MTA will vote against an early endorsement in the presidential primary

MTA President Barbara Madeloni sent the following message to MTA members on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015:

As some of you know, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García is pushing for the NEA to recommend Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Primary. A motion to support this proposal will be made on Thursday, Oct. 1, at a meeting of the NEA Fund PAC Council. If the motion is approved by the PAC Council, the NEA Board of Directors will vote on it the next day.

In conversation with President Eskelsen García, I have expressed my concern that an early endorsement does not allow members to be active participants in the kinds of discussion and debate that are central to a democratic union.

At the MTA All Presidents' Meeting this past weekend, the tone of the room strongly opposed an early endorsement of any candidate. I am hearing the same viewpoint from members through e-mail and social media.

At the PAC Council meeting, Massachusetts will vote against an early candidate recommendation.

In addition, the MTA will hold regional meetings at the end of November and into December at which we will invite members to discuss the MTA's relationship to the primary, national and statewide electoral politics, how we hold elected officials accountable, and how best to use our collective power to influence policy. We will also discuss members' views on specific candidates.

I hope you will be able to join us. Details of the meetings will be provided in subsequent communications.