September 27, 2014
In the same week that Republican Charlie Baker was caught on camera insulting women, Attorney
General Martha Coakley took time to meet with MTA President Barbara Madeloni and Vice President
Janet Anderson on Sept. 22 at the MTA headquarters, where they discussed issues important to
educators and union members. Click here to watch the exchange between Baker and FOX 25's
Sharman Sacchetti, whom he referred to as "sweetheart" when she asked him a question.
The episode is indicative of the candidate's attitude toward women and fits a pattern spelled
out in this video. Spread the word on Twitter, using the hashtag #BlockBaker.
In addition to recommending Martha Coakley for
governor, the MTA is also supporting passage of Ballot
Question #4, which grants earned sick time to employees.
There are many hardworking families that do not yet enjoy
the protections and benefits of a union contract. For
these workers, sometimes thetough choice is whether to
stay home and take care of themselves or a sick child
and lose a day's pay, go to work ill or send a sick child to school.
This question needs to pass in order to set up a legal mechanism
ensuring that all workers earn paid sick leave as they
accrue seniority. For more information and to join the
campaign to pass Question 4, visit the Yes on 4 website.
We have five weeks to make a difference. MTA members
and staff have risen to the challenge, manning phone banks
and getting out the word about candidates who have voiced
support for public education. Some may ask, "Do the phone calls really make a difference?" Here's your answer, from
Yale University's Institute for Social and Policy Studies: "Across a number of mobilization experiments, one consistent finding is that more personalized messages are more effective in mobilizing voters.Personalized messages delivered in a conversational manner over the phone may be as effective (and cost-effective) as canvassing."
To support the election of pro-public education candidates, the MTA will be operating phone banks in Boston and at regional offices in Auburn (Central), Boston, Braintree (Metro), Lynnfield (Northeast), Holyoke (West), Pittsfield (Berkshire) and Raynham (Southeast) every Monday- Thursday night through October 30th from 4-8PM. To schedule your volunteer shift in your area, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, MTA phone banks will be held with fellow educators in the following communities across the Commonwealth:
To schedule your volunteer shift and to find out if there are remote phone banks available in your area, e-mail email@example.com
Saturday, September 27, 2014
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