set for March 4
M TA members working in higher education are encouraged to join
students and colleagues from the
UMass system, state universities and
community colleges for Public Higher
Education Advocacy Day on March 4
to urge the Legislature and Governor
Charlie Baker to sufficiently fund the
Commonwealth’s public colleges and
Advocacy Day activities will
begin at 10 a.m. at the State House.
“Our members have always
played an active role in making sure
state colleges and universities are
properly funded to maintain quality
and to maximize accessibility,” said
MTA President Barbara Madeloni.
“After years of declining funding,
public higher education saw two
straight years of funding increases.
That trend needs to continue just to
make up for lost ground.”
The event will feature student
speakers. Students, faculty and staff
will then have the opportunity to
discuss higher education funding needs
with state representatives and senators.
Additional details will be
available soon on the MTA website,
D elegates who can carry a tune should consider joining
the MTA Chorus, which will
perform at the Annual Meeting on
May 8 and 9.
The chorus performs before
the Call to Order. It will also
sing the national anthem and
a selection written by Choral
Director Bob Lague honoring MTA
members who have passed away.
Rehearsals are tentatively
scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 6,
April 13 and May 4 at Lague’s
home in Woburn.
If you are interested, please
contact Lague by e-mailing
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate
whether you are a new or returning
chorus member, identify your
district and state whether you sing
soprano, alto, tenor or bass.
MTA hosts reception
for newly elected legislators
Newly elected state legislators attended
a reception with MTA leaders and staff
on Jan. 20, shortly after the current
session convened. The reception gave
representatives and senators a chance to
learn about the MTA’s legislative agenda.
State Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover),
a former state representative, left, spent
some time talking to MTA President Barbara
Madeloni during the event.
Photo by Scott McLennan
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