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Lay Faculty Association : Phone (718) 539-6440 Email: layfacultyassoc1261@gmail.com © 2020 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.

LiUNA! News:

Recent News from our local:

January 2021:

LIUNA Member Named by President Biden as US Secretary of Labor: President Biden has chosen a dues-paying, card-carrying, second-generation LIUNA member to be the next U.S. Secretary of Labor. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is a card carrying member of LIUNA Local 223, and he's on his way to Washington, D.C. to fight for working men and women. Feeding America: The LFA has been making a contribution to Feeding America in the amount of $250.00 for December and January to help with the needs of hungry Americans. Covid-19 Vaccine and Health Insurance: In an article in BottomLine Personal Magazine written by Tatiana Fassieux of the California Health Advocates she wrote that there may be some billing issues for those with traditional Medicare when receiving their Covid-19 vaccine shot. Currently, traditional Medicare does not cover vaccine treatments. Vaccine treatments are covered by Part D or supplemental policies. In case you’re invoiced, notify the sender that the invoice should be sent to your prescription plan, not Medicare. Please continue to wear a mask. Please Contact Senator Schumer: Senator Schumer has not committed to supporting a bi-partisan provision of the new COVID legislation that will help our schools. Once again Catholic and Non-Public Schools will be excluded from the legislation in an equitable way. Please see the tweet below. We ask that you tweet and retweet and share this widely to amplify this message, which is needed today. If you don’t tweet please use this form and email today Senator Schumer: https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck @SenSchumer support the bi-partisan education provisions/$2.5B set aside without continuing to add new restrictions, our families are counting on you! #COVIDDOESNOTDISCRIMINATE Cooking with VP Jerry Franza : Chicken Scarpariello : Ingredients: two chicken breasts two chicken legs a few cherry peppers two cloves of garlic ¼ cup of white wine a pinch of salt and black pepper Steps: 1 . Cut the breasts into one inch pieces and cook the chicken 2 . When almost done, place everything else in a tray and cook in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes a t 400 degrees Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s January 2021 Message: Happy New Year! May the New Year bring peace and serenity to all. Letters have been sent to all the School’s whose contracts are set to expire. Bargaining teams should be voted in at each school, as per our constitution. All articles of our present contracts should be reviewed and suggestions for updates should be noted. The faculty should be polled as to what contractual items they wish to be addressed at the bargaining table. I am open to new and innovative ways of bargaining new contracts in this virtual world we are now living in. It has been brought to my attention that the Mason Tenders’ Medical package has been increased as of January 1, 2021 for the working teachers to: $12.59 an hour (X 1820 hours = $22,913.80 annually). This reflects an increase of $1692.60 for the year. I was never formally contacted by the Mason Tenders’ office of this increase. Please check with your Bursars concerning this change. Be Well and Be Safe, Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

December 2020:

