agency   fees   that   are   collected   from millions   of   non-union   workers   in   lieu   of   union   dues   to   fund   non-political   activities   like   collective bargaining. In the 56 years of its existence the LFA has not made political contributions of any kind. In   May,   2018,   a   case   (for   at-   will-   employees)      involving   the   rights   of   tens   of   millions   of   private   sector   employees,   the   U.S.   Supreme   Court, by   a   5-4   vote,   delivered   a   major   blow   to   workers,   ruling   for   the   first   time   that   workers   may   not   band   together   to   challenge   violations   of federal labor laws. Writing   for   the   majority,   Justice   Neil   Gorsuch   said   that   the   1925   Federal   Arbitration   Act   trumps   the   National   Labor   Relations   Act   and   that employees   who   sign   employment   agreements   to   arbitrate   claims   must   do   so   on   an   individual   basis   —   and   may   not   band   together   to enforce claims of wage and hour violations. In short, these employees must obtain their own attorney which can be expensive. In   the   coming   months,   you   will   be   receiving   a   letter   informing   you   about   our   serious   concerns   of   possible   future   Supreme   Court decisions   which   may   have   a   negative   outcome   on   our   Local’s   future   and   unions   throughout   the   United   States.   Union   members   need   to be fully aware of what “right to work” really means and what has happened to states who have adopted this change in labor law. Holy   Trinity   HS   recognized:       The   Fordham   University   Graduate   School   of   Education   and   the   Center   for   Catholic   School   Leadership   and Faith-Based   Education   will   recognize   Holy   Trinity   Diocesan   High   School   for   its   exemplary   Catholic   School   Religious   Education   Program. The 24th Annual Catholic School Executive Leadership Dinner held on May 30, 2018 at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus. The   spring   2018   season   was   the   most   successful   athletic   campaign   for   St.   Edmund   Prep   in   more   than   two   decades!   :       It   began with   the   Step   Team   winning   the   Thomas   Jefferson   Orange   Wave   Competition   for   the   second   year   in   a   row.   The   Junior   Varsity   Softball capped   off   an   undefeated   regular   season   with   an   exciting   win   in   the   CHSAA   Brooklyn-Queens   A-Division   Championship   Game.   The Junior   Varsity   Baseball   team   also   enjoyed   an   undefeated   campaign   culminating   in   a   CHSAA   New   York   City   Championship.   Not   to   be outdone,   the   Varsity   Baseball   team   followed   up   winning   the   CHSAA   Brooklyn-Queens   A-Division   Championship   game   knocking   off   Msgr. Scanlan    7-6    at    Jack    Kaiser    Stadium    on    the    campus    of    St.    John’s    University.    The    Varsity    Softball    team    brought    home    another championship   when   they   defeated   St.   Catherine’s   Academy   on   Wednesday   June   6th.   That   championship   took   place   on   Crusader   Field   on the campus of Msgr. Scanlan High School. Delegate   Karla   Nieves,   wins   a   Power   Women   Award.   That   is   the   good   news.   The   bad   news,   Karla   has   resigned   as   delegate   at   the Child School in order to go back to school. The President’s July/August 2018 Message…………. Negotiations   at   St.   John   the   Baptist,   and   Holy   Trinity,   are   progressing   well.   A   tentative   meeting   is   scheduled   for   July   31st.      Negotiations   at Christ   the   King   are   coming   close   to   a   settlement.   Negotiations   at   Bishop   Kearney   are   postponed   until   sometime   in   August.   The   Child School will reopen negotiations on August 8th.   I   commend   the   Bargaining   Teams   at   Xaverian   High   School   and   Archbishop   Molloy   High   School   for   representing   their   faculty   well   at   their negotiation sessions. Ratification of their Memorandum of Agreements is underway.    *A   reminder   to   all   teachers   and   staff   who   participate   in   the   LIUNA   Pension   and   /   or   the   MTDC   Medical:         Anyone   wishing   to   retire   MUST contact the LFA office at least FOUR (4) months before your intended retirement date.   *CLARIFICATION: The Janus v. American Federation of State, Country, and Municipal Employees, Council  31 The   Supreme   Court   decision   on   June   27th,   ruled   in   favor   of   returning   First   Amendment   rights   to   public   sector   workers.   This   means   that public   servants   in   22   states   no   longer   have   to   pay   a   government   union   as   a   condition   of   employment.      Dues   and   Agency   fee   agreements in the private sector remain the same. Ciro Quattrocchi

June 2018:

