Responding to the economic crisis

A call to action:

  • Massachusetts is facing a $1.4 billion budget deficit for the current fiscal year.
  • Next year's deficit is expected to reach $4 billion.
  • Our collective bargaining rights are being challenged at the State House.

We can't wait to act.

We need to be educated, organized and mobilized. We must urge our state representatives and senators to:

  • Raise revenues to close the exploding budget gap and prevent disastrous cuts.
  • Defeat legislative efforts to undermine collective bargaining to achieve "savings."
  • Recession-proof our public schools by investing in public education.

What will the meetings cover?

The meetings will focus on the key elements for building effective local grassroots organizing:

  • Understanding the scale of the economic crisis and its potential impact on public education.
  • Building support for legislative initiatives on raising revenues and defeating attacks on our collective bargaining rights.
  • Refining the tools to educate and activate our members and community allies to put pressure on our legislators.
  • Lobby and establishing long-term relationships with legislators

Interested?

Active members: Contact your local or chapter leaders.

Retired members: Contact Jill Jackson, jjackson@massteacher.org, 617-878-8254.

Meeting Dates & Locations:

Southeast Region -- 2/17
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Raynham Service Center

Metro -- 2/17
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn, 55 Ariadne Road, Dedham

Western -- 2/19
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn, 245 Whitings Farm Road, Holyoke

Central -- 2/25
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Manor Restaurant, 39 Franklin Street, West Boylston

Northeast -- 2/26
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Lynnfield Service Center