Note: If your association would like to schedule a retirement workshop at your school, your
local president should call Harold Crowley at 800.392.6175, ext. 8240. Please be aware that
the M TA consultants do not have records of your service, so members are advised to bring
that information along to meetings.
AUBURN — Edward Nelson: first Saturday of
each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Central Office,
48 S word St., Auburn; 508.791.2121, or at home,
QUINC Y — Harold Crowley: Tuesdays, Wednesdays
and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., M TA, 2 Heritage
Drive, 9th Floor, Quincy; 617.878.8240 or
800.392.6175, ext. 8240.
CAPE COD — Lawrence Abbruzzi: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Barnstable Teachers
Association (B TA), 100 West Main St., Suite #7,
Hyannis; 508.775.8625, or at home, 508.824.9194.
FI TCHBURG — Karen Melanson: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fitchburg Teachers
Association office, 245 River St., Fitchburg; Call
HOLYOKE — Ron Lech: third Saturday of each
month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Western Office, 55
Bobala Road, Suite 3, Holyoke; 413.537.2335, or at
LYNNFIELD — Mary Parry: third Saturday of each
month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Northeast Office, 50
Salem St., Building B, Lynnfield; call 978.372.2031.
Barbara Callaghan: fourth Saturday of each month,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Northeast Office, 50 Salem St.,
Building B, Lynnfield; call 978.456.9997.
PI T TSFIELD — Ward F. Johnson: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Berkshire
Office, 188 East St., Pittsfield; 413.499.0257, or at
home, 413.443.1722; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAYNHAM — Raymond Thompson: third Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Southeast
Office, 756 Orchard Street, third floor, Raynham;
Call Thompson at 617.347.4425.
HIGHER EDUCATION AT-LARGE — Edward McCourt,
781.325.2553; e-mail: email@example.com.
The M TA provides individual retirement consultations throughout the
state to assist members. Proof of membership must be submitted when
requesting retirement services. This schedule is in effect from September
to June except at M TA’s Quincy headquarters, which is staffed during the
summer and school vacations.
REGIONAL RETIREMENT CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE
All consultations are now by appointment only during the hours listed.
Neil R. Cronin, 78, of Shrewsbury.
Was an English teacher and a tennis
coach at Algonquin Regional High
School for 51 years. Sept. 18.
Dorene K. Griffin, 85, of
Rutland. Taught in the New Bedford,
Holden, Barre, West Boylston and
Shrewsbury school systems and
taught mathematics for many years in
Millbury, where she served as the math
department chair before retiring in
1992. Sept. 26.
June C. Smith, 77, of South
Hadley. Taught in the Holyoke Public
Schools for 30 years. Sept. 4.
Patricia G. Smith, 56, of
Norwood. Was a special education
teacher in the Attleboro, Westwood and
Holbrook Public Schools. Sept. 10.
Deborah A. Sperre, 64, of
Marshfield. Was a speech therapist in
the East Bridgewater Public Schools
for 30 years, retiring in 2006. Sept. 16.
Stephen C. Wamback, 78,
of Worcester. Was a middle school
English teacher for 34 years at
Woodward and Trottier middle schools
in Southborough. He retired in 2000.
James E. Welch, 90, of Lakeville.
Was an elementary school teacher in
Mattapoisett and New Bedford. Served
as assistant principal of the John A.
Parker School and principal of the
Phillips Avenue School, both in New
Bedford, retiring in 1988. Sept. 9.
and the state’s unwillingness to improve pay and
working conditions for part-time and adjunct faculty
The Massachusetts Community College Council
unit representing adjunct faculty is also negotiating a
new contract. Like other MTA-affiliated unions, the
MCCC has seen little movement on the state’s part to
address the growing concern about the exploitation
of highly skilled but poorly paid educators who
typically do not receive health care or retirement
The MTA has joined several other labor unions
representing public employees working without
contracts or renegotiating soon-to-expire agreements
in sending a letter to Baker that expresses dismay
over the administration’s financial offers.
Employees noted that higher costs for health
care have already lowered their take-home pay
and that proposals from Baker’s negotiators do
not even come close to covering cost-of-living
The MTA’s locals at UMass campuses are
circulating a petition asking Baker for more
reasonable financial parameters.
“We respectfully ask you to acknowledge that
the high quality of professional services we provide
cannot be maintained without adequate funding,” the
petition reads. “The quality and great reputation of
UMass are at stake.”
Members of the MSCA demonstrated at a
Board of Higher Education meeting on Oct. 31.
Photo by Suzanne Wall
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