Working In Union With East Meadow www.eastmeadowteachers.org
John Gallagher, President Judy Arabian, Vice President
James Parisi, Vice President
Ryan Malone, Treasurer
The EMTA is the exclusive negotiating agent for the teaching personnel, registered
nurses, teaching assistants, library paraprofessionals, and intervention assistants
of the East Meadow School District.
The East Meadow Teachers Association is affiliated with NYSUT, AFT, NEA, and AFL-CIO.
The East Meadow Teachers Association / PO Box 7 / East Meadow, NY 11554 Phone / Fax
Today, the East Meadow Teachers Association is the exclusive negotiating agent in
district-wide collective bargaining including the processing of contractual grievances.
As such, the Association represents the professional staff and all school-related
personnel. This group includes the registered nurses, teacher assistants, library
paraprofessionals, and intervention assistants. The legal authority for negotiations
rests within Article 14 of the Civil Service Law popularly known as the Taylor Law
which has existed since 1967.
In the years prior to the Taylor Law, the Association, since its inception, was concerned
with securing and maintaining improvements in salaries, fringe benefits, and working
conditions. Although formal contracts were not in vogue, the EMTA succeeded in negotiating
a plethora of benefits which were incorporated into the district’s by-laws. Some
pre-Taylor Law highlights include the present-day Empire Plan, disability insurance,
sick leave payments at retirement, and a separate master’s degree column coupled
with the addition of the majority of interim salary lanes, to mention just a few.
The East Meadow Teachers Association is a federated organization composed of nine
school facilities and the SRP chapter. Its activities function through an Executive
Council constituting the president, vice-president and delegates from each school
faculty along with the president of the SRP chapter and the immediate past EMTA president.
The Council maintains a group of twelve standing committees through which its major
activities are pursued. These committees are the Newsletter, Membership, Entertainment,
Negotiations, Welfare/Blood Drive, Community Relations, Grievance, Retirement, Elections,
Health and Safety, Legislative, and Member Support Services. The chairpersons of
particular committees are vital in fulfilling the stated goals of each committee.
The officers of the Executive Council, elected every other June, play a central role
in expediting the work of the Association. The President, besides presiding at the
monthly meetings of the Council, is the chief representative of the EMTA. He or she
is liaison between the Association and the district, the general public, and as spokesperson
for the organization. The Vice-Presidents are primarily charged with the responsibility
as general overseers of the work of the various committees.
The East Meadow Teachers Association is affiliated with the New York Sate United
Teachers (NYSUT), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education
Association (NEA), and the AFL-CIO. The NYSUT field staff, with offices in Woodbury,
provides assistance to both the local and individual teachers in matters relating
to legal and contractual rights and member services and benefits. The lobbying efforts
of both NYSUT and the AFT are paramount in securing needed legislation on the state
and national levels for the advancement and protection of teachers’ rights and benefits
and of public education.
The East Meadow Teachers Association was founded during the 1951-52 school year in
an era of unprecedented, post World War II growth in the suburban development of
Long Island. Indeed, at that time, East Meadow experienced a shortage of school facilities
with all classes functioning on double sessions. A complete K - 12 educational program
was not put into place until 1955-56. Prior to that, grades 10 -12 were housed in
a neighboring high school in Hempstead.