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!
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Public employee & teacher pensions SAVED! 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.
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.
Protecting your pension 03/06/2013
For MEA-MFT, protecting our members' pensions is a top priority for the 2013 legislative session.