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Truth or Satire: A Look at Michigan’s M-STEP Test

22 Sep 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments

By Brenda Ortega OK, class. It’s time now for a very important… Question, Jimmy?… No, it’s not time for lunch yet… Yes, I know it’s chicken nugget day! You won’t be late if we start now, alright? Today we’re going to practice for the big, long test that will be used to label you and […]

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Curtis Kelenske

21 Sep 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments

Curtis Kelenske: 5th/6th-grade Multi-age Teacher, Leland Public Schools Years in Education: 13 Type of non-union experience: 1 year in private Catholic school, 6 in a charter school What was it like working in a school without a union? The working conditions and work load in the charter school were very difficult. You had to do whatever […]

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Brett Hudson

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Brett Hudson: Health and P/E Teacher, East Jackson Community Schools Years in Education: 2 Type of non-union experience: Charter School What was it like working in a school without a union? As a new teacher (only having experience without a union) I am not too familiar with the collective bargaining process. However, it was pretty […]

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Rob Atwood

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: P/E and Health Teacher, Baldwin Community Schools Years in education: 8Type of non-union experience: charter school – 5 years; virtual charter school – 2.5 years What was it like working in a school without a union? In my traditional and virtual school teaching experience, the employees did not have a say on the working […]

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Katie Condon

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Katie Condon: 5th-grade Teacher, Saginaw Public School District Years in education: 5 Type of non-union experience: Three years at a charter school What was it like working in a school without a union? When I first started working at the charter school, it wasn’t that bad. I had the assumption that I was going to […]

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Michael Adams

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Michael Adams: 3rd-grade Teacher, Holt Public Schools Years in education: 6 Type of non-union experience: Michigan charter school What was it like working in a school without a union? It was the worst! Working without a union left me feeling like I had no voice to advocate for students or myself. Teachers were in constant […]

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Michael Adamisin

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Michael Adamisin: 9th-grade Science Teacher, OPEA President, Oak Park Schools Years in Education: 6 Type of non-union experience: One year at a Detroit-area charter school What was it like working in a school without a union? In a word… unnerving. The year I was there saw >50% staff turnover from the previous year, all replaced […]

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Local Blitzes Build Strength

20 Sep 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments

Whether it’s at the bargaining table or the halls of the Capitol in Lansing, MEA’s power resides in the unity of our members – and association leaders from across Michigan are joining up with MEA staff to build capacity in our largest units. Membership blitzes have been held in Grand Rapids, Utica, Flint, and Pontiac, […]

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Lifelock Benefit Offered to NEA Members

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In light of the recent data breach acknowledged by credit reporting agency Equifax, many NEA members are signing up to receive an important NEA member benefit: the educator discount for Lifelock credit monitoring that includes 30 days free and a 10 percent discount. More than 140 million Americans may have had data stolen by hackers […]

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Labor Voices: New education officers listen to experts

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September 20, 2017By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association In this fast-paced, information overloaded society, individuals are longing to be heard. Educators are especially eager to share their thoughts, their hopes and their frustrations. That’s why my first order of business as MEA’s new president was to embark on a “listening tour” so I could […]

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“The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America.”

John F. Kennedy

“Every advance in this half-century:  Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid to education…  one after another- came with the support and leadership of American Labor.”

Jimmy Carter

“Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of their right to join the union of their choice.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.”

Ronald Reagan

”If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.”

Abraham Lincoln

“It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic nation that it have free and independent labor unions.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt