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8/20/2014

MEA-MFT is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Education Support Professional of the Year.

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8/4/2014

The MEA-MFT Board of Directors voted August 2 to elect Melanie Charlson as the new vice president of MEA-MFT.

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7/31/2014

Seven Montana Teachers Chosen as State Finalists for Presidential Science and Math Teaching Awards

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7/16/2014

First-ever “ECET2-Montana” event (Elevating & Celebrating Effective Teaching & Teachers)

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6/30/2014

Bozeman math teacher Anne Keith is a National Board Certified Montana Teacher of the Year. She wrote this essay supporting Montana's Career and College Ready Standards, once upon a time referred to as "common core."

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6/12/2014

Montana PBS did a great documentary on how the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is working in secret to pass its bills in state legislatures -- including Montana's. Don't miss this!

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5/21/2014

MEA-MFT Regional Trainings a hit: more scheduled.

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4/14/2014

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) claims its education mission is to “promote excellence in the nation’s educational system,” yet its “model” legislation advocates for policies that defund public services, distort the curriculum, and undercut our educators.

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5/14/2014

MEA-MFT member Anna Baldwin, Montana Teacher of the Year, brought her students from Arlee High School to spend part of the day with Governor Steve Bullock yesterday. It's quite a story.

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5/7/2014

MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union, today applauded Montana U.S. Senator Jon Tester for introducing a bill to increase the number of school nurses in America’s k-12 public schools.

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5/6/2014

In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Senator Jon Tester (Montana) honoring federal, state and local government employees, both civilian and military, for their dedication and continued service to the United States.

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5/5/2014

Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees and ensure that our government is the best in the world.

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5/5/2014

We celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week every year during the first full week of May, thanks to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who persuaded the 81st Congress to recognize the contributions of America’s public school teachers in 1953.

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5/2/2014

Congratulations to MEA-MFT member Bruce Brumley, technology teacher for City College at Montana State University Billings.

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4/23/2014

MEA-MFT members Susan Irion and Kristie Martin have received a $5,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation.

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4/18/2014

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4/15/2014

MEA-MFT is seeking applicants for a field consultant position based out of our Missoula office.

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4/15/2014

Members of the Year are leaders in their professions and in their local MEA-MFT unions. They are extraordinarily dedicated to the Montana citizens they serve and to their coworkers.

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4/9/2014

MEA-MFT recently created a Hall of Fame to honor the heroes and trail blazers who made this union the stronghold of hope that it is today.

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3/31/2014

"Energy, excitement -- people were buzzing."

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3/27/2014

MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union, will hold its annual Representative Assembly in Helena March 28-29, 2014.

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3/27/2014

Initiative 170 (I-170) will make health coverage through Medicaid available for an additional 70,000 low-income Montanans. It would create thousands of jobs in Montana. It's the right thing to do.

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3/27/2014

Some faculty and students at Montana Tech plan an unprecedented boycott of the university’s spring commencement in protest of the ceremony’s featured speakers, a wealthy couple from Bozeman whose critics say have radical social and religious views.

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3/25/2014

LR 127 is gone. A good day for voters' rights.

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3/17/2014

OPI is bringing together 30 Montana teachers to help align assessment items to Montana’s Common Core Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Here's how you can apply

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3/17/2014

Montana’s new state health centers are saving money for state employees and taxpayers alike. And they’re improving state workers’ health. The results are even better than expected.

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3/3/2014

MEA-MFT is working in partnership with the Montana Digital Academy, School Administrators of Montana, and the Office of Public Instruction to help schools implement the standards smoothly and on Montana’s terms.

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2/11/2014

MEA-MFT member Brent Lonner, a wildlife biologist with the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, is prominently featured on the front cover of AFT's Spring 2014 Public Employee Advocate.

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2/10/2014

Governor Steve Bullock has tapped Anaconda teacher and the chair of the Montana Board of Regents, Angela McLean, to serve as Montana’s 31st Lieutenant Governor.

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2/7/2014

MEA-MFT is proud to welcome Sen. John Walsh as our newest advocate for Montana in Washington

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2/4/2014

Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA), School Administrators of Montana (SAM), MEA-MFT, and the Montana Rural Education Association (MREA) are pleased to come together in support of the Montana Unified School Trust (MUST), whose sole mission is to provide health benefits to Montana’s public schools.

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2/3/2014

The Tea Party legislators who want to undo Montana's current defined benefit pensions for public employees should read this:

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1/23/2014

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12/22/2013

Good news: The litigation that MEA-MFT helped sponsor has resulted in reduction of GABA (Guaranteed Annual Benefit Adjustment) for PERS & TRS retirees being suspended for now.

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1/21/2014

Congratulations to the 17 Montana teachers who recently achieved National Board Certification, thus joining the ranks of the nation’s top K-12 educators.

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1/21/2014

Elizabeth Matthews, Gallatin Gateway School, Gallatin Gateway (Science)and Melissa Romano, Four Georgians Elementary, Helena (Math)are presidential winners.

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1/3/2014

Important tax notice: You can deduct your MEA-MFT dues from your taxes, but only if you itemize deductions, and only if your dues plus other miscellaneous deductions add up to at least 2 percent of your adjusted gross income.

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12/30/2013

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

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12/30/2013

Late in the afternoon of Dec. 27, Judge Mike Menahan granted MEA-MFT's request for a preliminary injunction that prevents the state from implementing a serious GABA reduction come January 1 in the Teachers Retirement System.

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12/23/2013

Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh, candidate for U.S. Senate, has earned the endorsement of MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union.

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12/5/2013

It’s December, and it’s cold in Montana! Don’t forget: the deadline for Montana income tax deductions is December 31, 2013. But don't wait.

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12/4/2013

The TRS GABA hearing was today. The PERS GABA hearing is scheduled for December 12

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12/4/2013

MEA-MFT and its state employee members have launched a new project to build power within state employee locals.

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11/27/2013

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11/21/2013

WASHINGTON, DC – MEA-MFT member Eileen Sheehy will be recognized as one of the nation's top teachers in February.

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11/12/2013

American Education Week—November 18-22, 2013—presents a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who make a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

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11/4/2013

Do you know a great Montana science or math teacher, teaching in grades K-6, with 5 or more years of professional teaching experience? Nominate now.

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10/29/2013

Every dollar donated by individuals before the end of 2013 to the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation will be matched up to $10,000, thanks to a challenge grant made the Foundation by donors who wish to remain anonymous.

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10/23/2013

Please check out what one of Montana's most distinguished educators has to say, yet again, about Common Core and the wrong-headed myths opponents like to spread.

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10/21/2013

MEA-MFT seeks a qualified administrative assistant for its Billings field office.

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10/11/2013

As expected, as a result of HB 454 passed in the last legislative session, the Montana Public Employees’ Retirement [Pension] System now amortizes. This is great news.

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10/11/2013

Pursuant to our belief the 2013 legislature unnecessarily stepped over constitutional and statutory lines when it amended reductions in guaranteed annual benefit adjustments into HB 377 that has amortized and saved the Teachers Retirement System as a pension system, this morning in a Helena district court, MEA-MFT and individual named plaintiffs filed a Complaint for Declaratory Judgment and Relief.

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10/9/2013

Since the federal government shut down last Wednesday, MEA-MFT has been in continual communication with the State of Montana – especially the Governor’s Office of Budget and Program Planning -- to determine how the failure of Congress to adopt a continuing appropriations bill may affect Montana state employees.

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10/9/2013

How will the shutdown affect public education and education employees? MEA-MFT has been working with the Montana Office of Public Instruction to get this information.

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10/9/2013

Effective July 1, 2014, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana will begin processing medical, dental, and vision claims for all MUST members.

