MTA Benefits Opportunities

The MTA has some great opportunities this month – Check them out!

2019-2020 Giveaways

August 19 – September 16$500 Visa gift card2 winners
November 11 – 19$150 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card2 winners
January 20 – 27$100 99 Restaurant gift card3 winners
March 16 – 23$100 Gap Options gift card3 winners
May 11 – 18$150 Lowe’s gift card2 winners
July 13 – 20$50 Fandango gift card5 winners

MTA Retirement Consultation Opportunities

Our MTA Retirement consultant has some more time slots available for phone consultations on the wide variety of topics associated with retirement.  He has released some new 40 minute phone consultation appointments for those interested.

Here are the time slots available:

Interested members should email Ed McCourt ( with the day(s) that would be possible for you and the time(s) at which you can accept Ed’s call.  In your reply,please include your best phone contact and your MTA membership card number.  Anyone without card may secure your membership number by calling MTA’s Division of Affiliate Services at 1-800-392-6175 ext. 8208, or contact Seth or Charlie directly.  
I know Ed has helped a couple members here at MCLA recently, and I’m glad to provide this information should anyone else need to ask any questions.

July 1, 2019 Contractual Increase Timing

Since July 1, 2019 fell in the middle of a pay period, the Commonwealth is processing our contractual increase in the next pay period, July 7-July 20, and will include the small amount of retro pay for July 1-6 in the pay advise that is available for that pay period on July 26.  You will see your new rate in the July 26 pay advise; your pay advise this Friday, July 12 will not show any changes in your rate.
If you do not see your changed rate in the July 26 pay advise and were expecting one, please contact me.  For those of you who are receiving additional rate changes as a result of the salary adjustment process, you should be getting a letter from HR directly regarding the timing of that.

MTA Retirement Consultations

The MTA has a consultant that assists with retirement planning and navigating the process for preparing for retirement.  Often the sessions available for this consultant are in the easter part of the state as a result of the population concentration.  The consultant has emailed me and would like to offer his services via phone for individual members that wish to speak to him about the wide range of topics surrounding retirement.

He will be available to speak with individual members for up to 40-minutes on Tuesday (7/9) and Wednesday (7/10) at the times listed below. Interested parties should email him with the day(s) that would be possible for you and the time(s) at which you could accept his call.  In your replies members should include your best phone contact and your MTA membership card number.  Anyone without card may secure your membership number by calling MTA’s Division of Affiliate Services at 1-800-392-6175 ext. 8208   or by contacting me.

He will respond to members with a confirmation as soon as possible.

Edward G McCourt
MTA Retirement Consultant – Higher Ed

State House Rally – May, 16 2019

 APA members – Important Action item below!

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to repair the persistent funding inequality that exists at in public Higher Education in our state. Consider the following facts:

-Massachusetts is underfunding its state colleges and universities by more than 500 million dollars per year according to a state commission that studied the issue

-State investment in public higher education is down 31% from its peak in 2001

-Student loan debt has more than doubled since 2004

-The Cherish Act in the State House now is worth over eight million dollars in funding to Mass Art per year.

In mid-May legislators will be in the middle of their annual budget debate and they will be thinking about how much money they can put into our schools, colleges and 

Click here to register for the May 16th events:

RSVP today for the 5/16 #FundOurFuture Rally at the State House (Free bus transportation is available) universities. Come to Boston on May 16th to show legislators that they must deliver legislation that fully funds our college NOW.

We are organizing a major rally and march around the State House starting at 5 p.m.  Free bus transportation will be provided. We need you with us on May 16th, along with your co-workers, family and friends. Please sign up today!

APA Annual Evaluations

APA Annual Evaluation Timeline has been agreed upon and posted. For your recollection, the memo is repeated here.

Annual Evaluation Schedule

  • The evaluation period this year is July 1, 2018 -March 31, 2019. 
  • First Bi-Annual Report by Administrator to the Administrative Area Supervisor was due on November 16, 2018.
  • Second Bi-Annual Report by Administrator to the Administrative Area Supervisor is due on April 16, 2019.
  • Annual Performance Narrative Form to be completed by Administrative Area Supervisor and sent to Administrator approximately one week in advance of the in- person meeting –  May 17, 2019.
  • Administrator meets with Administrative Area Supervisor by May 24, 2019.
  • All forms/materials sent by Administrative Area Supervisor to Chief Administrative Officer by May 31, 2019.
  • Chief Administrative Officer reviews materials/signs Annual Performance Narrative Form, provides copy to Administrative Area Supervisor who provides copy to Administrator, and sends originals to HR for inclusion in the administrator’s Official Personnel File by June 15, 2019.