Legislative Agenda

These bills were developed through a process that included extensive input from MTA members.

An Act strengthening and investing in our educators, students and communities

Bill S. 308 helps students in all public schools in Massachusetts by seeking to provide the schools our communities deserve. It makes crucial updates to the state education funding formula, mandates a moratorium on and replacement of the state’s high-stakes testing regime, promotes community collaboration in improving schools, and provides services critical to student academic and social-emotional development, such as recess for grade-schoolers and appropriate bilingual education services for non-native speakers.

  • This bill helps students in all public schools in Massachusetts.
  • This bill implements the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission.
  • This bill requires Massachusetts to rethink its high-stakes testing regime.
  • This bill promotes child development.
  • This bill promotes community support and involvement in school improvement efforts.
  • This bill promotes workplace fairness.

Lead Sponsor: Senator Michael Rush (D-West Roxbury), with Representative Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge) the leading House co-sponsor.

An Act investing in Public Higher Education

Bill H. 639 makes critically needed investments in public higher education. It creates a Finish Line Grant to cover the cost of one year of tuition and fees for Massachusetts residents attending a public institution of higher education. Importantly, it also provides adjunct faculty with a path to tenure, access to health and pension benefits and pay parity with full-time faculty.

  • This bill makes much-needed investments in public higher education, which has seen its funding reduced by 14 percent since FY 2001, according to a recent Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center report.
  • This bill helps students and faculty.
  • This bill makes public higher education more affordable for Massachusetts families.
  • This bill increases student access to tenure-track faculty.
  • This bill promotes workplace fairness.

Lead Sponsors: Representative Paul Mark (D-Peru) and Senator Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell)

An Act to provide fair and affordable public retiree benefits

S. 1481 delivers protections to retired public employees. It would provide a modest increase in the cost-of-living adjustment and provide protections from increasing health costs.

  • This bill seeks to provide modest economic security for retired public servants.
  • This bill ensures that pension benefits are better able to keep pace with inflation.
  • This bill provides municipal retirees increased stability in insurance premium payments.
    • Sets the retiree’s health insurance premium contribution share at the percentage the employee paid when he or she retired, bringing the benefit more in line with what is offered to state employees.
    • This bill protects retired public employees who are not eligible for Medicare.

    Lead Sponsor: Senator James Timilty (D-Walpole) 

    An Act establishing a family and medical leave insurance program

    Two bills, House 2172 and Senate1048, would make employees eligible for job-protected paid leave to recover from a serious illness or injury, to care for a seriously ill or injured family member, or to care for a new child.

    Lead Sponsors: Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) and Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)

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    An Act to improve the Commonwealth's economy with a strong minimum wage and tipped minimum wage

    H.2365/S. 1004 increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021 and increases the tipped minimum wage over eight years.

    Lead Sponsors: Representative Daniel Donahue (D-Worcester) and Senator Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington) 

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    Rethinking public education

    MTA priority legislation calls for a moratorium on high-stakes testing and fully funding our schools.

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    Bills focus on ending adjunct exploitation

    Adjunct faculty represented by the MTA, UAW and SEIU gathered before testifying on bills to improve working conditions.

    The contributions that adjuncts make are enormous, but the compensation is pitiful.

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    Holes in safety net need patching

    Retired MTA members urge legislators to fix holes, bring greater fairness to the system.

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    ESPs join the fight for $15

    Educators support legislation that would boost the state's minimum wage to $15.

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    Maureen Colgan Posner - President - Springfield Education Association - Senate Bill 308

    Fight continues for adequate education funding

    The MTA is pushing for bills that support public schools and colleges and improve conditions for working families and public-sector retirees, even though state budget allocations for the new fiscal year have fallen short of the association’s desired goals.

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    "Our students’ basic needs must also be addressed if they are to thrive in school."

    - MTA President Barbara Madeloni
    Read Madeloni's opinion piece calling for
    fully funded public schools in The Boston Globe