State employee pay plan advocates in action 01/20/2015

SB 107 is dangerous - read why 01/19/2015
"Expanding high school districts and constructing new facilities less than five miles from three existing high achieving schools may increase local control, but in reality it only limits the options for local families."

The truth about so-called school “choice” 01/16/2015
What does school "choice" really mean? It means taking tax dollars from public schools, giving the money to private schools.

Montana's graduation rate highest ever 01/14/2015
MEA-MFT member Denise Juneau's wildly successful Graduation Matters program has helped boost our state's high school graduation level to the highest in history!

Bozeman Chronicle says no privatization of public schools 01/06/2015
Privatization of Montana’s public schools is one bad idea, not justified by the quality of our schools, and blatantly unconstitutional.

Montana teachers selected as national leaders 12/23/2014
Thirty-two Montana teachers have been selected to participate in the national Teacher Leadership Initiative, a program to develop a new generation of leaders within the teaching profession.

State employee members ratify pay plan agreement 12/22/2014
The vote is in: MEA-MFT’s state employee members have ratified the state employee pay plan agreement.

Graduate assistant members at MSU Bozeman ratify their first contract 12/10/2014
Graduate teaching and research assistants at MSU Bozeman will get a fairer deal on the job now that they have bargained and ratified their first contract.

7 more Montana teachers earn National Board Certification 12/03/2014
Seven more Montana teachers recently joined the ranks of the nation’s top certified teachers.

Apply now for Karen Cox Memorial Grants 11/14/2014

State employee pay plan tentative agreement reached 11/06/2014
The team representing Montana’s state employee unions and the team for Governor Bullock’s office reached a tentative agreement on the state pay plan today.

Craig Beals of Billings: 2015 Montana Teacher of the Year! 09/22/2014
Craig Beals has a message to deliver: “Those who can, teach.”

MEA-MFT members star in “Montanans for the Common Core” video project 09/09/2014
Three MEA-MFT members star in the first of several videos featuring Montanans talking about the Montana Common Core Standards. More to come!

Bozeman EA members innovate, create, deliver 09/08/2014
Congratulations to Bozeman Education Assoc. President Tami Phillippi and BEA for securing this major grant from one of MEA-MFT's two national affiliates, the National Education Assoc.

Gov Bullock to kids: Work hard, have fun 08/27/2014
Montana Governor Steve Bullock has this inspirational back-to-school message for Montana's kids.

Melanie Charlson is new VP of MEA-MFT  08/04/2014
The MEA-MFT Board of Directors voted August 2 to elect Melanie Charlson as the new vice president of MEA-MFT.

7 MT teachers are state finalists in presidential awards 07/31/2014
Seven Montana Teachers Chosen as State Finalists for Presidential Science and Math Teaching Awards

Top MT teachers to celebrate effective teaching 07/16/2014
First-ever “ECET2-Montana” event (Elevating & Celebrating Effective Teaching & Teachers)

Anne Keith on the new math standards 06/30/2014
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."

Video: ALEC in Montana 06/12/2014
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!

MEA-MFT Regional Trainings 2014  05/21/2014
MEA-MFT Regional Trainings a hit: more scheduled.

Anna Baldwin & the Warrior Trail 05/14/2014
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.

Stand up to ALEC! 05/14/2014
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.

MEA-MFT applauds Sen. Tester's NURSE Act to address school nurse shortage 05/07/2014
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.

Sen. Tester passes resolution honoring public servants 05/06/2014
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.

Happy Public Service Recognition Week 05/05/2014
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.

Teacher Appreciation Week 05/05/2014
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.

MEA-MFT member named top technology instructor for U.S. and Canada 05/02/2014
Congratulations to MEA-MFT member Bruce Brumley, technology teacher for City College at Montana State University Billings.

Billings members receive $5,000 grant  04/23/2014
MEA-MFT members Susan Irion and Kristie Martin have received a $5,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation.

Field consultant position open at MEA-MFT 04/15/2014
MEA-MFT is seeking applicants for a field consultant position based out of our Missoula office.

MEA-MFT celebrates Members of the Year 04/15/2014
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.

On the shoulders of giants: MEA-MFT Hall of Fame 04/09/2014
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.

Moved, motivated, & fired up: RA 2014  03/31/2014
"Energy, excitement -- people were buzzing."

MT Tech students & profs protest right wing speaker 03/27/2014
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.

Medicaid expansion back on track 03/27/2014
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.

Supreme Court says no to LR 127 03/25/2014
LR 127 is gone. A good day for voters' rights.

Great news on Montana's state health centers 03/17/2014
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.

Launching the Montana Digital Professional Learning Network 03/03/2014
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.