Supreme Court Decision: The majority ruled in favor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel of America that argued that the restrictions in the number of worshipers violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment because the regulations treated the houses of worship more harshly than comparable secular facilities. Elections: On Nov 17th prior to the LFA Board of Directors meeting the Nominations Meeting and Elections meeting took place for the positions of the Executive Board of Directions. For each position, the election was uncontested. The term of office is three years. The position of President/Business Manager is Ciro Quattrocchi, Jerry Franza was elected as Vice President and Dan DiPleco was elected for the position of Secretary Treasurer. The compensation and benefits for each position is as follows: President/Business Manager-$67,500, Vice- President- $5,400 and Secretary Treasurer- $9,500. Benefits include travel reimbursement, medical and pension for the position of President/Business Manager. Medical benefits as a supplement to Medicare for Vice President and Secretary Treasurer are provided by the LFA. Salaries will remain frozen as will the salaries of the remainder for the entire Board of Directors. Union Dues: During the Nov 17th meeting a motion was presented and passed to increase the LFA Union Dues at $1.00 per month for 2021. The vote was 10 yes, 0 no, with one abstention. The 2021 dues amounts are for full Union Members is $686.00, for Associate Fees is $366.00, Administration Fees is $438.00 and Retiree Union Dues remains the same rate at $180.00. The rate for coaches and summer school teachers who are not LFA Union Members the rate is unchanged at 1.92%. Please remember that the LFA must forward to LIUNA one half of the increase. For retirees’ members, the LFA must pay $5.00 per retiree per month to LIUNA. Thank you to all for your financial support. Audit Committee Report: The LFA Audit Committee presented a positive report at the meeting after examining all accounting documents, checks, reports and paid vouchers documents. The Audit Committee is composed of David Kirk from St Edmund Prep, Teresa Sacks from Nazareth High School and Paul Salerni from Christ the King High School. The LFA negotiated an agreement with Attorney Paul Ajlouny for a three year contract with a 3 percent annual increase. Cooking with VP Jerry Franza: Zucchini Flower : Ingredients: flour salt black pepper 3 ice cubes Steps: 1 . Mix water and flower until it is smooth, refrigerate for 30 minutes 2 . Add the 3 ice cubes with salt and pepper 3 . Put the zucchini flowers in the mixture then fry until golden brown Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s December 2020 Message: Dear LFA Retirees in the Mason Tenders Medical Plan, By now all of you should have submitted your Election Form and or Your Aetna Medicare Advantage Enrollment Forms to the Mason Tenders’ office. The LFA has made every effort to contact all our Brother and Sister Retirees concerning this particularly important matter. If you have not sent in these forms, please contact the LFA office immediately to request assistance. If your forms are not sent into the Mason Tenders’ office, it will be assumed you no longer want to participate in the Mason Tenders’ Medical Package. New rates will go into effect on January 1, 2021. Brother and Sister LFA Members, Delegates from all our schools continue to work diligently to keep the LFA Executive Board informed as to changes made at the individual schools due to COVID-19 / CDC guidelines. It has become exceedingly difficult coordinating the unique situations that exist in every school; however, your safety is always the LFA’s priority. On behalf of the Executive Board, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy Kwanzaa! May the holidays bring some cheer and a hope for a better future in these trying times. Be well and be safe! Be well and be safe! Fraternally yours, Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

As news stories that impact our local are published, we will update this area with the national news from the Laborers

International Union of North America

The Lay Faculty Association Local 1261 is a proud member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (Chartered

4/20/1998) LFA-1261 is also affiliated with The Mason Tenders’ District Council of Greater New York and Long Island. We are all

LIUNA union members in addition to the LFA.

News
Lay Faculty Association Local 1261 Phone: (718)539-6440 Email: layfacultyassociation1261@gmail.com © 2020 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.

LiUNA! News:

Recent News from our

local:

January 2021:

LIUNA   Member   Named   by   President   Biden   as   US   Secretary   of Labor: President Biden has chosen a dues-paying, card-carrying, second- generation LIUNA member to be the next U.S. Secretary of Labor. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is a card carrying member of LIUNA Local 223, and he's on his way to Washington, D.C. to fight for working men and women. Feeding America: The LFA has been making a contribution to Feeding America in the amount of $250.00 for December and January to help with the needs of hungry Americans. Covid-19 Vaccine and Health Insurance: In an article in BottomLine Personal Magazine written by Tatiana Fassieux of the California Health Advocates she wrote that there may be some billing issues for those with traditional Medicare when receiving their Covid-19 vaccine shot. Currently, traditional Medicare does not cover vaccine treatments. Vaccine treatments are covered by Part D or supplemental policies. In case you’re invoiced, notify the sender that the invoice should be sent to your prescription plan, not Medicare. Please continue to wear a mask. Please Contact Senator Schumer: Senator Schumer has not committed to supporting a bi-partisan provision of the new COVID legislation that will help our schools. Once again Catholic and Non-Public Schools will be excluded from the legislation in an equitable way. Please see the tweet below. We ask that you tweet and retweet and share this widely to amplify this message, which is needed today. If you don’t tweet please use this form and email today Senator Schumer: https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck @SenSchumer support the bi-partisan education provisions/$2.5B set aside without continuing to add new restrictions, our families are counting on you! #COVIDDOESNOTDISCRIMINATE Cooking   with   VP   Jerry   Franza   :   Chicken Scarpariello : Ingredients: two chicken breasts two chicken legs a few cherry peppers two cloves of garlic ¼ cup of white wine a pinch of salt and black pepper Steps: 1 . Cut the breasts into one inch pieces and cook the chicken 2 . When almost done, place everything else in a tray and cook in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes at 400 degrees Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s January 2021 Message: Happy New Year! May the New Year bring peace and serenity to all. Letters have been sent to all the School’s whose contracts are set to expire. Bargaining teams should be voted in at each school, as per our constitution. All articles of our present contracts should be reviewed and suggestions for updates should be noted. The faculty should be polled as to what contractual items they wish to be addressed at the bargaining table. I am open to new and innovative ways of bargaining new contracts in this virtual world we are now living in. It has been brought to my attention that the Mason Tenders’ Medical package has been increased as of January 1, 2021 for the working teachers to: $12.59 an hour (X 1820 hours = $22,913.80 annually). This reflects an increase of $1692.60 for the year. I was never formally contacted by the Mason Tenders’ office of this increase. Please check with your Bursars concerning this change. Be Well and Be Safe, Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

