A Message from President Kontos
A very important aspect of our work is to support and celebrate the work of our members. We have heard our members state very clearly that compensation must increase to recruit and retain staff in our schools (pre-K through higher education), our libraries, and in our healthcare sectors.
In Chelsea, members increased actions throughout the Fall as they prepared for bargaining, culminating in a traffic stopping rally on December 8th (pictures above). Students, staff, and families chanted as the negotiating team marched into the bargaining session together. They were triumphant in winning their substantial demands for all bargaining units.
Paraprofessionals, often behind scenes, are heart, soul of schools
By Catherine Mastronardi, president of the Springfield Federation of Paraprofessionals.
#AFTVoices Member Spotlight Series
Member Profile: Gina O’Toole
Gina (in the picture on the left) has been a leader in our Lynn local for years and she excels at member engagement,” said AFT Massachusetts President Beth Kontos. “When the time came for us to hire an organizer at AFT Massachusetts, she was the natural choice.”
2022 Distinguished Service Awards
Help the AFT Massachusetts celebrate the service of an educator, librarian, nurse, or school related-personnel whose leadership has made our union stronger. Nominations are now being accepted for our 2022 Distinguished Service Awards, which recognize substantial contributions made to the development of the union at the state and local levels, from membership building and leadership training to the advancement of political and professional issues important to the union. READ MORE.
Take the Fair Share Amendment Vote Pledge
Retirement Planning Workshop
February 15th Student Debt Clinic
Over 45 million people in the United States are struggling to make their monthly student loan payments, and millions more see economic and personal opportunities pass as they prioritize paying down their debt. Does this sound like you or someone you know?