Vision

·       The Boston Teachers Union should be a modern organization with the ability to build the power of our members to lead on education policy and advocate for quality public education and social justice in our communities.
·       Our members should be among the first stakeholders at the table on all education-related issues, because we are in the classrooms and know the needs of the students we serve.
·       Our union should be a leader in offering real solutions to our most pressing challenges.
·       BTU members should lead in our own classrooms, problem solve at school sites, be empowered at the school level, be included in shared decision making, and take part in state and local policy advocacy.
·       Our union should encourage a knowledgeable member base and be a professional organization that is a partner in policy and community advocacy alongside community stakeholders, families and students.
·       Organizing should be done by the membership, and we need to build capacity to do so.
·       Our union members should value healthy conversation and constructive debate among our members and our elected leadership, members and in larger education circles.  
·       Our union leadership should support and facilitate regular internal reviews of structures, policies, and resources to determine need and effective allocation of resources.
·       Our union leadership should reach out to the membership to articulate the goals and direction of the union, include members in creating priorities for the union and decide how to allocate collective resources in the most impactful way.
·       Our union should prioritize inspiring members to get involved in union activities that are relevant to their classroom and school experiences.
·       Our union should actively develop a pipeline of diverse and representative new leaders.
·       Our union should explore opportunities for new membership organizing.

 

Platform

·       More efficient, effective, and timely management of grievances.
·       A top-to-bottom review of the union to create a strategic plan for the mission, vision and structure of the organization.
·       A proactive union:  Instead of waiting until we are harmed to file lawsuits and grievances, our vision should be driving debates that shape education policy.
·       More intentional efforts to hear from ALL members about issues related to the union and our schools.
·       Improved engagement and support for our members at non-traditional schools.
·       Strengthening the bonds between our active members and the retired members who built the union in order to keep it strong.
·       Modernizing the union including better use of technology in the office and in external communication.
·       Engagement with our opponents as well as our friends.
·       More inclusive, transparent processes for contract negotiations, membership meetings, and the creation of union policy.
·       A student, family, and community engagement process to inform our contract negotiations.
·       Consideration of term limits and other policies that promote a culture of democracy and full rank-and-file participation.