December 2020:

Supreme Court Decision: The majority ruled in favor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel of America that argued that the restrictions in the number of worshipers violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment because the regulations treated the houses of worship more harshly than comparable secular facilities. Elections: On Nov 17th prior to the LFA Board of Directors meeting the Nominations Meeting and Elections meeting took place for the positions of the Executive Board of Directions. For each position, the election was uncontested. The term of office is three years. The position of President/Business Manager is Ciro Quattrocchi, Jerry Franza was elected as Vice President and Dan DiPleco was elected for the position of Secretary Treasurer. The compensation and benefits for each position is as follows: President/Business Manager-$67,500, Vice-President- $5,400 and Secretary Treasurer- $9,500. Benefits include travel reimbursement, medical and pension for the position of President/Business Manager. Medical benefits as a supplement to Medicare for Vice President and Secretary Treasurer are provided by the LFA. Salaries will remain frozen as will the salaries of the remainder for the entire Board of Directors. Union Dues: During the Nov 17th meeting a motion was presented and passed to increase the LFA Union Dues at $1.00 per month for 2021. The vote was 10 yes, 0 no, with one abstention. The 2021 dues amounts are for full Union Members is $686.00, for Associate Fees is $366.00, Administration Fees is $438.00 and Retiree Union Dues remains the same rate at $180.00. The rate for coaches and summer school teachers who are not LFA Union Members the rate is unchanged at 1.92%. Please remember that the LFA must forward to LIUNA one half of the increase. For retirees’ members, the LFA must pay $5.00 per retiree per month to LIUNA. Thank you to all for your financial support. Audit Committee Report: The LFA Audit Committee presented a positive report at the meeting after examining all accounting documents, checks, reports and paid vouchers documents. The Audit Committee is composed of David Kirk from St Edmund Prep, Teresa Sacks from Nazareth High School and Paul Salerni from Christ the King High School. The LFA negotiated an agreement with Attorney Paul Ajlouny for a three year contract with a 3 percent annual increase. Cooking with VP Jerry Franza: Zucchini Flower : Ingredients: flour salt black pepper 3 ice cubes Steps: 1 . Mix water and flower until it is smooth, refrigerate for 30 minutes 2 . Add the 3 ice cubes with salt and pepper 3 . Put the zucchini flowers in the mixture then fry until golden brown Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s December 2020 Message: Dear LFA Retirees in the Mason Tenders Medical Plan, By now all of you should have submitted your Election Form and or Your Aetna Medicare Advantage Enrollment Forms to the Mason Tenders’ office. The LFA has made every effort to contact all our Brother and Sister Retirees concerning this particularly important matter. If you have not sent in these forms, please contact the LFA office immediately to request assistance. If your forms are not sent into the Mason Tenders’ office, it will be assumed you no longer want to participate in the Mason Tenders’ Medical Package. New rates will go into effect on January 1, 2021. Brother and Sister LFA Members, Delegates from all our schools continue to work diligently to keep the LFA Executive Board informed as to changes made at the individual schools due to COVID-19 / CDC guidelines. It has become exceedingly difficult coordinating the unique situations that exist in every school; however, your safety is always the LFA’s priority. On behalf of the Executive Board, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy Kwanzaa! May the holidays bring some cheer and a hope for a better future in these trying times. Be well and be safe! Be well and be safe! Fraternally yours, Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

As news stories that impact our local are published, we will

update this area with the national news from the Laborers

International Union of North America

The Lay Faculty Association Local 1261 is a proud member of

the Laborers’ International Union of North America

(Chartered 4/20/1998) LFA-1261 is also affiliated with The

Mason Tenders’ District Council of Greater New York and

Long Island. We are all LIUNA union members in addition to

the LFA.