The first meeting of the REA Board of Directors will be September 13, 2023 at 3:30pm in the RHS/RMS Lecture Hall. This meeting was moved to the 2nd Wednesday of the month during our June meeting.
It’s time for the MTA Health and Safety Summit! In every school, educators are talking about different forms of violence in the schools and the lack of accountability. We have an opportunity to come together and discuss what is happening and what we could or should do to address this. This event is FREE with FREE transportation!
We have reserved a bus to go to Worcester, Saturday, May 20th for the Health and Safety Summit. Please help us fill this bus!! Call or text MTA Field Organizer, Lisa Lemieux at 508-436-0774 and let us know if you can join us and help recruit.
I am sharing this information with the hopes that members attend.
Here is the link to register for the summit:
Here is the link to a Google Form to reserve a space on the bus: https://forms.gle/L2EcfZqeQjGyL7y5A
We (MTA) will send out a Hustle text message with this link to sign up for bus pick up.
MTA members will have an opportunity to:
- learn about the state of occupational and environmental health in our buildings across the state.
- name the concerns they have.
- listen to solutions that have been posed and work that others have done.
- build a statewide movement of health and safety committees that can respond to current issues and experiences.
- advocate for resources while prioritizing inclusion.
The tentative bus schedule is:
- 6:30am (Pick-up #1) – Depart Mass Highway Park and Ride, Mt. Pleasant Street, 1038-1048 Mt Pleasant St, New Bedford
- 7:00am (Pick-up #2) – MTA Raynham office, 756 Orchard Street, Bluestone Bank lot #3
- 9:00am to 1:00pm – Event
- 1:30pm – Depart Worcester, MTA Office, 12 E. Worcester Street
All new members (working 18.5 or more hours a week) since July 1, 2022, can enroll in MTA’s disability plan during open enrollment from March 28 – May 13. This applies to all members in new MTA locals – what an unexpected benefit of affiliating!
What does this mean? Near 6,000 new members to date have a chance to get disability coverage that they may NEVER have again. That is, unless their local adopts the MTA plan (which is easy and highly recommended), these members will be out of luck.
What’s even better? This is a recurring new member benefit. Each year all new members regardless of their district’s participation in the MTA disability plan can elect to participate!
MTA has a plan to reach out to all new members but wanted locals to also post the information.
Here is the contact information if you are interested.
Beth Bejoian http://www.mtabenefits.com/ or Tom Colbert (firstname.lastname@example.org; 774.551.0013, ext. 101) if you have questions or would like to discuss this opportunity that we’re so grateful to Unum for giving.
The MTA Annual Meeting of Delegates will be held April 28-29, 2023 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA. Please let your building reps know (before April 5th) if you have interest in attending (either in person or virtually). More information can be found here https://massteacher.org/events-and-conferences/annual-meeting-of-delegates
This link will bring you to the MTA Union Skills Winter Workshops. MTA sent this to all members individually. These short workshops are a good way to ease into getting to know how a local association runs If you have any questions regarding what they are offering please reach out to me.