Republican Senate leader says “no guarantee” legislation will create jobs
LANSING - Today the Michigan State Senate voted to raise taxes on seniors and working families to pay for a $1.8 billion tax break for corporate special interests like insurance companies, oil companies and Wall Street banks. More than a quarter of the Senate Republican caucus voted to reject the measure, forcing a 19-19 tie, which was broken by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.
MEA members attending the association’s Spring Representative Assembly elected a new president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer. Steven B. Cook, a paraprofessional from Lansing, will serve as the next president of the state’s largest school employee union.
EAST LANSING, Mich., Thursday, April 28, 2011 -- Related to media coverage and requests surrounding crisis votes by MEA locals statewide, the following statement can be attributed to MEA President Iris K. Salters:
"At their last meeting, the MEA Board of Directors voted to ask our more than 1,100 locals to conduct elections authorizing MEA to initiate crisis activities up to and including job action and report those results to the MEA President in time for their next meeting, which is today.
MEA president responds to governor’s special message on education
EAST LANSING, Mich., April 27, 2011 –Against a backdrop of drastic cuts to education funding, Gov. Rick Snyder revealed his education plan for Michigan today, covering a variety of topics including early childhood education, teacher training, tenure, merit pay, charter schools and more.
On April 27, Gov. Rick Snyder announced wide-ranging changes for public education, including merit pay, teacher experience and seniority-based layoffs, virtual learning, and charter schools. For credible research on these topics, we offer the following:
In his monthly column in The Detroit News, Michigan AFL-CIO President Mark T. Gaffney writes about current efforts to thwart collective bargaining and the comparisons with Wisconsin, where public employee bargaining rights have been attacked.
LANSING - Today thousands of Michigan residents from more than a dozen cities across the state rode buses to Lansing to send a message to Gov. Snyder and State Legislators that it’s time time start standing up for working and middle class families. After two weeks of paid vacation, Legislative committees will convene this week to begin voting on Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget plan.
April 4, 2011 - Regarding today’s ruling that the Legislature requiring an additional 3 percent contribution by school employees for retiree health insurance is unconstitutional, the following statement can be attributed to MEA President Iris K. Salters:
“We’re pleased to see this decision come down on the side of public school employees and their families. We’ve long maintained that last year’s actions by lawmakers were unconstitutional – even the Legislature has to follow due process of law.