Message from AFT Massachusetts and President Beth Kontos
Dear AFT Massachusetts member,
It seems that everyone is in the holiday mood these days. Everywhere I turn there is a cookie to sample or a card to open. One way we, at AFT MA, have found to get in the holiday mood is to help our members create happiness in their schools. Some members give out coats, some make sure the backpacks contain food for vacation, while many others distribute books in their locals with help from our friends at First Book. The Chelsea Teachers Union distributed 45,000 books to their students last Saturday with face painting, holiday music, and a visit from Santa. Other locals are using First Book to create smiles are Lynn, Salem, Lawrence, Boston, Lowell, and Springfield. If you want to spread cheer with books, call us to find out how easy it is.
No matter what holiday you celebrate, I hope this season is full of fun for your family and friends. Remember to find time to recharge your batteries while on your winter break.
Beth Kontos - President AFT Massachusetts
Tele-Town Hall with President Beth Kontos to Discuss the 2020 Presidential Election
In an effort to ensure unprecedented member input and engagement, AFT Massachusetts and President Beth Kontos invite you to be on an important phone call to discuss the 2020 Presidential election with special guest, AFT National President Randi Weingarten. Registered members will receive a call at approximately 7:00pm EST. This will be a discussion about policy, process and accessing resources in order to be an informed voter as we deliberate a potential endorsement. Sign up today!
Amesbury Educators’ Political Engagement Leads to Contract Victory
“The people working in our school system have dedicated their lives to developing lifelong learners and it is time for city leadership to stand by them,” said AFT Amesbury Presidnet Cindy Yetman in the union’s endorsement announcement. “We need real leaders who will advocate for what’s best for children; fight for fair, equitable school funding and bold, innovative supports; and respect our profession and worker voice in schools and classrooms.”
A Call for Nominations
Save the Date: Annual Conference for PSRPs
If you’re an AFT paraprofessional or school related personnel (PSRP), you’ll want to join hundreds of your colleagues from across Massachusetts for the AFT Massachusetts - Boston Teachers Union Annual Conference for Paraprofessionals & School-Related Personnel, on Saturday, April 4 in Boston.
From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Boston Teachers Union (180 Mt. Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02125), we will celebrate our PSRPs, provide workshops to support you and your students, and provide opportunities to build connections and learn from PSRPs in other schools and districts across the Commonwealth.
With the success of our Fund the Future Campaign to win $1.5 billion in new annual state funding for local schools, we’ll organize to make sure that administrators and local officials spend new funds on real student needs, and to prevent state education officials from burdening school districts with mandates that take time away from teaching and learning.
The Annual PSRP Conference is a can’t-miss opportunity for professional development, education, and organizing. Stay tuned for registration details, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Member Benefits Spotlight
- Tele-town Hall Regarding the 2020 Presidential Election Process - January 8, 2020
- Member Benefits Workshop for AFT members in the Mansfield area - January 28, 2020
- Annual Conference for Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel - April 4, 2020
- AFT Massachusetts Convention 2020 – May 1 and 2, 2020
- AFT Convention 2020 – July 27 to 30, 2020