Legislation to make Michigan a so-called "right-to-work" state could be introduced literally any moment now. MEA members are urged to come to Lansing TOMORROW to join a team of citizen lobbyists in telling lawmakers to vote NO on right-to-work.
What are you doing tonight or tomorrow night? Check your calendar, because this one's important.
With just a few weeks left in the Legislative session, right-wing politicians in Lansing are looking to exact political revenge against union members by ramming through dangerous bills that will harm school employees, middle-class families and children throughout Michigan.
Their reckless agenda includes:
Undermining workers' rights by passing so-called "right-to-work" legislation
Instituting voucher-style "reform" of our public schools
There’s hasn’t been a lie, a dollar or a phone call that the opposition hasn’t used to make sure the voices of working families are silenced on Nov. 6. Within the past week, MEA members have been targeted with robocalls, full of lies and cheap, dirty political tricks meant to confuse you about Proposal 2.
What's your voting plan for tomorrow? Do you know where you vote? Will you vote before or after work? Do you have plans for child care or are you taking your children with you? Will you have a copy of MEA's recommended candidates with you? Are you allowing yourself enough time to read and mark the entire ballot?
In the last presidential debate, Mitt Romney declared that he "loved teachers." However, the current Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) President--along with his members--never felt the love while Romney was Governor.
Paul Toner, MTA President, knows first-hand what it was like to be an education professional while Romney was Governor and he shared his observations with NEA in an Open Letter to Educators.
With the overwhelming flood of misleading ads, scare tactics and outright lies tarnishing this election, it’s good to know that with only seven days left until Nov. 6, there are honest and reliable sources of information to help you make informed choices at the ballot box.
This week, MEA members are receiving personalized kicker cards in the mail listing MEA’s recommended candidates and positions on the six ballot proposals. Lots of information on the election has also gone out in the October issue of the MEA Voice magazine and in other mailings over the past few weeks to MEA members.
We’re getting reports from MEA members that they’re receiving a misleading robocall from an 810 area code phone number. The call features a female claiming to be an MEA member. She complains about dues dollars being spent on political campaigns like Proposal 2 that will allow teachers to strike. She goes on to urge a no vote on Proposal 2.
What are you looking for in a state School Board candidate? Someone with actual classroom experience? Someone who supports solid research and best practices as criteria for education reform? Someone willing to fight for adequate education funding?