Freedom to Join Act
Resources for Local Leaders
The following resources are intended to help MTA local leaders following the passage of a new state law that clarifies the rights of public-sector unions in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s anti-union Janus v. AFSCME decision.
The new law, An Act Relative to Collective Bargaining Dues, was enacted on Sept. 19, 2019. It gives public-sector unions the tools they need to identify prospective members and reach out to them to encourage them to become active in their unions.
Legal Guidance & Legislation
- Legal Memo Regarding the "Freedom to Join Act" (Sept. 20, 2019)
Advisory from MTA Division of Legal Services on the new state law. Several major provisions of the law will enable the MTA and our affiliates to replace the “security” of agency fee with new forms of union power.
- Legal Memo Regarding the Branch Case (July 10, 2019)
Advisory from MTA Division of Legal Services pertaining to the decision in the Branch v. CERB case brought against MTA affiliates by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
- Chapter73: An Act Relative to Collective Bargaining Dues
Text of the new law, which was enacted overwhelmingly over the governor's veto.
- Fundamentals of the "Freedom to Join Act"
One-pager with key facts about the new state law.
- MTA Applauds Final Passage of Collective Bargaining Rights Bill
Statement from MTA President Merrie Najimy in response to the Legislature’s override of the governor's veto.
Materials & Resources for Local Association Officers
- Financial and Membership Materials for Local Officers
Resources and documents for local association and chapter officers
- Sample Information Request
Form used by local associations to identify unit members
- Membership Application/Payroll Deduction Authorization Form
2019-2020 Application to join the MTA