MEA Action Day
Please plan to travel to Lansing Saturday for MEA Action Day -- a day of advocacy and fun with family-oriented events and a big rally at the Capitol.
Please plan to travel to Lansing Saturday for MEA Action Day will kick off at 1 p.m., with a gathering of MEA members, family, and friends at MEA headquarters in East Lansing. We'll provide a picnic lunch, entertainment for kids and adults, and a variety of ways to take action to stop the ongoing legislative attacks.
Then, from 4 to 6 p.m., we'll join others from the We Are The People coalition for a rally at the Capitol. Thousands of people have attended rallies and protests in Lansing in recent weeks -- we want to add to those numbers and continue the coalition's call for politicians to stop the power struggles, protect our schools, and start working together to create jobs.
Check with your local MEA office to see if transportation to Lansing is available in your area. Alternatively, MEA is offering a flat rate transportation stipend to drivers of vehicles who transport themselves and at least three passengers to the event. For more details on the stipend, contact your local UniServ/executive director.
Also this week:
- The Senate could vote on Senate Bill 7 which would require employees to pay at least 20 percent of the cost of their health plan. This bill strips local school boards of the authority to decide how best to manage health care costs, something that should be decided locally through collective bargaining. MEA opposes this bill. Contact your senator and ask him/her to vote NO on Senate Bill 7.
- The state House could vote on House Bill 4306 that requires school districts to solicit private companies for bids for certain services. The bill could be taken up as early as Tuesday. MEA opposes this bill. Contact your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 4306.
- The House Education Committee is expected to meet Wednesday to take testimony on House Bills 4625, 4626, 4627, and 4628. These bills would dismantle tenure and prohibit collective bargaining of many more subjects, including teacher placement, performance evaluation, and merit pay. MEA opposes these bills.
- The House Oversight, Reforms, and Ethics Committee will take up House Bill 4453 on Tuesday to prohibit any public entity from providing services that "are or can be offered by private enterprise." MEA opposes this bill.
- The Michigan Summit, a daylong progressive policy forum, is Saturday in East Lansing. Learn more at www.themichigansummit.org.
If we don’t speak up for public education in Michigan—who will!
Certainly not the governor or politicians!
Here’s your chance to come to Lansing and make your voice heard about school funding cuts and other attacks on public education, public school employees and the middle class before it’s too late!
Saturday, May 21 – MEA Action Day in Lansing
Here’s the schedule:
1-3:30 p.m. MEA Gathering, MEA Headquarters, E. Lansing
Join MEA members, family and friends for a fun picnic lunch, entertainment for kids and adults, and opportunities to fight back against current legislative attacks.
4-6 p.m. We Are The People Coalition Rally, Capitol, Lansing
Your chance to join with thousands of others who want politicians to stop the power struggles, protect our schools and start working together to create jobs.
What you need to know to make your plans!
- RSVP– Let MEA know you’re coming by calling your local MEA Uniserv office and checking on possible transportation from your area; or RSVP on Facebook; or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- There will be shuttle buses to take you to the Capitol from MEA HQ.
- Contact your local MEA office about transportation arrangements from your area to Lansing.
- Wear red to support public education!
Make your voice heard!
See you in Lansing on May 21!