About the MTA
Founded in 1845, the Massachusetts Teachers Association is a union, dedicated to improving the workplace and the quality of life for all education employees and to protecting their hard-won rights. We are an association of highly qualified professionals, committed to establishing and maintaining optimal conditions for student learning from preschool through graduate school.
The Massachusetts Teachers Association is a member-driven organization, governed by democratic principles, that accepts and supports the interdependence of professionalism and unionism. The MTA promotes the use of its members' collective power to advance their professional and economic interests. The MTA is committed to human and civil rights and advocates for quality public education in an environment in which lifelong learning and innovation flourish.
The MTA represents 115,000 members. We are teachers, faculty, professional staff and education support professionals working at public schools, colleges and universities across Massachusetts.
More than 400 local associations and chapters, reprsenting both preK-12 and public education, are MTA affiliates.
Each May, the MTA convenes an Annual Meeting at which delegates from across the state gather to set policy, vote on Bylaws, Standing Rules and Resolutions, elect members to the Board, vote on the budget and approve new business items. Most delegates represent their locals and are elected locally. In addition, there are statewide retiree and regional ethnic minority delegates.
Programs and Staff
Based in Quincy, the MTA employs a statewide staff of more than 140 people working in our headquarters and in regional offices across Massachusetts. Our Governmental Relations Division is based in Boston. Supported by legal, field, grassroots campaigns, training and professional learning, education policy and practice, field, communications and finance and accounting staff, MTA members shape state policies on key education issues including testing, school funding, class size and other critical matters. MTA staff provide members with important insight on legal issues and policies and practices affecting the education profession as well as conferences, training and professional development.