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June 2020:

From the New York State Department of Labor Eligibility for unemployment benefits is determined on a case-by-case basis. Your claim will be reviewed to determine if you qualify. Teachers and other school employees generally do not qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits during breaks in the school year or the time between school years or terms. This applies when: They have a contract for a similar job in the next school year or term There is reasonable assurance of a similar job in the next school year or term, after the break. Reasonable assurance exists when an educational institution: Has said it will employ a worker AND Will make a good faith effort to do so AND Offers a salary and benefits similar to the prior job Archbishop   Molloy   celebrates   the   Class   of   2020   with   home   visits Spring is normally a time of great celebration as Archbishop Molloy recognizes the hard work and achievements of our senior class. Unfortunately, this spring has been different for many reasons, and as a result our seniors have seen highly anticipated events canceled or postponed. Archbishop Molloy’s administration, faculty, and staff are committed to celebrating our historic Class of 2020 and recognizing their many accomplishments. On May 21st, administrators, faculty, and staff visited the homes of dozens of seniors to deliver awesome lawn signs! President Richard Karsten ’81 personally made several deliveries. “There were smiles under many of those masks,” said President Karsten. “It was wonderful to see some of our seniors in person after many weeks of distance learning. The Class of 2020 has so much to be proud of. They have overcome many challenges to finish their high school careers strong. We will miss them, but we know they will go on to be great representatives of Molloy at many prestigious colleges this fall.” Christ   the   King   HS   celebrates   class   of   2020   with   drive   through   celebration : This drive-thru celebration at Christ the King High School has been created to recognize the senior class and provide an opportunity to be congratulated by our faculty and staff while receiving graduation attire, a yearbook and a parting graduation gift. Andrea Marissa Auguster Message: “Black Lives Matter is a movement that literally means all lives matter. One life is not more important than the other, but we cannot sit idly by and allow for injustice to continue plaguing our people. Too many black sons, black daughters, black wives, black mothers, black husbands and black fathers have been lost to the infected hands of bigotry, with no end to these atrocities in sight. Supporting Black Lives Matter does not denote that other causes are of less importance. Rather, the Black Lives Matter movement affirms that we need our cries for justice answered also.” Written by: Andrea Marissa Auguster Consultant, Subcommittee on African American Affairs Nazareth   HS   announces   new   principal: Congratulations to Mr. John Amelio, who has been appointed the next Principal of Nazareth Regional High School, effective July 1, 2020. A life-long New York City resident, Mr. Amelio has spent the majority of his career as an educator serving a multitude of roles at private, independent, and parochial schools throughout the city. Cooking with VP Jerry Franza is back!: Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce : Ingredients: 1 lb of spaghetti 3 tbsp. of olive oil 3 cloves of garlic 1 can of anchovy 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper 2 cans of chopped claims in juice, or fresh clams 1 dozen 1 bottle of claim juice 1 tbsp. of minced parsley Steps: 1 . Cook spaghetti with salt water according to directions 2 . Heat oil, garlic, anchovy and red pepper about 1 minute 3 . Add clams and juice 4 . Add all ingredients to the spaghetti and garnish with the parsley Please note, Jerry has served this dish many times at the BOD meetings and it’s great. Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s June 2020 Message: Dear LFA Brothers and Sisters, This historic school year is coming to an end. You are to be commended for the great job you have performed in these past few months. The teaching world we knew of changed in a flash and you made the change to remote lessons and learning possible. It has not been an easy task and it has taken great effort to take on the new role of “remote teacher”. Your untiring dedication to the students was the driving force for your success! We hope that schools will reopen in September. We must keep an open mind, if the new mandates that come down the pike will affect our careers. I can assure you that the Union will be involved and that your delegates will oversee any changes that may be presented by the administration. No unilateral changes by the schools should be made. The Union is ready to negotiate any new modifications to our present contracts, if this pandemic should continue into the new school year. Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

April/May 2020:

