Issues and Legislation

MERC rules against August opt-window

On Sept. 23, 2015, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) ruled that MEA’s August opt-window violated the anti-union Michigan right-to-work (RTW) law which went into effect on March 28, 2013. MEA wasn’t successful in getting a stay in this case, but our appeal of MERC’s decision still continues.
As part of the Sept. 23 Decision and Order of MERC, the last sentence of Article I of the MEA Bylaws is no longer being enforced as currently written. Article I states,

State Senate considers another attack on unions, local control and the School Aid Fund

EAST LANSING, Mich., November 10, 2015 – The state Senate is expected to take up SB 279 and 280 this week, legislation that would prohibit school districts from negotiating release time for union officers and would eliminate retirement credit for school employees who work on a release time basis.

MEA president lauds legislative approval of evaluation bill

EAST LANSING, Mich., October 20, 2015 – Following today’s Senate passage of SB 103, which makes important changes to teacher and administrator evaluation across the state, MEA President Steven Cook praised the Legislature for tackling a tough issue in education reform.