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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:

April, 2021:

Nathereth HS Principal Receives Award: Congratulations to Nazareth High School’s President and Principal Providencia Quiles for being awarded the Lead. Learn. Proclaim (LLP) Award by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) as an outstanding leader in Catholic Education. Sale of Rockville Diocese Headquarters: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has sold its headquarters for $5.2 million in a move that was approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court, church officials said. The diocese, one of the largest in the nation and home to 1.4 million Catholics in the Long Island region, declared bankruptcy last year as it faced numerous lawsuits under New York State’s Child Victims Act. Retirees Reminder: If in the second half of 2020 you paid a full annual rate for Mason Tenders medical coverage, but you dropped the plan when the new rates went into effect on Jan 1, 2021 you may be entitled to a partial refund. Please contact Esther Chiarra at Mason Tenders for more information: 212-452-9700. Only MTDCWF (not the LFA) is able to determine if and how much money you could get back.” As you may notice, school news has been sparse during Covid, with little news posted on school websites. Be well and safe. Cooking with VP Jerry Franza: Italian Cream Cheese Knot Cookies : Ingredients: 5 eggs 1 stick of butter 1 cup of sugar 5 tbsp. baking powder 8 oz package of cream cheese 5 cups of flour 4-5 tsp vanilla 1 . Blend the cream cheese and butter; add the sugar and vanilla, add the eggs, baking powder and flour. 2 . Refrigerate the dough for one hour. Roll pieces and form knots. 3 . Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet. 4 . Icing   for   the   cookies : When cookies are cool, mix confectionery sugar and boiling water into a smooth glaze and drizzle over cookies. Sprinkle with color jimmies. . Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s April 2021 Message: Teachers: Bargaining Teams are now in place in our 7 schools that are up for contract renewals. Due to Covid issues and the uncertainties facing our schools in September, the Union is proposing to each school a salary increase for the faculty and leaving the contracts as they are until next spring when we will be able to negotiate with a better knowledge of where we stand. Once CDC guidelines are lifted or modified, we would be able to negotiate permanent changes into our contracts. It would not be beneficial to neither the schools nor the union to negotiate contracts with the present uncertainties that exist only to change them again next year. I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Quiles and I were able to negotiate a small onetime bonus for the teachers at Nazareth High School. A Memorandum of Agreement is being drawn up to be presented soon to the Archbishop Molly faculty for ratification. We are very close to an agreement at St. John the Baptist and Holy Trinity. Teachers, who are ready to retire and wish to apply for the LIUNA pension, must call the LIUNA office and request a Retirement Packet: 1 800 544 - 7422 . Once you receive the packet, please call the LFA office for assistance to complete the necessary forms in the packet. I will gladly make an appointment to meet with you. The LFA office is presently undergoing a routine LIUNA Audit. All seems to be going well at this moment. Retirees: The retirees who initially paid a full year of medical payments, as we were directed to do in the summer, may need to request a refund if the MTDCTF medical package was dropped in January. The LFA cannot help you in this matter. Please contact the MTDCTF office directly: 1 212 452 - 9700 . Be well and be safe! Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

March 2021:

How can we support teachers and their mental health amid COVID-19? By ADA TSENG LOS ANGELES TIMES A study surveying 73 teachers working in under-resourced schools in Southern California during the pandemic described how work-life balance has been affecting teachers’ well-being and how some have been experiencing symptoms of secondary trauma. Here are some tips from local educators and therapists for how we can all help our teachers as more schools reopen. Increase support that leads to educator motivation Give teachers the basic tools of wellness Prioritize mental health in reopening plans LFA Annual Financial Report December, 2019 to November, 2020 Report prepared by CPA firm Schultheis & Panettieri, LLP Hauppuge, New York. Any questions concerning this report should be directed to Dan DiPleco at ddvt2001@gmail.com . Expenses Amount Payroll $ 171006 Payroll taxes $11676 Benefits $ 39732 Rent $ 17402 Telephone $ 3428 Printing $1957 Office expense $ 9395 Accounting $13355 Insurance $3689 Auto $2005 Conference/meetings $ 4763 LIUNA Per capita taxes $100389 Legal $48372 Total expenses: $427169 Income Amount Membership dues & fees $445290 Interest income $4145 Total income: $449435 Net income: $22266 The current account assets for the LFA is $307, 492 with no outstanding debts as of February, 24, 2021. All financial statements are available for LFA union members to examine at the Union office. Income Expense Profit/Loss 2020 449,435,00 427,169.00 22,266.00 2019 497,078.00 494,308.00 2,770.00 2018 475,570.00 479,139.00 (3,569.00) 2017 490,316.00 467,826.00 22,490.00 2016 491,352.00 466,086.00 25,266.00 2015 456,710.00 480,600.00 (23,890.00) 2014 491,157.00 497,208.00 (6,051.00) Totals 3,351,618 3,312,336 42,851 Source: US Department of Labor as of Feb. 24, 2021 Cooking with VP Jerry Franza : Will return next month The President’s March 2021 Message: Bargaining Teams are being formed at the following LFA schools: Archbishop Molloy High School, Christ the King Regional High School, Holy Trinity High School, Saint John the Baptist High School, Xaverian High School, and The Child School Legacy High School. Surveys concerning negotiation issues will go out to the faculty members soon. Our dedicated LFA delegate at Archbishop Molloy High School, Austin Power, quickly filed a grievance concerning a unilateral change by the School. After testimony and a great legal presentation by our Lawyer, Paul Ajlouny, an arbiter in the case awarded in favor of the Archbishop Molloy faculty. The Union successfully proved that an ongoing past practice, for over 40 years, cannot be unilaterally changed by the school even if the topic is not specifically delineated in the contract. LFA ALL THE WAY! 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

