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Proposed revised Resolution F- 10
Reorganization and Reduction in Force
The Massachusetts Teachers Association strongly condemns those school
committees and boards of trustees in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that,
under the guise of economy, are jeopardizing the education of young people and
adults by unilaterally and arbitrarily reducing staff, resulting in increasing class
sizes and decreasing or eliminating relevant educational programs.
The MTA insists that no plan for the regionalization or reorganization of any
public educational system, including colleges and universities, should be put into
effect unless the plan has had the full participation of the faculty and Association
of the institutions affected.
Additionally, the MTA recognizes that many educational personnel who
are not of an age or inclination to apply for early retirement continue to hold
positions as teachers primarily because they believe changing careers to be
impractical or impossible. When reduction-in-force occurs, the MTA believes
that state and local authorities should provide programs that assist personnel to
develop new careers. (78, 79, 81, 84, 86, 88, 91, 09, 19)
Proposed revised Resolution F- 15
The Massachusetts Teachers Association shall continue to seek improvement
in the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System and strongly disapproves of
any action by the state Legislature or by the Congress of the United States or
local governing bodies which would reduce retirement rights and benefits of
The MTA supports a retirement system that provides for:
n retirement security for retirees through a defined-benefit pension plan
that is guaranteed for life, including cost-effective disability and survivor
n automatic cost-of-living adjustments for retirees and beneficiaries that
reflect actual increases in the cost of living;
n purchase of credit for all approved leaves; and
n full funding of the pension liability by the state.
The MTA believes that provisions must be made for comprehensive health
insurance for all retired education employees and their spouses or domestic
partners and that the state and/or local community contribute at least 50 percent
of the premium costs.
The MTA further believes that domestic partners should have available to
them the same retirement benefit options as are available to married individuals.
(90, 99, 01, 09, 19)
Proposed revised Resolution F- 29
Equitable Support for Collective Bargaining
The Massachusetts Teachers Association believes that solidarity among
all members of a bargaining unit is integral to supporting and defending public
educators through collective bargaining. The MTA supports The MTA reaffirms
its support for requiring all members of a bargaining unit to become dues-paying members of that unit or pay a fair share fee to sustain the benefits that all
members receive under the collective bargaining agreement. The MTA opposes
any measure that undermines this solidarity, such as so-called right-to-work
legislation. ( 16, 17, 19)
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