As if we need another reminder that elections have consequences, the Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday reversed its earlier decision on payroll deduction of PAC contributions by public employees, deciding that doing so breaks state campaign finance law.
Votes by lawmakers to take collective bargaining rights from public employees and make sweeping changes to teacher tenure will fuel grassroots efforts by voters in many communities who question whether their elected leaders deserve to remain in office.
Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign legislation that passed this evening to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights and dismantle teacher tenure.
With hundreds of teachers and education support professionals looking on from the gallery above the legislative chamber, the GOP-led Senate passed the four-bill package. House Bills 4625-4628 previously passed in the House.
"This is a shameful day in Michigan," said Sen. John Gleason, D-Flushing, who opposed the bills.
More than 200 MEA members and staff are at the state Capitol right now, monitoring legislative developments on plans to take away your collective bargaining rights, eliminate due process for tenured teachers, and shift more health insurance costs to employees.
We need as many MEA members and supporters as possible at the Capitol in Lansing Thursday to hold legislators accountable for their actions on several bills that will directly affect all public education employees, including you.
You are invited to MEA briefings Thursday for updates on pending legislation. The briefings are at 8:30 a.m. at MEA headquarters in East Lansing and at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Room 428 of the Capitol.
Reports are coming in that the state Senate may vote THIS AFTERNOON on the House package that dismantles teacher tenure and attacks the collective bargaining and due process rights of all school employees.
PLEASE ACT NOW! Call your state Senator and urge them to vote against House Bills 4625-4628. Ask them not to strip good teachers of their rights in order to get the very few bad apples out of the classroom. Tell them we need common-sense tenure reform – which MEA supports through Senate Bill 503.
It’s crunch time in Lansing, where lawmakers have just two session days – and a packed schedule – remaining before heading home for most of the summer.
They hope to complete work on legislation dealing with public employee health care and bills that curb collective bargaining and dismantle teacher tenure. All MEA members will be negatively affected by these bills.