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In times of disaster, we’ll be there

AFT members show up BIG for each other because we care about each other.

When September’s gas explosions in Lawrence, Mass., closed schools, volunteers from surrounding communities, including teachers and staff, turned out to help at volunteer centers. Our new video about how AFT members care, fight and show up for their students and community is a must-watch.

 

AFT Massachusetts Distributes 45,000 Free Books to Students in Salem and Peabody

The American Federation of Teachers, AFT Massachusetts, the Salem Teachers Union, and the Peabody Federation of Teachers distributed thousands of free books to local students on Saturday, December 1, 2018 through a partnership with First Book.

“Teachers from across our districts were thrilled to help select books for our students to take home and read,” said Salem Teachers Union President Ann Berman. “The event was a huge success, and it felt great to be able to help so many kids and their families by giving them the gift of reading.”

Stand Up For ALL Lawrence Students

The Lawrence Public Schools (LPS) cannot afford another charter school. The state already underfunds LPS by $49 million, according to one estimate.2  Worsening that deficit is the fact that LPS already pays out more than $21 million every year in tuition to charter schools. If Equity Lab is approved, an additional $8 million annually would be diverted from the LPS budget, cutting further into the academic programs, enrichment activities, and social services our students need and deserve. The state needs to fully fund our public schools before approving any new charters.

‘Straight Talk’ and ‘Teachers on Teaching’: Podcasting in Lowell and Boston

This year, two AFT Massachusetts locals created podcasts to communicate with their members and the general public.

“With all of the different forms of communication people use today, it’s important for our local unions to reach out in every way possible. Teachers in Lowell and Boston are using podcasts to connect with each other, share important information about our schools, and organize to improve our profession and the lives of our students,” said AFT Massachusetts President Beth Kontos. “It’s easy to get started listening to a podcast or even creating your own. Talk to other members of your union – maybe you’ll be the next AFT local with a podcast!”

Help Lynn Vocational Technical Institute Students, the Lynn Teachers Union, and AFT Give Free Books to Lynn Kids!

A new partnership between the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), AFT Massachusetts, the Lynn Teachers Union, and a group of high school students from Lynn Vocational Technical Institute (LVTI) aims to raise funds to purchase 15,000 books for Lynn students via First Book.

In an effort to promote literacy, students from LVTI SkillsUSA chapter reached out to AFT Massachusetts to build a team of committed educators and students whose primary goal is to get more books in the hands of young people in their community.

Massachusetts Teachers and School Staff Stand with Massachusetts Nurses

AFT Massachusetts Launches Member-Driven Ad Campaign

AFT Massachusetts has launched a new member-driven ad campaign, featuring AFT Massachusetts members speaking to each other about why they're sticking with the union. AFT members will start seeing these video clips on Facebook, Twitter, and other websites this month.

The ads feature AFT members from all across the state talking about why they value their union, and why being part of the AFT is so important to them. 
 

Phone Banks for Jay Gonzalez

AFT Massachusetts, representing 23,000 educators from all across Massachusetts, is incredibly proud to support Jay Gonzalez for Governor!

Jay will be a fierce advocate for our students and teachers on Beacon Hill. He knows that the status quo isn’t working for Massachusetts students,