We hear it often – “All politicians are the same. Why vote?” Or members tell us – “Why bother phoning or emailing legislators? They never listen anyway.”
Despite pressure from many MEA members who traveled to the Capitol on short notice, the Michigan House and Senate today narrowly passed legislation that would weaken retirement security for newly hired school employees and increase future costs to taxpayers.
June 15, 2017 — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook regarding today’s passage of SB 401 and HB 4647:
It’s crunch time. Take action TODAY to stop lawmakers from dismantling retirement security for school employees – Call, write or email your representative and senator immediately. If you’re out of school, come to Lansing tomorrow (Thursday) and join the fight in person.
We’re getting word that a bill to make school calendar and schedule prohibited subjects of bargaining might be on the move again.
One year ago, Lansing teacher Deborah McMillan pressed Gov. Rick Snyder to stop appealing the 3 percent retirement court case. The 40-year veteran teacher was a lead plaintiff in the 2010 lawsuit seeking the return of money involuntarily taken from school employees’ paychecks.
The Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday announced they would hear Gov. Snyder’s appeal of the so-called 3 percent case, meaning another round of court action before a ruling is issued.
Michigan school employees – take note: Your public is behind you, even if the politicians in Lansing don’t always seem to be.
Educators give freely of themselves – to planning and grading; to connecting with students and parents; to volunteering for school activities, committees, and projects. Too often, they sacrifice family time to get it all done – and their own children and spouses pay the price.