December 11, 2020
Here are the results for the fourth MOA of 2020.
December 4, 2020
This link will bring you to the 4th MOA, about the Teacher Evaluation System for the 20-21 school year. Below is a simplification of the Teacher Evaluation system for the 20-21 school year, also included at the end of the MOA.
November 20, 2020
Here is the result of the vote for MOA 3 for the 2020-2021 school year.
November 17, 2020
The following charts show results from the Survey that recently went out to all Unit A members.
October 23rd, 2020
Please scroll down for the results for the second MOA for Unit A.
October 17th, 2020
Here is a link to the second MOA for Unit A for the 2020 school year. The Annual General Membership Meeting will take place on October 21st at 3:45 where questions and answers about the MOA will take place. Voting on the MOA will open on Friday the 22nd. Both the joining info for the meeting and a link for voting will come through emails later this week.
October 6th, 2020 - A Message from the MTA about Shaping Legislation
Before reading the MTA letter, please concider copying and pasting the following paragraph as a proposed legislative item:
The COVID-19 virus has challenged municipalities across the state with unique funding issues. An Early Retirement Incentive like the ones presented by several local presidents (Lori Lyncosky/Steve Tulli) would benefit teachers within five years of retiring and relieve districts of the elevated costs and unfunded liabilities of their more senior teachers’ employment. Please bring this initiative to our legislators for approval and enactment.
Quick Link to Legislation Proposal Form The paragraph above can be cut and pasted into the form.
Full text of the MTA letter is below:
The MTA is seeking input from members as we develop our 2021-2022 legislative agenda. We want to ensure that our legislative package reflects members' visions for public education and the workplace. For reference, our current legislative priorities can be found here. In keeping with the MTA's strategic Blueprint, we are especially interested in proposals that promote racial and economic justice in our public schools, colleges and universities â€” and for the entire Commonwealth. The proposals will be reviewed by the MTA's Government Relations Committee. The GRC then makes recommendations to the MTA Board of Directors, which will approve the association's legislative agenda.
In Massachusetts, legislative sessions run for two years. The MTA works with legislators to file, support and pass legislation that advances our organizational mission. At the beginning of each session, legislators file bills to be considered;Â about 6,000 are filed, but fewer than 200 are usually signed into law. The new legislative session will begin in January 2021, and all bills must be filed by the middle of that month.
Please click here to propose legislation to be filed for the MTA in the 2021-2022 session. Members who want to propose legislation should submit their proposals by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.Â If your local has a website, we urge you to post this call for submissions and encourage members to offer suggested legislation.
After submissions are reviewed, members may be asked to discuss their proposals in greater detail with the GRC.Â Please indicate whether you would be willing to discuss your proposal in person at a meeting of the committee. Feel free to include supporting materials for your proposed legislation.
The GRC will review member-submitted proposals and will recommend a legislative package to the Board for consideration at its December meeting.Â Once a package is finalized, the MTA will seek to secure legislative sponsors and to have the Board-approved bills filed by the deadline.
Please note that the GRC is charged with developing legislation that will benefit the greatest number of members. Therefore, the committee will not consider proposals benefiting individuals or small groups of individuals (e.g., bills concerning creditable service). But a guide will be made available to help members seeking such legislation pursue their goals.
We look forward to receiving members' proposed legislation as we continue to build the MTA's power at the local and statewide levels.
October 5th, 2020
Managing classes for In-Person and At-Home students presents many challenges that we have not encountered before. As educators, we know that our students are all different and have their own individual needs. We also have a district filled with unique educators who have a vast array of teaching styles, methods, and interests. This Toolbox has been created to equip teachers with models, examples, and samples of ways to approach this school year when our students are learning in two different places at once.
MOA Ratification Results
Here is an update about paycheck information posted August 28, 2020:
- Unit A:
- -your paycheck this Friday, 8/28 is the last one for LAST year
- -your paycheck on 9/11 will be the first paycheck of this school year and should contain your pay increase
- - there are 26 pay periods this year
- -total Unit A union dues for this year are $760; 14 weeks of deductions at $50 and 1 week at $60
- Unit D: - your first paycheck will be on 9/11
- - there are 22 pay periods this year -union dues information will be sent out on Monday
Also, here is another negotiations update:
A followup update about ongoing negotiations from August 24, 2020.
Here is an Update about the ongoing negotiations as of August 20, 2020.
Please take a moment to read this letter from Joseph Rouse which clarifies his recommendation to the School Committee with respect to returning to school this Fall.
The following was emailed out on August 9, 2020. It is reposted here on August 19, 2020. The communication from HR has already come out in school email and is due August 21, 2020. I have turned it into a PDF to keep the page from getting too long.