Member Brent Lonner featured in national publication 02/11/2014
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.

MEA-MFT member Angela McLean chosen as Lt. Gov. 02/10/2014
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.

MEA-MFT welcomes John Walsh as Montana’s newest U.S. Senator 02/07/2014
MEA-MFT is proud to welcome Sen. John Walsh as our newest advocate for Montana in Washington

MT's school community unites behind MUST 02/04/2014
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.

Good news for public employee pensions 02/03/2014
The Tea Party legislators who want to undo Montana's current defined benefit pensions for public employees should read this:

Presidential Awardees support Common Core 01/23/2014

PERS & TRS GABA reduction stopped for now 01/22/2014
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.

17 more Montana teachers earn National Board Certification 01/21/2014
Congratulations to the 17 Montana teachers who recently achieved National Board Certification, thus joining the ranks of the nation’s top K-12 educators.

Presidential math and science winners 01/21/2014
Elizabeth Matthews, Gallatin Gateway School, Gallatin Gateway (Science)and Melissa Romano, Four Georgians Elementary, Helena (Math)are presidential winners.

Important tax information for members 01/03/2014
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.

MEA-MFT endorses John Lewis in U.S. House race 12/30/2013
MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union, has announced its endorsement of U.S. House candidate John Lewis.

Judge grants injunction stopping GABA reduction in TRS 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.

John Walsh earns MEA-MFT's endorsement for U.S. Senate 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.

GABA hearing held today 12/04/2013
The TRS GABA hearing was today. The PERS GABA hearing is scheduled for December 12

New project to build power for state employee members 12/03/2013
MEA-MFT and its state employee members have launched a new project to build power within state employee locals.

Eileen Sheehy recognized as one of nation's top teachers 11/21/2013
WASHINGTON, DC – MEA-MFT member Eileen Sheehy will be recognized as one of the nation's top teachers in February.

Nominate now: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching  11/04/2013
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.

$10,000 Challenge grant awarded to Montana Professional Teaching Foundation 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.

Common Core: Myths Undressed 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.

Job opening at MEA-MFT 10/21/2013
MEA-MFT seeks a qualified administrative assistant for its Billings field office.

PERS amortizes! 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.

Teachers Retirement GABA complaint officially filed 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.

Montana state employees: important info on the federal shutdown and you 10/09/2013
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.

Federal shutdown: impact on education 10/09/2013
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.

Good news: MUST partners with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Montana  10/09/2013
Effective July 1, 2014, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana will begin processing medical, dental, and vision claims for all MUST members.

October: National Bullying Prevention Month resources 10/07/2013
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Several resources and tips are available from MEA-MFT’s national affiliates to help you use this event

22 Montana Teachers of the Year issue statement supporting Common Core 10/04/2013
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.

New Miles City health care center for state employees 09/24/2013
State employees in Eastern Montana now have their own health care center.

Health care cost containment for state employees puts more money on Montana main streets 09/24/2013
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.

Anna Baldwin of Arlee named 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year 09/23/2013
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.

MEA-MFT member Deana Elder featured in NEA Academy ad 09/19/2013
We were proud to see MEA-MFT member-leader Deana Elder prominently featured in a recent full-page ad for the NEA Academy.

Gov. Bullock & Commissioner Bucy present Labor Day Report  08/30/2013
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.

Make Montana Proud: Gov. Bullock's back to school message to kids 08/28/2013
Governor Steve Bullock encourages students to “Make Montana Proud” with a video and new online website with resources for students, parents and teachers.

New state employee health clinic to open in Miles City 08/28/2013
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!

50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” 08/22/2013
Dr. King’s legacy was about public education & unions as well as civil rights.

Great news: Montana pension investments gain 10% 08/22/2013
The folks who invest and manage your pension dollars are doing a great job. Here's proof.

Fund public services, end corporate tax dodging 08/21/2013
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.

221 Montana children forced out of Head Start by sequestration cuts 08/20/2013
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.

Montana Developmental Center members celebrate excellence 08/13/2013
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.

Back to school deal for educators 08/08/2013
Staples company has launched Staples Reward A+ Classroom to help parents and educators to work together to keep classrooms stocked all year long.

MEA-MFT members help "reclaim the promise of public education" 07/31/2013
MEA-MFT members recently attend the TEACH conference July 22-24, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

Great job opportunity at MT Digital Academy  07/23/2013
MEA-MFT and the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA) are pleased to announce the creation of a new and exciting program and employment opportunity.

MEA-MFT members in Billings receive $2,000 NEA Foundation grant 07/15/2013
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!

For state employees: Montana Health Care Center in Billings 07/15/2013
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.