The   eleven   winners   of   the   Lay   Faculty   Association   Award   are   published   below.      We   wish   to   thank   the   Mason   Tenders   District Council   and   Business   Manager   Mr.   Robert   Bonanza   who   has   donated   $500.   The   money   has   been   allocated   towards   the   award   which each   winning   student   was   given   this   year.   Mr.   Bonanza   has   always   been   very   supportive   of   all   of   our   local’s   efforts.      We   congratulate   all of our winners.  Each student received a certificate and $50.00.  The 2018 LFA Award Winners are: Bishop McGann Mercy HS: Margaret Gazda Xaverian HS: Stefano Ienti St. Edmund Prep HS: Alia Alawi Bishop Loughlin HS: Linda Ineus Archbishop Molloy HS: Conor Mangan Bishop Kearney HS: Johanna Obdyke St.John the Baptist HS: William Smith Jr. Holy Trinity HS: Andrea Campos Christ the King HS: Arnaldo Deliz Jr. Nazareth Regional HS: Josey Cruz The Child Legacy School: Rama Colucci School   shootings   in   United   States   outnumber   other   G7   nations:       There   have   been   at   least   289   school   shootings   in   the   United   States since   January   1,   2009.   These   figures   include   shootings   on   school   (all   grade   levels   to   college)   grounds   involving   at   least   one   injury   caused by the shooter or shooters. United States 289 Canada 2 France 1 Germany 1 United Kingdom 0 Italy 0 Japan 0 In Mexico, not part of the G7 had a total of 8 shootings at schools during the same period of time. Source: CNN analysis, news reports Major Supreme Court Decision due This Month:   LIUNA   public   sector   members   are   increasingly   facing   threats   to   collective   bargaining   rights   through   court   challenges,   state   legislation, and anti-union advocacy groups.  Local 1261 is a private sector union; however, we can also be under attack at some point. Remember, the difference between you with a contract with rights and becoming an “At-will employee” is our union. Update,   June   27:      Today’s   Janus   v.   AFSCME,   Supreme   court   decision   has   nothing   to   do   with   our   union.   We   are   a   private   union   and   our local   makes   no   political   contributions   of   any   kind.      The   LFA   is   committed   to   making   sure   our   members   are   aware   of   this   information   and will continue to keep you informed of any further developments.  Thank you for your continued support! LFA all the way! Good   Teacher   and   a   Bad   Teacher:       Good:   A   New   Jersey   schoolteacher   devoted   45   years   to   helping   students   with   disabilities.   Now   she's leaving them $1,000,000.00 Not   so   good:   A   teacher   who   was   caught   having   sex   with   a   colleague   in   a   Florida   classroom   before   school   didn’t   understand   why   she   was in   trouble   when   interrupted   mid-act   by   the   principal,   telling   him   “I   am   doing   this   on   my   own   time   and   not   being   paid,”   according   to school officials. The President’s June 2018 Message…………. Negotiations   at   Archbishop   Molloy,   St   John   the   Baptist   and   Christ   the   King   are   progressing   well.   A   tentative   meeting   is   scheduled on June 25th for Bishop Kearney. I   commend   the   Bargaining   Team   at   Xaverian   High   School   for   representing   their   faculty   well   at   the   negotiation   sessions.   Ratification for the Memorandum of Agreement is underway. Congratulations   to   Karla   Espinoza   Nieves   from   the   Child   Legacy   High   School   as   she   receives   the   Power   Women   in   Business   Award, details to follow next month. As   Bishop   McGann   Mercy   High   School   closes   its   doors   this   August   we   wish   our   brothers   and   sisters   much   success   in   finding   new jobs.   May   God   give   them   the   strength   as   they   continue   to   pursue   their   mission   as   Catholic   Educators   for   many   more   years   with great achievements and triumphant accomplishments. ****   A   reminder   to   all   teachers   and   staff   who   participate   in   the   LIUNA   pension   and   /   or   the   MTDC   Medical:   Anyone   wishing   to   retire MUST contact the LFA office at least FOUR (4) months before you intended retirement date. **** Ciro Quattrocchi  
News
© 2018 LayFacultyAssociation 

News From the LFA and its member

schools:

Thanks to Dan DiPleco, our newsletter editor, the LFA publishes a periodical Newsletter.  Click the links below for the most recent and archived newsletters.

