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© 2019 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:

February 2019:

Financial Report – Fiscal Year ended Nov. 30, 2018 for the Lay Faculty Association Prepared by: Schultheis & Panettieri, LLP : Certified Public Accountants Opening cash balance:  $286,025.00 Income: Dues & fees $471,825                                       Interest income $3,745                          Total Income: $475,570 Expenses: Payroll  $193,580 Payroll taxes  $21,032                                 Benefits $29,782 Rent $16,984 Telephone $3,300 Printing $4,029 Office expense $17,158 Legal $54,776 Accounting $12,500 Insurance $3,740 Meetings $16,734 Per Capita tax $105,524 (Paid to LIUNA and Mason Tenders) Total Expenses: $479,139 Closing cash balance: $282,456.00     Net Loss: $3.569 The   majority   of   our   cash   is   in   various   Certificates   of   Deposits.   We   do   not   put   any   of   our   money   at   risk.   The   major   reason   for   our   net   loss this   year   was   a   decrease   of   membership   and   an   increase   in   our   operating   expenses.   We   have   no   debt   of   any   kind.   We   are   fully   insured and our records are audited annually. Union members have a right to examine our records. Submitted by Dan DiPleco The   Child   School   STEM   Students   recognized:       Juniors   and   Seniors   that   are   part   of   the   New   York   City   first   STEM   Center’s   class   on   2D and   3D   designing   and   Robotics   participated   in   a   city   wide   competition   on   Sunday,   January   27th   and   won   the   “motivate”   award   based   on enthusiasm   and   honors   their   efforts   of   bringing   awareness   to   robotics   via   their   social   media   outlets,   their   friends,   and   others   teams they networked with during the competition. Congratulations. Christ   the   King   High   School   :hosted   New   York   State   Attorney   General   Letitia   James    at   a   special   assembly   honoring   the   life   and   legacy   of   Dr.   Martin   Luther   King   Jr.   “We   are   pleased and   honored   to   be   joined   by   the   Honorable   Letitia   James   as   we   celebrate   the   life   of   Dr. Martin   Luther   King   Jr.,”   said   Serphin   R.   Maltese,   Chairman   of   Christ   the   King   High   School’s Board of Trustees. C ooking with VP Jerry Franza: Veal Parmigiana:   Ingredients: 1 lbs veal culet from the shoulder 1 cup dry bread crumbs (seasoned) 2 large eggs/  1 cup of oil as needed/ 2 cans of tomato sauce 6 ounces of fresh mozzarella cheese/ grated cheese                Steps: 1 . Bread the cutlets and fry them. 2 . Place   the   cutlets   in   a   pan   with   the   tomato   sauce   topped   with   grated   and   mozzarella   cheese   then bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees until cheese is melted on top. 3 . Serve with pasta on the side Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s February 2019 Message:    The   Child   Legacy   High   School   Contract   has   been   signed   and   delivered!   The   Christ   the   King   High   School   contract   was   ratified,   but   has not been signed yet.   As   I   mentioned   last   month,   the   Mason   Tenders’   District   Council   Trust   Fund   has   made   a   drastic   change   for   the   requirements   of   medical coverage   into   retirement.   The   previous   requirements   were   that   the   member   had   to   be   in   good   standing   and   be   at   least   55   years   old, and   be   a   participant   in   the   medical   7   of   the   last   10   years   of   employment   before   retirement.   The   new   addition   is   that   the   member   must also be in the LIUNA pension for 20 years to be able to take the medical into retirement.   I   succeeded   to   convince   the   Mason   Tenders’   Board   to   change   the   March   31st   deadline   to   August   31st   to   accommodate   our   contracts   as teachers.   Therefore,   the   MTDC   will   allow   anyone   who   is   able   to   take   the   medical   into   retirement   under   the   old   7   year   rule   to   retire   by August   31st.      All   prospective   retirees   should   begin   the   retirement   process   by   completing   their   paperwork   to   LIUNA   by   April   15th.   Please call   LIUNA   for   the   retirement   packet   and   be   sure   to   contact   me   to   complete   the   process   with   the   MTDC   application   that   I   will   provide you with.   Bishop   Kearney   negotiations   that   were   chaired   last   spring   have   not   been   rescheduled.   The   LFA   is   still   waiting   for   new   dates   from   the School.   I   am   looking   forward   to   work   with   our   brothers   and   sisters   at:   Bishop   Loughlin,   St.   Edmund,   and   Nazareth   as   we   begin   negotiations   for a successor contracts to the present contracts that are set to terminate on August 31st.   Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

