A Message from AFT Massachusetts President Beth Kontos
Fall colors have nearly passed and my garden is cleaned up and ready for the coming winter. I nearly missed the beauty of this season for being busy with all the “back-to-school” events, new member meet and greets, and the whirl of activity at the State House. We have had great success with our Fund Our Future actions resulting in the unanimous passage of the Student Opportunity Act (SOA) in both the Senate and the House. The SOA still needs to go to the conference committee to sort out the language on just a few differences then it’s off to the Governor’s desk. We will keep you up to date on those results. Of course, we will be asking you to call the Governor when it’s time to encourage him to sign! Click here to contact your legislators and speak up in Support of the SOA!
“The Lynn Teachers Union’s contract negotiation shows what we can achieve when educators identify the outstanding needs that exist in our schools and work together with students, parents, and community members to fix them,” said AFT Massachusetts President Beth Kontos. “From higher pay for new employees that will help the Lynn schools attract great new educators, to an extra 40 minutes each week for elementary school teachers to communicate with parents or prepare lesson plans, this contract is good for Lynn students and fair to their educators. Congratulations to all the members of the Lynn Teachers Union on their new contract! Click here to read more.
Member Benefits Spotlight
AFT PLUS is the name of the member benefit programs available to AFT members and their families. Many of the programs are provided through Union Privilege, the benefit arm of the AFL-CIO; others are unique to AFT and are coordinated directly through AFT PLUS. Explore the site and learn more about the savings and services available to you as a union member. Click here to learn more about AFT PLUS Member Benefits.
Coming Events - click here to visit our event's page for additional information
- Student Debt Clinic - November 6, 2019 - Offices of the Lynn Teachers Union
- Member Benefits Workshop for AFT members on the North Shore - November 20, 2019
- Union Member Candidates School - December 7, 2019
- Member Benefits Workshop for AFT members on the 495 Belt North - December 17, 2019
- AFT Massachusetts Convention 2020 – May 1 and 2, 2020
- AFT Convention 2020 – July 27 to 30, 2020