Sad news from Archbishop Molloy HS: It is with a very heavy heart and deep sadness with the devastating news that Mike Harrison has passed away. Mike was a passionate and extremely dedicated teacher, chairperson, moderator, and member of the Archbishop Molloy community. Students loved his energetic style and enthusiasm for teaching. They also appreciated his humor and quick wit. He made a positive impact on thousands of students and will be greatly missed. It is also with sadness that we share the passing of Br. Bob Andrews, FMS, on April 7, 2020. Br. Bob joined the Archbishop Molloy faculty in 1975 and served the school for over 40 years. He taught social studies and religion while also enjoying a nearly 50 year coaching career between his time at St. Helen’s and Molloy. He was a passionate Track & Field and Cross Country coach who helped countless Stanners tap into their full potential. He retired from teaching in June 2015, but remained on Molloy's coaching staff in retirement. Bishop   Ford   High   School   Retiree   Passes: Again, it is with deep sadness that I advise you that June Palo passed away on Palm Sunday. June was a retiree from Bishop Ford. June's immune system was deeply compromised given the fact she had been battling breast cancer and bone cancer for quite some time. The   Early   History   of   Bishop   Loughlin   Memorial   High   School In 1851, the De La Salle Christian Brothers assumed direction of the boys' section of what was then known as the St. James School on Jay Street in Brooklyn, the parochial school of St. James' Church. It was the first Catholic school in the Diocese of Brooklyn. In 1926 St. James became one of three diocesan high schools for boys. In 1933 the school moved to Clermont Avenue, and was renamed Bishop Loughlin Memorial High after the Very Reverend John Loughlin, the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Brooklyn, who served from 1853 to 1891. In 1933 the high school on Jay Street was closed and the Brothers and students transferred to the present campus of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. The new school was built on land originally intended for the diocesan cathedral bounded by Clermont, Greene, Lafayette, and Vanderbilt Avenues. The cornerstone of the school building erected in 1851 is now enshrined by the cafeteria entrance of the present building, a last vestige of the 81 years "Old St. James" stood downtown. The first Senior Prom was held in 1934 and the first edition of the Loughlinite, the school yearbook, appeared in 1938. As a diocesan high school, Loughlin opened its doors to the people of the entire diocese, which included all of Long Island at that time. It has been coeducational since 1973. LFA TEACHER SPOTLIGHT!: Chris Gando from Nazareth HS: F rom Nazareth High School, “We are so proud of our teachers as they have been doing a great job of educating our students during this unprecedented time! Distance learning has kept all our students in class without any interruption to their studies, giving them the opportunity to work through the curriculums without sacrificing the quality of their education. While our students aren't able to be in the building, our teachers are going above and beyond trying to keep everyone in high spirits. Mr. Gando's class spent last week having a Virtual Spirit Week, with every day having a different theme, including "Christmas in March" and "Pajama Day". We hope everyone is staying safe. God bless you all!” Great job, Chris - the LFA is proud of you and all the teachers at Nazareth for making the best of these unusual teaching circumstances! Keep up the great work. Chris Gando has also taught at Bishop Ford High School Retirees’ Medical Insurance Payment Reminder: If you plan on keeping the MTDC medical insurance from September through December, 2020 and you have not yet paid for those months you will need to send in your payment by September 1st. Remember, the rate will not be increased until January, 2021. We are not sure if any communication will be sent to us from the Fund. When sending your check, be sure to include the dates of coverage in the memo section of your check. Send your check and a note to: Mason Tenders District Council Welfare Fund, 520-8th Ave, Suite 600, New York, New York 10018. TELEPHONE: (212) 452-9700 FAX: (212) 452-9729. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO MAKE YOUR PAYMENT. If we learn of any additional information prior to the September deadline it will be posted online in our Facebook page, on the website LFA1216.org and or in our LFA Newsletter. If you plan to leave the MTDCWF plan in January, 2021 and want to purchase a supplemental plan to Medicare, applications are accepted by other insurance plans on or after October 1, 2020. Remember, you will need to produce a copy of “Creditable Coverage” which can be found at on the website LFA1261.org. This document has been sent by MTDCWF during October in the past. Treasurer’s Report for April and May 2020: We submitted our application for payroll reimbursement under the SBA in the amount of $37,256.00. After our application was submitted we were notified by LIUNA that our tax classification 501C(5) made us ineligible for funding. To our surprise, we were given the requested funds but the money was returned. In addition, I had to certify that the funds were needed to keep all employees on the payroll. This was not the case, which was the second reason the money was returned. The finalized audit report was received which was basically identical to previous year’s report. Paying a vender who did not submit an annual invoice, the fact that I complete all accounting activities, and that I should be managed by a member of the executive board was recommended. The full report can be examined at our next BOD meeting. The fee for the audit was $12,500. Due to the extension of the MTDCWF insurance remaining unchanged until January, 2021 the LFA will save $6,300 in lower insurance premiums during July to December, 2020. The Income/Expense report will be distributed for unpublished months at our next BOD meeting. Reference: My View Board (online article): T he idea behind a virtual classroom is to create an online space that serves many of the functions of a traditional classroom, without requiring students and teachers to be physically present in the same place. While modern technology has helped to make this possible, it is important to take steps to ensure students are actually engaged with virtual lessons and taking an active interest in their own learning. Keep reading to learn some of the ways to keep students engaged in a virtual classroom. The President’s April/May 2020 Message…………. Dear LFA Brothers and Sisters, I hope that this message finds you and yours in good health. This pandemic situation has forced us all to adapt to an unprecedented new world. I know from speaking to some of you, that remote teaching has been very challenging and I commend all of you for adapting your teaching methods so quickly. Please keep an open mind and understand that the Governor’s rulings take precedent over certain contractual issues and we are all learning new ways to adapt to the complicated pandemic guidelines. However, if your administration seems to be stretching these guidelines to a point where you feel they are not appropriate, please reach out to your delegate or me directly. Our office is still technically closed, as are the LIUNA and MTDCTF offices. I will begin to schedule future retirees to assist them with the paperwork at the LFA office in mid-June by appointment only. Stay safe, stay strong! Never hesitate to reach out if I can be of assistance. 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

LIUNA Commends Congress for Protecting Workers in the Year-End Spending Bill:

Washington, D.C. (December 19, 2019) - Terry O'Sullivan, General President of LIUNA - the Laborers' Intemational Union of Norff America

— made the following statement today on the year-end spending bill:

LIUNA commends Congress for fully repealing the 40 percent "Cadillac Tax" in the end of year continuing resolution. This historic

agreement is a product of years of advocacy by LIUNA members, our allies and champions in Congress; including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-

CA), Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and the bill's original sponsors: Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) and

Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), who fought at our side, over the course of many years, for this moment.

The hard-working members of LIUNA, in addition to millions of fellow Americans, whose health benefits were at risk, will breathe a sigh of

relief this holiday season.

This victory would not have been possible without the bipartisan leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Congressional leaders should also be commended for including in the year-end spending resolution a 3.1% pay increase for federal

workers. While we had hoped that members of Congess would come together on a fix for workers with Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

and a responsible multi-employer pension reform proposal, we are pleased to see that provisions to protect the health and pension

benefits of tens of thousands of union coal miners was included. We will continue to work with the House and Senate next year to address

the critical issue of pension reform and TPS.

Click here for a link to the story
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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:

June 2020:

From the New York State Department of Labor   Eligibility for unemployment benefits is determined on a case-by- case basis. Your claim will be reviewed to determine if you qualify. Teachers and other school employees generally do not qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits during breaks in the school year or the time between school years or terms. This applies when: They have a contract for a similar job in the next school year or term There is reasonable assurance of a similar job in the next school year or term, after the break. Reasonable assurance exists when an educational institution: Has said it will employ a worker AND Will make a good faith effort to do so AND Offers a salary and benefits similar to the prior job Archbishop   Molloy   celebrates   the   Class   of   2020   with   home visits Spring is normally a time of great celebration as Archbishop Molloy recognizes the hard work and achievements of our senior class. Unfortunately, this spring has been different for many reasons, and as a result our seniors have seen highly anticipated events canceled or postponed. Archbishop Molloy’s administration, faculty, and staff are committed to celebrating our historic Class of 2020 and recognizing their many accomplishments. On May 21st, administrators, faculty, and staff visited the homes of dozens of seniors to deliver awesome lawn signs! President Richard Karsten ’81 personally made several deliveries. “There were smiles under many of those masks,” said President Karsten. “It was wonderful to see some of our seniors in person after many weeks of distance learning. The Class of 2020 has so much to be proud of. They have overcome many challenges to finish their high school careers strong. We will miss them, but we know they will go on to be great representatives of Molloy at many prestigious colleges this fall.” Christ   the   King   HS   celebrates   class   of   2020   with   drive   through celebration : This drive-thru celebration at Christ the King High School has been created to recognize the senior class and provide an opportunity to be congratulated by our faculty and staff while receiving graduation attire, a yearbook and a parting graduation gift. Andrea Marissa Auguster Message: “Black Lives Matter is a movement that literally means all lives matter. One life is not more important than the other, but we cannot sit idly by and allow for injustice to continue plaguing our people. Too many black sons, black daughters, black wives, black mothers, black husbands and black fathers have been lost to the infected hands of bigotry, with no end to these atrocities in sight. Supporting Black Lives Matter does not denote that other causes are of less importance. Rather, the Black Lives Matter movement affirms that we need our cries for justice answered also.” Written   by:   Andrea   Marissa   Auguster   Consultant,   Subcommittee on African American Affairs Nazareth   HS   announces   new   principal: Congratulations to Mr. John Amelio, who has been appointed the next Principal of Nazareth Regional High School, effective July 1, 2020. A life-long New York City resident, Mr. Amelio has spent the majority of his career as an educator serving a multitude of roles at private, independent, and parochial schools throughout the city. Cooking     with     VP     Jerry     Franza     is back!: Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce : Ingredients: 1 lb of spaghetti 3 tbsp. of olive oil 3 cloves of garlic 1 can of anchovy 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper 2 cans of chopped claims in juice, or fresh clams 1 dozen 1 bottle of claim juice 1 tbsp. of minced parsley Steps: 1 . Cook spaghetti with salt water according to directions 2 . Heat oil, garlic, anchovy and red pepper about 1 minute 3 . Add clams and juice 4 . Add all ingredients to the spaghetti and garnish with the parsley Please note, Jerry has served this dish many times at the BOD meetings and it’s great. Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s June 2020 Message: Dear LFA Brothers and Sisters, This historic school year is coming to an end. You are to be commended for the great job you have performed in these past few months. The teaching world we knew of changed in a flash and you made the change to remote lessons and learning possible. It has not been an easy task and it has taken great effort to take on the new role of “remote teacher”. Your untiring dedication to the students was the driving force for your success! We hope that schools will reopen in September. We must keep an open mind, if the new mandates that come down the pike will affect our careers. I can assure you that the Union will be involved and that your delegates will oversee any changes that may be presented by the administration. No unilateral changes by the schools should be made. The Union is ready to negotiate any new modifications to our present contracts, if this pandemic should continue into the new school year. Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

