“We are mighty, and as Merrie said, we are winning,” MTA Max Page said at a meeting this summer, crediting MTA members with legislative action they couldn’t have affected without a time machine.

In spite of this rhetoric, we are not mighty. And we were winning only if we take…

For Bearing With Me.

I set out here to start a conversation from an unfamiliar perspective. There’s not much written about unionism from the approach I’m taking, and frankly, there are few people to talk to about it. There’s no one talking about the MTA from the perspective I’m taking. I would have liked to be more coherent, but without informed conversation and challenges, it’s not easy to see what I’m not making clear.

For several years, I’ve been studying democracy. I was a town selectman in Granby for 9 years. I have run a Facebook Group focused on town politics and governance for 10 or 11 years. I also spent a lot of time talking through decisions and how things worked in town…

Until last summer, I had always taken the Massachusetts Teachers Association as a sort of necessary annoyance. I was an MTA Political Action Leader and a building representative for several years and still couldn’t tell you what our dues paid for beyond legal and negotiation services. I came to learn…

In the summer of 2020, Massachusetts educators began to think seriously about returning to school during the pandemic. We had recovered enough from the traumatic end of the 2019–2020 school year to start worrying about what would happen in September. It’s hard to remember now just how scary things were…

A View from the Rank and File

I’m a high school teacher by vocation, a long-time blogger by avocation, and a minor municipal official for reasons still not completely known to me.

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