A Message from President Beth Kontos
July brought us so much rain! We needed it to end the drought and in return we have blossoms and green grass everywhere. I hope this brings you as much happiness as it does to me.
AFT MA is working with several of our locals to create Back-to-School celebrations that pair the celebration of learning with the protection that vaccines can bring to our communities. Remember that Covid-19 vaccines are approved for everyone aged 12 and up. Making sure that vaccines are available to all who want them will help for a safe return to school for everyone in September. While many communities in Massachusetts have high rates of vaccination, we still have some work to do in a few of our hardest hit communities. Stay tuned for more details on our success in the coming months.
AFT Massachusetts Responds to New DESE Guidance On Masking That Contravenes CDC Recommendations
#AFTVoices Member Spotlight Series
We kicked off our #AFTVoices member spotlight series! This series aims to uplift the voices, members and educators that make up AFT Massachusetts. Our first member highlight is on Gary Torres, a Paraprofessional and Member Organizer coming from the Lynn Teachers Union! Ever since Gary attended his first AFT meeting, after being encouraged by a friend, he is devoted to the people and place he represents. "As a member organizer, I’ve been focusing on getting others involved, especially paraprofessionals. I am here to listen. It’s personal for me."
Stay tuned as we continue to display more of our conversations with other AFT members, showing how we collectively strive to build an industry where we all have the #FreedomToThrive! Click here if you would like to be part of our campaign!
Take Action and Support the Revere Federation of Paraprofessionals
AFT Massachusetts Members in Elected Office: Dracut School Committee Member Renee Young
With public education undergoing such challenging conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to have lawmakers who understand what it’s like in our classrooms. That’s why so many AFT members across the country are putting their hat in the ring; running for office to serve their communities on school committees, in town halls, in state legislatures, and in the halls of Congress.
One AFT Massachusetts member who serves in public office is Dracut School Committee Member Renee Young, a history teacher at Billerica Memorial High School and member of the Billerica Federation of Teachers. READ MORE.