We Meet, We March for Democratic Unionism
"No MCAS. No PARCC. More recess. More art" and "Equal pay for equal work." The chorus of chants echoed down Boylston Street on Saturday as hundreds of MTA members marched from the MTA Annual Meeting of Delegates to Boston Common in a defiant celebration of our voices and conviction. There, we joined thousands of students, parents, educators and community members at the Rally for Public Education. Music, spoken word and speeches - and glorious spring sun - made for a festive demonstration of our commitment to resist the Trump/DeVos/Baker/Peyser privatization agenda, to demand full investment in public education from preK to higher education, and to show our readiness to envision and create the schools our communities deserve.
You can watch the program here. Be sure to check out the solidarity that MTA members showed with striking AT&T workers as we walked down Boylston. And don't miss these photos with the great signs that people made for the rally.
Annual Meeting: Democratic Unionism in Action
The march followed the Annual Meeting, where almost 1,300 MTA members from across the state came to debate issues, vote and shape the direction of the MTA. Delegates voted to prepare to file a lawsuit if the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission are not met in this legislative session; to investigate the privatization schemes of so-called "personalized learning" and oppose the MAPLE/LearnLaunch partnership with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; to support legislation that calls for the Pension Reserves Investment Trust to divest from thermal coal; to support legislation that calls for health education courses that teach sex education to use a medically accurate, age appropriate and comprehensive curriculum; to hold the elected officials we have supported accountable for their actions on Question 2, and other items. Read more about the Annual Meeting here.
Delegates also elected representatives to the MTA Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and Retired delegates voted for Retired Members Committee representatives. Go here to see who was elected to represent you.
It was a great meeting. Delegates debated, listened, and completed all of the business of the meeting - just in time to march!
But don't stop with marching.
Tell Senators to Back MTA-Supported Amendments
Go here to urge your state senator to back budget amendments that would improve education funding, strengthen collective bargaining, rein in costs for public employees who receive health coverage through the Group Insurance Commission, and advance other issues critical to MTA members.
As educators, we know too well the ways that racism and bigotry disrupt the hopes of young people and their families. Come to this workshop at MTA's Quincy headquarters on June 3 and learn how to support students and our communities in fighting bigotry and making the world a safer place for all. Sign up here.
MTA at Boston Pride!
Mark your calendar for noon on June 10, when we will join the Boston Pride March. Meet the MTA contingent and march behind our banner. This is an amazingly joyful march. More details will follow.
Worcester Educators: You Say Cut Back, We Say Fight Back!
Fighting proposed ZERO percent raises, members of the Educational Association of Worcester have taken to the streets - and the hallways at a School Committee budget meeting - to demand fair wages.