The Reading Teachers Association represents the teachers and nurses employed by the Reading Public Schools. The organization was created to support teachers and nurses in their effort to promote high professional standards and improve the quality of education for all of the children of Reading, Massachusetts.
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2019 – 2020 RTA Goals
Community engagement – Make connections with stakeholders and identify opportunities to partner with the community to advocate for the schools our students deserve.
Engage membership – Hold monthly 10-minute meetings in each building to collect member concerns and feedback. Encourage members to participate in “wear red” events as a sign of solidarity and purchase t-shirts for new members. Invite members to attend monthly board meetings.
Social Media – Maintain a Facebook page to share public information and increase transparency as well as allow members to interact with each other.
Contract – Collect ideas and feedback from members on what issues need to be addressed in the new contract negotiations.
Updated by the RTA Executive Board on August 20, 2019.
Good Reasons to Belong to Our Union
There are 110,000 good reasons to belong to the MTA — the 110,000 women and men who make up the strongest force for public education in Massachusetts.
Power. A strong union gives us power to negotiate a fair contract and to support pro-public-education initiatives at the local, state and national levels. It makes a huge difference. After unions were gutted in Wisconsin, average pay and benefits for teachers dropped by $10,000 a year in a short span of time.
Support. Locally, we support one another. Your building representative is your first line of defense. At the state level, the MTA has field staff, organizers, lobbyists, education policy experts, communications specialists, trainers and lawyers who support locals and members in many different ways.
Protection. Your union has your back, whether it’s through informally working out differences with the administration, organizing, filing a grievance or providing you with legal services and liability insurance.
Financial benefits. Through the MTA and the NEA, union members have access to significant savings on insurance, travel and other products and services, often saving as much money in benefits as their entire dues assessment.
Support for students and communities. Our union works for policies that benefit students, families and the common good — for example, by supporting the $15 minimum wage, quality health insurance, parental leave and workplace health and safety regulations.