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 — Peter Mili: third Saturday of each
month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Northeast Office, 50
Salem St., Building B, Lynnfield; call 617.460.6589.
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 .
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,
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.
Referring to the heat wave at the beginning of
the school year, Kempinski added, “I was in the
Pentucket Lake Elementary School when it was
91 degrees with 66 percent humidity. Even with a
teacher-paid-for air conditioner in the room it was
still 91 degrees. Those are both student learning
conditions and teacher working conditions.”
The march was held in part to celebrate having
settled a one-year contract and in part to call for
more funding. Even with the recent raise, Haverhill’s
teachers will be among the lowest paid in the state,
and the turnover rate in the district is one of the
highest. One in four teachers leaves the district every
Prior to the march, Kempinski had organized a
meeting at which he asked local association leaders
in the region for their support. In return, he pledged
to bring HEA members to their districts if needed.
Tewksbury sent a contingent of members. Their blue
T-shirts stood out in the sea of red shirts worn by
Cathy Bilodeau, former co-president of the
Tewksbury Teachers Association, explained why she
marched. “We all have been in difficult situations
ourselves,” she said. “Teachers support one another
no matter what. When a colleague asks for help, we
Faculty and staff at public higher education
campuses have been grappling with funding issues
Per-student funding for campuses has declined
by one-third since 2001 when adjusted for inflation,
and scholarships for students have declined by a
As a result, student debt has skyrocketed, staff
have been laid off, many full-time faculty members
have been replaced by poorly paid adjunct faculty,
and some buildings are in poor repair.
These issues are all present at the University
of Massachusetts Boston campus, which has been
rocked by funding woes ever since corruption led to
shoddy and costly construction work in the 1970s.
Speaking at the All Presidents’ Meeting, Anneta
Argyres, president of the Professional Staff Union
at UMB, said, “Austerity has been our life.” She
talked about the layoff of 100 adjuncts two years ago
and additional layoffs this year. The campus-based
day care center, used by students and staff alike, has
been closed. And the administration is planning to
significantly increase parking fees.
“The administration is saying we have to raise
fees rather than demanding that the state do what
it is supposed to do,” she said. “Our share of $574
million in new money could go a long way.”
Advocating for funding for higher education will
be a continued focus of the Public Higher Education
Network of Massachusetts — PHENOM — which
includes college and university students as well as
MTA members and other staff.
Speaking about the campaign at the All
Presidents’ Meeting, MTA Vice President Max Page
paraphrased a famous saying, asking, “If not now,
when? If not us, then who?” He then answered his
own question. “The MTA represents the community
of educators who will make this happen.”
For more information on the campaign, please
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