S tatewide, regional and retired delegates from Massachusetts to the 2014 NEA Representative
Assembly will be elected by mail
ballot next March and April.
The election to choose NEA
Directors will be held simultaneously
and in the same manner. The
nomination period for delegates is now
in process and will close at 5 p.m. on
Friday, Jan. 10. The nomination form is
on Page 26 of this issue of MTA Today.
The election period runs from
March 1 through April 25. Ballots for
statewide and regional delegates will
be mailed to eligible active MTA/NEA
members and will be accompanied
by bio/statements and photos of
candidates who submit them.
Retired delegate ballots and
bio/statements will be mailed only
NEA RA delegates to be elected by mail
Regional ethnic minority delegates to be chosen
to retired and retired life NEA members.
The MTA will be notified by the
NEA in February of the number of
delegates allocated to Massachusetts.
The allocation of statewide and regional
delegates will be based on electoral
regions A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H. A list
of local associations by electoral region
is available upon request.
The distribution of statewide and
regional seats will be voted on by the
MTA Board of Directors at its meeting
on Jan. 24; candidates will be informed
of the final allocation plan and will
be given an opportunity to alter the
designation for the level they seek to
Tentative dates for the RA are
July 1 through July 6, and travel dates
are June 30 and July 7. The RA will
regional and retired delegates from
Massachusetts will attend, in addition to
delegates elected by local associations.
The Credentials and Ballot
Committee has adopted procedures for
the election that call for ballots and
other material to be sent directly to
each NEA member in Massachusetts
Ballots will be returned directly to
the Credentials and Ballot Committee
at a post office box. Data from the
returns will be tabulated and counted
at MTA headquarters in Boston under
the supervision of the Credentials and
Elected delegates are expected
to comply with the accountability
requirements set forth by the MTA.
Funding will not be provided unless
accountability is met. The policy
procedure for the election of MTA
Delegates to the RA should be reviewed
carefully by anyone considering
The policy procedure for the
election of retired delegates is
available upon request.
It states that this election “shall be
subject to all restrictions, procedures,
and deadlines set forth by the NEA
guidelines and MTA’s statewide and
regional election process.”
Inquiries concerning procedures
for the nomination and election of
NEA delegates may be addressed to
Vanessa Story in the MTA Division of
Governance and Administration. Her
phone number is 617.878.8213, her fax
number is 617.570.4901 and her e-mail
address is email@example.com.
R egional ethnic minority delegates to the 2014 MTA Annual Meeting will be
elected by mail ballot next March and
April in conjunction with the NEA
The nomination period for
regional ethnic minority delegates
is now in process and will close at 5
p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10. Nominations
are open to all eligible ethnic minority
members through a self-nomination
The form appears on Page 26 of
this issue of MTA Today.
Regional ethnic minority delegates
will be elected by mail ballots forwarded
in the same self-mailer as the NEA
ballots. The election period runs from
March 1 through April 25. Ballots for
regional ethnic minority delegates will
be mailed to active MTA members,
accompanied by bio/statements and
photos of candidates who submit them.
The 2014 allocation of regional
ethnic minority delegates will be based
on MTA electoral regions and equal to
the number of district directors from
each region. No more than one delegate
from each district within a region will
be elected, with the exception of 44H,
which has two directors.
There will be 48 vacancies for
regional ethnic minority delegates.
All terms will be for one year. The
regional vacancies are: Region A,
seven vacancies; Region B, five
vacancies; Region C, seven vacancies;
E, five vacancies; Region F, six
vacancies; Region G, six vacancies;
and Region H, seven vacancies.
Each candidate must be employed in
education within the region in which
the candidate seeks office.
Inquiries regarding procedures
may be directed to Vanessa Story in
the MTA Division of Governance and
Administration. Her phone number is
617.878.8213, her e-mail address is
firstname.lastname@example.org and her fax
number is 617.570.4901.
Bylaws and Rules Committee now accepting proposals
T he MTA Bylaws and Rules Committee will soon begin reviewing proposed amendments.
A proposal to amend the
Bylaws addresses the governance
of the association or the primary
characteristics and functions of
the MTA. A proposal to amend
the Standing Rules addresses the
procedures of the Annual Meeting of
Delegates, nominations and elections
or governance documents.
Filing process and deadline:
Proposed changes to the Bylaws must
be received in writing by the MTA
Bylaws and Rules Committee by 5
p.m. on Jan. 10.
Proposed changes to the Standing
Rules only may be submitted in
writing to the MTA Bylaws and Rules
Committee up to the opening of the
first business session of the May 9-10
Annual Meeting in Boston.
However, early submission by
the Jan. 10 deadline provides an
opportunity for a full hearing by the
committee, by the Board of Directors
and at the April preconvention
It also allows advance publication
in the Spring issue of MTA Today.
Submitters will be informed of
hearing dates and will be expected to
meet with the committee to discuss the
language and intent of their proposals.
Proper format: Please use the
following format for each proposed
1. Specifically cite all articles,
sections and lines of the Bylaws or
Standing Rules that are to be changed
2. Set forth your proposal in two
columns, comparing the proposed
text opposite the present text. In
the proposed language, underline
amended or added language. Enclose
in parentheses language to be deleted.
Indicate the location of completely new
3. Accompany each proposed
amendment with a written rationale on
its purpose, impact and intent.
4. Include at the end of all
proposals the submitter’s name and
5. Provide your full name,
address, telephone number(s), fax
number(s), e-mail address or addresses
and your MTA membership ID
number, which can be found on your
MTA membership card.
Who may submit proposals?
Individual MTA members, groups
of members and local associations
are eligible to submit proposed
amendments to the MTA Bylaws and
Members wishing to use an
official title representing an MTA