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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Our Red for Ed Moment Is Here
We have a once-in-a-generation chance to pass bills increasing the amount of state aid for our public schools and colleges by more than $1.5 billion a year.
On Thursday, May 16, join with students, educators, parents and community members in demanding that our legislators take action on two key education funding bills, the Promise Act and the Cherish Act.
The Fund Our Future coalition is planning a big rally outside of the Massachusetts State House at 5 p.m. If your schedule allows, visit your state representative and senator before the rally. This is an opportunity to urge your legislators to invest in Massachusetts public schools and colleges.
Free bus transportation will be provided from various locations across the state. Times and pickup locations will be posted at fundourfuturema.org by the end of April and a link will be sent to people who sign up on this site.
2018 – 2019 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. Purchase t-shirts for members to wear as a sign of solidarity and 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 – Obtain a fair contract that truly attracts and retains the best teachers to by improving salary and benefits, so both are in line with peer communities.
Updated by the RTA Executive Board on September 11, 2018.
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.