MTA enters in partnership pact with SEIU, AFSCME

The MTA and state affiliates of the SEIU and the AFSCME entered into a partnership agreement on March 24, with leaders of the respective unions describing the pact as a boon to working families around the state.

Last year, the National Education Association and the national leadership of the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees crafted an agreement that calls for cooperation among the unions and placed prohibitions on interfering with one another’s organizing activities.

The MTA and Massachusetts locals of the SEIU and AFSCME became the first state organizations to adopt the agreement.

“We have close relationships with all of the people around this table, and this agreement strengthens that bond,” said MTA President Paul Toner, as several representatives from the respective unions met to sign the agreement. “This partnership among our unions will help all of us be stronger advocates for the working families we fight for every day.” 

In addition to respecting each other’s organizing activities, the pact will enhance the unions’ abilities to work together on political and legislative campaigns as well as find common ground on bargaining issues, especially at work sites where employees are represented by more than one of the unions.