AUBURN — Edward Nelson: first Saturday of
each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Central Office,
48 Sword 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 978.660.4171.
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
RAYNHAM — Raymond Thompson: third Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Southeast
Office, 756 Orchard St., 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 MTA’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.
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.
M TA retirees used their “teacher voices” to speak out in support of legislation that would protect health insurance and
pension benefits for public employees at a recent
State House hearing before the Joint Committee on
A delegation of MTA retirees testified on Oct.
21 in favor of the legislation, An Act to Provide
Fair and Affordable Public Retiree Benefits, which
seeks to provide modest economic security for
retired public employees. The bill (S.1499/H.2232)
is sponsored by Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) and
Representative Daniel Donahue (D-Worcester).
“We have a moral obligation to both honor
the promises that were made to our retirees and to
provide current employees with the prospect of a
secure retirement so that we continue to attract and
retain quality people,” said MTA President Merrie
Najimy. Najimy asked retirees to stand with her as
she delivered her testimony to the committee.
The bill would:
n Ensure that pension benefits are better able
to keep pace with inflation. It would immediately
increase the dollar base on which the annual state
pension Cost of Living Adjustment is calculated
— from $13,000 to $18,000 — and over time it
would raise the base to align with Social Security’s
maximum benefit for an individual worker retiring at
full retirement age. That figure is $34,332 in 2019.
n Provide municipal retirees with increased
stability in health insurance premium payments. The
bill would freeze the insurance premium contribution
share for current municipal retirees at the percentage
they are paying upon the effective date of the
legislation and lock in the percentage for future
retirees based on their retirement date.
n Protect retired public employees who are not
eligible for Medicare. The bill would create
a mechanism to cap out-of-pocket expenses for
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MTA President Merrie Najimy, flanked by MTA retirees during a recent State House hearing,
told legislators, “We have a moral obligation to both honor the promises that were made to
our retirees and to provide current employees with the prospect of a secure retirement so
that we continue to attract and retain quality people.”
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