Don’t let Massachusetts become Wisconsin!

The House of Representatives has released a budget proposal that contains a direct attack on our collective bargaining rights – and we have no time to waste in fighting back. MTA members have less than 24 hours to call on legislators to co-sponsor an amendment that would restore fairness to this process.

The amendment is sponsored by state Representative Martin Walsh. We are asking you to immediately e-mail or call your representative and ask him or her to support Representative Walsh’s Municipal Health Insurance Amendment.

To e-mail, please click here.

To call, contact the House of Representatives at 617-722-2000 and ask to be connected to your representative.

Act immediately. Legislators must sign on as co-sponsors before 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15.

The House bill would give municipalities the unfettered right to enroll municipal employees in the state Group Insurance Commission or make plan design changes to reach the GIC level of benefits, including increasing copayments and deductibles. None of these changes would be subject to collective bargaining.

This is a Wisconsin-style assault on our bargaining rights, and it must be turned back!

There is a better way to go – one that recognizes the many compromises that educators and other union members have made to ensure the continuation of good health coverage for working families in the Commonwealth while also protecting their public schools, colleges and communities.

This plan, proposed by a coalition that includes the MTA and other unions, offers the Legislature a balanced method to achieve the same savings as the House plan while preserving the voice, the values and dignity of educators and other municipal employees and retirees around the state.

MTA President Paul Toner released the following statement to the media immediately after the House bill was released:

“This assault on the collective bargaining rights of municipal employees is unwarranted and unnecessary. We recognize that municipal health care costs are very high in many communities. That is why we released our own proposal to reduce costs, while still giving employees a voice in determining how those savings would be achieved. Our plan and the proposal by Governor Deval Patrick both honor collective bargaining in a much fairer way than this bill does. We are going to continue to fight in the Legislature for a balanced solution to the problem of high health care costs.”

Please do not delay. Spread the word far and wide about the need for a balanced solution.

Send a message to your state representative right away.


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