◼ Allow public employers to pay a greater share of health insurance costs (beyond the current 80% or hard cap limitations) to improve school employee take home pay.
◼ Repeal the pension tax that reduces the retirement security of school employees and others seniors across Michigan.
◼ Work with employers to increase wages for all public education employees, including approving the minimum wage increase ballot measure, which will help drive up take-home pay for lower-wage education support professionals.
In the words of MEA Members:
“We have been losing teachers at every grade level at an alarming rate. We need to find a way to keep teachers in the classroom, and a way to attract people into choosing education as a career path. Show teachers more appreciation. Raise their salaries, better benefits, listen to the needs and concerns they have relating to their students in the classrooms.”
Briana Post, Bangor
“The insurance hard cap is not even close to keeping up with inflation and insurance costs have skyrocketed. Work with the Legislature to significantly increase the insurance caps paid by districts to ease the pain of the steep cost increases faced by members across the state (or repeal the legislation and allow it to be bargained again locally after each contract expires).”
Jennifer Poupard, Monroe
“We need to eliminate the hard cap on insurance and remove the prohibition on automatic deduction of dues. We also need to fight to eliminate the pension tax started in the Snyder years.”
Jamie Buchanan, Petoskey
Key MEA Legislative Priorities for 2023:
◼ Key MEA Legislative Priorities for 2023: Student Academic Support
◼ Key MEA Legislative Priorities for 2023: Evaluation & Testing
◼ Key MEA Legislative Priorities for 2023: Collective Bargaining & Job Security Rights
◼ Key MEA Legislative Priorities for 2023: Educator Compensation
◼ Key MEA Legislative Priorities for 2023: Public Education Funding