Since 1852, when 20 teachers came together in Ypsilanti to form what would eventually become the MEA, public school employees have joined together to win and protect basic rights that help ensure they are treated with the fairness, respect and dignity they’ve earned.
It’s amazing how far teachers and education support professionals have come. Just until the middle of the 20th century, teachers could be fired for getting married. Until 1965, public school employees didn’t have to right to organize into local bargaining units to negotiate wages, benefits and other working conditions.
It’s also amazing that some people, including many state politicians, would like to take school employees back to the old days, when they were at the bottom of the wage scale, had zero rights on the job and were not respected as a profession.
Because school employees have gained so much since 1852 — and because opponents of public education would like to bring us back to 1852 — MEA provides members with numerous advantages to protect their rights. These members-only advantages include numerous services from UniServ directors, legal services and professional liability insurance.