PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE MTA BYLAWS
PRESENT TEXT PROPOSED AMENDMENTS
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5. Proposal to Phase Out Retired Life Membership by FY 2014-15
Section 2C. Retired Members
( 2) There shall be an MTA-R Life Membership.
The right to pre-pay MTA-R Life
Membership is open to any active
member who is at least 40 years of age.
The dues structure for this will be
determined by the Board of Directors.
( 3) All MTA-R Lifetime dues shall be
deposited in a special purpose fund and the
income generated from the fund shall be
used to offset the operating expenses of
MTA-R activities and programs.
Section 2C. Retired Members
(Effective July 1, 2014)
Tim Sullivan, Chair, Task Force on Retired Member
Dues, on Behalf of the MTA Board of Directors
M TA BYLAWS AND RULES COMMIT TEE:
Recommends Adoption (7-0)
M TA BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Recommends Adoption (45-3)
IMPACT S TATEMENT:
This would eliminate MTA-R Life Membership,
effective July 1, 2014.
Since 1983, MTA’s Human Relations Committee has reviewed
and selected nominees for the Annual Human and Civil
Rights Awards. The Human and Civil Rights Awards Banquet,
attended by educators from across the state, honors MTA
members and others who have put their lives, employment or
professional careers on the line in defense of human and civil
rights. Honoring those who dedicate themselves to equality
for all has become a proud organizational tradition for MTA.
Deadline for event registration is Friday, June 7.
Telephone reservations will NOT be accepted.
H U M ANANDCIVILRIGHTSAWA R D S
Human and Civil Rights Awards Banquet
June 14 – Sheraton Framingham Hotel
In a related area, we remain strongly committed
to our grassroots political program. Hearing from
members helps our representatives and senators
understand what is really happening in their districts.
Such storytelling helps create the climate for good
decision-making, and we encourage all members
to take part in it, whether on Beacon Hill or at
It is vital to remember, however, that the
Legislature is but one battleground for the MTA.
The education world is moving fast, and we need to
constantly grapple with emerging trends, disruptive
technologies, fierce opponents and proposals that can
affect our profession in myriad ways.
That is why we are always focused on teaching
and learning — and on students. It is why we
convened a task force on distance and online learning.
It is why we view every policy considered by the
Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and
the Board of Higher Education as a special area of
concern. It is why we expect to continually have to
engage on matters that are critical to professional
conditions for those who dedicate their lives to
our schools and colleges. It is why we are now
participating in the special election for the U.S.
Senate seat formerly held by Secretary of State John
Kerry, and it is why we will be active in other political
contests at every level in the months and years ahead.
Perhaps most important, it is why we must
continue to organize our members and provide
training about the nexus between legislation, policy
and funding and what happens in the classroom. The
connection seems complex, but it can be stated in
simple terms: “Our members’ working conditions are
students’ learning conditions.”
MTA members convey that message in their
work each and every day. Our imperative as an
organization is to make it the guiding equation for
the discussions and debates that will help determine
the future of public education in Massachusetts —
and therefore of the state itself.
We’ll be making our case clearly and strongly as
the coming year unfolds, and we will count on every
member to help meet that challenge.
A longer version of the Annual Report of the
Executive Director-Treasurer, including sections on
the work of each MTA division and department, is
included in the 2013 Delegate Handbook. The full
report is also posted in the members’ area of the
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The connection seems
complex, but it can be
stated in simple terms:
“Our members’ working
conditions are students’
We’ll be making our case clearly and strongly as the coming year unfolds ...