MTA Retired Members Benefits

  • MTA is an organization of 111,000 members.  It is managed by and for all active and retired Pre-K-Higher Education educators.
  • A statewide Retired District Director is elected to the MTA Board of Directors.
  • A statewide Retired Region member is elected to the MTA Executive Committee.
  • Eight retired members are elected to the MTA Retired Members Committee.
  • Retired Members are elected as delegates to the MTA Annual Meeting and the NEA-RA.
  • MTA has regional offices throughout the state. Each regional office is staffed by consultants who assist our 110,000 members with collective bargaining issues that impact active, pre-retired and retired members.
  • MTA advocates for its retired members at state agencies, councils, and committees and advises them on how they can advocate as members.
  • MTA issues Legislative Alerts on pending legislative matters as necessary.
  • MTA Governmental Services provides research and testimony to maintain and improve post-retirement benefits.
  • MTA researched and wrote the language that was adopted that allows retired educators to return to public education (in areas designated as critical shortage areas) without a penalty to one's pension. MTA was responsible for this language being included in the Retirement Enhancement Legislation. The legislation was written by one of MTA's attorneys. MTA has a full time General Counsel and 7 full time attorneys.
  • MTA strives to improve the economic well being of its retired members.
  • MTA is a member of the Public Employees Labor Coalition. MTA, in addition to filing its own COLA legislation, works with other organizations on this issue.
  • MTA's Division of Governmental Services contains 6 registered lobbyists who lobby for retired and active educators. When MTA lobbyists speak to legislators, legislators know that they represent 111,000 members.
  • Beginning in 1993 with H3288, MTA filed legislation that contained a minimum pension bill for those with 25 years of service.
  • MTA and its members designated significant resources to work for the passage of the Retirement Enhancement Legislation (mailings, phone banks, rally and legislative meetings). One only has to read the statements of the Governor and the editorials of major Massachusetts newspapers to know that MTA was credited with the passage of this bill.
  • MTA has a web site (www.massteacher.org) with a special constituent section for retired members.  Retirement news is also included in MTA Today and the MTA Reporter, a newsletter for MTA retired members.
  • MTA/NEA Retired is affiliated with the MTA and the 3.2 million member NEA.
  • MTA/NEA Retired members have access to a MTA Benefits Member Discount Directory, (1,000 discounts) Long Term Care Programs, Home Mortgage Programs, Dental Insurance, Vision Care, Elderhostel Programs, Auto Insurance etc.
  • MTA/NEA Retired continue to work for the repeal of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision.