MEA president: Crisis votes to be discussed with MEA board, not released publicly

EAST LANSING, Mich., Thursday, April 28, 2011 -- Related to media coverage and requests surrounding crisis votes by MEA locals statewide, the following statement can be attributed to MEA President Iris K. Salters:

"At their last meeting, the MEA Board of Directors voted to ask our more than 1,100 locals to conduct elections authorizing MEA to initiate crisis activities up to and including job action and report those results to the MEA President in time for their next meeting, which is today.

"MEA locals across the state conducted these votes and reported the results to the state association to help guide our decisions about a broad variety of potential crisis activities (not solely a work stoppage, which has drawn the most focus). Many of these crisis activities are already underway, such as rallies, protests, vigils, community discussions, and more.

"The results of these elections are for internal, strategic purposes and, as such, will not be released publicly.

"MEA members, as well as the majority of Michigan's voting public, oppose lawmakers' ongoing attacks on public education and the middle class and will not remain silent about our dissent."

Contact:   Doug Pratt, Director of Public Affairs, 517-896-4465