MEA budget reduced 3.9% while still providing top-notch service to members

The MEA Representative Assembly held its spring meeting April 26-27 at the Lansing Center in Lansing.

MEA delegates approved a 3.9 percent spending reduction for the 2013-14 MEA continuation budget at the April 27 MEA Representative Assembly in Lansing.

This budget shows MEA is tightening its belt while still providing top-notch representation and membership advantages to the teachers, education support professionals and higher education employees who comprise MEA.

MEA members’ dues dollars will continue to be wisely and judiciously spent on providing members with critical advantages for their careers, for their rights, for their wallets and for public education.

Click here to watch a video presentation from MEA Secretary-Treasurer Rick Trainor that explains just some of what members get for their dues.

The adopted budget includes $73.5 million in expenses, down from $76.5 million in Fiscal Year 2012-13.

Revenues for 2013-14 are projected at $69.3 million, compared with $74.5 million in 2012-13. Member dues are budgeted to comprise 79.9 percent of total revenues, with members contributing 1.5 percent of their salaries toward dues, with an annual cap of $640.

To ensure members receive all of the representation, services and advantages they deserve, the gap between projected revenues and expenses will be filled by spending $4.2 million in cash reserves.

In a separate-but-related budget action, delegates voted to reduce members’ temporary pension dues by $10 to $12 annually, depending on income.  

The Representative Assembly also voted to amend policies addressing the transmission of dues between members, local associations, MEA and NEA. Finally, the RA voted to explore incentives for members who pay their full dues in one payment each year, with a report due back at next year’s Spring RA.