Pandemic Relief and Multi-Employer Pension Protection: Washington, D.C. (March 10, 2021) Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA the Laborers’ International Union of North America made the following statement today on the American Rescue Plan: LIUNA retirees, beneficiaries, and members owe a debt of gratitude to President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and Senate Democratic Leader Schumer for not only enacting a robust pandemic relief bill but also for protecting our members’ retirement security. The legislation provides critically needed COVID relief to protect people who are working and those who have lost their jobs, and a life-saving transfusion of federal investment for union members’ multi-employer pensions. Provisions in this relief bill will provide necessary federal assistance and ensure that millions of retirees including thousands of LIUNA retirees and beneficiaries will still receive their full pensions and be able to retire in dignity after a lifetime of hard work. Source: LIUNA email Unfortunately, this helpful legislation has become law too late for those of our LFA members who had their pension reduced due to school closings.

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 © 2021 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:

April, 2021:

Nathereth HS Principal Receives Award: Congratulations to Nazareth High School’s President and Principal Providencia Quiles for being awarded the Lead. Learn. Proclaim (LLP) Award by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) as an outstanding leader in Catholic Education. Sale of Rockville Diocese Headquarters: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has sold its headquarters for $5.2 million in a move that was approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court, church officials said. The diocese, one of the largest in the nation and home to 1.4 million Catholics in the Long Island region, declared bankruptcy last year as it faced numerous lawsuits under New York State’s Child Victims Act. Retirees Reminder: If in the second half of 2020 you paid a full annual rate for Mason Tenders medical coverage, but you dropped the plan when the new rates went into effect on Jan 1, 2021 you may be entitled to a partial refund. Please contact Esther Chiarra at Mason Tenders for more information: 212-452-9700. Only MTDCWF (not the LFA) is able to determine if and how much money you could get back.” As you may notice, school news has been sparse during Covid, with little news posted on school websites. Be well and safe. Cooking with VP Jerry Franza: Italian Cream Cheese Knot Cookies : Ingredients: 5 eggs 1 stick of butter 1 cup of sugar 5 tbsp. baking powder 8 oz package of cream cheese 5 cups of flour 4-5 tsp vanilla 1 . Blend the cream cheese and butter; add the sugar and vanilla, add the eggs, baking powder and flour. 2 . Refrigerate the dough for one hour. Roll pieces and form knots. 3 . Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet. 4 . Icing      for      the      cookies : When cookies are cool, mix confectionery sugar and boiling water into a smooth glaze and drizzle over cookies. Sprinkle with color jimmies. . Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s April 2021 Message: Teachers: Bargaining Teams are now in place in our 7 schools that are up for contract renewals. Due to Covid issues and the uncertainties facing our schools in September, the Union is proposing to each school a salary increase for the faculty and leaving the contracts as they are until next spring when we will be able to negotiate with a better knowledge of where we stand. Once CDC guidelines are lifted or modified, we would be able to negotiate permanent changes into our contracts. It would not be beneficial to neither the schools nor the union to negotiate contracts with the present uncertainties that exist only to change them again next year. I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Quiles and I were able to negotiate a small onetime bonus for the teachers at Nazareth High School. A Memorandum of Agreement is being drawn up to be presented soon to the Archbishop Molly faculty for ratification. We are very close to an agreement at St. John the Baptist and Holy Trinity. Teachers, who are ready to retire and wish to apply for the LIUNA pension, must call the LIUNA office and request a Retirement Packet: 1 800 544 - 7422 . Once you receive the packet, please call the LFA office for assistance to complete the necessary forms in the packet. I will gladly make an appointment to meet with you. The LFA office is presently undergoing a routine LIUNA Audit. All seems to be going well at this moment. Retirees: The retirees who initially paid a full year of medical payments, as we were directed to do in the summer, may need to request a refund if the MTDCTF medical package was dropped in January. The LFA cannot help you in this matter. Please contact the MTDCTF office directly: 1 212 452 - 9700 . Be well and be safe! Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

