- 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.
- Community, Solidarity, Camaraderie – Uniting Reading educators with a collective voice and common interests in support of our schools, our students and each other.
- 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.
- Print & Online Communications – reading.massteacher.org, facebook.com/rta4kids, twitter.com/rta4kids and an email campaign to inform and update our membership.
- Bargained a fair contract that improved salary and benefits such as tuition reimbursement and after school meeting obligations.
- 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.
- Teacher protection – Ensured contractual rights of teachers are maintained and respected by administration.
- Maintained 100% membership following the Janus decision by the U.S. Supreme Court and kept local dues from increasing.
- 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.