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Funds to Move to Districts Monday Following 3% Court Conference

19 Jan 2018 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments

Michigan school districts and colleges affected by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the 3 percent case are expected to receive a disbursement of money from the state on Monday, Jan. 22, which will eventually be used to refund stolen wages to nearly 275,000 teachers, faculty, and support staff. That does not mean refunds will be […]

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Labor Voices: Rural schools serve vital role

17 Jan 2018 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments

January 17, 2018 By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association Nearly nine million students attend rural schools — more than the enrollments of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and the nation’s next 75 largest school districts combined. These students in Michigan and around the county face similar challenges, like limited access to advanced coursework, […]

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Build Your Skills and Spirit—Register for Our Biggest Conference of the Year!

8 Jan 2018 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments

Less than one week remains to register for MEA’s biggest conference of the year at early-bird rates. Don’t miss out on the 2018 Bargaining, Public Affairs & Professional Development Conference. The Feb. 8-9 event at Cobo Center in Detroit will feature training sessions in advocacy, negotiations, communications, member engagement, political action, and professional development. This year’s […]

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MEA Advocating for Fast, Accurate Return of 3 Percent

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Right before the holiday break, the Office of Retirement Services (ORS) put out information regarding how refunds would be handled through local school districts for employees owed their 3 percent after our unanimous legal victory before the Michigan Supreme Court. After more than seven years of waiting for a resolution to this case, some speed […]

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Michigan Supreme Court unanimously rules to return 3% to school employees

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

Today marks a major victory for Michigan school employees, as the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously ruled to return more than a half billion dollars illegally taken from school employees in the long-running 3 percent case. In a dramatic December conclusion to a nearly 8-year-long legal battle, the Court ruled 6-0 to uphold lower court rulings […]

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Labor Voices: Employees, not test scores, make schools great

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December 20, 2017By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association Do scores on bubble tests define a great school district? Like all those “Whos” down in Whoville knew (and the Grinch learned), perhaps, just perhaps, it’s something much more. You can look at every public school in Michigan and find great stories about dedicated teachers and […]

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Beware Calley’s “part-time legislature” petition

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Among the flood of holiday cards hitting your mailbox, you may have received an envelope from Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley about a proposal for a part-time legislature that he’s championing. This is one holiday message you should be sure to ignore. In an effort to jumpstart his campaign for governor, Lt. Gov. Calley has been […]

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How Long Can We Take Educators for Granted?

15 Dec 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments
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Sarah Foster teaches eighth-grade math in Fenton. In her spare time, she coaches her daughter’s team in a creative problem-solving program, Odyssey of the Mind. Sarah Foster easily spends $500 out-of-pocket every year buying supplies and teaching materials for her students at Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School in Fenton. “So do the other 39 other […]

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Survey Reveals Teacher Spending Habits

14 Dec 2017 | Under News | Posted by | 0 Comments
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Jodi Sikma has been teaching for 28 years, and she plans to retire in 2020, so she’s been trying to cut back on her out-of-pocket classroom spending—meaning this year she’s only spent a few hundred dollars to do her job. She used to shell out $500 annually. School office supplies on board. Sikma, an elementary […]

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MEA Members Brighten Community Holidays

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of a holiday charitable fundraiser held at MEA headquarters in East Lansing, a drive that raises more than $20,000 a year to help area families and charities across the state. Over three decades, MEA leaders, staff, and members have raised $443,586 to bring holiday cheer to families in need. […]

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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