Important Information for MTU/MTA/NEA Members

Besides the Maintenance & Trade Union at UMass Lowell, you are also a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, (MTA) and the National Education Association (NEA).


As a member of the MTA, you should
receive a membership card and special
union member benefits through
Benefits (MTAB)
.  MTAB negotiates
special discounts for MTA members on
everything from auto insurance, home
insurance, mortgages, and heating oil to
vacations, credit cards, sports events,
and shopping!  Check out their web-
site for more details at: or click the picture above.


Within the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the union is in the Division of Higher Education.  As part of that Division, your union president , John Gervais, sits on the Higher Education Leadership Council (HELC), which is made up of all the presidents of MTA higher education union locals led by Donna Johnson from the University Staff Association (clerical/technical employees at UMass Amherst).  HELC works on issues of concern to higher education employees at the state colleges, community colleges, and universities.

The NEA and MTA have special programs and resources for higher education members as well as ESPs—education support professionals, non-teaching education employees.  Both the NEA and MTA have other resources, including conferences, retirement consultants, legal services and lobbying.  Contact Miles Stern, the MTA field representative, with questions.


ESPText Box: Retirement Information

Click link below to:
Contact the Mass Retirement Board!
Members can get assistance from the MTA and ….
contact an MTA Retirement Consultant!
Estimate your state retirement with the Retirement Board’ online calculator!
Take action to protect Social Security (GPO/WEP) for Massachusetts public employees from MTA 
and from NEA!