See you at Rep. Assembly March 28-29
Hey, MEA-MFT delegates -- see you at RA soon!
MEA-MFT holds annual meeting in Helena March 28-29
MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union, will hold its annual Representative Assembly at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel in Helena March 28-29, 2014.
Several hundred locally elected MEA-MFT members will come from all over Montana to represent their fellow rank-and-file members at the event.
MEA-MFT is one of the oldest advocacy groups in Montana, 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 across the state.
Representative Assembly is MEA-MFT’s highest governing body. Each of MEA-MFT’s 300 local affiliates is entitled to send at least one elected delegate.
Over the meeting Friday and Saturday, delegates will elect statewide officers and debate and vote on constitutional amendments, dues, budget, new business items, and a legislative program for MEA-MFT.
They will also discuss the challenges facing unions, public schools, and public services. “We continue to see attacks nationwide on the things we believe in: the right of workers to collectively bargain, public education, and public services,” said MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver.
“MEA-MFT members have worked tirelessly and successfully to protect those foundations of democracy in Montana, and we will continue to do so.”
Special RA events include:
Hall of Fame celebration: This year, for the first time, MEA-MFT will hold a pre-Representative Assembly Hall of Fame event to induct its first Hall of Fame honorees. Three MEA-MFT Hall of Fame honorees will be celebrated Thursday evening, March 27, at the Montana Club in Helena:
• Pat Williams, longtime Montana congressman
• John Board, former Montana Education Association president
• The late Jim McGarvey, former president of the Montana Federation of Teachers, vice president of MEA-MFT, and president of the Montana AFL-CIO
Members of the Year celebration: MEA-MFT will celebrate its three Members of the Year at a banquet Friday evening. Members of the Year include:
• Deana Elder, a computer specialist for the Billings Public Schools: Education Support Professional of the Year
• Kevin Bock of Helena, a state employee at the Dept. of Revenue: Public Employee Member of the Year
• Mary Verploegen of Havre: a professor at Montana State University Northern: Faculty Member of the Year
Elected officials and candidate presentations: Delegates will hear from several Montana elected officials, including Superintendent Denise Juneau and Lt. Governor Angela McLean, and candidates for public office, including MEA-MFT COPE endorsed candidates John Walsh for U.S. Senate and John Lewis for U.S. House of Representatives.
“It matters who gets elected to public office,” Feaver said. “Elected officials have a direct impact on the important work our members do for the people of Montana. That’s why we get involved in elections.”