EAST LANSING – Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart issued the following statement today on Senate consideration of SBs 584-586, allowing concealed weapons in schools: “MEA strongly opposes this legislation for the safety of students and school employees alike. Education and parent groups have joined us in opposing this misguided legislation because they too understand…
EAST LANSING – This September, a new team of MEA officers have taken the helm of the state’s largest school employee union. President Paula Herbart, Vice President Chandra Madafferi and Secretary-Treasurer Brett Smith are kicking off their time in office with a statewide listening tour to hear from the experts on the front lines of public education – the dedicated teachers and school support staff working every day with Michigan’s students.
“In this fast-paced, information overloaded society, individuals are longing to be heard. Educators are especially eager to share their thoughts, their hopes and their frustrations,” Herbart said. “That’s why we’re going around the state to listen to the passions and concerns of our members and learn what we can do to help. We need to listen to the experts on the front lines – and we’re going to take those stories with us to policymakers in Lansing and Washington in our role as statewide education leaders.”
In the last week, Gov. Snyder has signed legislation setting the education budget for next year and enacting retirement changes for new school employees. The retirement legislation, SB 401, passed in June despite bipartisan opposition. An analysis of the bill shows the variety of impacts it will have on new school employee retirement, including maintaining a…
Building off of the successful Women’s Marches in January, this Saturday, July 22, activists will March for Public Education in Washington, D.C. and other cities around the country. In Michigan, marchers will gather in Detroit at Clark Park in Southwest Detroit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their goal is to “stop the attack on…
June 15, 2017 — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook regarding today’s passage of SB 401 and HB 4647:
June 13, 2017 —The details are the most critical thing when it comes to something as complicated as pensions – until we get to see and analyze bill language, it’s impossible to know for sure how much this plan will cost and whether it’s good public policy or not.
However, based on what’s been publicly reported, this seems to be little more than a shell game that goes about closing the hybrid pension plan in another way – something that is certain to cost Michigan taxpayers billions in transition costs, just as the original versions of SB 401 and HB 4647 would have.
One year ago, Lansing teacher Deborah McMillan pressed Gov. Rick Snyder to stop appealing the 3 percent retirement court case. The 40-year veteran teacher was a lead plaintiff in the 2010 lawsuit seeking the return of money involuntarily taken from school employees’ paychecks.
June 1, 2017 — The following can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to hear Gov. Snyder’s appeal in the long-running lawsuit regarding the 3 percent of salary illegally taken from school employees paychecks:
For many, latest pension legislation will be last straw
May 23, 2017 — The latest attempt by legislative leaders to destroy the school employee pension system adds to a long list of attacks on wages, benefits, collective bargaining rights and even the dignity of the teaching profession – attacks that are taking a toll.
Four MEA members were honored at the 2017 MEA Awards for Human Rights & Excellence for their inspiring activism and dedication to craft. “We are so far from being finished with all of these movements,” said one. “I’ll keep going as long as I have energy.”