We all want our students in school, as we have said consistently.
In a statement issued today, the MTA strongly criticized a decision by the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board declaring a recent work-safety action by the Andover Education Association an illegal strike. The MTA will continue to support locals as they bargain over health and safety concerns and advocate for their students and communities.
The following statement was issued by MTA President Merrie Najimy:
“Andover educators only asked for transparency, information, and cooperation in order to ensure the safety of students, educators and their community. In response, they were met with autocratic decision-making and litigation. The CERB decision aligns with the Baker administration’s attitude of proceeding toward ‘normalcy’ until something tragic happens. It calls for risk-taking over prudent planning, and the health and safety issues remain unresolved. That is reckless and shameful. The MTA vehemently disagrees with the decision – and educators will not be silenced.”