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Michigan House OKs anti-tenure legislation

The Michigan House today passed legislation that dismantles teacher tenure and prohibits collective bargaining of many subjects currently decided at the local bargaining table.

Despite strong opposition from MEA members statewide, the four-bill package was approved with bipartisan support; the main bill passed 70-37. The bills -- House Bills 4625, 4626, 4627, and 4628 -- now go to the Senate for consideration.

Find out how your representative voted on these bills.

House advances anti-tenure bills—call your state rep NOW!

The GOP-led state House today advanced a four-bill package to overhaul tenure and collective bargaining laws.

The legislation -- House Bills 4625, 4626, 4627, and 4628 -- would, in fact, dismantle tenure AND collective bargaining of most subjects currently decided at the local bargaining table, including placement of employees, evaluation systems, discharge/discipline policies, and more.

URGENT UPDATE: Bills attacking tenure, bargaining rights may move TODAY

MEA lobbyists learned late Monday that leadership in the state House may take up a package of bills on Tuesday that dismantles teacher tenure and prohibits all school employees from bargaining about a broad variety of subjects related to their working environments and their students' learning environments.

We need you to act NOW to stop these bills -- contact your state representative and urge them to vote no on House Bills 4625-4628.

A wolf in sheep’s clothing

Anti-tenure bills would kill collective bargaining, too

A four-bill package pending in the state House to overhaul tenure would actually reach far beyond what some say is the real problem – the time and money it takes to discharge a teacher with tenure.

The legislation – House Bills 4625, 4626, 4627, and 4628 – would, in fact, dismantle tenure AND collective bargaining of most subjects currently decided at the local bargaining table, including placement of employees, evaluation systems, discharge/discipline policies, and more. In an ironic turn, the legislation is backed by Republicans, who usually claim to oppose such intrusions on local control by state government.

Under this legislation, it would be possible for a school district to fire an unmarried, pregnant teacher. Or a tenured teacher who happens to be gay. Or an unpopular employee disliked by the principal. Or veteran teachers who can be replaced with cheaper, less experienced alternatives.

MEA responds to legislative attacks

Next big Lansing protest is Saturday

Several dozen MEA members, leaders, and staff were at the Capitol today to talk with legislators about votes this week affecting public employee wages and health care.

On Wednesday, the Senate passed House Bill 4152 (to freeze step wage increases when a contract expires) and Senate Bill 7 (to require public employees to pay at least 20 percent of the cost of their health insurance) and the House Education Committee approved bills to dismantle tenure and collective bargaining laws. Those votes compelled the educators to visit Lansing -- to hold accountable the lawmakers who supported these measures, and to thank those who did not.

Senate runs over school employees with HB 4152 and SB 7

Fight back! Lawmakers need to hear from you!

The Senate today approved historic changes to collective bargaining and public employee compensation, stripping locally elected officials of the right to make important decisions.

Despite intensive lobbying by MEA leaders, staff, and others, the GOP-led Senate passed bills that impede local control and impact all public employees in some way.

The Michigan Senate voted to eliminate step wage increases between contracts and to require employees to pay at least 20 percent of the cost of health care, issues currently negotiated locally between employers and employees. The bill affecting step increases now goes to the governor for his signature; the health cost bill now goes to the House, where it could be amended.

Urgent! Call your state senator NOW!

Urge them to vote NO on SB 7. Tell them to maintain local control of health premium sharing by employees. Call now at 517-373-2400.

Vote Today!

 

Today is Election Day in Michigan. Voters will choose school board members and decide school bond proposals, millages, and more. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 Voting is a simple action that allows you to influence who will decide how budget cuts will affect your students, your school, and your community. Exercise your right to vote – and encourage your family and friends to vote, too.

 

Broad coalition of students, seniors, workers protest Gov. Snyder’s budget plan

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.

Make your voice heard -- come to Lansing Wednesday

Politicians are unfairly exploiting Michigan's economic crisis to attack students, seniors, and working families. Join us Wednesday to fight back and let the politicians know that We Are the People, and it's time to start protecting the middle class -- not the CEOs.

Thousands of supporters of Michigan's middle class are expected at the Capitol Wednesday -- will you be among them?

Events will run from 1 to 6:30 p.m., with the first program kicking off at 2 p.m. A second program at 5:30 p.m. will give more MEA members a chance to travel to Lansing and show their solidarity when it comes to attacks on public education and the middle class.

Speakers will talk about the impact Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed education budget cuts will have on students, communities, and the middle class.

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