House panel taking up anti-strike bills Wednesday

The House Education Committee on Wednesday will take up bills to punish teachers and unions who engage in an illegal strike.

House bill 4465, sponsored by Rep. Bill Rogers, R-Brighton, would strip a striking teacher's license for two years. House Bill 4466, sponsored by Rep. Paul Scott, R-Grand Blanc, would increase the penalties to fine unions $5,000 per day.

MEA vigorously opposes these bills that seek to further silence the voices of school employees -- especially given lawmakers' unprecedented attacks on public education and Michigan's middle class.

The bills were proposed on the heels of a decision by the MEA Board of Directors to ask MEA members statewide for authority to initiate crisis activities up to and including job action.

Please contact members of the House Education Committee and urge them to ask tough questions before voting on this proposal AND to vote NO on House Bills 4465 and 4466 if they come up for a vote.

The House committee meeting is 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 307 of the House Office Building.