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Citizens across Michigan rally as so-called ‘right-to-work’ takes effect

Michiganders held a silent protest at the state Capitol on Thursday to highlight how Gov. Rick Snyder and corporate special interests are trying to silence the voices of middle-class families.

As Michigan’s so-called “right-to-work” law took effect Thursday, hundreds of people across Michigan participated in local rallies to send a clear message: Right-to-work is temporary, but solidarity is forever.

Citizens used numerous tactics Thursday to stand up to Gov. Rick Snyder and the rich CEOs who pushed the law, which is designed to slash wages and benefits for middle-class families — regardless of if they’re in a union.

At the Capitol Building in Lansing, citizens held a silent protest to highlight right-to-work’s aim of silencing the voices of working families. In Hamtramck, teachers, students and community supporters held a march in support of collective bargaining rights. Candlelight vigils in multiple locations celebrated the history and resilience of Michigan’s labor movement. Events also took place in Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Detroit, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Mount Pleasant, Pontiac, Taylor and Utica.

Laingsburg teacher receives $2,000 grant from NEA Foundation for ‘Login to Learning’ program

Jennifer Strickland

Jennifer Strickland, a ninth grade language arts teacher at Laingsburg High School and her co-applicant have received a $2,000 “Student Achievement Grant” from the NEA Foundation to create a paperless classroom.

Through her “Login to Learning” program, Strickland’s students will be able to submit writing assignments via Google Docs, peer groups will the writings and teachers will evaluate assignments online. The emphasis on technology will allow Strickland and her colleagues to make class assignments more interactive and allow students to take charge of their learning.

Michigan teachers sound off to television audience

Seth Petty, an elementary teacher in Ann Arbor Public Schools, told NBC News that school funding cuts have hampered efforts to improve education.

Detroit-area TV viewers and a nationwide web audience heard from Michigan teachers Saturday night, as NBC’s “Education Nation” broadcast a live “Teacher Town Hall” at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

MEA President Cook releases new video with important tax information for members

MEA President Steve Cook has released a new video providing tax tips for MEA members, as many Michiganders face higher tax bills due to Gov. Rick Snyder and the GOP Legislature’s tax increases on the middle class.

“As we’re busy completing our tax forms, you may have noticed something different with your state taxes: They’ve gone up as your take home pay has gone down,” Cook said. “That’s because many of the tax deductions you’ve relied on have either been eliminated or severely reduced.”

Teachers and ESP speaking out through MEA’s ‘Voices from the Front Lines’ website


Teachers and education support professionals from across the state are speaking out via MEA’s new “Voices from the Front Lines” webpage, offering their thoughts on prominent education policy topics to share with legislators, experts, media and the general public.

National ESP of the Year inspires conference attendees

MEA ESP Caucus President Connie Boylan introduces NEA 2012 ESP of the Year Judy Near as the keynote speaker at the 2013 MEA ESP Statewide Conference on Saturday, March 16 in Bay City.

Working in a rural Colorado school district for 22 years, Judy Near was constantly frustrated by her non-union work environment. Employee concerns weren't addressed. Near's colleagues felt voiceless.

MEA members making their voices heard on 'Voices from the Front Lines' website

Teachers and education support professionals from across the state are speaking out via MEA's new "Voices from the Front Lines" webpage, offering their ideas on how to improve public education for the sake of MEA members, students, families and communities.

MEA members and their families save on auto and home insurance

MEA and MEA-Retired members can save hundreds of dollars each year on automobile and homeowners’ insurance through MEA Financial Services, a full-service insurance agency that provides policies exclusively for public education employees.

MEA launches ‘Voices from the Front Lines’ website to collect policy ideas from school employees

At a time when Lansing politicians are considering numerous “reforms” affecting public education, people need to hear from school employees. After all, Michigan teachers and education support professionals are on the front lines of education, making them the state’s leading experts on education policy.

Online professional development provides MEA members with career advantage

Teachers and education support professionals who are MEA members receive free access to numerous online professional development opportunities that can help advance their careers.