MTA support for Martha Coakley


In my e-mail to you on Friday, I wrote of the many angry messages I received about gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley’s comments suggesting that charter schools should be allowed to open in Brockton and Fitchburg.

Over the weekend, I brought these concerns to the MTA Board. The Board, while decrying Coakley’s statements, is continuing to strongly support Coakley over Charlie Baker, her Republican opponent.

At the same time, Board members urged me and all of us to inform the candidate we chose to recommend about the actual experiences of members and the amazing work that you do. As part of that effort, we are working to arrange for Martha to meet with our members. I will let you know when we settle on a time and location.

As we work on the logistics, you should feel free to share your concerns and comments about the issues that are most important to you directly with the Coakley campaign; to do so, please e-mail

I appreciate that members voiced their concerns and look forward to continuing conversations about our relationship to recommended candidates and the electoral process.

In the meantime, here are two articles to help stimulate ideas about what is happening in public education and our ongoing work of strengthening our union:

  • This one is about the assault on public education.
  • This one speaks to some of the choices we make in building a social movement.

In solidarity, and in anticipation of many great things ahead,