Civic Education Institute, Helena, Aug. 5-6 07/09/2013
Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau is sponsoring a Civic Education Institute in Helena, August 5 and 6, 2013.

MEA-MFT delegates home from NEA Rep Assembly 07/09/2013
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.

MEA-MFT will litigate against attacks on GABA for TRS & PERS retirees 06/14/2013
“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.

Deal reached on state employee pay 06/10/2013
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.

Praise for Corrections employees 06/10/2013
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.”

2nd state employee health clinic opens in Billings 06/10/2013
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.

Public employee pensions protected 06/04/2013
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.

Honoring frontline heroes during National Nurses Week 05/07/2013
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.

For National Teacher Day: what the nation's teachers really want 05/07/2013
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.

Gov. Bullock signs school funding bill, vetoes privatization bill 05/06/2013
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.

Students need governor’s signature on SB175 04/25/2013
MEA-MFT agrees with the Billings Gazette on this.

Session over: Against all odds, we did well 04/24/2013
The Senate has adjourned sine die. Session over. The news on this strange day should be very interesting.

House adjourns after passing school privatization bill 04/24/2013
Unfortunately, before adjourning the House passed SB 81 (Lewis) – to authorize tax credits for private and religious education school scholarships.

HB 377 (save TRS) passes 3rd reading 04/22/2013
HB 377, the bill to amortize the Teachers Retirement System, just passed its final vote.

HB 454 (PERS fix) passes final hurdle 04/22/2013
HB 454, the bill to amortize and save the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) just passed House 3d reading.

HB 13 passes legislature 04/20/2013
HB 13 (Swanson) – the state employee pay – has officially passed the legislature.

School funding bill on its way to governor's desk 04/19/2013

Rep. Assembly delegates rededicate themselves to the cause 04/18/2013
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.

MEA-MFT celebrates 2013 Members of the Year 04/18/2013
Congratulations to Alex Schaeffer, Michael Hoffman, and Marilyn Besich!

Tammy Pilcher elected vice president of MEA-MFT 04/18/2013
MEA-MFT Representative Assembly delegates elected a new vice president April 5: Tammy Pilcher.

Pension bills pass 3rd reading, school funding advances 04/17/2013
An amazing couple of days at the Montana Legislature.

Please support businesses that support state employees! 04/11/2013
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.

Members testify for HB 13 04/10/2013
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.

More than 300 delegates attend 2013 Rep. Assembly 04/08/2013
Locally elected MEA-MFT from all over Montana came to Helena for the annual Representative Assembly April 5 and 6.

Need help with your student loan? 04/02/2013
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.

Voting yes for AFMSU 03/28/2013
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.

HB 13 passes the House 03/27/2013
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.

Pension bills and state pay plan pass House: on to Senate 03/27/2013
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).

MT Developmental Center saved - again 03/22/2013
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.

Montana's education community gathers for Day of Advocacy 03/19/2013
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.

Pay plan bill altered in committee 03/18/2013
House Appropriations Committee finally acted on HB 13, the state pay plan.

Protect our public schools: help stop SB 374 03/15/2013
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.

HB 13 wounded but not dead 03/14/2013
"HB 13 is not dead. Wounded, but not dead."

Head Start funding bill goes down 03/14/2013
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.

SB 175: school funding & property tax relief 03/12/2013
SB 175 is the main k-12 school funding bill of this session. Watch a video of Eric Feaver talking about the bill.

"Free HB 13!" say state employees 03/08/2013
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.

Protecting your pension 03/06/2013
For MEA-MFT, protecting our members' pensions is a top priority for the 2013 legislative session.

Anti-public school bills abound 03/04/2013
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.

MEA-MFT and allies release mid-session voting record 03/04/2013
MEA-MFT and our allies in Montana public education have been working together as never before during the 2013 Montana Legislature.

Major school funding bill advances 03/04/2013
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.

Singing for HB 13 03/02/2013
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.

MEA-MFT Regional Training, Missoula 02/25/2013
Sign up for MEA-MFT Regional Training, May 3-4, 2013, DoubleTree by Hilton, Missoula.

School privatization bill advances 02/20/2013
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.

More than 100 state employees gather for Pay Plan Day of Action 02/18/2013
State and university employees from across Montana gathered at the state capitol for the second Pay Plan Day of Action today.

Charter school bill dies on 3rd reading 02/12/2013
House Bill 315, the charter school bill, just died on third reading in the House this afternoon.

Job opening at MEA-MFT 02/08/2013
MEA-MFT seeks a qualified individual to fill the position of Field Consultant, based in Billings.

The charter school hoax 02/06/2013
The truth about charter schools.

