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MEA response to Senate votes on HB 4152 and SB 7

Salters: 'Yet another assault on public education and the middle class'

"Today's votes in the Michigan Senate on HB 4152 and SB 7 are yet another assault on public education and the middle class.

"On the heels of their votes to slash business taxes while cutting education and raising taxes on seniors and the working poor, Republican leaders continue to rob public employees.  School employees have been sharing in our state's sacrifice for the past decade, taking concessions through collective bargaining at the local level.  


Republican Senate leader says “no guarantee” legislation will create jobs

LANSING - Today the Michigan State Senate voted to raise taxes on seniors and working families to pay for a $1.8 billion tax break for corporate special interests like insurance companies, oil companies and Wall Street banks. More than a quarter of the Senate Republican caucus voted to reject the measure, forcing a 19-19 tie, which was broken by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

MEA members elect new officers

MEA members attending the association’s Spring Representative Assembly elected a new president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer. Steven B. Cook, a paraprofessional from Lansing, will serve as the next president of the state’s largest school employee union.

MEA president: Crisis votes to be discussed with MEA board, not released publicly

EAST LANSING, Mich., Thursday, April 28, 2011 -- Related to media coverage and requests surrounding crisis votes by MEA locals statewide, the following statement can be attributed to MEA President Iris K. Salters:

"At their last meeting, the MEA Board of Directors voted to ask our more than 1,100 locals to conduct elections authorizing MEA to initiate crisis activities up to and including job action and report those results to the MEA President in time for their next meeting, which is today.

Snyder school budget cuts cast shadow on today's education address

MEA president responds to governor’s special message on education

EAST LANSING, Mich., April 27, 2011 –Against a backdrop of drastic cuts to education funding, Gov. Rick Snyder revealed his education plan for Michigan today, covering a variety of topics including early childhood education, teacher training, tenure, merit pay, charter schools and more.

Suggested reading: Credible research on education policy issues

On April 27, Gov. Rick Snyder announced wide-ranging changes for public education, including merit pay, teacher experience and seniority-based layoffs, virtual learning, and charter schools. For credible research on these topics, we offer the following:

Let’s not emulate the Badger state

In his monthly column in The Detroit News, Michigan AFL-CIO President Mark T. Gaffney writes about current efforts to thwart collective bargaining and the comparisons with Wisconsin, where public employee bargaining rights have been attacked.

Broad coalition of students, seniors, workers protest Gov. Snyder’s budget plan

LANSING - Today thousands of Michigan residents from more than a dozen cities across the state rode buses to Lansing to send a message to Gov. Snyder and State Legislators that it’s time time start standing up for working and middle class families. After two weeks of paid vacation, Legislative  committees will convene this week to begin voting on Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget plan.

NEA opposes federal budget deal

FY2011 continuing resolution reflects wrong priorities

 WASHINGTON—The National Education Association (NEA) opposes the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 continuing resolution that cuts key education and core programs that serve the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

“Everyone must make hard choices during these tough economic times, but our kids should not bear the brunt of the burden,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.

Gov. Snyder’s education cuts worse than reported for many school districts

Dozens of districts face cuts greater than $1,000 per pupil

Nearly 200 Michigan school districts face cuts greater than $500 per student under Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget, according to the non-partisan House Fiscal Agency.