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MTA Today Winter 2014 As the election season has heated up, MTA activists have been giving their all in support of pro-public-education candidates such as Martha Coakley for governor and Steve Kerrigan for lieutenant governor. Campaign coverage in this issue of MTA Today is supplemented by the 2014 Election Guide. Also in recent weeks, hundreds of members have been turning out at Reclaiming Public Education forums around the state to let their voices be heard and move toward developing action plans. MTA members have been supporting Holyoke Teachers Association President Gus Morales in his effort to be reinstated to his teaching job, and bargaining units across the University of Massachusetts system are locked in difficult negotiations for successor contracts with the administration of President Robert Caret.

In this Issue:

  • Much is at stake on Election Day
  • Editorial: A palpable sense of hope and possibility
  • UMass workers fight unfair demands
  • MSCA health coverage agreement ‘a crucial first step
  • Forums build union solidarity
  • Comments collected at MTA forums
  • Just for New Teachers Conference features array of workshops
  • HTA President Gus Morales says fight ‘not just about me’
  • Commentary: From public good to profitable commodity
  • ESP grant sows the seeds for bountiful gardens
  • Erosion seen in certain rights for teachers
  • EMAC to celebrate 35 years of making a difference
  • New gun law a ‘common-sense’ step forward
  • MTA nomination papers available
  • 2015 nomination form
  • NEA RA delegates to be elected by mail
  • Regional ethnic minority delegates to be chosen
  • Bylaws and Rules Committee now accepting proposals
  • MTA Resolutions Committee accepting submissions
  • Candidate Recommendation Committee nominations sought
  • Statewide Retired District delegates to be chosen
  • Retired Members Committee has four open seats
  • Gathering includes call to political action

This issue of MTA Today also includes the fall edition of the MTA Advantage.

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ED Talks 2014

The How do you get from CBGB, the birthplace of punk, to Revere High School? Award-winning teacher and punk rocker Nancy Barile offers a road map in her ED Talk, "How Punk Rock Makes Me a Better Teacher." Barile was one of eight presenters at this summer’s “ED Talks: Big Ideas About Education” at the MTA Summer Conference in Williamstown. Visit massteacher.org/edtalks to view other ED Talks videos as they are posted.

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