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10/7/2013

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Several resources and tips are available from MEA-MFT’s national affiliates to help you use this event

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10/4/2013

In an unprecedented move, 22 Montana Teachers of the Year have banded together to make a statement. These teachers strongly support Montana's Common Core Standards.

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9/24/2013

State employees in Eastern Montana now have their own health care center.

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9/24/2013

Meet the providers, see the facility, and find out how the health center can benefit you.

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9/24/2013

due to recent cost containment measures for the State’s employee health care plan and an increase in the state share, employees’ cost for health care will decrease in January 2014.

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9/23/2013

Anna Baldwin “basically didn’t believe it” when she got the phone call from Eileen Sheehy at 8:00 last night, telling her she had been selected as the 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year.

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9/19/2013

We were proud to see MEA-MFT member-leader Deana Elder prominently featured in a recent full-page ad for the NEA Academy.

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8/30/2013

Governor Bullock and Commissioner of Labor Pam Bucy presented the 2013 Labor Day Report to the working people of Montana today. It’s a report full of good news.

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8/28/2013

A third state employee health care clinic will open soon in Miles City. It follows on the heels of highly successful clinics in Helena and Billings. Learn more and spread the word!

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8/28/2013

Governor Steve Bullock encourages students to “Make Montana Proud” with a video and new online website with resources for students, parents and teachers.

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8/26/2013

Join your MEA-MFT friends and other AFL-CIO affiliate pals for a Labor Day Picnic near you!

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8/22/2013

Dr. King’s legacy was about public education & unions as well as civil rights.

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8/22/2013

The folks who invest and manage your pension dollars are doing a great job. Here's proof.

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8/21/2013

MEA-MFT member-leaders Shannon Bender and Jill Cohenour led the charge today at a rally urging Congress to stop corporate tax dodging and restore funding for education and other crucial public services.

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8/20/2013

Nationwide, Head Start programs will have to eliminate services for 57,265 children in the coming school year -- including 221 in Montana -- due to sequestration’s automatic, across-the-board spending cuts.

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8/13/2013

MEA-MFT members working at the Montana Developmental Center (MDC) in Boulder joined with clients and their families August 9 to celebrate MDC’s pursuit of excellence.

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8/12/2013

MEA-MFT locals might want to check this out. AFT, one of our two national affiliates, is sponsoring a $25,000 prize to recognize members' outstanding work to create solutions that improve their workplaces and communities.

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8/8/2013

Staples company has launched Staples Reward A+ Classroom to help parents and educators to work together to keep classrooms stocked all year long.

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7/31/2013

MEA-MFT members recently attend the TEACH conference July 22-24, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

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7/23/2013

MEA-MFT and the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA) are pleased to announce the creation of a new and exciting program and employment opportunity.

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7/15/2013

MEA-MFT members Clay Herron and Clint Mainwaring, teachers at Central Heights Elementary School in Billings, have received a $2,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation. You could be next to get a grant!

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7/15/2013

Are you a Montana state employee in the Billings area? The State's new health care center is now available to you and your family.

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7/9/2013

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau is sponsoring a Civic Education Institute in Helena, August 5 and 6, 2013.

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7/9/2013

MEA-MFT members joined their colleagues from across the nation in Atlanta during the first week of July to supercharge the drive for public education and student success.

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6/14/2013

“We are working right now with other advocate organizations representing current and future retirees on a common, comprehensive legal challenge,” said MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver.

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6/10/2013

Governor Steve Bullock’s administration and Montana’s state employee unions have reached an agreement to institute pay raises over each of the next two years.

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6/10/2013

Bob Anez to Corrections employees: "No matter how anonymous you are and no matter what you do, the ripples from your role in ensuring the public safety of Montanans reach all corners of this state every single day. Don’t forget the work you do saves lives.”

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6/10/2013

Worried about Common Core, Chapter 55, student performance, teacher evaluation, other education issues? Want to know what's in Montana regarding your worries?

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6/10/2013

In his last year in office, Governor Schweitzer directed the creation of the first health care clinic for state employees in Helena. It was and still is a big deal. Now a second clinic in Billings. Another big deal. Coming soon, clinics in Miles City and the Deer Lodge Valley.

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6/4/2013

The 2013 Montana legislative session was do-or-die time for saving Montana’s public employee pension systems and making them actuarially sound. Working with Governor Steve Bullock and other allies, we did it.

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5/7/2013

It’s National Teacher Day. Around the country and in Montana, communities are taking time out to honor local educators and acknowledge the crucial role our nation’s teachers play in making sure every student receives a quality education.

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5/7/2013

Whether it's advocating for patient safety, counseling a family, or taking care of a sick child, nurses are the frontline heroes across all care settings.

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5/6/2013

Today, Governor Steve Bullock signed SB 175 (L.Jones) - to fund public schools - as passed by the legislature. This is the bipartisan bill that MEA-MFT and the rest of Montana's public school community worked so hard together to pass this session.

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4/25/2013

MEA-MFT agrees with the Billings Gazette on this.

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4/24/2013

The Senate has adjourned sine die. Session over. The news on this strange day should be very interesting.

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4/24/2013

Unfortunately, before adjourning the House passed SB 81 (Lewis) – to authorize tax credits for private and religious education school scholarships.

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4/22/2013

D-Day for bills that save your pension. We need your help.

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4/22/2013

HB 377, the bill to amortize the Teachers Retirement System, just passed its final vote.

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4/22/2013

HB 454, the bill to amortize and save the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) just passed House 3d reading.

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4/16/2013

HB 13 (Swanson) – the state employee pay – has officially passed the legislature.

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4/19/2013

The state pay plan, HB 13 (Swanson) just advanced again.

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4/19/2013

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4/18/2013

Congratulations to Alex Schaeffer, Michael Hoffman, and Marilyn Besich!

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4/18/2013

MEA-MFT Representative Assembly delegates elected a new vice president April 5: Tammy Pilcher.

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4/18/2013

From Libby to Wolf Point, East Glacier to Glasgow and all points in between, MEA-MFT members from across Montana came to Helena for the annual MEA-MFT Representative Assembly (RA) April 5 and 6.

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4/17/2013

An amazing couple of days at the Montana Legislature.

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2/20/2013

The following businesses proudly display flyers proclaiming their support for Montana state employees. Please wear your 5/5 pins to these businesses and THANK THEM FOR THEIR SUPPORT!! And please give them your support.

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4/11/2013

Yesterday the last bill to create a parallel, expensive system of so-called "public" charter schools died in House Education Committee.

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4/10/2013

MEA-MFT members and others testified eloquently in support of HB 13, the state pay plan, before the Senate Finance and Claims Committee April 9.

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4/9/2013

MEA-MFT staff member Diane Fladmo's son-in-law produced this song, written with help from Diane. It debuted at MEA-MFT Legislative Contact weekend and Representative Assembly this year.

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4/8/2013

Locally elected MEA-MFT from all over Montana came to Helena for the annual Representative Assembly April 5 and 6.

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4/2/2013

MEA-MFT created this program back in the 2007 legislative session. It has already assisted hundreds of qualifying Montana public school teachers. Check it out. You may qualify. Applicatinon deadline: April 30, 2013.

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3/28/2013

Faculty at Montana State University Bozeman are voting now on the issue of whether to keep their four-year-old union, the Associated Faculty of MSU (AFMSU). Union supporters on campus produced this great video about their choice to vote YES for AFMSU.

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3/27/2013

Good news: HB 13, the state pay plan, has passed the House. This means it's still alive, still in play, and we still have a chance to fully fund it and restore 5 & 5 for all state employees.

