A Message from Beth Kontos
The leaves have all fallen from the trees. The wind has turned brisk. Blink, the holidays are upon us. But what a strange holiday it is. No high school football. No tailgating. Our family gatherings have been changed. It is a sad turn of events but let’s just keep in mind that if we do the right things now, we can get through this winter safely in order to return to normalcy once we have a vaccine in place. I am truly thankful for the efforts each of you put in to supporting our students, patrons, and patients across our Commonwealth. We, at AFT MA, wish you and your family a safe and restful holiday break.
Report a COVID-19 Case or Unsafe Working Conditions in Your School or Library
Statewide Drive Outlines Ten Principles for Safe and Effective Schools
AFT Massachusetts, with the unanimous backing of its executive board, has launched a campaign to promote safe and effective schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The cornerstone of the campaign is a “Bill of Rights” for students, families, educators, and school staff, outlining 10 key principles for school safety and success. School stakeholders at the local level are encouraged to adopt the Bill of Rights—via a petition or other method—and adhere to its principles.
UMass Dartmouth Unions Are Organizing Together to Avoid Cuts, Protect Health and Safety on Campus
“Here at the UMass Dartmouth campus all five unions on campus have diligently worked on health and safety for the better part of 8 months,” says Nick Gula, a member activist with the UMass Maintainers. “In that time, with the help of our AFT field representative Mike Regan, we have successfully negotiated all the health and safety concerns that we had, like testing, signage and HVAC just to name a few.”