A Message from President Beth Kontos
- An Act to guarantee debt-free public higher education, which would establish a right to free public higher education for all students, and create a grant program to pay the equivalent of tuition and mandatory fees to an eligible student at any Massachusetts public college or university.
- An Act uplifting families and securing the right to strike for certain public employees, which would restore to educators the right to strike, so that in the rare cases when obstinate school committees refuse to bargain, we can have the leverage we need to win fair contracts that benefit our students and communities.
- Two bills to improve educator retirement benefits, including legislation that would allow educators who didn’t properly enroll in the TARP enhanced retirement option to opt in to the program, and legislation that would ensure greater economic security for retired educators by increasing the COLA base and protect retirees from rising healthcare costs.
Beacon Hill was a major focus this month, but I was also delighted to visit the Silvia Elementary School in Fall River with Fall River Federation of Paraprofessionals leaders Stacey Alves and Kim Luz as part of the AFT’s Reading Opens the World Campaign. We read to the 4th graders and distributed 500 books to the students, including copies of Lupe Wong Won’t Dance. I’m always willing to make time to help kids discover a love of reading.
President Beth Kontos: Get Ready for a Big Push on Major Education Bill
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AFT Massachusetts Joins New Higher Ed for All Campaign
UMass Faculty Federation Celebrates Educators During Annual Award Ceremony
#AFTVoices Member Spotlight Series
Solidarity with the members of the Woburn Teachers Association!
- A living wage for education support professionals;
- Smaller class sizes to support the educational needs of all students;
- Physical education classes twice a week for elementary students, which is comparable to surrounding school districts;
- Fair and professional compensation for all workdays; and
- Dignity and respect in the workplace.
Climate Justice Corner
Retirement Planning Workshop for AFT Members
AFT Massachusetts is hosting a retirement planning workshop on February 8 via Zoom and all members are welcome!
2023 Paraprofessionals and School Related Personnel Conference
2023 Awards Dinner and Annual Convention
- Per capita payments through February must be sent, postmarked no later than March 29, 2023 to have representation at the convention.
- A list of all elected delegates and alternates, sent no later than March 29, 2023 must be sent to the AFT Massachusetts office by email or registered or certified mail with a check payable to AFT Massachusetts for $25 per delegate / alternate.
- A copy of an audit by an independent CPA, a copy of a financial review by an independent CPA or a letter certifying that a review has been conducted by an Internal Review Committee consistent with AFT Guidelines must be sent to the AFT Massachusetts office postmarked no later than March 29, 2023.