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3/27/2013

The Montana House has just passed the state pay plan, along with the governor's bills to amortize and thus save the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

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3/22/2013

The Montana Developmental Center survived another close call in the legislature yesterday. The bill to close MDC (SB 254) was originally killed in committee on a bipartisan vote. The bill's sponsor then succeeded in passing a "blast" motion to bring it to the floor of the House for debate and a vote.

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3/20/2013

(Caferro) was just revived. Please take action

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3/19/2013

This legislative session, Montana teachers, school administrators, trustees, and other public school advocates are working together as never before on behalf of Montana’s children and their education.

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3/25/2013

House Appropriations Committee finally acted on HB 13, the state pay plan.

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3/15/2013

Senate Bill 374 (Lewis) is a bill to take taxpayer dollars away from Montana’s public schools and give the money to “charter” schools. It’s bad for our public schools, children, and MEA-MFT members.

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3/15/2013

Great news: the bill to close the Montana Developmental Center was just voted down in committee.

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3/14/2013

"HB 13 is not dead. Wounded, but not dead."

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3/14/2013

The House Education Committee voted No on MEA-MFT's Head Start funding bill (HB 353) on a party line vote. Democrats voted yes, Republicans no.

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3/13/2013

Good pension bills advance, bad bill dies

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3/12/2013

SB 175 is the main k-12 school funding bill of this session. Watch a video of Eric Feaver talking about the bill.

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3/8/2013

More than 30 Montana state employees lined the halls outside the House Appropriations Committee today during their lunch break, holding signs saying, “Free HB 13.” The signs showed House Bill 13 behind bars.

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3/6/2013

For MEA-MFT, protecting our members' pensions is a top priority for the 2013 legislative session.

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2/7/2013

We are seeing an all-out assault on public schools this legislative session. To date, six bills meant to privatize public schools have been introduced. And so far, they are passing.

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2/28/2013

MEA-MFT and our allies in Montana public education have been working together as never before during the 2013 Montana Legislature.

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2/26/2013

SB 175, sponsored by Sen. Llew Jones, is the k-12 school funding bill of this session – and it passed the Senate Feb. 23. Now it must pass the House.

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3/6/2013

Montana's state capitol saw its first flash mob today as several dozen state employee members used their lunch break to make a musical statement.

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2/25/2013

Sign up for MEA-MFT Regional Training, May 3-4, 2013, DoubleTree by Hilton, Missoula.

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2/26/2013

The Montana Senate has passed SB 81 (Lewis) – a "tuition tax credit" bill to create taxpayer funded public, private, and religious school scholarship organizations and scholarships.

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2/18/2013

State and university employees from across Montana gathered at the state capitol for the second Pay Plan Day of Action today.

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2/12/2013

House Bill 315, the charter school bill, just died on third reading in the House this afternoon.

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2/11/2013

HB 315 creates a convoluted, bureaucratic parallel universe of so-called “public” charter schools, that would in fact be “public” in name only.

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2/8/2013

MEA-MFT seeks a qualified individual to fill the position of Field Consultant, based in Billings.

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2/6/2013

The truth about charter schools.

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2/4/2013

MEA-MFT and our partners in the education coalition have been very involved in working on this bill. It's a work in progress. We support SB 175, the bill described in this article.

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2/4/2013

Some legislators in the 2013 Montana Legislature are talking seriously about closing the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder.

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1/30/2013

People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs is organizing a delegation of education professionals to travel to Costa Rica in June 2013.

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1/30/2013

Protecting public employees' and teachers' pensions is one of MEA-MFT's top priorities this legislative session. Some legislators are gunning for your pension.

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1/29/2013

The notorious right-wing, billionaire Koch brothers sent their minions to Montana’s capitol yesterday, in their attempt to tear down Montana’s quality public schools.

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1/24/2013

Several MEA-MFT members testified yesterday at the hearing on HB 13, the state pay plan. Along with other state and higher education employees, they did an excellent job of making the case for passing HB 13 and lifting the salary freeze.

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1/21/2013

More than 200 Montana state and higher education employees took part in the State Pay Plan Day of Action.

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1/16/2013

Buckle your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy legislative session. MEA-MFT is ready for the ride.

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1/22/2013

The State of Montana provides health screenings for state employees. See schedule here.

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1/21/2013

MEA-MFT member and legislator Amanda Curtis shares this timely quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. -- just in time for the State Pay Plan Day of Action:

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1/18/2013

This new Bill Moyers documentary shows how the private sector and state politicians are teaming up to enact laws that increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge. They're doing it in Montana, too. Right now.

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1/18/2013

MEA-MFT had a huge impact on making this successful program a reality.

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1/16/2013

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1/15/2013

Have you applied for your NEA Foundation grant yet? The deadline for the next round of applications is February 1, 2013.

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1/14/2013

MEA-MFT members from all over Montana will come to Helena January 21, 2013, for the State Pay Plan Day of Action. Join them!

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1/8/2013

This legislature will make decisions every day that affect your job, your paycheck, your pension, the people you serve, and the very future of public education and public services in Montana.

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1/8/2013

The 2013 Legislature will be making major decisions that affect your retirement as a public employee. Learn more at one of these sessions.

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1/8/2013

"Did You Know...Stories About the Great Work of Montana's Schools" was created by asking parents, administrators, teachers, and others about some of the innovative programs taking place in their local schools.

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12/21/2012

We are Montana. Don't let anyone tell you differently. Don't let naysayers, boo birds, and anti-government, anti-union yahoos tell you differently. We are NOT Wisconsin. We are NOT Indiana. We are NOT Michigan.

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12/21/2012

MEA-MFT recently teamed up with other other education advocacy groups in Montana to produce a major new document, “Essential Truths About the Great Work of Montana’s Public Schools.”

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12/21/2012

From your board and staff at MEA-MFT, happy holidays to you and yours!

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12/19/2012

MEA-MFT member and state employee Cheryl Parker, a compliance specialist at the state’s Child Support Enforcement Division in Missoula, shares this wonderful story of holiday giving:

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12/14/2012

Our hearts are with families and community members of Newton, Connecticut, where a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School today left at least 26 people dead, including 18 students.

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12/12/2012

Bad news: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed the "right to work" for less bills into law.

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12/11/2012

Republican Sandy Welch is dropping her request for a recount in the state schools superintendent race that she narrowly lost to incumbent Denise Juneau.

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12/10/2012

Public employees shouldn't be held liable for determining whether a person is a legal immigrant or not. That's why MEA-MFT has joined with the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance in a lawsuit to challenge and enjoin Legislative Referendum 121.

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12/11/2012

Our brothers and sisters in Michigan need our help to protect their voice and Michigan’s middle class.

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12/7/2012

Yesterday, in a surprise move, the GOP-controlled Michigan Legislature rammed right-to-work-for-less legislation through.

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3/12/2012

Ongoing saga of our Unfair Labor Practice charge saying the 2011 Legislature failed to bargain in good faith when it didn't pass the state pay plan.

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11/28/2012

Cecil B. Crawford, MEA-MFT board member and 2012 Education Support Professional of the Year, was featured recently in a full-length article in the Missoulian.

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11/7/2012

With the provisional ballots now in, Denise Juneau wins the superintendent of public instruction race. Great news!

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11/21/2012

MEA-MFT member Amanda Curtis wrote the following guest editorial debunking myths about charter schools. Amanda teaches math in Butte and has been elected to serve in the 2013 Montana Legislature.

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11/21/2012

MEA-MFT member Jan LaBonty has written an excellent guest editorial exposing on the myth of charter schools.