Recent News:

July/August 2018:

Janus           vs           AFSCME Supreme   Court   Decision:      The     U.S.     Supreme     Court dealt   a   blow   to   organized   public     labor,     ruling     that non-members     cannot     be forced      in      pay      fees      to unions   representing   public   employees   such   as   teachers   and police,   shutting   off   a   key   union   revenue   source.   Local   1261   is   a private union and this ruling does not apply to us. On   a   5-4   vote   powered   by   the   court's   conservative   majority, the   justices   overturned   a   1977   Supreme   Court   precedent   that had   allowed   the   so-called   agency   fees   that   are   collected   from millions   of   non-union   workers   in   lieu   of   union   dues   to   fund non-political   activities   like   collective   bargaining.   In   the   56   years of   its   existence   the   LFA   has   not   made   political   contributions   of any kind. In   May,   2018,   a   case   (for   at-   will-   employees)      involving   the rights   of   tens   of   millions   of   private   sector   employees,   the   U.S. Supreme    Court,    by    a    5-4    vote,    delivered    a    major    blow    to workers,   ruling   for   the   first   time   that   workers   may   not   band together to challenge violations of federal labor laws. Writing   for   the   majority,   Justice   Neil   Gorsuch   said   that   the   1925 Federal   Arbitration   Act   trumps   the   National   Labor   Relations Act   and   that   employees   who   sign   employment   agreements   to arbitrate   claims   must   do   so   on   an   individual   basis   —   and   may not    band    together    to    enforce    claims    of    wage    and    hour violations.   In   short,   these   employees   must   obtain   their   own attorney which can be expensive. In   the   coming   months,   you   will   be   receiving   a   letter   informing you   about   our   serious   concerns   of   possible   future   Supreme Court   decisions   which   may   have   a   negative   outcome   on   our Local’s   future   and   unions   throughout   the   United   States.   Union members   need   to   be   fully   aware   of   what   “right   to   work”   really means   and   what   has   happened   to   states   who   have   adopted this change in labor law. Holy     Trinity     HS     recognized:           The     Fordham     University Graduate    School    of    Education    and    the    Center    for    Catholic School   Leadership   and   Faith-Based   Education   will   recognize Holy   Trinity   Diocesan   High   School   for   its   exemplary   Catholic School   Religious   Education   Program.   The   24th   Annual   Catholic School   Executive   Leadership   Dinner   held   on   May   30,   2018   at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus. The   spring   2018   season   was   the   most   successful   athletic campaign   for   St.   Edmund   Prep   in   more   than   two   decades!   :      It   began   with   the   Step   Team   winning   the   Thomas   Jefferson Orange   Wave   Competition   for   the   second   year   in   a   row.   The Junior    Varsity    Softball    capped    off    an    undefeated    regular season   with   an   exciting   win   in   the   CHSAA   Brooklyn-Queens   A- Division   Championship   Game.   The   Junior   Varsity   Baseball   team also   enjoyed   an   undefeated   campaign   culminating   in   a   CHSAA New   York   City   Championship.   Not   to   be   outdone,   the   Varsity Baseball    team    followed    up    winning    the    CHSAA    Brooklyn- Queens    A-Division    Championship    game    knocking    off    Msgr. Scanlan   7-6   at   Jack   Kaiser   Stadium   on   the   campus   of   St.   John’s University.   The   Varsity   Softball   team   brought   home   another championship   when   they   defeated   St.   Catherine’s   Academy   on Wednesday     June     6th.     That     championship     took     place     on Crusader Field on the campus of Msgr. Scanlan High School. Delegate   Karla   Nieves,   wins   a   Power   Women   Award.   That is   the   good   news.   The   bad   news,   Karla   has   resigned   as delegate at the Child School in order to go back to school. The President’s July/August 2018 Message…………. Negotiations    at    St.    John    the    Baptist,    and    Holy    Trinity,    are progressing   well.   A   tentative   meeting   is   scheduled   for   July   31st.     Negotiations     at     Christ     the     King     are     coming     close     to     a settlement.    Negotiations    at    Bishop    Kearney    are    postponed until    sometime    in    August.    The    Child    School    will    reopen negotiations on August 8th.   I   commend   the   Bargaining   Teams   at   Xaverian   High   School   and Archbishop   Molloy   High   School   for   representing   their   faculty well     at     their     negotiation     sessions.     Ratification     of     their Memorandum of Agreements is underway.    *A   reminder   to   all   teachers   and   staff   who   participate   in   the LIUNA   Pension   and   /   or   the   MTDC   Medical:         Anyone   wishing   to retire   MUST   contact   the   LFA   office   at   least   FOUR   (4)   months before your intended retirement date.   *CLARIFICATION: The    Janus    v.    American    Federation    of    State,    Country,    and Municipal Employees, Council  31 The   Supreme   Court   decision   on   June   27th,   ruled   in   favor   of returning    First    Amendment    rights    to    public    sector    workers. This   means   that   public   servants   in   22   states   no   longer   have   to pay   a   government   union   as   a   condition   of   employment.      Dues and   Agency   fee   agreements   in   the   private   sector   remain   the same. Ciro Quattrocchi

