Saundra F. Boyer, 77, of
Worcester. Taught for several years at
the West Tatnuck School in Worcester,
retiring in 2010. Aug. 23.
Irene C. Donovan, 87, of
Stoneham. Was an elementary teacher
for the Stoneham Public Schools.
Mildred M. “Bonnie” Finn, 86,
of Holyoke. Taught fourth grade at the
Stefanik School in Chicopee for 35
years. Oct. 9.
Theodore E. “Ted” Kyrios, Jr.,
63, of Amesbury. Taught social studies
for 32 years at the Nock Middle
School in Newburyport. Aug. 12.
Claire McManus, 81, of West
Boylston. Was a kindergarten teacher
for 31 years in the Worcester school
system. Aug. 26.
Frank C. Olbris, 69, of Florence.
Was a mail clerk for Central Mail
Services for 47 years at UMass
Amherst. Was a past president of
the University Staff Association
and a member of the MTA Board of
Directors. Sept. 15.
Judith M. Prisco, 66, of
Southbridge. Taught reading and
computer science for several years in
the Southbridge school system and
served as treasurer of the Southbridge
Teachers Association. Aug. 20.
Gary W. Sherman, 64, of New
Bedford. Taught in the New Bedford
Public Schools for 35 years. July 21.
T he MTA Board of Directors has voted unanimously to endorse two ballot proposals
designed to improve fairness for some
of the lowest-paid workers in the
One initiative would require
employers to offer earned sick time at
the rate of an hour for every 30 hours
of work, with a cap at 40 hours a year.
U.S. Senator Edward Markey is the
The second proposal would
gradually raise the state’s minimum
wage from $8 to $10.50 an hour over
the next two years. Future increases
after two years would be tied to
inflation. U.S. Senator Elizabeth
Warren is the lead signer on that
Raise Up Massachusetts,
an umbrella coalition of labor,
religious and community groups,
is spearheading the effort to get the
initiatives on the November 2014
ballot. The MTA Board voted to
support the proposals in October. As
MTA Today went to press, signature
gathering on the petitions had
concluded, and the assessment process
Raise Up Massachusetts estimates
that nearly 1 million workers in
Massachusetts do not have access
to paid time off when the employee
New York City adopted a measure
guaranteeing paid earned sick leave
for workers, as have Seattle, San
Francisco, Washington, D.C., Portland,
Ore., and the state of Connecticut.
MTA President Paul Toner urged
MTA members to support the two
ballot questions, saying that paid
sick time and a livable wage are
crucial to the economic health of
“Too many workers in
Massachusetts have gone far too
long without the basics of workplace
fairness,” Toner said. “Both our
continued economic progress in
Massachusetts and simple decency
demand that workplaces treat their
employees in fair and equitable
More information about the
Raise Up Massachusetts campaign is
available at www.raiseupma.org, by
e-mailing Carl Nilsson at carlitoness@
gmail.com or calling 617.284.1260.
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