April/May 2020:

Sad news from Archbishop Molloy HS: It is with a very heavy heart and deep sadness with the devastating news that Mike Harrison has passed away. Mike was a passionate and extremely dedicated teacher, chairperson, moderator, and member of the Archbishop Molloy community. Students loved his energetic style and enthusiasm for teaching. They also appreciated his humor and quick wit. He made a positive impact on thousands of students and will be greatly missed. It is also with sadness that we share the passing of Br. Bob Andrews, FMS, on April 7, 2020. Br. Bob joined the Archbishop Molloy faculty in 1975 and served the school for over 40 years. He taught social studies and religion while also enjoying a nearly 50 year coaching career between his time at St. Helen’s and Molloy. He was a passionate Track & Field and Cross Country coach who helped countless Stanners tap into their full potential. He retired from teaching in June 2015, but remained on Molloy's coaching staff in retirement. Bishop   Ford   High   School   Retiree   Passes: Again, it is with deep sadness that I advise you that June Palo passed away on Palm Sunday. June was a retiree from Bishop Ford. June's immune system was deeply compromised given the fact she had been battling breast cancer and bone cancer for quite some time. The   Early   History   of   Bishop   Loughlin   Memorial   High   School In 1851, the De La Salle Christian Brothers assumed direction of the boys' section of what was then known as the St. James School on Jay Street in Brooklyn, the parochial school of St. James' Church. It was the first Catholic school in the Diocese of Brooklyn. In 1926 St. James became one of three diocesan high schools for boys. In 1933 the school moved to Clermont Avenue, and was renamed Bishop Loughlin Memorial High after the Very Reverend John Loughlin, the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Brooklyn, who served from 1853 to 1891. In 1933 the high school on Jay Street was closed and the Brothers and students transferred to the present campus of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. The new school was built on land originally intended for the diocesan cathedral bounded by Clermont, Greene, Lafayette, and Vanderbilt Avenues. The cornerstone of the school building erected in 1851 is now enshrined by the cafeteria entrance of the present building, a last vestige of the 81 years "Old St. James" stood downtown. The first Senior Prom was held in 1934 and the first edition of the Loughlinite, the school yearbook, appeared in 1938. As a diocesan high school, Loughlin opened its doors to the people of the entire diocese, which included all of Long Island at that time. It has been coeducational since 1973. LFA TEACHER SPOTLIGHT!: Chris Gando from Nazareth HS: F rom Nazareth High School, “We are so proud of our teachers as they have been doing a great job of educating our students during t h i s u n p r e c e d e n t e d time! Distance learning has kept all our students in class without any interruption to their studies, giving them the opportunity to work through the curriculums without sacrificing the quality of their education. While our students aren't able to be in the building, our teachers are going above and beyond trying to keep everyone in high spirits. Mr. Gando's class spent last week having a Virtual Spirit Week, with every day having a different theme, including "Christmas in March" and "Pajama Day". We hope everyone is staying safe. God bless you all!” Great job, Chris - the LFA is proud of you and all the teachers at Nazareth for making the best of these unusual teaching circumstances! Keep up the great work. Chris Gando has also taught at Bishop Ford High School Retirees’ Medical Insurance Payment Reminder: If you plan on keeping the MTDC medical insurance from September through December, 2020 and you have not yet paid for those months you will need to send in your payment by September 1st. Remember, the rate will not be increased until January, 2021. We are not sure if any communication will be sent to us from the Fund. When sending your check, be sure to include the dates of coverage in the memo section of your check. Send your check and a note to: Mason Tenders District Council Welfare Fund, 520-8th Ave, Suite 600, New York, New York 10018. TELEPHONE: (212) 452- 9700 FAX: (212) 452-9729. