Singing for HB 13



Montana's state capitol saw its first flash mob today as several dozen state employee

MEA-MFT members Rachel Lilley and Dee de Yong prepare to serenade the rotunda.

Rowena Harrington and Barbara Pepper Rotness

members used their lunch break to make a musical statement about HB 13, the state pay plan.


These folks, dressed in red and sporting "5/5 Keep it Alive" buttons, quietly filed into the capitol rotunda around 10:00 a.m.. On cue, they burst into song -- the Montana State Song.


MEA-MFT member Rachel Lilley, who works at the Montana Historical Society, said the event was planned "in the interest of keeping our 5/5 Pay Plan 'front of mind' with the legislators, and to let them know that we, as state employees, support that plan."


HB 13, the negotiated state employee pay plan, was heard by the House Appropriations Committee back in January. The committee has yet to take action.


What you can do: E-mail members of the House Appropriations Committee. Ask them to pass HB 13 as introduced, no amendments. You can e-mail the whole committee in one fell swoop from the legislative e-mail system.


Read more about HB 13.


Watch the flash mob in action below:


More action planned: Fri. March 8, 11:30 am to 1 pm. State employees will line the hall by House Appropriations Committee (Rm. 102) in the Capitol holding signs asking the committee to "Free HB 13" and support passage of the State Pay Plan. Signs will be available. Bring your lunch. Questions? E-mail



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