Urge Your Legislators to Support the MTA-Backed Retirement Enhancement Bill!

The MTA is supporting legislation to provide a retirement enhancement opportunity for members of the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System, and we need your help.

The legislation, filed by Senator John Velis (D-Westfield) and Representative Carol Doherty (D-Taunton), provides eligible MTRS members with an option to purchase up to five years of service and/or five years of age, or a combination of the two not to exceed a total of 10 years. This opportunity would be open to teachers in the MTRS who agree to purchase their time and retire during the enrollment period but does not apply to educators who are members of other state or local retirement systems. The legislation also includes mandatory backfill language to avoid teacher shortages. To learn more about the legislation, please click here.

Please email your legislators right away and urge them to support the MTA-backed retirement enhancement opportunity legislation and request an early hearing for the bill! Please also consider placing a phone call to your legislators to follow up on your email. You can find your legislators’ phone numbers by clicking here.

Important Addendum: The Chairs of the Public Service Committee are Senator Michael Brady and Representative Kenneth Gordon. If either of those are your personal representative or senator, please modify the message by asking them directly -- from you as a constituent -- to hold a hearing on this bill.

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