The MTA Board of Directors has voted overwhelmingly to recommend Jay Gonzalez. The Democratic candidate for governor, Gonzalez is the pro-public-education candidate in this race. He strongly supports raising new revenues through progressive taxes in order to better fund our public schools and colleges. He was against Question 2 and wants no new or expanded charters. And he supports debt-free public higher education. These positions are in stark contrast to the positions and actions of Governor Charlie Baker.
As members of a union, we welcome the opportunity to stand with other workers when they are mistreated. This week, we stand in solidarity with striking hotel workers and locked-out National Grid employees.
We Stand with UNITE HERE … and Against the Yankees!
Over 1,500 Marriott hotel workers in Boston are on strike for the third day. Support the workers: Don’t be a Yankee and cross the picket line! The strike by UNITE HERE Local 26, the hospitality workers’ union, was called after Marriott failed to meet workers’ modest demand that One Job Should Be Enough, despite months of negotiations. Local 26 is asking for a big show of support on the picket line at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 425 Summer St., Boston. Please join the workers if you can.
National Grid and Everett
The disgraceful and punitive lockout of 1,200 National Grid workers continues after three and a half months despite the recent gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley, which demonstrate how important it is for gas lines to be maintained by trained and qualified workers. A contingent of National Grid workers came to Monday night’s Everett School Committee meeting to show their support for teachers there. Let’s do the same for the locked-out employees. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is asking supporters to call National Grid and join the workers on a picket line. Follow this link to support locked-out workers.
More School Committees Pass “Fund Our Future” Resolutions
The funding campaign is picking up steam. Pro-education funding resolutions have passed in Chicopee, Berkshire Hills, Pittsfield, Amherst-Pelham, Springfield and Malden. The action moves to Fall River next week, and more resolutions are on track. Every school committee should support more funding for public schools and colleges! Please let your MTA field rep or organizer know if your school committee has taken action or plans to in the near future. We have a sample resolution available for you to download. Make it your own and ask your school committee to pass it.
Seeking Ideas for Pro-Public-Education Legislation
We have extended the deadline to Friday, Oct. 12, for member suggestions about what you’d like us to add to our legislative agenda for the 2019-2020 session. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the MTA's Government Relations Committee, which will then make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Once the Board approves a final legislative package, the MTA will secure legislative sponsors and have the bills filed in January 2019. Fill out this form to propose legislation. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Oct. 12.
Second Annual Wave of Women Action Coming
A group called Wave of Women Massachusetts asked us to let members know about its second annual statewide WAVE event on Saturday, Oct. 13. Participants are asked to hold a sign on a local issue for 20 minutes that day. The group is a grassroots organization that grew out of the Boston Women’s March in 2017.