Message from AFT Massachusetts and President Beth Kontos
What do we have to be thankful for?
Tens of thousands of public-school advocates across Massachusetts let out a collective cheer after Governor Charlie Baker signed the landmark Student Opportunity Act (SOA) into law at a signing ceremony at English High School in Boston on November 26. The new law commits the state to achieving equitably funded public schools over a seven-year span, promising billions in additional state aid over that period.
“Today is a day to rejoice and celebrate,” said AFT Massachusetts President Beth Kontos, who attended the signing ceremony. “The strength of this new law is a testament to the tens of thousands of AFT members, parents, and activists who poured their hearts and souls into this multiyear struggle for equitably funded public schools. Make no mistake: Our hard work and dedication paid off. The Legislature and governor heard our voices and saw our determination. Consequently, we won a great victory for students, educators, and parents.” READ MORE.
As educators and AFT members, we know that elections have real consequences, but the 2020 presidential election is especially important. The more involved we are, the stronger our collective voice is and the more effective our political role becomes.
With the 2020 presidential election underway, AFT members’ voices need to be heard. AFT members – make sure you take this quick survey to share your priorities in a presidential endorsement!
Together, we can ensure that our collective voice shapes the debate and that we elect a candidate who shares our values and vision for our country. READ MORE.
Participation in school breakfast is associated with better health and academic outcomes for all students and is crucial for students who may not have the ability to eat before the school day begins. AFT Massachusetts has partnered with non-profit organization Project Bread and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to create the Teacher Champion Award to celebrate and recognize educators who have demonstrated a commitment to ending hunger in schools through school breakfast and other programs.
“It’s no secret that teachers often take on roles that extend beyond classroom instruction, including addressing their students’ hunger needs through classroom food pantries, snack bags and more,” said AFT Massachusetts President Beth Kontos. “We are happy to be a part of this team coming together to recognize and support our teachers’ extraordinary efforts to ensure students’ basic needs are met and that they are ready to learn every day.” READ MORE.
“Now more than ever, it’s important for young people to understand the role of labor unions in our country’s history,” said AFT Massachusetts President Beth Kontos. “AFT Massachusetts is proud to offer these college scholarships to students who are part of our union family.”
To be considered for a scholarship the student must be a dependent of an AFT Massachusetts member and a high school senior. The student must also attend a college or other post-secondary school in the fall of the following academic year. READ MORE.
The Power and Advantage of Union Membership: Auto and Home Insurance Discount Program -- As an AFT Massachusetts member, you’re eligible for property and casualty insurance products at below-market rates through the union’s partnership with B&M Insurance. Through the collective purchasing power of AFT's 1,700,000 members and AFT Massachusetts' 23,000 members, you can receive up to a 28% discount for combined insurance products. Learn more here.
- Tele-town Hall Regarding the 2020 Presidential Election Process - December 5, 2019
- Union Member Candidates School - December 7, 2019
- Member Benefits Workshop for AFT members on the 495 Belt North - December 17, 2019
- Member Benefits Workshop for AFT members in the Mansfield area - January 28, 2020
- AFT Massachusetts Convention 2020 – May 1 and 2, 2020
- AFT Convention 2020 – July 27 to 30, 2020