January 2019:

T eens   Need   More   Sleep:    Most   teenagers   are   chronically   sleep   deprived.   One   strategy proposed   to   lengthen   adolescent   sleep   is   to   delay   secondary   school   start   times.   This would    allow    students    to    wake    up    later    without    shifting    their    bedtime,    which    is biologically   determined   by   the   circadian   clock,   resulting   in   a   net   increase   in   sleep.   So   far, there    is    no    objective    quantitative    data    showing    that    a    single    intervention    such    as delaying   the   school   start   time   significantly   increases   daily   sleep.   The   Seattle   School District   delayed   the   secondary   school   start   time   by   nearly   an   hour.   We   carried   out   a   pre- /post-research   study   and   show   that   there   was   an   increase   in   the   daily   median   sleep duration of 34 min, associated with a 4.5% increase in the median grades of the students and an improvement in attendance. By Science Advances 12 Dec 2018: cVol. 4, no. 12 Constance DelVecchio Maltese, wife of Christ the King Chairman Serphin Maltese passes away:   Constance   DelVecchio   Maltese,   a   renowned   painter   and   artist,   and   wife   of   Christ   the   King      Board   of   Trustees   Chairman,   Serphin   R. Maltese,   passed   away   on   December   7,   2018.   To   honor   her   life,   the   family   has   requested   that   in   lieu   of   flowers,   a   donation   be   made   to the Constance Maltese Art Scholarship. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Maltese family. Mariano Rivera visits St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School:   New   York   Yankee   legend   Mariano   Rivera   visited   St.   John   the   Baptist   Diocesan   High   School   in   West   Islip   where   he   ran   a   baseball   clinic   at the school. Please send us important school news for publication. Send news to ddvt2001@gmail.com E-mail to the Editor:            Regarding   the   “information”   about   mass   shootings   appearing   in   the   November   LFA   newsletter   -   I   certainly   could   question   its   accuracy (perhaps   5   gang   members   shooting   it   out   counts   as   a   “mass   shooting”?).   Just   as   you   would   probably   question   the   accuracy   of   facts   I could provide regarding guns used in defense of persons or property. The point, however, is not the “facts”, but why you think they belong in our union newsletter.          If   I   were   newsletter   editor   and   included   statistics   provided   by   the   NRA   or   examples   from   its   Armed   Citizen   page   you   would   legitimately think   that   I   was   pro   gun   and   opposed   to   what   many   consider   anti   gun   legislation.   I   think   you   include   this   material   because   you   would like more “sensible” gun legislation and want something done to somehow stop these shootings.          Everyone   is   entitled   to   an   opinion   (even   though   opinions   don’t   change   facts),   but   neither   yours   nor   mine,   however   subtly   expressed, belong in our newsletter unless they are pertinent to our union and our teaching. (We do not publish author’s name unless requested) Cooking with VP Jerry Franza: Italian Meat Balls :   Ingredients: ½ pound of ground pork and ½ pound of ground beef 1 cup of dry seasoned bread crumbs or wet bread                                                    ½ cup of grated parmigiano                ¼ cup chopped parsley                                               2 cloves of chopped fine garlic                                        2 large eggs                                        ¼ teaspoon of black pepper                                       Steps: 1 . Mix all together 2 . Form Balls 3 . Fry in oil until brown Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s January 2019 Message…………. Ratification   Meetings   took   place   at   The   Child   Legacy   High   School   and   at   Christ   the   King   High   School.   Both   schools   voted   yes   to   accept the   newly   proposed   changes   to   the   contract.   Many   thanks   to   the   Bargaining   Team   Members   for   their   hard   work,   dedication,   and   their assistance in helping me negotiate the best possible contract for our brothers and sisters.   All   5   grievances   have   been   settled   at   Bishop   Kearney   High   School.   