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Who we are and what we believe

Educators for a Democratic Union (EDU) is a caucus of rank and file unionists in the Massachusetts Teachers Association working to build a participatory, democratic, social justice movement in our union and communities.

We believe union power manifests primarily in the organizing activities of empowered rank-and-file members, not through lobbying elected officials. We share a vision for a future without power brokering in backroom deals—instead we envision solidarity with educators, students, families, and activists in our communities taking action to improve our public schools.

EDU believes that the MTA is strongest when its members take collective action to solve problems in their workplaces and fight for justice for our schools and society. We want all MTA members to feel that they are the union, and to discover the power we have when we act together.