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.
AUBURN — Louise Gaskins: first Saturday of
each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Central Office,
48 S word 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 — Robert Zbikowski: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fitchburg Teachers
Association office, 78 Franklin Rd., Fitchburg; Call
978.297.0123 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 — Mary Parry: third and fourth
Saturdays of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA
Northeast Office, 50 Salem St., Building B,
Lynnfield; 781.246.9779, or at home, 978.372.2031.
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
home, 413.443.1722; e-mail: email@example.com.
RAYNHAM — Edward Nelson: third Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Southeast
Office, 756 Orchard Street, third floor, Raynham;
508.822.5371. Call Nelson at home: 774.239.7823.
HIGHER EDUCATION AT-LARGE — Edward
McCourt, 781.325.2553; e-mail: emccourt.mccc@
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 M TA’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.
The audience applauded MTA President Barbara Madeloni’s remarks.
Photo by Scott McLennan
By Scott McLennan
H igher education, preK- 12 and retired MTA members joined several hundred fellow public-sector employees and retirees in filling
Rabb Hall at the Boston Public Library
on Feb. 1 to protest health insurance
changes provisionally accepted by the
Group Insurance Commission.
As MTA Today went to press, a
final vote was pending. The changes
would take effect July 1.
Commissioners at the meeting
explained the plan design changes,
which include higher out-of-pocket
costs for doctor visits and prescriptions,
as well as freezing Tufts and Fallon
plans to new subscribers.
The GIC’s decision on the freeze
prompted an outcry from public
employees and elected officials
from Haverhill and Hingham, which
recently joined the GIC based on the
availability of Tufts Navigator.
“Freezing access to Tufts
Navigator and Fallon Health is a ‘bait
and switch’ for employees who agreed
to join the GIC because those plans
were available during their decision-
making process and were a large factor
in deciding to go into the GIC,” said
Alec Porter, president of the Hingham
“It’s chilling to sit here and hear
these stories while the GIC tries
to present an austerity narrative,”
MTA President Barbara Madeloni
said after several speakers described
how rising out-of-pocket costs for
medical expenses will hurt families
and retirees. The crowd rose in
applause when Madeloni chastised
the commission for not holding a
legitimate public hearing before
accepting the changes.
C.J. O’Donnell, president of
the Massachusetts State College
Association, took issue with the
fact that the GIC has been severely
underfunded through several state
The solution is not to shift health
care cost increases onto workers, he
Phyllis Neufeld, a retired MTA
member, told the GIC how out-of-pocket costs have skyrocketed into
the “thousands of dollars” since her
community joined the GIC.
Janelle Quarles, president of
the Classified Staff Union at UMass
Boston, defended the right of workers
to have quality health care that is
affordable. She said that it would
make more sense for the GIC to work
with public employees to fight rising
costs rather than simply pass along
Marlene Kim, president of the
Faculty Staff Union at UMass Boston,
said that the weakening of insurance
benefits, coupled with other austerity
measures on her campus, will hamper
the school’s ability to attract the best
instructors and researchers.
“This will have an impact on our
students,” she said.
Are you or a family
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