#EndGunViolenceNow Days of Action
Our nation once again witnessed the senseless murder of children and teachers in their school by an individual armed with a deadly weapon. Our hearts are with the families, students, educators, and staff of the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. As we mourn their loss, we feel the anguish of knowing that our nation's laws have repeatedly enabled attacks like this, and without change, they will continue.
- Walk In together before school
- Walk Out at the end of the day together
- Gather at a central location for 22 minutes
- Read the 22 names of the murdered
- Wear black or your union shirts
Additionally, we will be gathering on June 11th at noon on Boston Common, 139 Tremont St, to join the March For Our Lives Boston, MA rally. Or find a march near you: The March For Our Lives 2022 - Washington DC + Nationwide.
As we ever-so-slowly emerge from the crisis phase of the pandemic and into a changed world, the AFT delegates reaffirmed their continued commitment to delivering the schools, healthcare, and libraries our communities deserve, the services and staffing our students need, and the workplace protections AFT members rely on. “I am inspired by the dedication and perseverance of our members,” said AFT Massachusetts President Beth Kontos upon her reelection by acclamation, “You have spent the past two-plus years working through difficult, ever-changing conditions, and never stopped doing your best to serve students and communities. I am honored to represent you and I look forward to our work together over the coming year.”
Kontos highlighted the creation of the new AFT organizing department and the success it has had working across the state to win better contracts and living wage campaigns, allying with community partners on ballot questions and anti-receivership campaigns, running trainings to support local union activists, and doing whatever is needed to activate our membership. READ MORE.
2022 Distinguished Service Awards
AFT Massachusetts President Beth Kontos and Secretary-Treasurer Brant Duncan are thrilled to announce the winners of the union’s 2022 Distinguished Service Awards.
The Distinguished Service Awards are presented annually to AFT Massachusetts members who have demonstrated an outstanding level of service and dedication to their local union. The awards recognize the 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.
Suspend Broken Accountability System
Educator's Appreciation Night
Retirement Planning Workshop
AFT Massachusetts is hosting a retirement planning workshop on June 7 via Zoom and all members are welcome!
DESE Flex Information
DESE recently introduced a new MTEL testing policy called MTEL Flex. MTEL Flex allows licensure candidates who took certain subject-area MTELs on or after October 20, 2020 and did not earn a passing score to submit a written assessment instead of re-taking the test. Please review eligibility requirements for MTEL Flex for more information.