The Winter edition of MTA Today features stories about educators’ ongoing fight for safety and fairness — for students, for their communities and for themselves — at schools and on public higher education campuses.
Although the rollout of the state’s vaccine program has been problematic, member organizing and MTA locals’ demands to bargain over health and safety issues have moved forward.
Higher education members recently brought an artistic touch to the fight for adequate funding, an end to unfair cuts, and greater protections for workers and students.
In this issue you’ll also find the fourth in a series of stories celebrating the MTA’s 175th anniversary, an update on key MTA legislative and non-legislative priorities, a profile of 2021 Teacher of the Year Jennifer Hedrington, and coverage of the 2020 Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee Conference, which featured appearances by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and NEA President Becky Pringle.
In this Issue:
- Teacher of the Year approaches her work “through the lenses of love”
- Editorial: A return to empathy and the common good
- Race-related stress is a big issue for educators of color
- Keeping up the pressure for safety amid the coronavirus pandemic
- Unions offer proposal to get vital vaccine shots to educators
- Higher ed members are relentless in fighting for fairness
- Combating systemic racism is a key focus of EMAC Conference
- Reflections on the MTA’s 175 years of activism: Part 4
- Statements by candidates for NEA Director seats
- Educators reflect on “assault on our democracy”
- MTA activism helped Biden and Harris in swing states
- ESPs to discuss advancing preK-12 and higher ed goals
- BESPAN works to build connections and union solidarity
- Early career educators gather to discuss key issues
- MTA Retired members to enjoy virtual spring brunch
- Student loans: Will there be changes ahead?
- Regional retirement consultations available
- Virtual preconvention (or preconventions) to be held in early April
- Nominations are open for 2022 NEA Foundation awards
- Member organizing is vital to 2021 campaign agenda