Our   delegate,   Lisa   Molnar,   our   attorney,   Paul   Ajlouny,   and   I   were   able to   secure   our   teachers’   contractual   rights   with   much   success!   Our   concerted   efforts      and   constant   perseverance   finally   forced   the School   and   their   attorneys   to   look   at   the   facts   and   realize   that   every   single   one   of   the   grievances   could   have   been   resolved   without spending thousands of dollars in arbitration fees.   I   am   sure   you   are   aware   that   The   Mason   Tenders’   District   Council   Trust   Fund   has   made   a   drastic   change   for   the   requirements   of   medical coverage   into   retirement.   The   previous   requirements   were   that   the   member   had   to   be   in   good   standing   and   be   at   least   55   years   old, and   be   a   participant   in   the   medical   7   of   the   last   10   years   of   employment   before   retirement.   The   new   addition   is   that   the   member   must also   be   in   the   LIUNA   pension   for   20   years   to   be   able   to   take   the   medical   into   retirement.   The   MTDC   has   allowed   anyone   who   is   able   to take   the   medical   into   retirement      under   the   old   7   year   rule      to   retire   by   March   31st   instead   of   January   1st.      I   am   lobbying   to   extend   that deadline for our Local. I will keep you posted.  Please check our Facebook and web pages for up to date details. ***   I   will   be   holding   a   Special   Meeting   on   February   6   at   4:00PM   at   the   union   office   to   help   the   members   who   are   in   this   category   to retire. All members are welcomed to attend.   Our   dues   have   gone   up   one   dollar   a   month.   This   is   a   “pass   along”   increase   voted   in   at   the   last   LIUNA   Convention.   Retiree   dues   remain the same.   I   am   looking   forward   to   working   with   our   brothers   and   sisters   at:   Bishop   Loughlin,   St.   Edmund,   and   Nazareth   as   we   begin   negotiations for successor contracts to the present contracts that are set to terminate on August .31st.    Your President and Business Manager, Ciro Quattrocchi
News
© 2019 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:

February 2019:

Financial   Report   –   Fiscal   Year   ended   Nov.   30,   2018   for   the Lay Faculty Association Prepared   by:   Schultheis   &   Panettieri,   LLP   :   Certified   Public Accountants Opening cash balance:  $286,025.00 Income: Dues & fees $471,825                                       Interest income $3,745                          Total Income: $475,570 Expenses: Payroll  $193,580 Payroll taxes  $21,032                                 Benefits $29,782 Rent $16,984 Telephone $3,300 Printing $4,029 Office expense $17,158 Legal $54,776 Accounting $12,500 Insurance $3,740 Meetings $16,734 Per Capita tax $105,524 (Paid to LIUNA and Mason Tenders) Total Expenses: $479,139 Closing cash balance: $282,456.00     Net Loss: $3.569 The   majority   of   our   cash   is   in   various   Certificates   of   Deposits. We   do   not   put   any   of   our   money   at   risk.   The   major   reason   for our   net   loss   this   year   was   a   decrease   of   membership   and   an increase   in   our   operating   expenses.   We   have   no   debt   of   any kind.   We   are   fully   insured   and   our   records   are   audited   annually. Union members have a right to examine our records. Submitted by Dan DiPleco The    Child    School    STEM    Students    recognized:         Juniors    and Seniors   that   are   part   of   the   New   York   City   first   STEM   Center’s class   on   2D   and   3D   designing   and   Robotics   participated   in   a   city wide     competition     on     Sunday,     January     27th     and     won     the “motivate”   award   based   on   enthusiasm   and   honors   their   efforts of   bringing   awareness   to   robotics   via   their   social   media   outlets, their   friends,   and   others   teams   they   networked   with   during   the competition. Congratulations. Christ     the     King     High     School :hosted        New        York        State Attorney   General   Letitia   James   at    a     special    assembly    honoring the   life   and   legacy   of   Dr.   Martin Luther    King    Jr.    “We    are    pleased and   honored   to   be   joined   by   the   Honorable   Letitia   James   as   we celebrate   the   life   of   Dr.   