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Updated October 25, 2021

August 3, 2021

Here is a message from the MTA in regards to the Early Retirement Incentive.

From MTA President Merrie Najimy and Vice President Max Page

Act NOW to push for a favorable committee recommendation for MTA-backed early retirement legislation! 

With summer upon us, the MTA continues to push for quick action on our priorities in the State House. Among them is legislation that would ensure dignity in retirement for our members. 

H.2620/S.1791, An Act to provide a retirement enhancement opportunity for certain members of the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System, would allow eligible teachers who are in the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System to purchase years of service and age toward their retirement. This bill is still pending in the Joint Committee on Public Service and has not yet been given a hearing date. 

Write an email to your legislators asking them to contact the chairs of the committee to request a hearing and a favorable report out of committee. 

Record a short video explaining why this proposal is important to you!  

The MTA is pushing hard, but your voice is crucial in this fight. Even after the hearing is held, committees are not required to take final action on bills until Feb. 2, 2022. Of the nearly 7,000 bills that have been filed this session, only about 25 have been passed into law so far. This is why we must work together to keep the momentum going and push for what is so vitally important to our members. We ask for your help again today and thank you as always for your tireless efforts. 

Once a hearing is scheduled, we will be asking members to submit testimony in support of this measure. Please keep an eye out for updates. 

In solidarity, 

Merrie and Max 

June 9, 2021

Here is the link to access all the Unit A and Unit B Professional Development procedures and documents for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications will be done electronically and all correspondence relating to applications and tuition reimbursements will be done through email. The PD Application Form and documents can be accessed by following the link above and clicking on the menu button and selecting the Professional Development link. It will take you to the PD Homepage with the information. (A big thank you to Erika Masciadrelli for working with us to get this ready! It looks awesome!) Unit A and Unit B Members may begin putting in PD applications and tuition reimbursement requests for the next school year using this information - but approval will be subject to the approval of the final FY22 Budget.

 

May 3, 2021

Here are some of the new material that the Ethnic and Minority Affairs are discussing:

How to be an antiracist by Ibram Kendi book club: We are currently reading chapter 10-12 and discussing it on Wednesday. If you are interested, let Timothy Thomas know.

Webinar: Bridging the Opportunity Gap: What Culturally Relevant Educators Do (via edweb) http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E053DB83854731 Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT (event is live but will also be recorded)

We have been discussing book highlights of Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain by Zaretta Hammond New Book Read: Pedagogy of the Oppressed Book by Paulo Freire (Paolo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed believes that education must be remade to inspire and enable the oppressed in their struggle for equality. This new style of education focuses on consciousness-raising, dialogue, and collaboration between teacher and student.)

CRT Highlights

CRT and the Brain Study Guide

 

 

March 16, 2021

Here is the link to register for the Early Retirement Seminar from the MTA. The Early Retirement Bill: What You Need to Know

 

March 5, 2021

Here are the results of the vote for the 5th MOA of the 20-21 school year.

 

February 24, 2021

Here is the 5th MOA for the 20-21 School year. Please watch your email for details about a general membership meeting and date for voting.

 

February 12, 2021

From: Lori Lyncosky - President

Regarding: 1099s issued and scheduling vaccinations

Please be advised that the auditing department sent out 1099s for members who were reimbursed for college courses and conferences they attended. THIS IS NOT LEGAL!!! Please call payroll and request a new W2 that does not include that information. A reimbursement is not a taxable entity.

Members who are scheduling COVID vaccinations will be charged a personal day if they choose to get the shot during the school day. Appointments are being scheduled on weekends and after school. The district is not demanding you get vaccinated. They also see this as business that can be conducted outside of the school day.

 

February 1, 2021

Here are a couple of books recommended by the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee:

How to be AntiRacist by Dr. Ibram Kendi

Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain by Zaretta Hammond.

Webinars to check out to enhance our professional growth:

Responsive Schooling for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

Addressing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in Changing School Communities

 

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.

Unit A MOA 2 2020

 

 

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 — 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; 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. 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. 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. 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

Hybrid Teaching Toolbox

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.

 

Unit A MOA 1 2020

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:

Negotiations Update 4

A followup update about ongoing negotiations from August 24, 2020.

Negotiations Update 3

Here is an Update about the ongoing negotiations as of August 20, 2020.

Negotiations Update 2

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.

Health Department Clarification Letter

 

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.

HR Update August 9