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11/20/2012

Here is "the rest of the story," the real story about unfunded liability in the Montana Teachers' Retirement System

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11/8/2012

MEA-MFT and our members worked our hearts out for our endorsed candidates, the candidates who believe in public services, public education, and employees' rights. It paid off.

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11/7/2012

After a long night of counting votes, Steve Bullock is the presumptive winner of the governor's race in Montana.

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11/7/2012

MEA-MFT's endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate, Jon Tester, has won re-election.

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11/2/2012

Which candidates support strong public education, quality public services, your rights on the job, and Montana's middle class? The differences between candidates are stark on these issues.

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11/2/2012

For MEA-MFT members, everything is at stake in Election 2012: Your job, your retirement, the very existence of public schools, public services, and the middle class in Montana. Please help our endorsed candidates win.

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10/23/2012

Teacher Evaluation Session from 2012 MEA-MFT Educators' Conference

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10/22/2012

Congressman Rick Hill wants to be Montana’s next governor. And he clearly wants Montana to look more like Wisconsin.

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10/9/2012

Republican candidate for Montana governor Rick Hill said Montana's award-winning teachers are second worst in the nation. (Bitterroot Star, 7-11-12). See what Steve Bullock, MEA-MFT's endorsed candidate for governor, has to say about that.

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10/2/2012

“Won’t Back Down” is a dishonest Hollywood portrayal of the problems in our educational system. The movie was funded by the very people who want to privatize and profit from our schools.

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9/24/2012

Congratulations to Montana's newest Teacher of the Year!

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9/11/2012

Learn about changes to state employee health plan

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9/11/2012

Register now for AFT’s Share My Lesson and you could win $5,000 toward your student loans.

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9/6/2012

MEA-MFT members and spouses are invited to the 24th season of MEA-MFT sponsored Retirement Education workshops!

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8/29/2012

Here's a chance for you and your family to celebrate the real reason for Labor Day. (Nope - -it's not just burgers and dogs!)

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8/29/2012

Learn more about the Montana Health Center, a primary care and urgent care clinic for State of Montana employees and their dependents covered on the State’s health plan. The Center opens in Helena Friday August 31.

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8/28/2012

Jim McGarvey, former vice president of MEA-MFT and longtime president of the former Montana Federation of Teachers, passed away this morning.

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8/22/2012

Friends of the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation from across Montana gathered for the annual “Fore Kids & Education” Golf Scramble, a fundraiser for the Foundation and its programs.

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8/19/2012

What do parents and teachers really think of each other? And how can they best work together for children's success? NEA teamed up with Parenting Magazine to find out.

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8/16/2011

Charles and David Koch, the infamous right-wing billionaires who are trying to destroy unions, are also out to get public schools. Watch this telling video.

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8/10/2012

The Montana Supreme Court ruled today upholding the District Court decision that Legislative Referendum 123 is indeed blatantly unconstitutional and therefore will not appear on Montana’s November ballot.

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7/30/2012

Fifteen folks from MEA-MFT particiated in the AFT convention July 27-30 in Detroit, MI.

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7/24/2012

Remember ALEC, the corporate group that secretly spoon feeds bills to state legislatures? Including bills to privatize public schools, take away public employees' bargaining rights, and kill teacher tenure? Watch this new video, showing ALEC's efforts to divert public school dollars to private CEOs' bank accounts.

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7/18/2012

MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver has sent the following letter to the Montana Policy Institute regarding its new web site that broadcasts state employees' compensation.

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7/13/2012

Legislative Referendum 123 is a ballot measure that gives tax rebates to the richest Montanans even if it means slashing funds for schools, public safety, and all other public services. It is slated to appear on Montana's November ballot. We can stop it. You can help.

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7/10/2012

Ed Jasmin, a longtime Montana businessman, banker, and Board of Regents member, recently penned this guest editorial against Legislative Referendum 123.

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7/1/2012

The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation will award as many as thirty $1000 federal subsidy scholarships to Montana teachers who wish to pursue National Board Certification during the 2012-13 school year.

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5/31/2012

MEA-MFT members working in Montana’s Indian reservation schools do heroic work for children. They do it in the face of overwhelming poverty, isolation, and harsh conditions most Americans can’t even imagine – including the politicians in Washington, DC who make policy decisions about education.

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6/29/2012

Congratulations to Carol Pleninger and Tammy Johnson, Montana's two new national presidential awardees for science & math teaching.

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6/29/2012

LR 123, another outrageous idea from the 2011 Montana Legislature, gives tax rebates to the richest Montanans even if it means slashing funds for schools, public safety, fighting wildfires, and all other public services.

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6/29/2012

With just days to go before the final deadline, members of Congress reached a deal to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling.

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6/28/2012

Here's an analysis by Montana's Mike Dennison on the U.S. Supreme Court's June 28 ruling on health care reform

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6/11/2012

Rank-and-file state employee members of MEA-MFT and our fellow unions have voted overwhelmingly to ratify the pay plan agreement negotiated earlier this month.

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6/20/2012

If you suspect a child has been physically, mentally, or emotionally abused or neglected, the law requires you to report it to DPHHS.

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6/6/2012

In Wisconsin, unlimited corporate money carried the day in the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker.

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6/4/2012

As Wisconsin citizens prepare to vote June 5 on whether to recall Gov. Scott Walker, the latest polls show the race between Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is a statistical dead heat.

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5/21/2012

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5/10/2012

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will face Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in the historic recall election set for June 5th.

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5/7/2012

National Teacher Day takes place May 8, 2012.

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4/27/2012

The State of Montana health care plans for 2013 are changing. Find out what the changes mean for you.

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4/27/2012

Montana’s budget picture continues to improve beyond the original expectations of the state Legislature, as lawmakers were told Thursday there could be close to $500 million in surplus when they convene in 2013. Will they invest it? Depends on who gets elected.

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4/26/2012

Listen MEA-MFT's 2012 Members of the Year -- Cecil B. Crawford, Shannon Bender, Kari Cargill, and Sandy Osborne -- on radio news.

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4/24/2012

Friday, May 4, MEA-MFT members will join their fellow AFT members across the country to stand up to bullying on Stand4Change Day.

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4/23/2012

Would you like to present a sectional at the 2012 MEA-MFT Educators' Conference in October? Do not delay: Sign up NOW to present. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2012.

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4/20/2012

National Board Certification Scholarships available for 2012-13 school year

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4/17/2012

The original charter of MEA-MFT’s Anaconda local, the Anaconda Teachers Union Local 502, was signed 75 years ago today.

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3/26/2012

Tax Day is here. It's the day we pool our resources as citizens to buy the things that create a civilized society.

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4/11/2012

MEA-MFT supports the governor's plan to do what must be done to eliminate unfunded liability in the Teachers' and Public Employees' Retirement Systems.

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4/10/2012

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4/10/2012

Welcome to the nearly 600 graduate assistant employees at MSU-Bozeman, who have voted by a whopping margin to form a union and join MEA-MFT!

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4/5/2012

Note that without the able and committed leadership of Attorney General Steve Bullock, there would have been no deal at all.

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3/22/2012

MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver testifies before the Legislative Finance Committee on public employees' and teachers' retirement.

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4/2/2012

More than 400 MEA-MFT delegates rocked the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula March 30-31 at the MEA-MFT Representative Assembly.

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3/29/2012

More than 400 locally elected MEA-MFT delegates are coming from as far away as Poplar, Wolf Point, and Miles City to represent their fellow rank-and-file members at the MEA-MFT Represenative Assembly in Missoula.

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3/21/2012

Should Montanans keep the right to elect their state supreme court justices and chief justice? Some legislators don't think so.

