I am running for Vice President of the MTA to continue the work of reclaiming professional respect for educators, building stronger
locals, and strengthening the alliances that won us
No on 2. We have tremendous threats before us,
but under Barbara’s leadership we have laid the
groundwork for important victories: winning an
historic investment in our schools and colleges,
alongside Merrie Najimy because we share a vision
for public education and for the MTA.
I live in the house in Amherst I grew up in.
My father taught at UMass, and my mother was an
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M y slogan, “Uniting MTA to Serve You,” is not just rhetoric. I am proud to be a longtime educator, an MTA member,
and an advocate for equality, equity, and respect.
I believe in the power of unions and how they
affect working people everywhere. Unions changed
history and spoke up for those who couldn’t. That’s
something I have done my entire career. I teach
English at Attleboro High School, have been my
local president for almost 10 years, served on the
MTA Board for four years, and twice run for the
state Legislature. I have negotiated contracts and
served on two school committees, which gives me
a unique perspective on running organizations and
establishing budget priorities.
MTA’s Core Mission and Our Power
MTA has been serving educators for almost 175
years. Contract maintenance, bargaining, grievances,
legal support, and professional development are
integral and interrelated — they are our bread and
butter. I frequently hear, “What has MTA done for
me?” Moving away from member servicing has
caused locals to become frustrated with the lack
of support. It’s time to reemphasize and fund our
original mission. Your dues are entrusted to MTA.
With the Janus decision affecting our bottom line, it
will be my priority to ensure our members receive
the services and resources needed.
Working with coalitions to achieve our
objectives has been standard operating procedure
for decades. I believe in working with everyone to
build positive, powerful, productive relationships.
record has been
need to rebuild
on Beacon Hill.
experts — we
Speaking from your heart, providing well-supported
information, and respectful listening are more
effective and augment our collective power.
Whether you are preK- 12, a nurse, an ESP, higher
education, professional staff, an adjunct, or a retiree, I
will amplify your voice and protect your rights. The
Fair Share Amendment will bring $1.9 billion into the
general fund. Its purpose is to “provide the resources
for quality public education and affordable public
colleges and universities,” along with repairing and
maintaining roads, bridges and public transportation.
Those funds will be allocated by the Legislature.
ESPs, retirees, and adjunct faculty have been
disregarded for too long. It’s our job to make sure
those resources are shared fairly.
I promise to respect and listen to everyone. We
are 116,000 members strong, the largest union in
Massachusetts. We have national influence and an
incredible voice. We should be in the forefront as we
face school shootings, union-busting, health care,
retirement issues, ballot questions, and budget cuts.
Innovation, not intransigence, should be our motto.
Working on solutions should be our objective.
Thank you for this opportunity to serve you as
vice president. I ask for your support, your vote on
May 5 and, most importantly, your trust.
In unity and respect,
elementary school principal. My wife, Eve, and I
have three children who have gone through the same
public schools I went through, learning under the
guidance of remarkable educators. Public education
is in my bones.
When I returned in 2001 to teach architecture at
UMass, I became active in my local and the MTA.
Why? Because public education is the cornerstone
of democracy, and is threatened by privatization
and austerity. Because, as the largest union in the
Commonwealth, the MTA is the organization most
able to win the public schools and colleges we all
Here are ways I have acted on my
commitment to public education and union
n As president of my 1,400-person local, the
Massachusetts Society of Professors, I grew our
membership, negotiated and enforced contracts, won
paid family and medical leave, and secured better
conditions for adjuncts.
n I helped found PHENOM, the Public Higher
Education Network of Massachusetts, bringing
together students, faculty, and staff to advocate for
increased state funding and greater affordability for
n While serving on the Executive Committee
of the MTA, I fought against the compromises that
brought us high-stakes testing, took away seniority
rights, and cut pensions.
n As Vice Chair of the Government Relations
Committee, I helped craft the MTA’s most
progressive legislative package ever, including
a moratorium on high-stakes testing, bilingual
education, greater security for retirees, health care
for adjunct faculty, and debt-free public higher
education. The majority of the Legislature has co-sponsored our agenda.
n As Chair of the Revenue Committee, I
galvanized the MTA to fight for progressive
taxes. This work led directly to the Fair Share
Amendment, which I helped shape so that public
education would gain the lion’s share of the $2
billion in revenues.
n Knowing that coalition work is essential to our
victories, I sit on the Steering Committee of Raise
Up Massachusetts, the coalition behind the Fair
Share Amendment and the $15 minimum wage and
paid family and medical leave initiatives.
I have driven over 5,000 miles around the state
for this campaign, meeting with members, hearing
about your hopes. I ask for your vote so we can keep
the MTA moving forward.