BASAS Recovers Over $250,000 for Members

The Boston Association of School Administrators and Supervisors (AFSA Local 6) and the School Department came to an agreement on Monday May 20th to compensate BASAS members who were financially harmed as a result of the school department’s 2010 reorganization of Special Education services. The settlement, which calls for BPS to pay over $ 260,00o in damages to BASAS members, was reached on the eve of a trial scheduled for May 21st at the Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations.

The case began in June 2010 when BPS decided to reorganize its service delivery model for SPED services. Although the topic had been raised with BASAS in contract negotiations, then Chief of Operations Michael Goar insisted on implementing the changes in June of that year, resulting in the displacement of BASAS members, before the negotiations were completed. BASAS filed charges at the Division of Labor Relations.

Under the terms of the settlement, the school committee does not admit that it violated the law. However, the agreement reached Monday requires the school department to pay fourteen (14) members amounts depending on the income they lost as a result of the changes during the school year.

Attorney Matthew Dwyer, who represented  BASAS in the case, stated: “I’m very pleased for BASAS that its members will receive  some compensation for the economic losses they sustained, as this was very disheartening for those whose lives were affected. The credit for the victory belongs to President Dominic Sacchetti, who insisted we vigorously prosecute this legal matter without regard to the legal expenses  involved. It was his active, unwavering  support that made this positive outcome  possible”.

Sacchetti in turn thanked Attorney Dwyer: “Matt and his associate, Mark Esposito, took us all the way. We knew from the beginning we were in good hands.”

The settlement agreement calls for the payments to be made within thirty days, said Sacchetti. He noted: “Those who question our organization’s willingness or ability to fight for our members legal rights should take note: school administrators are no less deserving than others of respect in the workplace. If this sort of thing happens again, we’ll do whatever is necessary to protect our members.”

 

Credit to Matthew Dwyer, attorney for the Boston Association of School Administrators and Supervisors