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3/12/2012

Reclaim Wisconsin! On Saturday March 10, 2012, more than 62,000 Wisconsinites returned to their state capitol to mark the one year anniversary of the passage of Gov. Walker's union-busting bill.

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2/8/2012

“We are very excited that Steve is running for governor,” said COPE member Ron Kimmet, an industrial arts teacher in Hardin.

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3/2/2012

Once again NEA is sponsoring the gala Read Across America literacy event this March. Read Across America coincides with the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

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2/6/2012

Each year, MEA-MFT honors several members who have made outstanding contributions in their jobs and as MEA-MFT leaders. MEA-MFT recently named our 2012 members of the year.

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1/30/2012

“Monica Lindeen has an impressive record of standing up for Montana citizens, protecting them from investment fraud, Ponzi schemes, and abuses by some insurance and securities companies,” said COPE member Janice Muller, a teacher in Hamilton.

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1/27/2012

“Linda McCulloch is a real champion for voter’s rights,” said Rich Aarstad, a COPE member and historian at the Montana Historical Society.

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1/24/2012

“Denise Juneau is the clear choice for Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction.”

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1/19/2012

Our public employee retirement systems are not going bankrupt today or tomorrow or in the immediate future. We have plenty of time to address unfunded liabilities if our legislature would abandon pension-envy politics and hysterical, too predictably partisan, rhetoric.

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1/18/2012

Are you an MEA-MFT member living in North Central Montana? Want to learn more about your contract, bargaining basics, making your local union all it can be, and more? Want to meet fellow MEA-MFT members from around the region? Then this is for you.

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1/17/2012

“He’s right on education, right on public services, right on jobs, and right on the rights of working people to bargain collectively. He has a strong track record on all these issues.”

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1/17/2012

Remember Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who championed legislation last year that stripped public employee unions of much of their bargaining power? Things aren't going his way right now.

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1/13/2012

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to working for a more just and equal society. He believed that public education was the great arm of justice. He honored public servants as heroes. He believed in labor unions.

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1/13/2012

Our hearts go out to the family, friends, co-workers, and students of MEA-MFT member Sherry Arnold, a high school math teacher in Sidney who has been missing for several days.

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12/22/2011

MEA-MFT member & Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau writes a moving story about her grandfather and other public employees who give to others.

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12/19/2011

Read our 2011 Montana Professional Teaching Foundation Newsletter.

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12/16/2011

Funding for 2012 is still undecided, so now is the time to make Congress aware of the power of Head Start for children, families and communities. You can make a difference!

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12/14/2011

An anonymous donor has promised to match all contributions to the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation Endowment up to $5,000 made on or before December 31, 2011.

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12/6/2011

It's official: state revenues are even higher than the highest predictions. "The money was there all along to thaw state employee pay, to invest in k-12 and higher education, to build infrastructure and create good paying jobs, to avoid passing unavoidable costs down to local property tax payers and students.

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11/21/2011

The Montana Board of Regents voted unanimously Nov. 18 to accept the first faculty contracts ever bargained at MSU-Bozeman.

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11/16/2011

Superintendent Denise Juneau proclaimed Education Support Professionals Day in Montana this morning at Riverside Middle School in Billings.

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11/14/2011

Communities across Montana and the nation will join the National Education Association (NEA) November 13-19 to celebrate American Education Week.

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11/11/2011

Head Start has been in the national news a lot lately. And the results are good.

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11/10/2011

In honor of Veterans Day, MEA-MFT members at the Montana Historical Society have been assembling Veterans Day resources for educators and others.

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11/9/2011

Congratulations to our brothers and sisters in Ohio! In a landslide victory, Ohio voters voted down a bill that would severely curtail the collective bargaining rights of public employees.

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11/4/2011

Do you know a great Montana science or math teacher, teaching in grades K-6, with 5 or more years of professional teaching experience? Nominate him or her for this $10,000 award.

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10/31/2011

The vote is in, and history has been made: Members of the Associated Faculty of Montana State University (AFMSU) have ratified their first collective bargaining agreements. Members voted on the agreements Wednesday, Oct. 26. The vote was counted today at MSU.

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10/28/2011

The Billings section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers has announced a new grant program designed to encourage more students to attend Montana’s regional and state science fairs.

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10/26/2011

Today is a big day in the history of MEA-MFT and especially for our affiliate at MSU-Bozeman as members there vote to ratify their first contract.

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10/11/2011

For the first time, MEA-MFT will host a Head Start Academy during the MEA-MFT Educators’ Conference this year, providing professional development created specifically for Montana’s Head Start employees.

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10/11/2011

MEA-MFT has worked extensively with the regents and Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Stearns to put university and faculty salaries first. “Montana faculty salaries already are among the lowest in the nation,” said Tom Burgess, MEA-MFT’s field consultant for higher education locals.

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10/11/2011

MEA-MFT members at Montana State University-Bozeman have finished bargaining their first contracts. Now it's ratification time.

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10/6/2011

MEA-MFT has joined other groups in filing a lawsuit against a dangerous ballot measure.

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10/4/2011

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9/19/2011

Congratulations to Tom Pedersen, science teacher at Capital High School in Helena, Montana Teacher of the Year for 2012!

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9/28/2011

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9/24/2011

President Obama announced that states can opt out of the most rigid requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

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9/21/2011

MEA-MFT Faculty Member of the Year Grant Mitman recommends the following resources on workplace bullying, from a special session at this year's NEA Representative Assembly.

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9/6/2011

A minute of your time can help generate $5.2 million for Montana’s public schools and higher education. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2011.

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9/1/2011

Sponsored by MEA-MFT and our fellow unions: MPEA and AFSCME, to say "THANK YOU" to the public employees who do Work That Matters for Montana's people! Sept. 15 at the state capitol, south lawn.

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8/29/2011

This Labor Day, let your family, friends and the public know that you support America's workers and the important work they do all year.

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8/23/2011

Good news for Montana state employees! MEA-MFT, the Montana Public Employees Association, and AFSCME have worked a deal with Governor Schweitzer to freeze, for the next plan year, increases in state employee health insurance costs.

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8/17/2011

Americans admire and respect public school teachers more than ever. They respect the teaching profession, they like their local schools, and they recognize the role funding plays in school qualtiy.

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8/17/2011

This week, several communities in Montana will be attacked by one of the most ruthless anti-worker organizations in America: Americans for Prosperity. This right-wing PAC (political action committee) is planning a series of “Running on Empty” demonstrations around Montana. Real Montana working people are fighting back.

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8/15/2011

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau recently took on the U.S. Dept. of Education and the supremely flawed No Child Left Behind law -- and won.

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8/12/2011

The American Dream movement is busy this summer telling Congress what Americans really want when it comes to government spending and the economy. There’s a Contract For The American Dream that lays out a progressive alternative to austerity policies.

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8/11/2011

Read the article below, and know that after several legislative years of trying, MEA-MFT created the Montana student loan repayment program for teachers in the 2007 legislative session.

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8/10/2011

Two GOP senators recalled, but GOP keeps control of Wisconsin Senate.

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8/9/2011

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8/9/2011

For all Eastern Montana MEA-MFT members!

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8/9/2011

Wisconsin voters go to the polls today to recall six of Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) closest state Senate allies. The "Walker 6" spearheaded his move to take away the collective bargaining rights of public employees and ram through a budget devastating to working families.

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6/3/2011

A gorgeous day and good times were had by all at the 8th annual Montana Professional Teaching Foundation Golf Scramble August 4, 2011.

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6/7/2010

Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau has taken on a huge task, but if anyone can lead Montana toward real schools of promise, she can. And MEA-MFT will help every step on the way.

