Massachusetts Teachers Association Preparing For Post-Agency Fee World

The Massachusetts Teachers Association is looking to hire nine temporary organizers to recruit “member leaders” in advance of the possible loss of agency fee next year.

Those member leaders will then conduct four one-on-one conversations with every member in certain targeted locals in an effort to get them to sign “commitment cards” to remain members should the U.S. Supreme Court rule they no longer have any financial obligation to the union.

This is the latest in a series of actions some affiliates are taking to ready themselves for a world in which teacher unions in every state will have to recruit members to maintain their current budgets. Other affiliates (New Jersey, Illinois) seem to be standing pat, or their efforts aren’t readily apparent.