Monday, August 8, 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We look forward to socializing with you while eating hamburgers and hotdogs (courtesy of UFCW Local 328) as we enjoy a DJ at our Labor and Community Cookout the week before Labor Day!
Bring your own alcoholic beverages and your family, including your children and grandchildren. Soda and other drinks will be provided.
We will have a bouncy house, face painting, and potato sack races for kids, as well outdoor activities such as horseshoes and beanbag toss game for adults.
Please post the attach flier at your union hall, community space or office and announce them at your upcoming meetings.
Go here to spread the word via the facebook event page.
Please RSVP by August 20th by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 508-910-7106
with the number of people coming from your union or community group so we will know how much food to bring.
Let us know if you are available to come an hour early to help us set up and/or help us clean up at the end of the event.
We hope to see you at the Cookout!
Cindy Rodrigues Kimberly Wilson
Greater Southeastern Mass. Labor Council
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Effective advocacy by MTA members was crucial to successfully overriding vetoes made by Governor Charlie Baker to key portions of the fiscal 2017 state budget.
Baker’s $412 million in vetoes sought deep cuts to funding in all sectors of public education and placed unfair burdens on public employees. These changes would have had serious repercussions for MTA members.
Instead, after members sent thousands of e-mails advocating for such action, legislators overrode numerous vetoes. The overrides:
· Protected state employees from increases in Group Insurance Commission premium contributions. Baker cut funding by $30 million and allowed for employee premium contribution increases that would have placed an unfair burden on public employees.
· Preserved a moratorium on premium split increases for certain municipal retirees and ensured that cities and towns would not be able to balance their budgets on the backs of retirees.
· Restored $3.7 million in funding for the Special Education Circuit Breaker.
· Restored $2.4 million in state university incentive grants.
· Restored $750,000 in community college workforce grants.
· Blocked a deferred compensation proposal by Baker that would have eroded collective bargaining and unfairly punished all employees for the highly publicized payouts received by some high-level managers.
Let’s continue to do our part in protecting the quality of public education and the rights of public employees. Please urge your legislators to ask for swift passage of language and funding included in House 4517, which will finalize the collective bargaining process for the Massachusetts Community College Council Day Unit. Click here to contact your legislators now.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Our students are more than their test scores, and so are you! We can ditch DDMs - but we need your action now.
Go HERE to ask your legislators to get rid of the burdensome and harmful "student impact rating" mandate to judge educators based on MCAS scores and "District-Determined Measures."
Our goal is to get 5,000 e-mails sent to Beacon Hill in the next 10 days. That's a lot. But we can do it if everyone reading this message sends a message now and then forwards the e-mail to five friends, asking them to do the same. Also, please post messages on social media using the hashtag #DitchDDMs - and talk up the effort at end-of-year meetings and events.
Don't wait. We have two short weeks to persuade the House-Senate budget conference committee to back the Senate plan to get rid of the DDM mandate, hated by evaluators and those being evaluated alike.
In addition, be sure to check out The Boston Globe on Thursday for our ad on this issue. And if you live anywhere near Malden, please mark your calendar for a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting on DDMs. The meeting will be held at 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, beginning at 5 p.m. on June 27. Details will follow next week.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Dear MTA Member:
I think this much is safe to say: there is no MTA member that looks forward to implementing District Determined Measures (DDMs). Well, now is your chance to help do something about that.
Our Government Relations Division has been working hard on advocating for great investment in public education in the state budget and to get rid of DDMs.
Unfortunately, the House did not eliminate DDMs in their budget. So, the action now moves to the Senate.
We're telling senators that the recent passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides Massachusetts the opportunity to remove high-stakes testing and arbitrary scoring from teacher evaluations. We're proposing the elimination of the impact rating mandate on educator evaluations while keeping indicators of student learning as a source of evidence in the educator development and evaluation process.
Your voice matters: call your senator and the Senate President (617-722-1500) right now to advocate for education funding and let them know it's time to say good bye to DDMs. Ask all of your friends and colleagues to do the same.
Contact your Senate District Coordinator and see if you can schedule a meeting with your senator.
As time draws closer to a vote, we may be asking for more from you.
A list of the senator's phone numbers is found below. If you don't know who you senator is you can find them by clicking here.