Chorus to perform
at Annual Meeting
T he MTA Chorus will perform at the 2019 MTA Annual Meeting of Delegates, which will be held May 3
and 4 at the Hynes Convention Center in
S tudents, faculty and staff members and other advocates will gather at the State House on March 21 to call on legislators to provide
sufficient funding for the state’s public colleges and
MTA Retired member Bob Lague is the
choral director. Rehearsals will be held at
his home at 9 Cronin Way in Woburn on
three Monday evenings — March
18, April 8 and April 29.
A dress rehearsal and sound
check will be held on the morning
of May 3 in the convention hall.
If you are interested in joining
the chorus, please notify Lague
by calling him at 781.933.2646 or
Zac Bears, executive director of the Public
Higher Education Network of Massachusetts,
emphasized that no prior lobbying experience is
required to take part in the event, which PHENOM
is organizing. Rather, Public Higher Education
Advocacy Day participants should be prepared to tell
their own stories about the underfunding of public
colleges and universities and the need for better pay
and working conditions for faculty and staff.
“The underfunding of public
higher education has meant
fewer full-time faculty and staff,
exploited adjuncts and cuts to
our support staff and programs.”
— MTA President Merrie Najimy
will follow. A lunch and wrapup session will begin at
1 p.m., and the event will conclude by about 2 p.m.
MTA President Merrie Najimy urged as many
active and retired members as possible to attend.
Advocates will also be briefed on legislation
filed in January that would provide more than $500
million per year in additional funding for public
higher education. The legislation — which is
backed by the MTA, PHENOM and other members
of the Fund Our Future coalition — addresses the
skyrocketing tuition and fees being paid by students
and working families, the problems faced by faculty
and staff, and the privatization of services on
“The share of public higher education costs
carried by students and their families has shifted
dramatically since 2001,” Najimy said. “That has led
to an ongoing crisis in which students graduate with
huge amounts of debt — and sometimes they don’t
graduate at all.
Please indicate whether you are a
new or returning chorus member, identify
your district, and state whether you sing
soprano, alto, tenor or bass.
Returning members should bring
folders from past performances to
Advocacy day activists will gather at 10 a.m.
in the Great Hall. The speaking program will begin
at 10:45 a.m. Preparation for visits to legislators —
complete with a mock legislative meeting — will
begin half an hour later. Visits to legislators’ offices
“The underfunding of public higher education
has meant fewer full-time faculty and staff, exploited
adjuncts and cuts to our support staff and programs,”
she added. “We need a high-quality, debt-free public
higher education system that serves students and
working families, and we need it now.”
To register and learn more about Public Higher
Education Advocacy Day, visit phenomonline.org.