MEA Voice Magazine – April 2022 Issue

Click to view online. In this issue: Letter to Members: For MI Kids and Educators Above and Beyond: Huron Valley Teacher Wins Humanities Prize The Future is Now: Aspiring Educators Run Inspiring Statewide Project Our Strength Can Re-elect Gretchen Whitmer MEA Survey Points to Educator Concerns Educator-to-be: ‘We need minority teachers’ Educator appeals: ‘Let us […]

Forming a Higher Ed Union

Frequently Asked Questions What does it mean for us to form a union? Forming a union allows you and your colleagues to come together and advocate for yourselves. As union members, you’ll decide what priorities you share and how to address them. While you will elect your own officers and board, that’s just the beginning. [...]

2022-23 AEM Election

AEM 2022-23 Election Results President Maya: Murray (MSU) Vice President: Abriana White (WSU) Secretary/Treasurer: McKenzie Wilhelmsen (SVSU)   The election for AEM President/NEA-RA Delegate, AEM Vice President, AEM Secretary-Treasurer, and AEM NEA-RA Alternate Delegate will be held March 21, 2022 – March 25, 2022. Speeches from each of the candidates can be found below. Online […]

MEA Members Share Reasons Behind Educator Shortages

Several MEA members, including Michigan Teacher of the Year Leah Porter, testified last week at a hearing on the varied causes behind growing educator shortages before the Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid and Department of Education. The subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Brad Paquette (R-Niles), heard wide-ranging explanations for why educators are leaving the profession and […]

Higher Ed Union Elevates Member Voices

The pressures of COVID have reinforced a belief long held by David Schneider, a Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) professor and the faculty union’s chief negotiator for 25 years: “Not everything needs to be negotiated for us to have a voice.” Funding in three federal COVID-relief packages included tens of millions of dollars for Michigan […]

School Psychologist Shows How it Could Be

As with other roles in education these days, school psychologists in Michigan are in short supply. MEA member Joe Sbar—the current Michigan School Psychologist of the Year—says not enough college students are entering the profession to replace those retiring. “We have an exposure problem,” Sbar said. “It’s a great job, but people don’t know what […]