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7/15/2011

Who's behind efforts to destroy public employee unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere, shove right-wing legislation through state legislatures, and turn over public services to for-profit corporations? Meet ALEC.

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8/2/2011

“Millions of us are behind you. We love you!” actor Matt Damon told public school teachers at the national "Save Our Schools" march and rally in Washington, D.C., July 30.

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8/2/2011

MEA-MFT is evaluating exactly how badly the newly adopted federal deficit/debt ceiling act will impact Montana public programs and services.

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7/22/2011

As we begin this fiscal new year, it’s a good time to think about what your state legislators are working toward: Long-term prosperity for Montana? Or pulling the rug out from under those trying to make a better life for themselves and their communities?

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7/22/2011

A class act MEA-MFT member doing Work that Matters!

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7/21/2011

July 21 - The "Cut, Cap, and Balance" bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives July 19 would have devastating consequences for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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7/20/2011

MEA-MFT agrees with Billings Gazette opinion: The threat of NCLB sanctions makes no sense. The law is years past its intended reauthorization date with no congressional update. It needs to be significantly revised.

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7/12/2011

Many of the remedies being misapplied to the nation's ailing economy are nothing more than public policy myths that grew out of the oil-shock recessions of 40 years ago, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman told an AFT TEACH conference audience on July 11.

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7/8/2011

Several MEA-MFT members will take part in the AFT's TEACH (Together Educating America’s Children) conference,July 11-13, 2011, Washington, D.C. Even if you're not in D.C. with them, you can participate and learn via technology.

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7/7/2011

Are you a public employee in the PERS or TRS system? Are you planning to take early retirement? If so, you need this info!

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6/29/2011

Several dozen MEA-MFT members participated in the annual National Education Association's Representative Assembly in Chicago July 1-5.

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6/21/2011

The Montana Office of Public Instruction recently completed a new Resource Guide for Paraeducators. Several MEA-MFT members worked on this revision.

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6/20/2011

Rock the Vote’s “Voting System Scorecard” ranks Montana as the 4th best state in America at promoting access, participation, and registration among young voters ages 18-29. MEA-MFT member and Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch reports.

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6/20/2011

The grades are in for the 2011 Montana Legislature. How did your legislators do on our issues? Read the MEA-MFT 2011 Legislative Voting Record and find out.

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6/16/2011

Montana's executive branch responds to the Unfair Labor Practice charge filed by MEA-MFT and our fellow unions.

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6/15/2011

All through the 2011 session, MEA-MFT said the money was there to fund public education and public services. And it was. Every dollar of destructive cuts made by the 2011 Legislature were completely unnecessary.

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6/10/2011

Students of MEA-MFT member Delena Norris-Tull know to pull on their boots before class.

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6/7/2011

PASS for paras MEA-MFT's acclaimed course to help Montana paraprofessionals meet the "high quality" definition in the No Child Left Behind Act

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4/7/2011

Please help keep the spirit of our April 1 No Fooling with our Future Rally strong!

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5/31/2011

MEA-MFT co-sponsors the following events. Check them out!

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5/26/2011

the Wisconsin Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, threw out a lower court ruling invalidating the collective bargaining law passed by the Republican-led legislature and pushed by Gov. Scott Walker (R).

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5/24/2011

MEA-MFT and our sister unions will make important announcement about the state pay plan Wednesday, May 25.

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5/17/2011

MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver submitted the following open letter to Governor Brian Schweitzer to newspapers across Montana in May.

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5/12/2011

Montana's Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau recently drew a line in the sand with the No Child Left Behind Act.

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5/6/2011

Alumni of the Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Campus program, which employs student interns to promote energy efficiency on college campuses, often pursue careers in sustainability, according to a recent Alliance survey.

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5/5/2011

The Republican-dominated legislature killed HB 13, the state employee pay plan, during the 2011 legislative session. Let them know what you think.

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5/3/2011

Workshops by the Montana Historical Society

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4/25/2011

The 2011 Montana Legislature has finally ground to a halt. Final bill status report

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5/2/2011

MEA-MFT member leader Mona Bilden of Miles City talks about teacher appreciation in the face of historic teacher bashing.

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5/2/2011

It was almost so much worse.

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4/18/2011

Despite the outcry from conservatives about taxes, tax collections are in fact at historic lows and tax rates for the rich have been declining for years.

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4/28/2011

Two Montana teachers have been named as 2010 outstanding math and science teachers by President Obama.

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4/27/2011

The House rejected SB 315 (Ripley) - a bill to redefine good cause and truncate due process in the teacher tenure statutes.

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4/27/2011

Which would you do? Give multinational corporations a free ride on their taxes or give state employees a modest pay increase?

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4/25/2011

The Montana House voted to reconsider the state pay plan, HB 13, today. Then, following heated debated, the bill died on second reading, 42-58.

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4/14/2011

Listen to the radio spot, and call your legislators beginning Monday, April 18.

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4/19/2011

im McGarvey, executive secretary of the Montana State AFL-CIO and former MEA-MFT vice president, announced plans to retire this week.

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4/19/2011

Pay plan finally moves; other key legislative issues still to be resolved.

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4/19/2011

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4/18/2011

Apr. 18 - Today, the only real jobs bill – HB 439 (Hollenbaugh) - is up for what could be its final vote, in the House. It must receive at least 67 or a 2/3ds vote. You can help.

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4/13/2011

Several MEA-MFT members, governance, and staff walked across the street from MEA-MFT's headquarters office in Helena to attend Governor Schweitzer's branding party today.

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4/13/2011

For the second time, the Montana House has passed consideration of SB 315 (Ripley), the attack on teacher tenure. Your e-mails are working. Keep it up!

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3/27/2011

Apr 13 - Where the budget battles stands now. All cuts hurt!

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4/6/2011

Great news: HB 603, the insidious school privatization bill, was tabled Apr. 11. SB 315 remains and needs your URGENT ACTION.

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4/11/2011

MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver is quoted extensively in the two newspaper articles below. MEA-MFT has worked hard, every day, in this legislative session to protect our members' public employee defined benefit plans.

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4/6/2011

The largest MEA-MFT Representative Assembly (RA) in history took place in Helena April 1-2. More than 350 delegates attended, representing 97 MEA-MFT locals.

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4/6/2011

More than 350 MEA-MFT members from across Montana honored three of their peers at a gala celebration in Helena April 1.

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3/17/2011

Once again, MEA-MFT and our members have stopped an attempt to close and privatize the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls.

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4/1/2011

“The money is there. Where are your VALUES?” That’s the message participants sent to the Montana Legislature at our “No Fooling with our Future Rally.”

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3/29/2011

MEA-MFT is part of a coalition called the Partnership for Montana's Future, which just completed a video that puts a face -- many faces, actually -- to the Montana Legislature's needless budget cuts. Take a look.

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3/25/2011

Four BAD bills wait legislative action, maybe today. Please contact legislators!

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3/25/2011

The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation and Office of Public Instruction are now accepting nominations for the 2012 Montana Teacher of the Year.

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3/24/2011

The Senate has killed SB 403 (Jones) – the latest k-12 school funding bill. Schools contemplate layoffs due to legislative gridlock.

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3/24/2011

HB 603 is one of the most dangerous school privatization bills ever introduced.

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3/8/2011

At least a thousand Montanans from all over the state are expected to attend the rally against the legislature's senseless cuts to state services and education. Join us April 1 for the rally!

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3/17/2011

SB 315, an attack on teacher tenure that severely curtails due process rights, is being heard March 21. Please take action!

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3/22/2011

Mar. 22 - News Flash – At 4:00 p.m. today, House Appropriations Committee TABLED HB 13 (Hiner) – state employee pay plan.

