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.

Two field consultant positions open at MEA-MFT 04/15/2014
MEA-MFT is seeking applicants for two field consultant positions based out of our Missoula office.

Stand up to ALEC! 04/14/2014
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

MEA-MFT Regional Trainings 2014 11/13/2013
MEA-MFT Regional Trainings a hit: more scheduled.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.