Urge Your Legislators to Support MTA-Backed Right to Strike Bill!
The MTA is supporting legislation that would address the prohibition on public employees engaging in a strike. The bill, An Act advancing public employee labor rights, was filed by Senator Rebecca Rausch (D-Needham) and Representative Orlando Ramos (D-Springfield).
Massachusetts public employees, including educators, are currently prohibited by law from engaging in a strike, regardless of their working conditions or whether their employer may have committed unfair labor practices. This outright ban on public employees striking is unjust and outdated, and unfairly restricts the ability of public employees to take collective action in support of themselves and the communities they serve.
An Act advancing public employee labor rights would amend the current law to allow public employees, except for public safety personnel, to legally strike should the state Department of Labor Relations determine that the strike is related to unfair labor practices committed by the employer. The bill would further ensure that a public employee’s right to free speech is not restricted as it relates to discussing a strike. To learn more about this legislation, please click here.
Please email your legislators right away and urge them to support and co-sponsor An Act advancing public employee labor rights! Please also consider calling your legislators to follow up on your email. You can find your legislators’ phone numbers by clicking here.