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3/23/2011

I am a conservative husband, belong to the Tea Party and I voted for John Kasich. I have been married to a Cleveland teacher for almost 14 years, and my vote let her down.

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3/23/2011

Make your picks for the worst ideas of the 2011 Legislature!

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2/17/2011

Victory at the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls!

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3/10/2011

March 9 - In a blatant abuse of power, Wisconsin Republican lawmakers dealt a blow to the working class tonight with passage of the anti-union provisions of Gov. Walker’s Budget Adjustment Bill on an 18-1 vote.

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2/21/2011

More than 500 Montanans braved the winter weather to travel to Helena Feb. 21 for a Rally to Save Public Services and Education.

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3/3/2011

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2/25/2011

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer gave an eloquent defense of public employees and teachers unions on MSNBC today.

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2/24/2011

Legislatiave Fiscal Analyst says the State of Montana will collect $97 million more in revenues over the next 2½ years than he projected in mid-November. Yet still the majority party insists on draconian cuts.

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2/24/2011

These two editorials speak to a phenomenon we're seeing in Montana too – and MEA-MFT is fighting back.

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2/23/2011

SB 315 passed weakens Montana's tenure laws for teachers for no good reason. We'll keep fighting it.

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2/17/2011

HB 569, sponsored by Wayne Stahl (R-Saco), would roll back state employee salaries to October 1, 2005.

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2/10/2011

MEA-MFT member and Montana 2011 Teacher of the Year Paul Andersen spoke to the Montana Legislature Feb. 9 about his ideas for improving education. Wow!

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2/7/2011

As of Feb. 3, 2011, the Republicans who control the Montana Legislature have made cumulative decisions that will cut the next state budget $1.3 billion below the governor's proposed budget.

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2/4/2011

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1/31/2011

Governor Brian Schweitzer said it all when he spoke about public education during his State of the State address Jan. 25: "The best path to a higher paying job is a good education. If you choose to cut funding for public education, you do so as a reflection of your values, because we have the money in the bank." Listen for yourself.

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1/31/2011

More than 100 people from around Montana rallied Jan. 28 against legislative committees’ cuts to budgets for education and health and human service programs.

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1/18/2011

Nearly 100 state and university employees from across Montana participated in our Work That Matters Day of Action, Jan. 17, 2011.

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1/12/2011

Jan. 10 - In a job-killing move, majority Republicans at the 2011 Legislature voted to chop some $500 million from Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer's proposals for the next two-year period.

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1/11/2011

Public school teachers are some of the most creative folks on the planet. MEA-MFT asked some of our teacher/members for examples of innovative teaching, and we received dozens of replies. Here are a few of them. Move over, Superman.

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1/11/2011

Seven more Montana teachers – all MEA-MFT members -- recently joined the ranks of the nation’s top certified teachers.

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1/11/2011

Bozeman teacher and MEA-MFT member Paul Andersen has been selected as one of four finalists in the National Teacher of the Year Program – the highest honor a U.S. teacher can achieve.

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1/6/2011

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11/30/2010

State pay plan, House Bill 13, and the state legislature

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12/1/2010

Our Point of View, by MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver, December 2010

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1/2/2011

The following op-ed by MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver appears in the Jan. 2, 2011 Helena Independent Record. A legislated cap on state employee pay will be one of the many serious challenges we face in the 2011 legislature.

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1/2/2011

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1/2/2011

In a major victory for state employees, the Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) Plan, formerly the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) will now cover children of state employees.

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1/2/2011

Across the nation, educators and others are pointing out the foibles in the film "Waiting for 'Superman.'" Here are some examples:

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1/3/2011

Teacher bashing sank to new depths this fall with the release of Waiting for “Superman,” a film that claims to analyze the failures of the American public school system.

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1/2/2011

From high stakes testing to charter schools, Waiting for "Superman" is full of super myths.

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1/1/2011

Now seeking nominations: MEA-MFT Faculty Member of the Year

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1/1/2011

Now seeking nominations: MEA-MFT Public Employee Member of the Year

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12/22/2010

Diane Fladmo is MEA-MFT's new research director and member benefits and retirement coordinator. Dave Severson replaces Fladmo as field consultant for local affiliates in the Northwest 3 region.

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12/15/2010

One hundred MEA-MFT members from across Montana gathered in Helena Dec. 4-5, 2010, for MEA-MFT’s annual Committee Weekend.

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11/30/2010

For most teachers, isolation is one of the biggest obstacles they face when it comes to improving their teaching. But a new pilot program called “Take One” is helping Montana teachers break the isolation in several areas across the state.

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11/14/2010

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11/10/2010

Rank-and-file members of the joint bargaining team for Montana’s state employee unions voted today to accept the State of Montana’s latest pay plan proposal.

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11/9/2010

Sen. Dave Lewis, R-Helena, a retired longtime state employee and budget director, is having a bill drafted to ask voters to limit the pay and benefits of state workers.

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11/1/2010

CI-105 is bad for Montana’s people. That’s what locally elected delegates -- MEA-MFT members from around the state – decided at MEA-MFT’s annual Representative Assembly in Billings March 26-27.

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9/29/2010

"We're not waiting for Superman; we have our own superheroes, and they're right here."

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10/14/2010

Election 2010 is all about the future: The future of public schools, public services, public employees, and the suvival of the middle class in Montana. In other words, YOUR future. Your vote matters! Read about candidate and initiative recommendations.

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10/25/2010

Republican Party Treasurer Gary MacLaren resigns over his own party's mud-slinging tactics.

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10/25/2010

Dave Severson replaces Diane Fladmo as

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9/29/2010

MEA-MFT's Work That Matters campaign traveled to Bozeman for the third in a series of work site tours Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2010.

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9/29/2010

“Stick together.” That was MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver’s advice to state employees as they began a new round of contract negotiations with the governor’s office this fall.

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9/16/2010

Bozeman science teacher Paul Andersen has been named 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year!

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8/13/2010

MEA-MFT will once again sponsor a no-charge Public Employees Appreciation Picnic, Sept. 9, 2010, on the south lawn of the state capitol in Helena. (In the rotunda if it rains.) All public employees invited.

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8/10/2010

Several dozen MEA-MFT members from around Montana gave up part of their summers to help set national policy at the national meetings of MEA-MFT’s two national affiliates: the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

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8/10/2010

President Barack Obama has signed the legislation saving educator jobs and helping help states cope with the Great Recession.

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8/8/2010

The MEA-MFT Board of Directors, meeting in Helena July 29-30, took action to oppose “CC2” -- the constitutional convention initiative that will appear on the November ballot this year.

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8/3/2010

August 3, 2010 - Pensions, corporate accountability and public image issues were front and center at the AFT Public Employees program and policy council's recent meeting in Louisville, Ky. The AFT (American Federation of Teachers) is one of MEA-MFT's two national affiliates, along with the National Education Association. AFT represents state and county government employees along with educators.

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7/30/2010

Golfers from all over Montana participated in the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation 7th annual golf scramble, ‘Fore’ Kids & Education.

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7/8/2010

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7/2/2010

July 1, 2010 - The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation containing emergency funds to help states cope with the Great Recession and stave off massive layoffs of educators and cuts to programs.

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6/18/2010

Guest Editorial by Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau

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6/18/2010

Grants of up to $1,000 are available to help you excite students about caring for the earth and creataing a sustainable future.

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7/29/2010

Sign up now for the best golf event of the summer. Our annual golf scramble, featuring scramblers from all across the state, is a fun way to support the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation.