Martin   Luther   King   Jr.,”   said   Serphin   R. Maltese,   Chairman   of   Christ   the   King   High   School’s   Board   of Trustees. C ooking    with    VP    Jerry    Franza:    Veal Parmigiana:   Ingredients: 1 lbs veal culet from the shoulder 1 cup dry bread crumbs (seasoned) 2   large   eggs/      1   cup   of   oil   as   needed/   2 cans of tomato sauce 6   ounces   of   fresh   mozzarella   cheese/ grated cheese                Steps: 1 . Bread the cutlets and fry them. 2 . Place   the   cutlets   in   a   pan   with   the   tomato   sauce   topped with   grated   and   mozzarella   cheese   then   bake   for   about   25 minutes at 350 degrees until cheese is melted on top. 3 . Serve with pasta on the side Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s February 2019 Message:    The   Child   Legacy   High   School   Contract   has   been   signed   and delivered!   The   Christ   the   King   High   School   contract   was   ratified, but has not been signed yet.   As   I   mentioned   last   month,   the   Mason   Tenders’   District   Council Trust   Fund   has   made   a   drastic   change   for   the   requirements   of medical   coverage   into   retirement.   The   previous   requirements were   that   the   member   had   to   be   in   good   standing   and   be   at least   55   years   old,   and   be   a   participant   in   the   medical   7   of   the last    10    years    of    employment    before    retirement.    The    new addition   is   that   the   member   must   also   be   in   the   LIUNA   pension for 20 years to be able to take the medical into retirement.   I   succeeded   to   convince   the   Mason   Tenders’   Board   to   change the   March   31st   deadline   to   August   31st   to   accommodate   our contracts   as   teachers.   Therefore,   the   MTDC   will   allow   anyone who   is   able   to   take   the   medical   into   retirement   under   the   old   7 year    rule    to    retire    by    August    31st.        All    prospective    retirees should     begin     the     retirement     process     by     completing     their paperwork   to   LIUNA   by   April   15th.   Please   call   LIUNA   for   the retirement   packet   and   be   sure   to   contact   me   to   complete   the process with the MTDC application that I will provide you with.   Bishop   Kearney   negotiations   that   were   chaired   last   spring   have not   been   rescheduled.   The   LFA   is   still   waiting   for   new   dates from the School.   I   am   looking   forward   to   work   with   our   brothers   and   sisters   at: Bishop    Loughlin,    St.    Edmund,    and    Nazareth    as    we    begin negotiations   for   a   successor   contracts   to   the   present   contracts that are set to terminate on August 31st.   Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

January 2019:

T eens   Need   More   Sleep:    Most   teenagers   are   chronically   sleep deprived.      One      strategy proposed       to       lengthen adolescent     sleep     is     to delay     secondary     school start     times.     This     would allow   students   to   wake   up later   without   shifting   their bedtime,   which   is   biologically   determined   by   the   circadian   clock, resulting   in   a   net   increase   in   sleep.   So   far,   there   is   no   objective quantitative    data    showing    that    a    single    intervention    such    as delaying   the   school   start   time   significantly   increases   daily   sleep. The   Seattle   School   District   delayed   the   secondary   school   start time   by   nearly   an   hour.   We   carried   out   a   pre-/post-research study   and   show   that   there   was   an   increase   in   the   daily   median sleep   duration   of   34   min,   associated   with   a   4.5%   increase   in   the median     grades     of     the     students     and     an     improvement     in attendance. By Science Advances 12 Dec 2018: cVol. 4, no. 12 Constance    DelVecchio    Maltese,    wife    of    Christ    the    King Chairman Serphin Maltese passes away:   Constance   DelVecchio   Maltese,   a   renowned   painter   and   artist, and    wife    of    Christ    the    King        Board    of    Trustees    Chairman, Serphin    R.    Maltese,    passed    away    on    December    7,    2018.    To honor   her   life,   the   family   has   requested   that   in   lieu   of   flowers,   a donation   be   made   to   the   Constance   Maltese   Art   Scholarship. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Maltese family. Mariano    Rivera    visits    St.    John    the    Baptist    Diocesan    High School:   New    York    Yankee    legend    Mariano    Rivera    visited    St.    John    the Baptist    Diocesan    High    School    in    West    Islip    where    he    ran    a baseball clinic at the school. Please   send   us   important   school   news   for   publication.   Send news to ddvt2001@gmail.com E-mail to the Editor:            Regarding   the   “information”   about   mass   shootings   appearing in   the   November   LFA   newsletter   -   I   certainly   could   question   its accuracy   (perhaps   5   gang   members   shooting   it   out   counts   as   a “mass    shooting”?).    