New MEA Officers Take Reins at MEA; Embark on Listening Tour

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.”

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Snyder Signs MPSERS Bill, Budget

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…

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Joint MEA, AFT Michigan on details of MPSERS changes

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.

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News Release: “The best and brightest are leaving the classroom”

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. 

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