Save the Montana Developmental Center! 02/04/2013
Some legislators in the 2013 Montana Legislature are talking seriously about closing the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder.

Education funding makeover bill 02/04/2013
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.

Legislators gunning for your pension 01/30/2013
Protecting public employees' and teachers' pensions is one of MEA-MFT's top priorities this legislative session. Some legislators are gunning for your pension.

Koch brothers champion private schools in Montana 01/29/2013
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.

HB 13 hearing: members hit it out of the park 01/24/2013
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.

200+ participate in Pay Plan Day of Action 01/22/2013
More than 200 Montana state and higher education employees took part in the State Pay Plan Day of Action.

Our legislative agenda 01/22/2013
Buckle your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy legislative session. MEA-MFT is ready for the ride.

State employee health screenings available 01/22/2013
The State of Montana provides health screenings for state employees. See schedule here.

Martin Luther King & Day of Action 01/21/2013
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:

Montana Digital Academy picking up steam 01/18/2013
MEA-MFT had a huge impact on making this successful program a reality.

The United States of ALEC 01/18/2013
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.

Jan. 21 Day of Action: buses coming! 01/14/2013
MEA-MFT members from all over Montana will come to Helena January 21, 2013, for the State Pay Plan Day of Action. Join them!

Legislature begins 01/08/2013
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.

Did You Know? Stories about our great schools 01/08/2013
"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.

We Are Montana 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.

Essential truths about our schools 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.”

State employees warm the hearts of homeless kids 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:

MEA-MFT grieves with Connecticut community after school shooting 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.

Michigan governor signs right-to-work-for-less bills 12/12/2012
Bad news: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed the "right to work" for less bills into law.

Sandy Welch drops recount request 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.

MEA-MFT joins lawsuit challenging “Proof of Citizenship” Referendum 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.

The latest attack on unions: Michigan 12/07/2012
Yesterday, in a surprise move, the GOP-controlled Michigan Legislature rammed right-to-work-for-less legislation through.

The latest on our pay plan ULP  11/29/2012
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.

Cecil B. Crawford featured in news story 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.

Denise Juneau wins 11/21/2012
With the provisional ballots now in, Denise Juneau wins the superintendent of public instruction race. Great news!

Pupils before profit: Amanda Curtis 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.

Jan LaBonty on charter schools 11/21/2012
MEA-MFT member Jan LaBonty has written an excellent guest editorial exposing on the myth of charter schools.

TRS can be fixed - here's how 11/20/2012
Here is "the rest of the story," the real story about unfunded liability in the Montana Teachers' Retirement System

Election results 11/14/2012
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.

Steve Bullock wins governor's race 11/07/2012
After a long night of counting votes, Steve Bullock is the presumptive winner of the governor's race in Montana.

Jon Tester wins U.S. Senate race 11/07/2012
MEA-MFT's endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate, Jon Tester, has won re-election.

Eileen Sheehy is 2013 Montana Teacher of the Year! 09/24/2012
Congratulations to Montana's newest Teacher of the Year!

Register for Share My Lesson & win $5,000 09/11/2012
Register now for AFT’s Share My Lesson and you could win $5,000 toward your student loans.

Learn more about the new Health Center for state employees 08/29/2012
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.

Former MEA-MFT vice president Jim McGarvey dies 08/28/2012
Jim McGarvey, former vice president of MEA-MFT and longtime president of the former Montana Federation of Teachers, passed away this morning.

2012 Golf Scramble nets $12K for MPTF 08/22/2012
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.

The scoop on parent-teacher relationships 08/19/2012
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.

Why do the Koch brothers want to destroy public schools? 08/16/2012
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.

LR 123 is OFF THE BALLOT 08/10/2012
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.

MEA-MFT members at AFT convention 07/30/2012
Fifteen folks from MEA-MFT particiated in the AFT convention July 27-30 in Detroit, MI.

What ALEC has in mind for public schools 07/24/2012
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.

Eric Feaver responds to group broadcasting state employee salaries 07/18/2012
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.

LR 123: Something wicked this way comes 07/13/2012
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.

LR 123: a dangerous gimmick 07/10/2012
Ed Jasmin, a longtime Montana businessman, banker, and Board of Regents member, recently penned this guest editorial against Legislative Referendum 123.

National Board Certification Scholarships Available 2012-13  07/01/2012
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.

NEA Director John Stocks visits Montana reservation schools 06/30/2012
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.

Student loan rate hike stopped! 06/29/2012
With just days to go before the final deadline, members of Congress reached a deal to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling.

Two Montana teachers win presidential awards for math & science 06/29/2012
Congratulations to Carol Pleninger and Tammy Johnson, Montana's two new national presidential awardees for science & math teaching.

