School employees and employers attempt to blunt negative effects of upcoming 'right-to-work' law

Three weeks remain until Michigan officially becomes a so-called “right-to-work” state and, despite interference from Republican politicians, MEA members are doing everything they can to minimize how this new law will hurt school employees and local unions

Study: Trendy ‘reforms’ harming teaching and education support professions

Trendy education “reforms” being pushed by special interest groups are harming the teaching and education support professions at a time when the public demands greater professionalization of educators, according to a new policy brief.

MEA presents specific education reforms to increase student outcomes and strengthen workforce

Testifying before the House Education Committee on Wednesday, MEA Vice President Nancy Strachan outlined three specific education reforms to help improve Michigan schools: increasing investment in early childhood education; strengthening vocational, agricultural and technical education; and enhancing professional development opportunities for educators.

MEA expands online professional development offerings

Three new courses have been added to the MEA's Online Professional Development offerings: "Instructional Practices," "Classroom Assessment and Evaluation," and "Flipped Classroom."

Pontiac schools in dire need of help for basic school supplies

The massive underfunding of public education has created an untenable crisis for educators in yet another Michigan school district.

Statement from MEA President Steve Cook on Gov. Snyder’s State of the State address

EAST LANSING, Mich., Jan. 16, 2013 — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook, in response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address:

 “Governor Snyder claims he wants to build bridges, but he’s already burned them to the ground.

Information to Help You Make Your Retirement Decision Under S.B. 1040

View a video from the MEA General Counsel discussing the choice you must make under S.B. 1040 (P.A. 300). He also discusses MEA's legal fight on your behalf.

To help members navigate all the changes SB 1040 has brought, MEA Financial Services has been scheduling informational sessions across the state. If you haven’t been able to attend one of the sessions, you can view MEA Financial Services Manager Ross Wilson’s presentation and his Power Point.

Statement from MEA President Steve Cook on deceptive ’Freedom to Freeload’ bill

EAST LANSING, Mich., Dec. 6, 2012 — Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican leadership today announced they would push so-called “right-to-work” bills that include public and private workers while carving out exemptions for police and firefighters. Swift legislative action on these bills is already underway. The following statement can be attributed to Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook:

Hearing to be held Thursday in school employee retirement challenge

Legal challenges to a recent law increasing health care and retirement costs for school employees will be heard Thursday morning in front of Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.

Beware of lying robocalls by Prop 2 opponents

There’s hasn’t been a lie, a dollar or a phone call that the opposition hasn’t used to make sure the voices of working families are silenced on Nov. 6. Within the past week, MEA members have been targeted with robocalls, full of lies and cheap, dirty political tricks meant to confuse you about Proposal 2.