Just    as    you    would    probably    question    the accuracy   of   facts   I   could   provide   regarding   guns   used   in   defense of persons or property. The   point,   however,   is   not   the   “facts”,   but   why   you   think   they belong in our union newsletter.          If   I   were   newsletter   editor   and   included   statistics   provided   by the   NRA   or   examples   from   its   Armed   Citizen   page   you   would legitimately   think   that   I   was   pro   gun   and   opposed   to   what   many consider   anti   gun   legislation.   I   think   you   include   this   material because   you   would   like   more   “sensible”   gun   legislation   and   want something done to somehow stop these shootings.          Everyone   is   entitled   to   an   opinion   (even   though   opinions   don’t change    facts),    but    neither    yours    nor    mine,    however    subtly expressed,   belong   in   our   newsletter   unless   they   are   pertinent   to our   union   and   our   teaching.   (We   do   not   publish   author’s   name unless requested) Cooking     with     VP     Jerry     Franza: Italian Meat Balls :   Ingredients: ½    pound    of    ground    pork    and    ½ pound of ground beef 1     cup     of     dry     seasoned     bread crumbs or wet bread                                                    ½ cup of grated parmigiano                ¼ cup chopped parsley                                               2 cloves of chopped fine garlic                                        2 large eggs                                        ¼ teaspoon of black pepper                                       Steps: 1 . Mix all together 2 . Form Balls 3 . Fry in oil until brown Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s January 2019 Message…………. Ratification   Meetings   took   place   at   The   Child   Legacy   High   School and   at   Christ   the   King   High   School.   Both   schools   voted   yes   to accept    the    newly    proposed    changes    to    the    contract.    Many thanks   to   the   Bargaining   Team   Members   for   their   hard   work, dedication,    and    their    assistance    in    helping    me    negotiate    the best possible contract for our brothers and sisters.   All    5    grievances    have    been    settled    at    Bishop    Kearney    High School.   Our   delegate,   Lisa   Molnar,   our   attorney,   Paul   Ajlouny, and   I   were   able   to   secure   our   teachers’   contractual   rights   with much      success!      Our      concerted      efforts            and      constant perseverance   finally   forced   the   School   and   their   attorneys   to look    at    the    facts    and    realize    that    every    single    one    of    the grievances     could     have     been     resolved     without     spending thousands of dollars in arbitration fees.   I    am    sure    you    are    aware    that    The    Mason    Tenders’    District Council     Trust     Fund     has     made     a     drastic     change     for     the requirements   of   medical   coverage   into   retirement.   The   previous requirements   were   that   the   member   had   to   be   in   good   standing and   be   at   least   55   years   old,   and   be   a   participant   in   the   medical 7   of   the   last   10   years   of   employment   before   retirement.   The new   addition   is   that   the   member   must   also   be   in   the   LIUNA pension    for    20    years    to    be    able    to    take    the    medical    into retirement.   The   MTDC   has   allowed   anyone   who   is   able   to   take the   medical   into   retirement      under   the   old   7   year   rule      to   retire by   March   31st   instead   of   January   1st.      I   am   lobbying   to   extend that   deadline   for   our   Local.   I   will   keep   you   posted.      Please   check our Facebook and web pages for up to date details. ***   I   will   be   holding   a   Special   Meeting   on   February   6   at   4:00PM at   the   union   office   to   help   the   members   who   are   in   this   category to retire. All members are welcomed to attend.   Our   dues   have   gone   up   one   dollar   a   month.   This   is   a   “pass along”   increase   voted   in   at   the   last   LIUNA   Convention.   Retiree dues remain the same.   I   am   looking   forward   to   working   with   our   brothers   and   sisters at:    Bishop    Loughlin,    St.    Edmund,    and    Nazareth    as    we    begin negotiations   for   successor   contracts   to   the   present   contracts that are set to terminate on August .31st.    Your President and Business Manager, Ciro Quattrocchi