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO MAKE YOUR PAYMENT. If we learn of any additional information prior to the September deadline it will be posted online in our Facebook page, on the website LFA1216.org and or in our LFA Newsletter. If you plan to leave the MTDCWF plan in January, 2021 and want to purchase a supplemental plan to Medicare, applications are accepted by other insurance plans on or after October 1, 2020. Remember, you will need to produce a copy of “Creditable Coverage” which can be found at on the website LFA1261.org. This document has been sent by MTDCWF during October in the past. Treasurer’s Report for April and May 2020: We submitted our application for payroll reimbursement under the SBA in the amount of $37,256.00. After our application was submitted we were notified by LIUNA that our tax classification 501C(5) made us ineligible for funding. To our surprise, we were given the requested funds but the money was returned. In addition, I had to certify that the funds were needed to keep all employees on the payroll. This was not the case, which was the second reason the money was returned. The finalized audit report was received which was basically identical to previous year’s report. Paying a vender who did not submit an annual invoice, the fact that I complete all accounting activities, and that I should be managed by a member of the executive board was recommended. The full report can be examined at our next BOD meeting. The fee for the audit was $12,500. Due to the extension of the MTDCWF insurance remaining unchanged until January, 2021 the LFA will save $6,300 in lower insurance premiums during July to December, 2020. The Income/Expense report will be distributed for unpublished months at our next BOD meeting. Reference: My View Board (online article): T he idea behind a virtual classroom is to create an online space that serves many of the functions of a traditional classroom, without requiring students and teachers to be physically present in the same place. While modern technology has helped to make this possible, it is important to take steps to ensure students are actually engaged with virtual lessons and taking an active interest in their own learning. Keep reading to learn some of the ways to keep students engaged in a virtual classroom. The President’s April/May 2020 Message…………. Dear LFA Brothers and Sisters, I hope that this message finds you and yours in good health. This pandemic situation has forced us all to adapt to an unprecedented new world. I know from speaking to some of you, that remote teaching has been very challenging and I commend all of you for adapting your teaching methods so quickly. Please keep an open mind and understand that the Governor’s rulings take precedent over certain contractual issues and we are all learning new ways to adapt to the complicated pandemic guidelines. However, if your administration seems to be stretching these guidelines to a point where you feel they are not appropriate, please reach out to your delegate or me directly. Our office is still technically closed, as are the LIUNA and MTDCTF offices. I will begin to schedule future retirees to assist them with the paperwork at the LFA office in mid-June by appointment only. Stay safe, stay strong! Never hesitate to reach out if I can be of assistance. 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

LIUNA Commends Congress for Protecting Workers in the

Year-End Spending Bill:

Washington, D.C. (December 19, 2019) - Terry O'Sullivan, General

President of LIUNA - the Laborers' Intemational Union of Norff

America — made the following statement today on the year-end

spending bill:

LIUNA commends Congress for fully repealing the 40 percent

"Cadillac Tax" in the end of year continuing resolution. This

historic agreement is a product of years of advocacy by LIUNA

members, our allies and champions in Congress; including

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and

the bill's original sponsors: Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and

Mike Rounds (R-SD) and

Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), who

fought at our side, over the course of many years, for this

moment.

The hard-working members of LIUNA, in addition to millions of

fellow Americans, whose health benefits were at risk, will breathe

a sigh of relief this holiday season.

This victory would not have been possible without the bipartisan

leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY),

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck

Schumer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Congressional leaders should also be commended for including

in the year-end spending resolution a 3.1% pay increase for

federal workers. While we had hoped that members of Congess

would come together on a fix for workers with Temporary

Protected Status (TPS) and a responsible multi-employer pension

reform proposal, we are pleased to see that provisions to protect

the health and pension benefits of tens of thousands of union

coal miners was included. We will continue to work with the

House and Senate next year to address the critical issue of

pension reform and TPS.

Click here for a link to the story