MEA coordinates training in professional development, advocacy, member engagement, leadership, bargaining, communications and political action at its two major conferences: the Bargaining and Public Affairs Conference and the Summer Leadership Conference.
MEA President Steve Cook has released a new video providing tax tips for MEA members, as many Michiganders face higher tax bills due to Gov. Rick Snyder and the GOP Legislature’s tax increases on the middle class.
“As we’re busy completing our tax forms, you may have noticed something different with your state taxes: They’ve gone up as your take home pay has gone down,” Cook said. “That’s because many of the tax deductions you’ve relied on have either been eliminated or severely reduced.”
Stricter graduation requirements established under the Michigan Merit Curriculum have led to fewer students graduating, according to a study by the Michigan Consortium for Educational Research. The Consortium is a partnership between the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the state of Michigan.
In a Detroit News opinion editorial, Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift points to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) suggesting that “collective bargaining is the process we should turn to in order to negotiate a better future for our state.” The EPI study links the decline of the middle class to the erosion of collective bargaining in Michigan.