Why be part of the RTA?

Benefits

  1. Collective Bargaining Agreements – Our contract represents years of bargaining improvements in salary and working conditions including salary increases, paid religious leave, increases in elementary planning time and more funds for tuition reimbursement.
  2. Community, Solidarity, ​Camaraderie – Uniting Reading educators with a ​collective voice​​​ and ​​common ​​interests ​​in ​​support ​​of ​​our ​​schools, ​​our ​​students​​ and ​​each ​​other.

 

Resources

  1. Leadership – Elected leaders from Building Representatives to Officers have been trained​​ and​​ are supported​​ by​​ ​​Massachusetts Teachers Association ​​​to ​​represent ​​your ​​individual​​ and ​​group ​​interests.
  2.  Print & Online Communications – reading.massteacher.org, facebook.com/rta4kids, twitter.com/rta4kids and ​​an​​ email ​​campaign ​​to ​​inform ​​and ​​update ​​our ​​membership.

 

Achievements

  1. Bargained a fair contract that improved salary and benefits such as tuition reimbursement and after school meeting obligations. 
  2. Worked with community partners to pass a budget override that prevented the loss of the middle school model, foreign language in middle school and prevented teacher layoffs. 
  3. Teacher protection – Ensured contractual rights of teachers are maintained and respected by administration. 
  4. Maintained 100% membership following the Janus decision by the U.S. Supreme Court and kept local dues from increasing. 

 

Goals

  1. Community engagement – Make connections with stakeholders and identify opportunities to partner with the community to advocate for the schools our students deserve.
  2. 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.
  3. Social Media – Maintain a Facebook page to share public information and increase transparency as well as allow members to interact with each other.
  4. Contract – Collect ideas and feedback from members on what issues need to be addressed in the new contract negotiations.