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6/2/2010

MEA-MFT worked closely with Superintendent Denise Juneau and Governor Brian Schweitzer on Montana's application for federal Race to the Top grant funds. Unfortunately, Montana did not receive a grant. Read Eric Feaver's letter to the U.S. Dept. of Education.

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6/2/2010

Head Start statewide meeting to held June 21-22, 2010, in Helena.

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4/7/2010

Sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the U.S. Professor of the Year program...

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4/7/2010

Some MEA-MFT members in the MUST insurance plan will see huge increase in rates. Montana Sen. Jon Tester pleads our case before Congress. Read message from MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver and watch Sen. Tester's testimony.

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4/6/2010

MEA-MFT's Work That Matters campaign for public employees is back: MEA-MFT celebrates with help from a special national guest.

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4/4/2010

MEA-MFT's Montana Professional Teaching Foundation and Office of Public Instruction are accepting nominations for the 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year. Deadline for nominations is May 28.

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4/2/2010

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4/1/2010

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3/31/2010

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3/30/2010

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3/29/2010

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3/28/2010

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3/27/2010

Your union, your voice! Hundreds of locally elected MEA-MFT members will gather to determine budget, dues, and priorities for their state union -- AND to celebrate MEA-MFT's 10th anniversary. Read more.

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3/24/2010

Mar. 24, 2010 - Congress has finally done something re health insurance -- even if not anything like what it should be doing (single payer). U.S. Senate is presumably poised to follow.

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3/17/2010

Obama Admin. releases blueprint for public schools. Teachers have severe concerns.

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3/16/2010

Sign up for our '09 golf scramble!

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3/15/2010

As falls Central Falls, so fall we all? In a bizarre move, the superintendent of a low-income, low-performing high school in Rhode Island decides the answer to the school's problems is to fire all the teachers. Even though the school had made significant progress. Read more. And please consider signing the petition in support of Central Falls teachers.

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3/4/2010

Great Falls teachers 'take one.' With support from MEA-MFT and its Montana Professional Teaching Foundation, 18 Great Falls teachers are pioneering a new approach to National Board Certification.

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3/3/2010

Student loan forgiveness: Need help paying your student loan? Many Montana teachers and licensed professionals may qualify for loan assistance programs.

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3/2/2010

Haiti: helping students understand. A wide variety of resources, plus how to help Haitians

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3/1/2010

MEA-MFT turns 10! A decade of victories

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2/18/2010

Proposed cuts available online

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2/16/2010

Don't miss Regional Training in Great Falls! April 16-17

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2/13/2010

Innovation in a Time of Scarcity

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1/27/2010

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1/25/2010

AFT President Randi Weingarten was a special guest at our kick-off party Jan. 21. Read more. And watch a short video of Weingarten's visit.

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1/20/2010

Applications are now available

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3/16/2010

NEW: MEA-MFT Regional Trainings

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1/13/2010

Billings teacher Karen Cox, one of Montana’s great educators, lost her life doing what she loved: working to improve public education. The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation created the Karen Cox Memorial Grant Awards in her honor.

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1/13/2010

We are all heartsick about the devastation wreaked by this week’s earthquake in Haiti. Thousands of children have been killed and scores more are desperate for medical care and food, while thousands of men and women stand helplessly by. You can help

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1/7/2010

The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation will award up to $1250 in federal subsidy scholarships

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1/5/2010

The Awards: The PAEMST Program was established in 1983 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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1/1/2010

Nominate by Jan. 15, 2010. Nomination info

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12/1/2009

hold statewide training sessions

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12/1/2009

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11/2/2009

Our members at the Montana Historical Society celebrate their 25th and tell their story.

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10/29/2009

Race to the Top? MEA-MFT and other education leaders have serious misgivings about the Obama Administration's proposed grant guideslines.

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10/19/2009

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10/15/2009

Presidential Awards for Math & Science (and other awards)

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10/12/2009

Oct. 09 - For decades, Montana’s public colleges and universities have been like 14 different islands, isolated and competing against each other for funding and resources.

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10/10/2009

Innovative prescription drug plan will save money for state & university employees.

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10/8/2009

he American Federation of Teachers, one of MEA-MFT's two national affiliates, has created a new e-newsletter dedicated to the AFT’s Faculty and College Excellence (FACE) campaign and other issues related to academic staffing in higher education.

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10/7/2009

Oct 7, ’09 - After more than ten months of bargaining, MEA-MFT members in the University Faculty Association (University of Montana) have a tentative agreement for a new collective bargaining agreement.

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10/5/2009

MEA-MFT member Anne Keith is named as 2010 Montana Teacher of the Year!

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10/5/2009

In September, Anne Keith of Bozeman received that highest honor when she was named Montana Teacher of the Year for 2010.

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9/2/2009

DPHHS members learn workplace problem-solving skills

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8/20/2009

Congratulations, AFMSU!

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8/1/2009

H1N1: Talking with children about "swine flu" - from NEA Health Information Network. And more resources on H1N1.

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7/30/2009

Montana Professional Teaching Foundation Karen Cox grants, National Board scholarships, and more

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7/29/2009

NEW! Substitute teachers in Montana are now eligible for MEA-MFT membership! Click here for a membership form.

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7/28/2009

College shopping? Check out YOUniversityTV, a new web site that allows its users to visit more than 400 top four-year colleges across the U.S.

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7/27/2009

Stimulus money for education: How President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding can benefit education programs. (A resource from the National Head Start Association.)

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7/24/2009

Listen to Schoolhouse Talk A new kind of talk radio show.

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7/23/2009

Want to start a mentoring program? Here's how.

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7/22/2009

MEA-MFT's local affiliates for k-12 teachers

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7/15/2009

Leaders for Montana’s two-year colleges applauded President Barack Obama’s proposal to pump $12 billion into community colleges nationally, with one calling it the most significant news in two-year education in several generations.

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6/3/2009

MEA-MFT brings suit against the Montana Department of Corrections to require it to follow state law before outsourcing work that has historically been performed by public employees.

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5/29/2009

Dr. Doug Coffin takes the lead.

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5/1/2009

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5/1/2009

MEA-MFT members at UM Western win major grants for biomedical research.

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4/29/2009

MEA-MFT member Karen Giuliani featured in national publication

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4/20/2009

Two stories follow. All about Montanans - traditional and nontraditional students - pursing Montana higher education opportunities.

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4/15/2009

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4/14/2009

April 14, 2009 - “MEA-MFT is proud to welcome our newest members and local bargaining units, the Associated Faculty of Montana State University in Bozeman,” said MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver today.

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3/7/2009

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2/2/2009

New Montana History textbook has MEA-MFT members' fingerprints all over it.

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2/1/2009

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2/1/2009

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1/28/2009

Defending their rights.

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1/2/2009

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12/1/2007

The good, the bad, the ugly

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7/1/2007

Fighting the perils of privatization

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6/1/2007

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3/28/2007

House Bill 13 -- a very good deal for our state employee members.

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3/27/2007

MEA-MFT reactivates our award-winning Work That Matters ad campaign.

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2/1/2007

Good news for public employee retirement.

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12/1/2006

Working in a healthcare facility can be a backbreaking job--literally. But it doesn't have to be.

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5/29/2006

Correctional Officers at Montana State Prison keep us safe, despite tough conditions.

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4/2/2006

Members learn to stop toxic leaks.

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3/2/2006

Meet MEA-MFT health care members

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2/1/2006

Escaped prisoners illustrate why privatization doesn't work

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2/1/2006

Know of a privatization failure? Tell us about it!

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9/1/2003

Survey tells why

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12/1/2002

MEA-MFT's Stand Up For Education campaign took Montana by storm last spring. And it took top honors in a national award program this winter.

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