Professional Rights and Responsibilities
Your PR&R Committee works to negotiate and uphold the rights guaranteed through our contract.
Chairperson – Dan MacIsaac
Officers – Ann Raposa, Alice Gentili
Clough Elementary School – Kristen Berthao
Miscoe Hill Middle School – Sue Bertram, Laurie Holloway, Fred Oldfield, Karen Presbrey, Betsey Lambert
Memorial Elementary School – Gail Brown, Katie Cardamone
Nipmuc High School – Kevin Campbell, Kate Reardon
MTA Negotiations – Kari Sledzik
One of the important responsibilities of the Mendon-Upton Regional Teachers Association is to negotiate the contract or collective bargaining agreement for the membership. Our bargaining team, selected from our own membership, represents us at the bargaining table where they meet with representatives of the Mendon-Upton Regional School Committee to create a successor agreement.
At the bargaining table the MURTA proposes changes, which are suggested by you, the members of the MURTA. When the two parties reach agreement, it must be approved, or ratified, by the general membership and by the entire school committee. When ratified, your salary, benefits, work year, workweek, and workday are established for the term of the contract. These are considered the terms and conditions of your employment.
It is important to familiarize yourself with our contract, as it is a legally binding document that specifies our rights and responsibilities as Mendon-Upton Regional Schools employees.
If there is a violation of the contract, contact your Building Representative immediately. There are very clear timelines in place for the processing of a grievance and its hearings at the various levels. If timelines are not adhered to, there are clear consequences for both sides, including waiving rights to the grievance. Please read Article 4 of your contract (pp. 3-6) very carefully. Your Building Representative will work closely with you and the Grievance Chair throughout the grievance process.