Supreme Court upholds health care reform: what it means for Montana 06/28/2012
Here's an analysis by Montana's Mike Dennison on the U.S. Supreme Court's June 28 ruling on health care reform

State employee union members ratify pay plan agreement  06/27/2012
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.

Do you suspect child abuse? Law requires you to report it 06/20/2012
If you suspect a child has been physically, mentally, or emotionally abused or neglected, the law requires you to report it to DPHHS.

Wisconsin: Walker stays, the fight goes on 06/06/2012
In Wisconsin, unlimited corporate money carried the day in the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker.

Wisconsin uprising enters home stretch 05/10/2012
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will face Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in the historic recall election set for June 5th.

Thank a teacher: National Teacher Day 05/07/2012
National Teacher Day takes place May 8, 2012.

Montana budget even better than thought 04/27/2012
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.

MEA-MFT Members of the Year on radio news 04/26/2012
Listen MEA-MFT's 2012 Members of the Year -- Cecil B. Crawford, Shannon Bender, Kari Cargill, and Sandy Osborne -- on radio news.

May 4: Stand up against bullying 04/24/2012
Friday, May 4, MEA-MFT members will join their fellow AFT members across the country to stand up to bullying on Stand4Change Day.

National Board Certification Scholarships available  04/20/2012
National Board Certification Scholarships available for 2012-13 school year

Happy 75th, Anaconda Teachers Union! 04/17/2012
The original charter of MEA-MFT’s Anaconda local, the Anaconda Teachers Union Local 502, was signed 75 years ago today.

Tax Day: thank taxes 04/17/2012
Tax Day is here. It's the day we pool our resources as citizens to buy the things that create a civilized society.

Gov. Schweitzer unveils plan to fix PERS & TRS 04/11/2012
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.

Bob Brown says "NO" on LR 123 04/10/2012

MSU graduate employees join MEA-MFT 04/10/2012
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!

Schools get $4.6 million thanks to Steve Bullock 04/05/2012
Note that without the able and committed leadership of Attorney General Steve Bullock, there would have been no deal at all.

Feaver testifies on public employee retirement 04/04/2012
MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver testifies before the Legislative Finance Committee on public employees' and teachers' retirement.

Rep. Assembly rocks! 04/02/2012
More than 400 MEA-MFT delegates rocked the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula March 30-31 at the MEA-MFT Representative Assembly.

LR 119 declared unconstitutional 03/21/2012
Should Montanans keep the right to elect their state supreme court justices and chief justice? Some legislators don't think so.

Wisconsin, one year later 03/12/2012
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.

MEA-MFT COPE recommends Steve Bullock for governor 02/08/2012
“We are very excited that Steve is running for governor,” said COPE member Ron Kimmet, an industrial arts teacher in Hardin.

Congrats to MEA-MFT's members of the year! 02/06/2012
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.

MEA-MFT COPE recommends Monica Lindeen for state auditor 01/30/2012
“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.

MEA-MFT COPE recommends Linda McCulloch for secretary of state 01/27/2012
“Linda McCulloch is a real champion for voter’s rights,” said Rich Aarstad, a COPE member and historian at the Montana Historical Society.

Sensible solutions for state pensions 01/19/2012
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.

MEA-MFT COPE recommends Jon Tester  01/17/2012
“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.”

Dr. King, education, public service, & labor unions 01/13/2012
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.

2011 MPTF newsletter 12/19/2011
Read our 2011 Montana Professional Teaching Foundation Newsletter.

Sign petition in support of Head Start 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!

The money was there all along 12/06/2011
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.

Denise Juneau proclaims Education Support Professionals Day 11/16/2011
Superintendent Denise Juneau proclaimed Education Support Professionals Day in Montana this morning at Riverside Middle School in Billings.

Good news about Head Start 11/11/2011
Head Start has been in the national news a lot lately. And the results are good.

Ohio voters crush attack on collective bargaining 11/09/2011
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.

MSU-Bozeman members ratify first contract 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.

Grants for science fair teachers 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.

MEA-MFT works with regents to priority salaries 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.

MSU-Bozeman closes in on first contract 10/11/2011
MEA-MFT members at Montana State University-Bozeman have finished bargaining their first contracts. Now it's ratification time.

MEA-MFT fights dangerous ballot measure 10/06/2011
MEA-MFT has joined other groups in filing a lawsuit against a dangerous ballot measure.

Unions submit demand to bargain on state pay plan 10/04/2011

Tom Pedersen is Montana Teacher of the Year 2012! 09/30/2011
Congratulations to Tom Pedersen, science teacher at Capital High School in Helena, Montana Teacher of the Year for 2012!

