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MEA-MFT's History

MEA-MFT is the union created when the Montana Education Association and the Montana Federation of Teachers merged September 1, 2000. 


MEA-MFT is one of the oldest advocacy groups in Montana. Frontier educators first organized MEA in 1882. MFT traces its roots to a short-lived effort to organize faculty at now the University of Montana in 1918 and a successful and permanent beginning in 1934 among public school educators in Butte and Anaconda.


Read more about MEA-MFT's history and our proud record of achievements for Montana's people, working families, public schools and services, and the middle class. 


Chronology of the MEA-MFT merger

The late Jim McGarvey, one of MEA-MFT's superheroes