Attend Tuesday Evening 3% Vigils; Wear Red Wednesday for Supreme Court Hearing

Tuesday evening, MEA and AFT Michigan members will join together at Flashlight Vigils across the state to “Shine a Light” on the long-running 3% case. Learn more about (and RSVP for) the vigils happening around sunset on Tuesday, including one outside the Michigan Supreme Court in Lansing on the eve of oral arguments in the…

Contact Representatives TODAY about Charter Money Grab, Certification Attack

The State House is considering two bills that MEA members need to speak up on right away! Last Thursday, a House committee voted to send SB 574 to the full chamber for consideration. This bill would give for-profit charter schools a cut of regional enhancement millages that voters approve to supplement funding for neighborhood public schools.…

MEA calls move to table school employee retirement changes ‘the right decision’

EAST LANSING — The Michigan Education Association is praising the Senate’s decision to table costly legislation that would have forced all new school employees into a defined contribution, 401(k)-style retirement plan.

“Tabling this discussion rather than ramming this legislation through is the right decision,” said MEA President Steven Cook. “Education leaders and fiscal experts agree that dismantling the school employee retirement system would have been bad for school employees, parents, kids and taxpayers.”

“Unconscionable”: MEA President’s response to Snyder decision to appeal 3% suit

EAST LANSING, July 5, 2016 — The following can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook: “It’s unconscionable that Gov. Snyder has chosen to continue appealing the recent court decision that school employees should be refunded the 3 percent of their salary that was illegally taken from them. “In light of Attorney General Schuette’s decision…

MEA Delivers 33,000 Signatures on 3% Case to Snyder, Schuette

MEA President Steven Cook and several MEA members helped to deliver more than 33,000 petition signatures to the offices of Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette today, demanding they stop wasting taxpayer money appealing court rulings that say school employees are owed $550 million from unconstitutional paycheck deductions. “We’ve been fighting this court…