In case you missed it over the long holiday weekend, Detroit Free press columnist Nancy Kaffer pulled no punches on the state’s Republican leaders who’ve reigned over several years of educational destruction in Michigan.
MEA member Luke Wilcox struggled after his parents divorced when he was in fourth grade. Living with his single mom, Wilcox received free and reduced lunches through his years at Northville High School.
You’ve heard the old saying about what to do when life gives you lemons, right? But what happens when life gives you a chapter book about lemonade stands – and your third-grade class falls in love with it?
Republican leaders in the House and Senate today pushed ahead with plans to close the school employee retirement system to new hires despite reluctance from Gov. Rick Snyder and other GOP lawmakers over staggering cost estimates from the state’s own budget experts and independent studies.
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.
We still don’t know the substance of a coming attack on the school employee pension system, but we know it’s coming – and we’ve also learned Republican leaders plan to move quickly once legislation is introduced.
That means we need to be quicker.
We need to start calling and emailing state House and Senate lawmakers NOW to oppose this latest effort.
Closing off new employees to a defined benefit system would cost billions of dollars, leave dedicated educators without a secure retirement, and worsen the growing teacher shortage.
We’ll have a better chance of defeating plans to dismantle MPSERS if we stay on message and share individual stories. Put the arguments above into your own words. Tell your story, and share what’s happening in your family, your town, your region, the state of Michigan. Do it today!
Forty years ago, female teachers hid their pregnancies to keep their jobs. They made lower wages than their male counterparts. Discrimination and gender disparities were the reality for Karen White’s mother, Nancy, a teacher in Fraser.
For a split second, MEA member Leigh Osentoski thought her student was joking around – until reality set in.