April 17 bill status 04/18/2017

Hundreds gathering in Helena for Rep Assembly 03/30/2017
Hundreds of MEA-MFT members from across Montana will gather in Helena March 31-April 1 for the annual MEA-MFT Representative Assembly.

MEA-MFT COPE endorses Rob Quist for Congress 03/24/2017
MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union and affiliate of the Montana AFL-CIO, has announced that its Committee On Political Education (COPE) has endorsed Rob Quist for Congress in Montana’s special election.

Nominate for 2018 MT Teacher of the Year 03/15/2017
Deadline for nominations: May 1, 2017

Guns in schools bill dies on 2d reading 02/27/2017
After spirited debate, the House failed to pass the “guns in school bill,” HB 385, on 2d reading.

MEA-MFT north central regional training 02/16/2017
You're invited!

Bad bill week at the legislature 02/13/2017
This is bad bill week at the Montana Legislature, with committee hearings on three dangerous, unnecessary bills:

Jan. 26 bill status 01/26/2017

Jan 24 bill status 01/24/2017

Jan. 20 bill status 01/23/2017
Summary: School funding and game wardens’ & peace officers' retirement moving on. The attempt to eliminate election day as a holiday has failed. Crazy gun bills introduced.

Jan. 12 - legislative update 01/12/2017
Today MEA-MFT engaged in bill hearings that impact thousands of MEA-MFT members and other public employees across Montana.

STATE PAY PLAN: tentative agreement reached 11/16/2016
The joint union bargaining team for Montana’s state employees met with the bargaining team from Governor Bullock’s office November 9. The two teams reached a tentative agreement on the next state employee pay plan.

Montana Legislature begins January 2 11/16/2016
As always, MEA-MFT leaders, staff, and members will be working hard every day during the 90-day session on behalf of public education, public services, the rights of working people, and other crucial issues that affect our members and all Montanans. Stay involved!

Nominate for presidential math & science teaching awards 11/04/2016
Do you know a great Montana science or math teacher, teaching in grades 7-12, with 5 or more years of professional teaching experience? Nominate now.

2016 Members of the Year 05/30/2016
Phil Condon, Sue Stewart, and the entire Montana Federation of Historical Society Workers were honored at 2016 representative assembly.

Myers, Brookshier, Keenan join MEA-MFT Hall of Fame 04/14/2016
Each year, MEA-MFT celebrates our trailblazers and pioneers -- the people who made our union the champion of working families it is today -- by inducting them into the MEA-MFT Hall of Fame.

MEA-MFT members celebrate Supreme Court victory at Rep Assembly 04/04/2016

The ruling is in: Friedrichs is gone 03/29/2016
The U.S. Supreme Court today delivered its decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, affirming that public employees have a compelling interest in having strong and effective collective bargaining.

2016 Rep. Assembly: April 1-2, Helena 03/26/2016
This year, RA takes place April 1-2, 2016, in Helena. More than 300 delegates are expected to attend. Make sure your local union is fully represented!

MEA-MFT endorsed candidates for 2016 election 03/01/2016
The Montana candidates who win election in November 2016 will have a huge impact on the lives, jobs, and families of all MEA-MFT members. Learn about our endorsed candidates.

You're invited: Billings regional training Feb 19-20 01/09/2016
All travel, lodging, and meals provided. But register early — space will be limited.

MEA-MFT COPE endorses Jim Shea for Supreme Court 12/01/2015
"COPE members were impressed with Jim Shea’s experience as a judge and the fact that he decides cases based on facts, the law, and the constitution."

Sue Stewart honored as Montana’s Education Support Professional of the Year 11/30/2015
Sue Stewart is the kind of person you want in your corner. That goes double if you happen to be a child who is blind or visually impaired, or the parent of such a child.

MEA-MFT saves guaranteed annual benefit adjustments for TRS and PERS retirees 08/21/2015
MEA-MFT saves guaranteed annual benefit adjustments

MEA-MFT wins on teachers’ retirement  07/01/2015
Good news: District court has ruled in favor of MEA-MFT in our case to save Montana teachers’ Guaranteed Annual Benefit Adjustment (GABA).

Governor signs SB 411 to close MDC 05/06/2015
A terrible decision for MDC patients, their families, the employees, and the town of Boulder.

Parents of patients at MDC ask governor to veto SB 411 04/29/2015
SB 411, the bill to close MDC, is now on the governor's desk. Please ask him to veto it. Call 444-3111 to leave your message.

Legislature adjourns after failing to pass crucial infrastructure bill 04/28/2015
After more shenanigans in the Montana House of Representatives, the session’s key infrastructure bill is dead.

Fate of Medicaid expansion 03/09/2015
After three hours of testimony most of which supported HB 249 (Noonan) – Governor Bullock’s Medicaid Expansion proposal - House Human Services did the expected. It killed the bill with a “Do Not Pass” motion. But Medicaid expansion might not be dead for this session.

Legislative session nears halfway mark 02/24/2015
Montana's 2015 legislature is approaching the halfway mark. It has been a tough session. MEA-MFT leaders, staff, and members are front and center at the legislature every day

HB 462 attacks public employee unions: your help needed! 02/16/2015
YOUR union, OUR union is at extreme risk right now. Help stop this dangerous bill.

MEA-MFT Regional Training, May 1-2, Missoula 02/02/2015

Bonding bill: Bob Brown has it right  01/26/2015
Longtime Republican leader Bob Brown of Whitefish has it right on HB 5, the governor's bonding bill, which helps Montanans from the Bakken to Whitefish, including the Montana Historical Society.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.