Category Archives: News and Events

News and Events that are happening that may be of interest for the MSU APA

APA January Lump Sum Payment Status

This message is to address the anticipated and upcoming health care savings disbursement, per the ratified 2014 – 2017 wage and health care agreement, slated to be included in your January paycheck.
Status of Payment
At this time, the University has informed the APA that they will only issue partial payment in your January paycheck. Specifically, we anticipate that members will be issued a gross, lump sum payment of $1,042.43, subject to taxes and other deductions and garnishments.   As ratified under the contract, the payment will be issued in full for 100% full-time equivalent (FTE) status employees and reduced on a proportional basis for part-time employees.
Explanation of Issue
Unfortunately, an MSU retiree has filed a lawsuit asserting he should be included in the payment. As you may recall, the ratified health care agreement only applies the benefit for current members.
Furthermore, in a disappointing response, the University has chosen to file an interpleader claim with the local court.  The function of University’s response means the University has reduced the total aggregate amount that was negotiated and ratified for a payment disbursement in your January paycheck. That money has now been left to the court to determine who has the legal right and interest to those funds.
Steps Moving Forward
The APA has expressed a great deal of disappointment with the University’s response to our mutual and legally ratified agreement. We believe we will prevail in this lawsuit and we are confident that the total amount negotiated in our ratified wage and health agreement must be provided to current union members.
Finally, in effort to enforce our contract as ratified, the APA, with assistance from our state affiliate, the Michigan Education Association, are using all legal means necessary to ensure the wage and health care agreement is enforced as ratified by the APA membership and the University.
Summary
Again, members can still anticipate a gross payment in their January paycheck of $1,042.43 subject to taxes and other deductions and garnishments. We will continue to keep you informed with any developments.

Tentative Successor Wage & Health Care Agreement Reached

A tentative successor wage and health care agreement was reached at 11:50pm last night between MSU and the unions comprising the Coalition of Labor Organizations which includes APA and the APSA, AFSCME 999, AFSCME 1585, CTU, FOP, IATSE 274, and IUOE 324.

APA members can look forward to receiving full details about the agreement in the coming weeks. There will also be opportunities to attend scheduled sessions that will be held around campus to ask questions regarding the agreement.

Final dates for the APA to hold our ratification process and vote will be communicated once they are finalized. At this time, we anticipate that action occurring in August 2013 following our communications and information sessions.

2013 APA Annual Picnic

2013 APA Annual Picnic is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, 2013. This member event will be held at Patriarche Park at 1100 Alton Street in East Lansing from 4:30pm to 7:00pm.

Relax, network, and have fun! Food and beverages will be provided. Bring the whole family to the festivities. There will be fun activities for kids of all ages.

Please direct questions to Nick Bourland: bourlan2@msu.edu

We hope to see you there.

APA Winter Coat Drive: Nov 26 – Dec 21

Many deserving MSU students need a coat, hat, or other winter clothing this season.  APA is working in conjunction with the Migrant Student Services programs to collect warm garments in order to help see these students through the cold Michigan weather. Of particular need are students from migrant labor families coming to MSU for the dream of education, but with few funds and no experience with freezing temperatures.

Please contribute new or good condition coats, hats, scarves, gloves and boots to any of the following locations between November 26 and December 21.

250 Administration – Aleida Martinez - marti995@msu.edu

205 Berkey Hall – Trudy Wesley - wesleyt@msu.edu

250 W Akers Hall – Sue Brandt - brandts@msu.edu

115 Erickson Hall – Sue Carpenter - carpen16@msu.edu

Physical Plant, IT Dept – David Graff - dsgraff@pplant.msu.edu

300 Spartan Way – Laura Peek - lpeek@msu.edu

126 Natural Resources – Carol Graysmith - graysmit@msu.edu

C246 Holden Hall – Elias Lopez - lopezel1@vps.msu.edu

Foyer E & W Fee Halls “Simple Gifts” - Pat.Grauer@hc.msu.edu

B419 Clinical Center – Jackie Botsford - Jackie.Botsford@hc.msu.edu

A218 Life Science – Deborah Sudduth - Deborah.Sudduth@hc.msu.edu

93 Kellogg Center – Cindy Helms - chelms@msu.edu

Call To Action: Stop Right To Work (for less)

Last Thursday, Gov. Rick Snyder and the lame-duck Michigan legislature rammed through their so-called “right-to-work” bills in hours, locked citizens out of the Capitol, made a mockery of the democratic process and undermined the rights of Michigan’s middle class. It is anticipated that the House and Senate will pass the final versions of the RTW bills on Tuesday (Dec 11) and send them to the governor for his signature.

To view a video message from MEA President Steve Cook about the session’s activities please follow this link: http://youtu.be/EvLL8oxXFxM.

All members are encouraged to join in the fight against this anti-worker legislation and protect their rights to reach fair agreements with their employer.

Join fellow members and labor advocates at the state Capitol on Tuesday and make your voice heard. Workers from across Michigan will be there all day speaking out against right-to-work and its disastrous and divisive impact on working. If your personal schedule can be arranged to provide a window of opportunity to join us at the Michigan Capitol, by all means you are welcomed and encouraged to attend. A shuttle bus from the APA/MEA office (1216 Kendale Blvd. in East Lansing) will transport members to the Capitol grounds starting at 7am and will run all day long.

If you can’t make it to the Capitol on Tuesday, please take just a few minutes to hop on your phone or email and contact Gov. Snyder and lawmakers.

The time to act is now.

APA Coat Drive

Many deserving MSU students need a coat, hat, or other winter clothing this season.  APA is working in conjunction with the Migrant Student Services programs to collect warm garments in order to help see these students through the cold Michigan weather. Of particular need are students from migrant labor families coming to MSU for the dream of education, but with few funds and no experience with freezing temperatures.

Please contribute new or good condition coats, hats, scarves, gloves and boots to any of the following locations between November 26 and December 21.

250 Administration – Aleida Martinez – marti995@msu.edu

205 Berkey Hall – Trudy Wesley – wesleyt@msu.edu

250 W Akers Hall – Sue Brandt – brandts@msu.edu

115 Erickson Hall – Sue Carpenter – carpen16@msu.edu

Physical Plant, IT Dept – David Graff – dsgraff@pplant.msu.edu

300 Spartan Way – Laura Peek – lpeek@msu.edu

126 Natural Resources – Carol Graysmith – graysmit@msu.edu

C246 Holden Hall – Elias Lopez – lopezel1@vps.msu.edu

Foyer E & W Fee Halls “Simple Gifts” – Pat.Grauer@hc.msu.edu

B419 Clinical Center – Jackie Botsford – Jackie.Botsford@hc.msu.edu

A218 Life Science – Deborah Sudduth – Deborah.Sudduth@hc.msu.edu

93 Kellogg Center – Cindy Helms – chelms@msu.edu

APA Annual Membership Meeting

The APA Annual Membership meeting will commence on November 20 at 5:30pm at the APA office located at 1480 Kendale Blvd., Suite 300 in East Lansing.

The APA office can be easily reached one of two ways traveling north from Campus on Abbott Rd.

1) Turn right (east) onto Saginaw Hwy.
Turn left (north) onto Kendale Blvd.
1480 is the 3rd building on the right.

2) Continue north over Saginaw Hwy.
Turn right (east) onto Woodland Pass
Turn right (south) onto Kendale Blvd
1480 is the 3rd building on the left.