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Next step is recall of out-of-touch legislators

Find out how your legislators voted on these bills. Snyder signed the bills into law on July 19, 2011.

Votes by lawmakers to take collective bargaining rights from public employees and make sweeping changes to teacher tenure will fuel grassroots efforts by voters in many communities who question whether their elected leaders deserve to remain in office.

No deal yet on public employee health care

Lawmakers did not come to a final agreement on competing plans dealing with public employee health care prior to the Senate adjourning for its summer break. 
   

Senate passes anti-collective bargaining, anti-tenure bills

Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign legislation that passed this evening to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights and dismantle teacher tenure.

With hundreds of teachers and education support professionals looking on from the gallery above the legislative chamber, the GOP-led Senate passed the four-bill package. House Bills 4625-4628 previously passed in the House.

"This is a shameful day in Michigan," said Sen. John Gleason, D-Flushing, who opposed the bills.

Group announces campaign for anti-union laws in Michigan

A small group today announced plans to push so-called "right-to-work" laws in Michigan.

Tell lawmakers NO on anti-collective bargaining, anti-tenure bills

Still time to fight back!

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.

There’s still time for you to join the fight – go to the Capitol or contact your legislators NOW.

We’re expecting the state House and Senate to be in session late tonight – and we’ll be there to the end, advocating for you and your students.

Learn more.

Get to Lansing Thursday -- let's pack the Capitol!

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.

Lawmakers plan to vote on bills dealing with public employee health insurance (House Bill 4572 and Senate Bill 7 and bills to curb collective bargaining for all public school employees and dismantle teacher tenure (House Bills 4625-4628).

UPDATE: Tenure votes may come TODAY! Call senators NOW!

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.

Contact your Senator right away – before it is too late.

Read more about these bills and what else is happening in Lansing today.

Crunch time: Lawmakers juggling several bills

Michigan Capitol

Michigan Capitol

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.

House ed panel to meet Wednesday

The House Education Committee meets Wednesday to consider anti-bullying legislation and a separate bill dealing with school district health insurance plans.

The storm before the calm: Another busy week in Lansing -- and then, summer break

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.

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