Hundreds gathering in Helena for Rep Assembly
For immediate release: March 30, 2017
Contact: Eric Feaver, MEA-MFT President, 406-442-4250
Montana’s largest labor union to hold annual meeting in Helena March 31-April 1
Hundreds of MEA-MFT members from across Montana will gather in Helena March 31-April 1 for the annual MEA-MFT Representative Assembly.
MEA-MFT is Montana’s largest labor union, and Representative Assembly (RA) is MEA-MFT’s highest governing body. “We are a democracy,” said MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver. Each of MEA-MFT’s 300 local affiliates is entitled to send at least one elected delegate.
MEA-MFT is one of Montana’s oldest advocacy groups, founded in 1882, seven years before Montana became a state. It represents more than 18,000 Montana K-12 teachers and school support staff, higher education faculty, state and county employees, Head Start staff, and health care employees who live and work in communities all over Montana.
During the meeting Friday and Saturday, delegates will elect officers and debate and vote on constitutional amendments, dues, budget, new business items, and a legislative program for MEA-MFT.
Delegates will also get an update on the 2017 Montana Legislature. And they will discuss the continuing attacks, nationally and in Montana, on unions, public schools, public services, the middle class, and the right of workers to collectively bargain.
“MEA-MFT has taken the lead in fending off these attacks in Montana,” said Feaver. “We don’t expect them to stop, and we will continue fighting for the services and rights that create a civilized society.”
Congressional candidate Rob Quist, who has been endorsed by MEA-MFT, will speak to delegates. Delegates will also hear from several Montana elected officials, including Governor Steve Bullock.
Special RA events include the following:
Hall of Fame celebration: MEA-MFT will hold its pre-RA Hall of Fame event to induct three new MEA-MFT Hall of Fame honorees Thursday evening, March 30. Honorees are Tom Gigstad, Wanda Grinde, and Linda McCulloch.
Members of the Year celebration: MEA-MFT will celebrate its 2017 Members of the Year at a banquet Friday evening, March 31. Honorees include the following:
• Kris Hursh, Kalispell: Education Support Professional of the Year
• Julie McKenna, Dept. of Revenue: Kevin Bock Public Employee Member of the Year
• Chris Danielson, Montana Tech: Faculty Member of the Year
• Federation of Probation and Parole: Local Affiliate of the Year
MEA-MFT represents nearly 18,000 k-12 teachers and school support staff, Head Start employees, state and county employees, university faculty, and private-sector health care providers working in communities all across Montana. MEA-MFT is a merged affiliate of the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers and is the largest affiliate of the Montana State AFL-CIO.