A Message from Your MTA President- Chris White

Welcome back to a brand new year! As we embark on this new year, I hope everyone begins with a renewed optimism for what this year will unfold for us.

We have new staff that will be looking to veterans to help guide them in navigating on what can be an overwhelming year. As fellow MTA members, we need to rely on each other to ensure they are successful, as are we! Let us look out for each other! As NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento often says, “let there be no daylight between us!”

In the coming months be on the lookout for ways to come together as a union and to give back to our community! Our first get together will be scheduled for October 14, 2022 at Tapped in Middletown. It will be right after school ends. So, I ask that you all join in a celebration of the fall season and spend time with your fellow MTA members.

I pray you all have a wonderful start to the year!

Voting for democracy and a better life

In the leadup to the midterm elections, pundits predicted a red wave, even a tsunami, based on polls, historical precedent, and steep gas and grocery prices. But I had my doubts. I spent the weeks before the elections talking to voters and traveling on the AFT Votes bus, rolling through a dozen states with more than 50 stops. In a year when kitchen table issues, democracy and our freedoms were on the ballot, many people told me that the elections came down to a choice between, on the one side, election deniers and extremists stoking fear, and on the other, problem-solvers working to help the country move forward. Many races were close, but Americans turned the tide from a red wave to a swell of support for progress and problem-solvers. Read the full column here.

Sharing more pathways to student debt relief

As the landscape of student debt shifts, and more and more opportunities allow borrowers to have their debt relieved, the AFT is using every avenue to ensure that the word is out. In affiliate meetings, telephone town halls, media coverage and social media, the union is spreading the news, and at a student debt clinic at AFT headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 31, AFT President Randi Weingarten vowed to reach as many people as possible with information that could save them tens—and sometimes hundreds—of thousands of dollars.