Unions Strengthen Our Communities and Give Educators A Voice
We are better at our craft and more powerful advocates for ourselves and our students if we work collectively through our unions. Through MTA’s All In effort, we are building that power with intentional one-to-one member conversations at the local and chapter levels.
We’ve always known that face-to-face conversations are the best way to engage members. There is a renewed urgency this year because of Janus v. AFSCME, an anti-union case that is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. That case, backed by the Koch brothers and other wealthy special interests, is intended to weaken and defund public employee unions.
Given the current makeup of the Supreme Court, it is widely anticipated that the “right-to-work-for-less” position will prevail. Whatever the outcome, the MTA and its affiliates will continue to inform and engage members so that we can be strong forces for quality education and fair treatment of educators. Just take a look at how effective educators in West Virginia and Oklahoma have been despite anti-union laws on the books in those states.
Fighting for Our Rights
All In is a way of thinking and acting, rather than a campaign with a specific end date. The forces arrayed against unions have no plan to stop attacking the rights of working men and women, and we do not intend to stop fighting for our rights. Now and into the future, we need our members to share their ideas and values with one another and experience the power of collective action. We need members to be All In.
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”Frederick Douglass
Tell the World You Are Sticking With Your Union
Take photos of yourself, either individually or in groups, holding handmade signs with the word "union" — or a similar message of your choosing. — and share them widely.
MTA Members Are #All_In
Across the Commonwealth, MTA members are using their collective voices to speak out for the schools and colleges our communities deserve. Check out our Educators in Action page and share your latest #All_In pictures with us so we don't miss a thing.
All In Tools
Tools for Local Association Leaders
Apply for MTA Organizing Funds
Member engagement is our best defense against the corporate interests behind Janus v. AFSCME. They have one goal in mind — silencing the voice of workers and unions.
Learn more about creating an organizing program in your local.
Preparing for the Janus Decision
Why should someone join your union?
Use the B.R.A.G. structure to organize a list of benefits, resources, accomplishments and goals that your local provides to its members.
Workers ‘stick with the union’ as court hears Janus arguments
Workers took to the streets in cities across Massachusetts — and thousands more wore pro-union stickers at their worksites — to show solidarity on Monday, Feb. 26, as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case backed by wealthy special interests intent on weakening the power of public employee unions.
“Sisters and brothers in labor, we are gathering today to show the world that we are going to stay strong and stick with the union no matter what billionaires like the Koch brothers and the backers of the State Policy Network or our own Pioneer Institute throw at us,” MTA President Barbara Madeloni said.. “We know our power is in our solidarity.”
Members Are All In for Union Solidarity
Elaine Valk remembers what it was like to work in the Sutton Public Schools before education support professionals formed a union.
Conversations at Heart of Campaign
Unions are bracing for the impact of a case brought to the U.S. Supreme Court that could strip them of their right to collect “fair-share” fees from nonmembers.
NEWs and UPDATES
Should unions be allowed to charge nonmembers to help pay for collective bargaining?
The Boston Globe, April 13, 2018
Agency fees benefit the workplace — just ask the states
SCOTUSblog, December 22, 2017
If Fair Share Fees Are Unconstitutional, So Is Forcing Unions to Advocate for Nonmembers
Slate, October 9, 2017
Members are All In for union solidarity
MTA Today, Fall 2017
Power in numbers will trump loss of agency fee
MTA Today, Spring 2017
Labor Opponents Already Have The Next Friedrichs Case
In These Times, January 4, 2017
Supreme Court case is part of ‘right-wing assault on unions’
massteacher.org, September 28, 2017
Conversations are at the heart of All In campaign
MTA Today, Summer 2017
With ‘Janus,’ Corporate Interests Launch Another Attack on Workers
NEA Today, September 28, 2017