Massachusetts Teachers Association President Max Page and Vice President Deb McCarthy issued the following statement after the Legislature adjourned without passing a budget Friday.
“The Legislature’s inability to pass a budget that addresses the plight of families in need of shelter, as well as funds long-ratified contracts for state workers, is a stunning failure. Yesterday, when the conference committee reached agreement on the content of a supplemental budget, we were hopeful that contracts would finally be funded. But today, the Legislature adjourned without finalizing a budget and sending it to Governor Maura Healey for her signature. This is unacceptable.
"The thousands of MTA members who work at community colleges, state universities and UMass have remained dedicated to serving their students even as the Legislature treats them with such little regard."
“More than 50,000 unionized employees responsible for human services, health care, higher education and other endeavors dedicated to the common good of our state are waiting on pay raises their families are counting on, especially as we head into the winter months and holiday season.
“The thousands of MTA members who work at community colleges, state universities and UMass have remained dedicated to serving their students even as the Legislature treats them with such little regard. Our members’ advocacy – including rallies held on campuses across the state Thursday – alongside that of our allies in the AFL-CIO’s Public Sector Task Forces, has been relentless. All of our unions have grown stronger by working together.
“After these contracts are ultimately funded, we will have to address the process for supporting state worker contracts, so that this kind of political maneuvering by Republicans and Democrats alike is not allowed to happen again.”
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