Obama: states can opt out of NCLB - with conditions 09/24/2011
President Obama announced that states can opt out of the most rigid requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

Workplace bullying resources 09/12/2011
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.

Who do you "heart" this Labor Day?  08/29/2011
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.

Unions negotiate freeze for state employee health insurance costs 08/23/2011
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.

National poll shows strong support for teachers 08/17/2011
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.

Denise Juneau leads rebellion against NLCB  08/15/2011
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.

Americans want jobs, not cuts to Social Security & Medicare 08/12/2011
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.

Thanks to MEA-MFT, 141 teachers get help with student loans  08/11/2011
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.

Two Wisconsin GOP state senators recalled for attacking collective bargaining  08/10/2011
Two GOP senators recalled, but GOP keeps control of Wisconsin Senate.

Stock Market Plunge Just What The Tea Party Ordered? 08/09/2011

2011 Golf Scramble winners! 08/07/2011
A gorgeous day and good times were had by all at the 8th annual Montana Professional Teaching Foundation Golf Scramble August 4, 2011.

Montana Schools of Promise 08/07/2011
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.

ALEC outed: the right-wing conspiracy behind bad bills 08/04/2011
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.

Matt Damon lauds teachers at Save Our Schools rally 08/02/2011
“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.

The debt ceiling deal: our take 08/02/2011
MEA-MFT is evaluating exactly how badly the newly adopted federal deficit/debt ceiling act will impact Montana public programs and services.

Unnecessary cuts hard to forget 07/22/2011
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?

Carolyn Sime: A class act! 07/22/2011
A class act MEA-MFT member doing Work that Matters!

Unions key to reviving the middle class, Krugman says 07/12/2011
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.

Retiring early? You need this info! 07/07/2011
Are you a public employee in the PERS or TRS system? Are you planning to take early retirement? If so, you need this info!

Follow the action at NEA Rep. Assembly 06/29/2011
Several dozen MEA-MFT members participated in the annual National Education Association's Representative Assembly in Chicago July 1-5.

New resource guide for paraeducators 06/21/2011
The Montana Office of Public Instruction recently completed a new Resource Guide for Paraeducators. Several MEA-MFT members worked on this revision.

MEA-MFT 2011 Legislative Voting Record 06/20/2011
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.

Pay plan update 06/16/2011
Montana's executive branch responds to the Unfair Labor Practice charge filed by MEA-MFT and our fellow unions.

Yep, the money was there 06/15/2011
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.

UM Western prof wins national award 06/10/2011
Students of MEA-MFT member Delena Norris-Tull know to pull on their boots before class.

Paraprofessionals Achieving Standards Successfully (PASS) 06/07/2011
PASS for paras MEA-MFT's acclaimed course to help Montana paraprofessionals meet the "high quality" definition in the No Child Left Behind Act

Keep the Rally Alive! 06/04/2011
Please help keep the spirit of our April 1 No Fooling with our Future Rally strong!

Wis. Supreme Court rules collective bargaining can be gutted 05/26/2011
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).

Letter to the governor on state pay plan 05/17/2011
MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver submitted the following open letter to Governor Brian Schweitzer to newspapers across Montana in May.

Denise Juneau vs NCLB 05/12/2011
Montana's Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau recently drew a line in the sand with the No Child Left Behind Act.

Green Campus Program 05/06/2011
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.

State pay plan: what next 05/05/2011
The Republican-dominated legislature killed HB 13, the state employee pay plan, during the 2011 legislative session. Let them know what you think.

State budget: where it stands 05/02/2011
It was almost so much worse.

Session over 05/02/2011
The 2011 Montana Legislature has finally ground to a halt. Final bill status report

How high are taxes? 04/30/2011
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.

Outstanding Math & Science Teachers 04/28/2011
Two Montana teachers have been named as 2010 outstanding math and science teachers by President Obama.

Victory on teacher tenure! 04/27/2011
The House rejected SB 315 (Ripley) - a bill to redefine good cause and truncate due process in the teacher tenure statutes.

House rejects state pay plan again 04/21/2011
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.

Jim McGarvey to retire 04/19/2011
im McGarvey, executive secretary of the Montana State AFL-CIO and former MEA-MFT vice president, announced plans to retire this week.

Help pass the jobs bill 04/18/2011
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.

Veto branding begins 04/13/2011
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.

Teacher tenure attack still in play 04/13/2011
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!

Budget cut battle 04/12/2011
Apr 13 - Where the budget battles stands now. All cuts hurt!

HB603 tabled! 04/11/2011
Great news: HB 603, the insidious school privatization bill, was tabled Apr. 11. SB 315 remains and needs your URGENT ACTION.

