More than 200 MEA members and staff are at the state Capitol right now, monitoring legislative developments on plans to take away your collective bargaining rights, eliminate due process for tenured teachers, and shift more health insurance costs to employees.
We need as many MEA members and supporters as possible at the Capitol in Lansing Thursday to hold legislators accountable for their actions on several bills that will directly affect all public education employees, including you.
You are invited to MEA briefings Thursday for updates on pending legislation. The briefings are at 8:30 a.m. at MEA headquarters in East Lansing and at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Room 428 of the Capitol.
Reports are coming in that the state Senate may vote THIS AFTERNOON on the House package that dismantles teacher tenure and attacks the collective bargaining and due process rights of all school employees.
PLEASE ACT NOW! Call your state Senator and urge them to vote against House Bills 4625-4628. Ask them not to strip good teachers of their rights in order to get the very few bad apples out of the classroom. Tell them we need common-sense tenure reform – which MEA supports through Senate Bill 503.
It’s crunch time in Lansing, where lawmakers have just two session days – and a packed schedule – remaining before heading home for most of the summer.
They hope to complete work on legislation dealing with public employee health care and bills that curb collective bargaining and dismantle teacher tenure. All MEA members will be negatively affected by these bills.
This week is expected to be another busy one in Lansing, as lawmakers push to pass several bills before a long summer recess. The agenda includes legislation dealing with collective bargaining, teacher tenure, and public employee health care.
Lawmakers could take final action on a four-bill package to gut collective bargaining and tenure laws. House Bills 4625-4628 already passed the House and are pending in the Senate.
MEA supports efforts to overhaul teacher tenure as outlined in Senate Bill 503, sponsored by Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw. The bill is an alternative to the House bills, which go beyond teacher tenure to take away collective bargaining of many new subjects, including evaluation and merit pay.
With a vote of 58-51, the House approved HB 4572 which would place a hard cap on the amount an employer could spend on employees’ health care coverage.
Starting in 2012, an employer could spend no more than $15,000 on family coverage; $11,000 for two-person coverage; and $5,500 for an individual. The state treasurer would increase those caps each year based on the change to the medical care component of the Consumer Price Index.
If a school district paid more than the amount legislated, they would face a 10 percent reduction in their state aid funding.
Yesterday the House passed HB 4087 which ends legislative retiree health care for legislators elected after 2007. Under this legislation, future lawmakers and most of those currently serving in the Legislature would no longer be eligible for the benefit.
PA 312, the state’s binding arbitration law, could undergo dramatic changes with the passage of HB 4522 yesterday. PA 312 has been used since 1969 to settle labor disputes in municipal police and fire departments.