Sitting Down with Legislators: AFT MA members talk directly to lawmakers in new roundtable series

As the Commonwealth prepares for what may be a monumental shift in governance (with the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and Treasurer up for grabs, as well as many House and Senate seats), it is more important than ever to know where our elected officials stand on important issues like for

Read More →

Charter Cap Hangs On: AFT MA-supported coalition defeats Bill

After months of debate and a letter-writing campaign that involved members of AFT MA, the bill that would have raised the cap for charter schools that passed the House was defeated in the Senate.

Leading up to the vote, AFT MA had engaged in an extensive email campaign and had placed advertisements on

Read More →

Senate Votes to Keep Cap on Charter Schools

On Wednesday, July 16, the senate by a 26-13 vote rejected an attempt to raise the current cap on charter schools. This vote was a tremendous victory for the children, many of whom are poverty stricken, attending the regular public schools, and for the teachers and all education personnel.

The American Federation of

Read More →

AFT MA Grows on the North Shore: Newly-united district to join AFL-CIO-affiliated union


For 100 years, Essex Agricultural and Technical High School (lovingly referred to as “Essex Aggie”) has provided students on the North Shore with the latest knowledge and technology having to do with animal, plant and environmental science. Recently, it was decided that this historic school would merge with North Shore Regional Vocational

Read More →

Weingarten Rallies the Troops in Lynn

By Timothy Cullinane

On Monday, April 7th, AFT National President Randi Weingarten paid a visit to the Lynn Teacher’s Union Local 1037. In a well-attended town hall- style meeting, Weingarten addressed the concerns of all involved in public education; specifically how educators can work with members of the

Read More →

Ready to Run: AFT MA delegates prepare for Democratic convention

As the Massachusetts Democratic Convention is an endorsing convention, candidates are preparing to gather at the DCU Center in Worcester on June 13 and 14 with added vigor and excitement. Many have been keeping track of and supporting their preferred candidates for months, if

Read More →