June 2018:

The   eleven   winners   of   the   Lay   Faculty   Association   Award are   published   below.      We   wish   to   thank   the   Mason   Tenders District    Council    and    Business    Manager    Mr.    Robert    Bonanza who    has    donated    $500.    The    money    has    been    allocated towards   the   award   which   each   winning   student   was   given   this year.   Mr.   Bonanza   has   always   been   very   supportive   of   all   of our   local’s   efforts.      We   congratulate   all   of   our   winners.      Each student   received   a   certificate   and   $50.00.      The   2018   LFA   Award Winners are: Bishop McGann Mercy HS: Margaret Gazda Xaverian HS: Stefano Ienti St. Edmund Prep HS: Alia Alawi Bishop Loughlin HS: Linda Ineus Archbishop Molloy HS: Conor Mangan Bishop Kearney HS: Johanna Obdyke St.John the Baptist HS: William Smith Jr. Holy Trinity HS: Andrea Campos Christ the King HS: Arnaldo Deliz Jr. Nazareth Regional HS: Josey Cruz The Child Legacy School: Rama Colucci School    shootings    in    United    States    outnumber    other    G7 nations:       There   have   been   at   least   289   school   shootings   in   the United    States    since    January    1,    2009.    These    figures    include shootings    on    school    (all    grade    levels    to    college)    grounds involving at least one injury caused by the shooter or shooters. United States 289 Canada 2 France 1 Germany 1 United Kingdom 0 Italy 0 Japan 0 In   Mexico,   not   part   of   the   G7   had   a   total   of   8   shootings   at schools during the same period of time. Source: CNN analysis, news reports Major Supreme Court Decision due This Month:   LIUNA   public   sector   members   are   increasingly   facing   threats   to collective    bargaining    rights    through    court    challenges,    state legislation,   and   anti-union   advocacy   groups.      Local   1261   is   a private   sector   union;   however,   we   can   also   be   under   attack   at some point. Remember,   the   difference   between   you   with   a   contract   with rights and becoming an “At-will employee” is our union. Update,    June    27:        Today’s    Janus    v.    AFSCME,    Supreme    court decision   has   nothing   to   do   with   our   union.   We   are   a   private union   and   our   local   makes   no   political   contributions   of   any kind.      The   LFA   is   committed   to   making   sure   our   members   are aware    of    this    information    and    will    continue    to    keep    you informed   of   any   further   developments.      Thank   you   for   your continued support! LFA all the way! Good    Teacher    and    a    Bad    Teacher:         Good:    A    New    Jersey schoolteacher    devoted    45    years    to    helping    students    with disabilities. Now she's leaving them $1,000,000.00 Not   so   good:   A   teacher   who   was   caught   having   sex   with   a colleague     in     a     Florida     classroom     before     school     didn’t understand   why   she   was   in   trouble   when   interrupted   mid-act by   the   principal,   telling   him   “I   am   doing   this   on   my   own   time and not being paid,” according to school officials. The President’s June 2018 Message…………. Negotiations   at   Archbishop   Molloy,   St   John   the   Baptist and    Christ    the    King    are    progressing    well.    A    tentative meeting is scheduled on June 25th for Bishop Kearney. I   commend   the   Bargaining   Team   at   Xaverian   High   School for    representing    their    faculty    well    at    the    negotiation sessions.       Ratification       for       the       Memorandum       of Agreement is underway. Congratulations   to   Karla   Espinoza   Nieves   from   the   Child Legacy   High   School   as   she   receives   the   Power   Women   in Business Award, details to follow next month. As   Bishop   McGann   Mercy   High   School   closes   its   doors this    August    we    wish    our    brothers    and    sisters    much success    in    finding    new    jobs.    May    God    give    them    the strength    as    they    continue    to    pursue    their    mission    as Catholic    Educators    for    many    more    years    with    great achievements and triumphant accomplishments. ****   A   reminder   to   all   teachers   and   staff   who   participate   in the   LIUNA   pension   and   /   or   the   MTDC   Medical:   Anyone wishing   to   retire   MUST   contact   the   LFA   office   at   least FOUR   (4)   months   before   you   intended   retirement   date. **** Ciro Quattrocchi