Retirement bill status 04/11/2011
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.

Rep. Assembly report 04/06/2011
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.

MEA-MFT Members of the Year 04/06/2011
More than 350 MEA-MFT members from across Montana honored three of their peers at a gala celebration in Helena April 1.

Vets Home saved for 3rd time 04/04/2011
Once again, MEA-MFT and our members have stopped an attempt to close and privatize the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls.

2,000+ attend No Fooling with our Future Rally 04/01/2011
“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.”

Putting a face on the budget cuts 03/29/2011
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.

School funding bill dies 03/24/2011
The Senate has killed SB 403 (Jones) – the latest k-12 school funding bill. Schools contemplate layoffs due to legislative gridlock.

Dangerous: HB 603 03/24/2011
HB 603 is one of the most dangerous school privatization bills ever introduced.

No Fooling w/our Future Rally Apr. 1 03/23/2011
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!

A lesson in character 03/17/2011
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.

March Sadness Tournament Bracket 03/16/2011
Make your picks for the worst ideas of the 2011 Legislature!

Victory at the Veterans Home 03/10/2011
Victory at the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls!

Wisconsin GOP strips worker rights 03/10/2011
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.

500+ attend Rally to Save Public Services & Education 03/09/2011
More than 500 Montanans braved the winter weather to travel to Helena Feb. 21 for a Rally to Save Public Services and Education.

Gov. defends public employee unions 02/25/2011
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer gave an eloquent defense of public employees and teachers unions on MSNBC today.

The money IS there 02/24/2011
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.

The anti-union agenda 02/24/2011
These two editorials speak to a phenomenon we're seeing in Montana too – and MEA-MFT is fighting back.

Attack on tenure passes 02/23/2011
SB 315 passed weakens Montana's tenure laws for teachers for no good reason. We'll keep fighting it.

Bill to roll back state salaries 02/17/2011
HB 569, sponsored by Wayne Stahl (R-Saco), would roll back state employee salaries to October 1, 2005.

MT Teacher of the Year tells all 02/10/2011
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!

State budget cuts now over $1 billion! 02/07/2011
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.

One bad bill down 02/04/2011

"Pass the pay plan!" 02/01/2011

Governor lauds value of education 01/31/2011
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.

Montanans rally against cuts 01/31/2011
More than 100 people from around Montana rallied Jan. 28 against legislative committees’ cuts to budgets for education and health and human service programs.

Day of Action a great success 01/18/2011
Nearly 100 state and university employees from across Montana participated in our Work That Matters Day of Action, Jan. 17, 2011.

Job-killing move at the legislature 01/12/2011
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.

Super classroom creativity: Montana style 01/11/2011
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.

Congratulations, NBC teachers! 01/11/2011
Seven more Montana teachers – all MEA-MFT members -- recently joined the ranks of the nation’s top certified teachers.

Paul Andersen is National Teacher of the Year finalist! 01/11/2011
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.

Budget cuts without cause 01/06/2011

Open season on teachers: Waiting for Superman 01/02/2011
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.

Striking back: super myths in "Superman" 01/02/2011
From high stakes testing to charter schools, Waiting for "Superman" is full of super myths.

Head Start members speak up on new federal rules 01/02/2011

State employees now qualify for Healthy Montana Kids 01/02/2011
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.

"Superman" critics speak out 01/02/2011
Across the nation, educators and others are pointing out the foibles in the film "Waiting for 'Superman.'" Here are some examples:

Local Values Come First in Montana’s Race to the Top Proposal 06/18/2010
Guest Editorial by Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau

Rob Thomas of UM Western named 1 of 4 U.S. Professors of the Year 04/07/2010
Sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the U.S. Professor of the Year program...

Health insurance shocker 04/07/2010
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.

Work That Matters campaign 04/06/2010
MEA-MFT's Work That Matters campaign for public employees is back: MEA-MFT celebrates with help from a special national guest.

Nominate now: 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year 04/04/2010
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.

New: Electronic lifetime retired membership 04/02/2010

Retirement: a 3-legged stool 04/01/2010

Life after retirement? You bet! 03/31/2010

Volunteering in the Community 03/30/2010

Look before you leap 03/28/2010

10th annual MEA-MFT Representative Assembly 03/27/2010
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.

Thumbs down to Obama Administration's blueprint for k-12 public schools 03/17/2010
Obama Admin. releases blueprint for public schools. Teachers have severe concerns.

Great Falls teachers 'take one' 03/04/2010
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.

You may qualify for student loan assistance 03/03/2010
Student loan forgiveness: Need help paying your student loan? Many Montana teachers and licensed professionals may qualify for loan assistance programs.

