The BTU membership voted to endorse Brendan Crighton for State Senate in the third Essex district. Please vote for Brendan Crighton on Tuesday, March 6. See this flyer for more information.
Caucuses are currently happening across the state. BTU members who are elected or selected as a delegate to attend the Massachusetts Democratic or Republican Convention can be reimbursed for their registration fee by the BTU. You must show proof to the BTU with your receipt for registration in order to be reimbursed. Please contact Johnny McInnis for more information at email@example.com.
Our national affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers Executive Council, passed a resolution to demand that lawmakers address gun violence. You can find resources and upcoming actions on the AFT website. Here in Boston, we are co-sponsoring the#MarchForOurLives on Saturday, March 24 at noon. Students are also planning actions for March 14 and April 20 — we will be sharing more information about those two events in the coming days.
At our February 14 membership meeting, we passed a motion to formally become the first teachers union to join the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. The fact that the Parkland shooting took place the same day was a painful affirmation of our need to join. We also know that gun violence is not limited to mass shootings but tragically impacts our communities and homes far too frequently. We will continue to advocate for both common sense gun laws as well as supports for our students to address social-emotional learning and behavioral health.
The Janus court case was heard yesterday, and over 1,000 people rallied in Boston to support the Working People’s Day of Action. This is a call to action, and we are proud to share that we now have two charter schools that have organized to join our union. See our press release for more information. Leaders of of their organizing committee were welcomed with a standing ovation at our membership meeting.
While anti-labor corporate groups seek to undermine our freedom to ensure working people have a voice, our answer is to remain unified and grow. We know that our unions are critical as voices for all working people and our communities. That is why we must remain strong and need all of our members to participate in the BTU ALL-IN campaign by signing a new card!