March 2021:

How   can   we   support   teachers   and   their   mental   health   amid COVID-19? By ADA TSENG LOS ANGELES TIMES A study surveying 73 teachers working in under-resourced schools in Southern California during the pandemic described how work- life balance has been affecting teachers’ well-being and how some have been experiencing symptoms of secondary trauma. Here are some tips from local educators and therapists for how we can all help our teachers as more schools reopen. Increase support that leads to educator motivation Give teachers the basic tools of wellness Prioritize mental health in reopening plans LFA Annual Financial Report December, 2019 to November, 2020 Report prepared by CPA firm Schultheis & Panettieri, LLP Hauppuge, New York. Any questions concerning this report should be directed to Dan DiPleco at ddvt2001@gmail.com . Expenses Amount Payroll $ 171006 Payroll taxes $11676 Benefits $ 39732 Rent $ 17402 Telephone $ 3428 Printing $1957 Office expense $ 9395 Accounting $13355 Insurance $3689 Auto $2005 Conference/meetings $ 4763 LIUNA Per capita taxes $100389 Legal $48372 Total expenses: $427169 Income Amount Membership dues & fees $445290 Interest income $4145 Total income: $449435 Net income: $22266 The current account assets for the LFA is $307, 492 with no outstanding debts as of February, 24, 2021. All financial statements are available for LFA union members to examine at the Union office. Income Expense Profit/Loss 2020 449,435,00 427,169.00 22,266.00 2019 497,078.00 494,308.00 2,770.00 2018 475,570.00 479,139.00 (3,569.00) 2017 490,316.00 467,826.00 22,490.00 2016 491,352.00 466,086.00 25,266.00 2015 456,710.00 480,600.00 (23,890.00) 2014 491,157.00 497,208.00 (6,051.00) Totals 3,351,618 3,312,336 42,851 Source: US Department of Labor as of Feb. 24, 2021 Cooking with VP Jerry Franza : Will return next month The President’s March 2021 Message: Bargaining Teams are being formed at the following LFA schools: Archbishop Molloy High School, Christ the King Regional High School, Holy Trinity High School, Saint John the Baptist High School, Xaverian High School, and The Child School Legacy High School. Surveys concerning negotiation issues will go out to the faculty members soon. Our dedicated LFA delegate at Archbishop Molloy High School, Austin Power, quickly filed a grievance concerning a unilateral change by the School. After testimony and a great legal presentation by our Lawyer, Paul Ajlouny, an arbiter in the case awarded in favor of the Archbishop Molloy faculty. The Union successfully proved that an ongoing past practice, for over 40 years, cannot be unilaterally changed by the school even if the topic is not specifically delineated in the contract. LFA ALL THE WAY! 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

Pandemic Relief and Multi-Employer Pension Protection: Washington, D.C. (March 10, 2021) Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA the Laborers’ International Union of North America made the following statement today on the American Rescue Plan: LIUNA retirees, beneficiaries, and members owe a debt of gratitude to President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and Senate Democratic Leader Schumer for not only enacting a robust pandemic relief bill but also for protecting our members’ retirement security. The legislation provides critically needed COVID relief to protect people who are working and those who have lost their jobs, and a life-saving transfusion of federal investment for union members’ multi- employer pensions. Provisions in this relief bill will provide necessary federal assistance and ensure that millions of retirees including thousands of LIUNA retirees and beneficiaries will still receive their full pensions and be able to retire in dignity after a lifetime of hard work. Source: LIUNA email Unfortunately, this helpful legislation has become law too late for those of our LFA members who had their pension reduced due to school closings.

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.