Montana's state budget woes. 02/18/2010
Proposed cuts available online

2010 Montana Educator Forum scheduled: Oct. 8, 2010 02/13/2010
Innovation in a Time of Scarcity

Oregon voters address their state budget crisis by passing an initiative raising taxes.  01/27/2010

MEA-MFT launches its award-winning Work That Matters campaign for public employees. 01/25/2010
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.

NEW: MEA-MFT Regional Trainings 01/19/2010
NEW: MEA-MFT Regional Trainings

Karen Cox Memorial Grants awarded 01/13/2010
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.

Crisis in Haiti 01/13/2010
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

National Board scholarships available 01/07/2010
The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation will award up to $1250 in federal subsidy scholarships

Nominate for presidential awards in math and science 01/05/2010
The Awards: The PAEMST Program was established in 1983 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

MEA-MFT Faculty Member of the Year 01/01/2010
Nominate by Jan. 15, 2010. Nomination info

MEA-MFT members in the Dept. of Revenue 12/01/2009
hold statewide training sessions

Happy birthday, Historical Society workers! 11/02/2009
Our members at the Montana Historical Society celebrate their 25th and tell their story.

MEA-MFT to U.S. Education Secretary 10/29/2009
Race to the Top? MEA-MFT and other education leaders have serious misgivings about the Obama Administration's proposed grant guideslines.

CUF links: MEA-MFT faculty members get mobilized 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.

Health care reform Montana style 10/10/2009
Innovative prescription drug plan will save money for state & university employees.

AFT's new e-newsletter for higher ed members. 10/08/2009
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.

UM members settle contract 10/07/2009
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.

Foundation names Montana Teacher of the Year 2010 10/05/2009
In September, Anne Keith of Bozeman received that highest honor when she was named Montana Teacher of the Year for 2010.

Do sweat the small stuff: 09/02/2009
DPHHS members learn workplace problem-solving skills

AFMSU members adopt constitution, elect officers. 08/20/2009
Congratulations, AFMSU!

Montana Professional Teaching Foundation 07/30/2009
Montana Professional Teaching Foundation Karen Cox grants, National Board scholarships, and more

College shopping? 07/28/2009
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.

Stimulus money for education 07/27/2009
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.)

Listen to Schoolhouse Talk 07/24/2009
Listen to Schoolhouse Talk A new kind of talk radio show.

Want to start a mentoring program? 07/23/2009
Want to start a mentoring program? Here's how.

MEA-MFT's local affiliates for k-12 teachers  07/22/2009
MEA-MFT's local affiliates for k-12 teachers

Obama plan to help two-year colleges. 07/15/2009
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.

MEA-MFT battles privatization. 06/03/2009
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.

MEA-MFT members to Montana Board of Regents: "We need to work together." 05/29/2009
Dr. Doug Coffin takes the lead.

Senator Jon Tester visits Great Falls Head Start 05/01/2009

Million dollar men 05/01/2009
MEA-MFT members at UM Western win major grants for biomedical research.

Connecting the dots 04/29/2009
MEA-MFT member Karen Giuliani featured in national publication

Growing made-in-Montana higher education 04/20/2009
Two stories follow. All about Montanans - traditional and nontraditional students - pursing Montana higher education opportunities.

MSU vote - the word spreads! 04/15/2009

MSU-Bozeman faculty vote to join MEA-MFT! 04/14/2009
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.

Where we are: List of Montana campuses with MEA-MFT faculty unions 03/07/2009

Can hives save lives? Better bee-lieve it  02/06/2009

Historical society members fill a void 02/02/2009
New Montana History textbook has MEA-MFT members' fingerprints all over it.

MEA-MFT goes to bat for state funding of Head Start 02/01/2009

MEA-MFT's Head Start locals 02/01/2009

Victory for Missoula Head Start members 01/28/2009
Defending their rights.

National Head Start Association 01/02/2009

AFT's Go Public campaign  07/01/2007
Fighting the perils of privatization

'Work That Matters' wins 4th national award 06/01/2007

Work That Matters saves probation & parole jobs 03/27/2007
MEA-MFT reactivates our award-winning Work That Matters ad campaign.

Walking the line 05/29/2006
Correctional Officers at Montana State Prison keep us safe, despite tough conditions.

Hazardous duty  04/02/2006
Members learn to stop toxic leaks.

Who ya gonna call? Scambusters! 02/01/2006
Know of a privatization failure? Tell us about it!

The TransCor nightmare 02/01/2006
Escaped prisoners illustrate why privatization doesn't work

For state employees, it pays to be union 09/01/2003
Survey tells why