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General announcements to the union msmbership

2014 APA Election Results

Please find below the 2014 APA Election results as announced at the public ballot tabulation that occurred at the APA office on March 31, 2014.  A total of 524 ballots were cast in this year’s election.  Candidates are listed in the order of highest to lowest votes received.  Next to each candidate’s name is the amount of votes received:


Five 3-year terms on APA Executive Board (2014 – 2017)

Maurice “Maury” Koffman – 342

Patricia Hampton – 278

Aaron Ledger – 274

Jen Shangraw – 265

Nicole Proctor – 264


Candidates unsuccessful in seeking election

Danny Layne – 224

John Hayes – 222

Scott Cooley – 221

Write-ins – 21


One 2-year term on APA Executive Board (2014 – 2016)

Carol Graysmith – 182


Candidates unsuccessful in seeking election

Richard Ivans – 110

Allyson Rogers – 106

Patrick Homminga – 47

Ryan Simmons – 42

Write-ins – 1


One 1-year term on APA Executive Board (2014 – 2015)

Laura Wise – 360


Candidates unsuccessful in seeking election

Write-ins – 16


Five 3-year terms for MEA/NEA RA Delegate (2014 – 2017)

Maurice “Maury” Koffman – 323

Aaron Ledger – 271

Nicole Proctor – 270

Patricia Hampton – 257

Jen Shangraw – 256


Candidates unsuccessful in seeking election

Scott Cooley – 228

Danny Layne – 220

John Hayes – 207

Write-ins – 19


One 2-year term for MEA/NEA RA Delegate (2014 – 2016)

Carol Graysmith – 184


Candidates unsuccessful in seeking election

Richard Ivans – 105

Allyson Rogers – 102

Patrick Homminga – 53

Ryan Simmons – 37

Write-Ins – 4


One 1-year term for MEA/NEA RA Delegate (2014 – 2015)

Laura Wise – 353


Candidates unsuccessful in seeking election

Write-ins – 17





2014 APA Nominations and Elections Committee


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.
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.

2014-2017 Health Care & Wages Agreement Ratified

Ratification balloting results for the APA/CLO 2014 – 2017 health care and wages tentative agreement concluded at 4pm on Friday, August 16, 2013. A total of 680 ballots were cast in the ratification vote.

Question: Do you support ratification of the APA/CLO 2014 – 2017 health care and wages tentative agreement?
Yes. I support ratification – 656 votes (96%)
No. I oppose ratification – 24 votes (4%)

Accordingly, the APA membership ratified the 2014 – 2017 tentative agreement on health care and wages.

Thank you for reviewing the proposed agreement and casting your considered vote. More information will be provided in future APA communications. If you have specific questions or concerns at this time, please feel free to contact the APA at or via phone at 517.353.4898.

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:

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 –

205 Berkey Hall – Trudy Wesley –

250 W Akers Hall – Sue Brandt –

115 Erickson Hall – Sue Carpenter –

Physical Plant, IT Dept – David Graff –

300 Spartan Way – Laura Peek –

126 Natural Resources – Carol Graysmith –

C246 Holden Hall – Elias Lopez –

Foyer E & W Fee Halls “Simple Gifts” –

B419 Clinical Center – Jackie Botsford –

A218 Life Science – Deborah Sudduth –

93 Kellogg Center – Cindy Helms –

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:

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.