MEA-MFT endorses John Lewis in U.S. House race

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For immediate release: December 30, 2013
Contact: Eric Feaver, MEA-MFT President, 406.442.4250


MEA-MFT endorses John Lewis in U.S. House race

Union says Lewis is dedicated to education and public service


MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union, has announced its endorsement of U.S. House candidate John Lewis.


The endorsement was made by MEA-MFT’s political action arm, MEA-MFT COPE (Committee on Political Education). MEA-MFT COPE is composed of educators, state and county employees, and health care employees who live and work across Montana.


MEA-MFT represents more than 18,000 k-12 teachers and school support staff, Head Start employees, state and county employees, university faculty, and private-sector health care providers.


“John Lewis is the right person to represent Montana in the U.S. House because he’s a listener, he’s a problem solver, and most important, he’s a father who is dedicated to strong public services, public education, and a robust middle class in Montana,” said MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver.  “We are proud to stand with John Lewis in his run for Montana’s only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.”


MEA-MFT has also endorsed Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh in the race for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat.


MEA-MFT is one of the oldest advocacy groups in Montana, founded before Montana was even a state. Frontier educators first organized the Montana Education Association (MEA) in 1882. The Montana Federation of Teachers (MFT) traces its roots to a short-lived effort to organize faculty at now the University of Montana in 1918 and a successful and permanent beginning in 1934 among public school educators in Butte and Anaconda.  


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.
 

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