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Where Negotiations Paused for Summer

Hello WEA Members,

At our early June negotiation session, we reviewed the contracts for Shrewsbury, Algonquin, and Southborough (K-8). The meetings continue to be positive and productive.

We have one meeting remaining this school year, during which we will review the contracts for Lexington and Northborough (K-8). We hope to reach an agreement during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Please note that this will be the final update until next fall.

In solidarity,
WEA Negotiation Team
June 30, 2019

Dear Colleagues:

On Tuesday April 30, the Unit A Negotiating Team of the Westborough Education Association will hold a General Membership Meeting for the express purpose of approving the initial negotiating platform for the 2021-2024 contract. The meeting will start at 3:10 at the High School Cafeteria.

All members of Unit A are encouraged to attend and make their voices heard.

In solidarity,
Unit A Negotiation Team
Matt Huse
Patty Lessard
Bill Parsons
Bonnie Ross
Deana Solomonides


MTRS employer news, April 11, 2019 View as a webpage

MTRS employer news

“Your MTRS Benefits” seminars coming soon—please spread the news!

In May, we will be presenting “Your MTRS Benefits,” our two-hour retirement education program for all MTRS members who want to learn about the MTRS retirement plan and benefits.

Please help us publicize our programs by letting your employees who are MTRS members know that they are being offered, and that this is a prime opportunity for them to get answers to their retirement benefit questions. If at all possible, we would greatly appreciate your forwarding this message to your employees who are MTRS members via e-mail.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide in letting our members know about the programs—and if you’re interested in attending, we’d be happy to see you there!

“Your MTRS Benefits” is an optional, free, two-hour (4–6 p.m.) informal program for MTRS members who want more information about retirement benefits—whether you are a recent member, mid-career educator or soon-to-be retiree. Topics include:

  • MTRS benefits and services,
  • estimating your retirement benefits under the regular and RetirementPlus formulas,
  • various issues you need to consider in retirement, including health insurance coverage, taxation of your retirement benefit, the rules on working after retirement, Social Security—and more!

Choose from 9 dates and locations, and register today!

  • AUBURN, Thursday, May 2, Auburn High School auditorium
  • NORTON, Tuesday, May 7, Norton Middle School auditorium
  • CHARLESTOWN, Thursday, May 9, MTRS Main Office, Presentation Room, 2nd Floor (Space is limited!)
  • SOUTH YARMOUTH, Tuesday, May 14, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School auditorium
  • NORTHAMPTON, Thursday, May 16, Northampton High School auditorium
  • WOBURN, Thursday, May 16, Woburn Memorial High School auditorium
  • PEABODY, Tuesday, May 21, Peabody Veterans Memorial High School auditorium
  • WILBRAHAM, Tuesday, May 21, Minnechaug Regional High School auditorium
  • HANOVER, Thursday, May 30, Hanover High School auditorium
Register now

Can’t attend?
Watch the “Your MTRS Benefits” video series!

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Executive Board Elections this Spring!

The Westborough Education Association (WEA) election for the following positions:

Unit A President (teachers)
Unit B President (paras)
Unit C President (secretaries)
Unit D President (tutors)

Unit A Positions:
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Membership Chair

Building Reps:
2 for each building, including the WECC

Elections will take place on noon Wednesday, May 29, 2019 through noon Thursday, May 30, 2019.

The duties and responsibilities of the officers are outlined in the WEA Constitution. All potential candidates should refer to the Constitution to familiarize themselves with these responsibilities before submitting their name for consideration. You can find a copy of the Constitution on the of the Westborough Education Association website at

Interested parties seeking office should submit their names and background information to Andrew McIntyre, Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, before May 14, 2019.

The Nominations and Elections Committee is comprised of the WEA Building Representatives.

Andrew McIntyre
Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee

Contract Negotiations “Suggestions Card”

A couple of 2020-2023 WEA Contract Negotiation Teams have prepared a “Suggestions Card” to collect information on what you want to see different in your contract. Tell them what you deserve!

2020-2023 WEA Unit A Contract Negotiations Suggestions Card

2020-2023 WEA Unit B Contract Negotiations Suggestions Card


Unit A Negotiation Team is Set to Go!

Thank you to everyone who voted! The Westborough Education Association’s Unit A Negotiation Team is:

Matt Huse (WHS)
Patti Lessard (Gibbons)
Bill Parsons (President)
Bonnie Ross (Hastings)
Deana Solomonides (WECC)

The voting was as follows:

Deana S Bonnie R Patti L Matt H Eric P
WECC 16 13 6 7 1
Armstrong 16 20 13 12 11
Fales 15 16 10 11 10
Hastings 33 38 33 25 10
Mill Pond 14 15 15 11 6
Gibbons 34 38 43 25 11
High School 37 39 27 39 24
Totals 165 179 147 130 73



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