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Pension Bills Rush Through House, Senate

15 Jun 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments

Despite pressure from many MEA members who traveled to the Capitol on short notice, the Michigan House and Senate today narrowly passed legislation that would weaken retirement security for newly hired school employees and increase future costs to taxpayers. Identical measures passed the Senate, 21-17, and House, 55-52, with some Republicans joining Democrats in voting […]

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MEA statement regarding rushed passage of complicated, counterproductive MPSERS legislation

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June 15, 2017 — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook regarding today’s passage of SB 401 and HB 4647: “The rushed passage of this legislation today – over the objections of educators from across the state who came to Lansing at the beginning of their summer break – is a […]

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URGENT: Call to Action on School Employee Pension Attack

14 Jun 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments
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It’s crunch time. Take action TODAY to stop lawmakers from dismantling retirement security for school employees – Call, write or email your representative and senator immediately. [www.mea.org/pension] If you’re out of school, come to Lansing tomorrow (Thursday) and join the fight in person. Late yesterday, new pension legislation was introduced based on a backroom deal […]

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Calendar-Schedule Bargaining Prohibition Might Resurface

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We’re getting word that a bill to make school calendar and schedule prohibited subjects of bargaining might be on the move again. The controversial issue had been dormant for several weeks, but rumor has it HB 4163 could soon be scheduled for second reading on the House floor – a procedural move that would advance […]

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Joint MEA, AFT Michigan on details of MSPERS changes

13 Jun 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments

June 13, 2017 —The details are the most critical thing when it comes to something as complicated as pensions – until we get to see and analyze bill language, it’s impossible to know for sure how much this plan will cost and whether it’s good public policy or not. However, based on what’s been publicly […]

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“Framework” of Pension Deal Still Missing Key Details

12 Jun 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments

In recent days, news media have been reporting that Gov. Snyder and legislative leaders have the “framework” of a deal in place regarding school employee pension changes and the state budget. However, in a meeting late yesterday with representatives of the Governor’s office, MEA and AFT Michigan have learned that many of the important details of […]

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Dude. Be Nice Video Shot in Jackson this Week

8 Jun 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments
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A California-based company that uses viral videos to promote kindness, inclusiveness, and gratitude as the core of American cultural values visited a school district in Jackson County to surprise six education support professionals (ESP) with a video shoot in their honor. In partnership with MEA and NEA, the Dude. Be Nice apparel company chose Northwest […]

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Dude. Be Nice Video Filmed in Jackson this Week

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A California-based company that uses viral videos to promote kindness, inclusiveness, and gratitude as the core of American cultural values visited a school district in Jackson County to surprise six education support professionals (ESP) with a video shoot in their honor. In partnership with MEA and NEA, the Dude. Be Nice apparel company chose Northwest […]

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Lead Plaintiff in 3% Retirement Case Fought for Fairness

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One year ago, Lansing teacher Deborah McMillan pressed Gov. Rick Snyder to stop appealing the 3 percent retirement court case. The 40-year veteran teacher was a lead plaintiff in the 2010 lawsuit seeking the return of money involuntarily taken from school employees’ paychecks. McMillan marched in protests last summer and helped to deliver 33,000 petition […]

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Poll: MI Voters Oppose Closing Pension System

1 Jun 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments

Michigan school employees – take note: Your public is behind you, even if the politicians in Lansing don’t always seem to be. In a statewide survey commissioned by MEA and conducted by EPIC-MRA, a solid plurality of registered voters said they oppose plans to close the school employee retirement system to new hires – 47 […]

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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.”

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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.”

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Jimmy Carter

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

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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Ronald Reagan

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

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt