Higher Education

"People don’t understand what a difference it makes to have a say in salaries, benefits and policies."

UMass Lowell Professor & Mass Society of Professors Lowell Member Sue Kim

The MTA represents approximately 18,000 higher education members. They work on the Amherst, Boston and Lowell campuses of the University of Massachusetts system, at nine state universities, and at 15 community colleges. Members include faculty, part-time and continuing education faculty, administrators, librarians and support staff.

Training and Learning Opportunity for MTA Higher Ed Members

Get 'Powered Up' to Organize and Win

Higher Education: Powered Up 2020

Friday, Jan. 10
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel
One Monarch Place
Springfield, MA

Higher Ed conference

On Friday, Jan. 10, members can attend Higher Education: Powered Up 2020, which will focus on creating a successful campaign strategy around public higher education issues. This conference will give higher education locals the opportunity to join forces with other unions that represent classified and professional staff, faculty, librarians, grant-funded workers, and graduate and postdoctoral student employees. Together, members of the MTA, AFT, AFSCME, SEIU, UAW and other unions, as well as student organizations and allies, will hold discussions and workshops related to the Cherish Act, contract bargaining and comprehensive campaigns, as well as critical issues in higher education, including early college enrollment, privatization, full-time employment, the impacts of increased online education, student debt and the austerity narrative. The dinner program will also include a keynote by Caitlin Zaloom, author of Indebted.

The following day, Saturday, Jan. 11, MTA higher ed members are encouraged to participate in the Winter Union Skills Conference, also being held at the Sheraton in Springfield.

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Effort to increase higher education funding

Anabel Santiago

Learn more about The Cherish Act which would correct years of underfunding of our public colleges and universities.

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Coverage of Higher Education Issues