We believe in the collective wisdom and power of our members; that every student should have the chance to experience school as a place of joyful and meaningful learning, civic and personal engagement, and hope; that we have the power to create workplaces and communities in which all are secure and each may flourish.
For our union, we will...
- Organize building‐by‐building and local‐by‐local to grow member leadership and collective action
- Strengthen solidarity across locals --from preK‐12 through higher education --with ESPs, teachers, faculty and professional staff working together
- Recognize and act from the understanding that our power is in our collective voice and shared vision, and not in appealing or conceding to power brokers and deal cutters
- Demand that politicians act in the interests of public education and our union before we support them and invest our union dues and/or MTA staff resources into their campaigns
- Strengthen statewide accountability by listening to members, reporting out on actions and debates, and insisting on roll call votes on the Board
For our public schools and students, we will...
- Demand the very best --fully qualified teachers; art, music, field trips, physical education, and professionally staffed libraries; rich, varied, and developmentally-appropriate curricula, schools and colleges as spaces of joy and hope, intellectual and social development ‐for every student in Massachusetts
- Fight to end high stakes testing, stop charters, restore and increase funding preK-12‐ higher education, and stop the privatization of public education at every level
- Name and fight the broad‐based corporate assault on public education and educators by mega‐foundations, key members of both political parties, and the media
- Ally with parents, students, other unions and the community to create the schools and communities we deserve
- Expand our struggle to include economic, social, and racial justice for our members, students and communities
For our workplaces and communities, we will...
- Assert and protect the rights of all MTA members to control our working conditions and to make democratic decisions about how we do our jobs
- Organize for just wages, respectful and just evaluation processes, for an end to the mandates that distract us from our work, for control over how we use our time, and a voice in our own professional development
- Take on the gender pay gap that continues to exist in our historically female-dominated profession
- Mobilize to put an end to bullying, intimidation, and harassment in the workplace, and for the right to a safe work environment
- End the exploitation of adjuncts and ESPs, and demand benefits and protections for all members
- Demand and protect a secure and comfortable retirement for all
- Stand with our allies as we reignite a unified labor movement that envisions and fights for greater justice, democracy, and equality in our communities and schools