Delta College Faculty Unionize

Academic autonomy and professional respect were driving factors in a recent vote to unionize by faculty at Delta College near Bay City, which had been the only remaining non-union community college in the state. The win brings nearly 200 potential new members into the MEA family. After months of organizing work, 86 percent of participating…

Above and Beyond

Because he’s a well-trained therapy dog for Brighton Area Schools, Duncan knows to go to his carpet or pillow when he enters a classroom. But one day the three-year-old yellow Labrador walked into the junior kindergarten class, spotted a little boy struggling with his emotions, and quietly settled next to the child who began petting…

Our Story of Unionism: Romulus Education Association

Almost 365 days passed before Romulus teachers realized what teamwork and unity could really accomplish. Led by a strong executive board and committed crisis team, with unwavering support from neighboring locals in Wayne County Multi Association Bargaining Organization (WC-MABO), the Romulus Education Association finally reached an agreement with the school board. In November 2017, Romulus’s…

Election a Win for Students, Educators

Last month’s midterm election drew the highest turnout in Michigan in nearly 60 years, and MEA members helped bring change across the state—volunteering for local and state candidates, making phone calls, writing postcards, knocking doors and donating to MEA-PAC, MEA President Paula Herbart said. “From volunteering to voting, everyone made a difference for our students…

Early Career Educator Thankful for Union

Lindsey Nader loves helping her K-5 students in Troy—who have emotional impairments or autism—to learn social skills and access the general education curriculum. She planned to be a general education teacher after earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. But she continued on to get a master’s degree in special education because she knew it…