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'This is our time' - 1st MFPE Annual Conference 04/16/2018
Despite arctic storms and record snowfall, nearly 400 delegates braved white-knuckle roads to gather in Helena for the first Montana Federation of Public Employees Annual Conference, April 6-7.

1st MFPE Annual Conference  04/11/2018
The first-ever Montana Federation of Public Employees (MFPE) Annual Conference took place in Helena April 6-7, 2018.

MFPE to hold first annual conference April 6-7 04/05/2018

Teacher Leadership Institute - 2018 -19 04/05/2018
Are you ready to take hold of your career, learning to lead in matters of practice and policy? Do you ever find yourself thinking, “If more teachers were leading, then…”—and wishing you were one of those teachers? Are you eager to make a difference beyond your classroom—but not sure where to begin?

Support the 6-Mill Levy for higher education 03/14/2018
One of MEA-MFT’s top priorities on the November 2018 ballot is the 6-Mill Levy, a statewide levy that Montanans have supported since 1948. It provides a key funding source for all 8 campuses in the Montana University System. MEA-MFT has members working on every one of those campuses.

Nominate for presidential science & math teachers 03/06/2018
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 before April 1, 2018!

Attend a regional meeting near you 02/12/2018
All members are invited to attend the regional meeting closest to YOU to learn more about our new merged union: Montana Federation of Public Employees.

It's official! MEA-MFT & MPEA are merged 01/21/2018
It’s official: Montana’s two largest public employee unions, MEA-MFT and the Montana Public Employees Association (MPEA), have joined forces.

9 more MT teachers achieve National Board Certification 01/08/2018
Late last month the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced that nine more Montana teachers successfully earned National Board Certification (NBC).

A new union for Montana 01/02/2018
January 20, 2018, MEA-MFT and MPEA member leaders will gather here in Helena and ratify a proposed constitution creating a new union, the Montana Federation of Public Employees.

Special MEA-MFT Rep. Assembly Jan. 20, 2018 12/20/2017
Saturday, January 20, 2018, MEA-MFT will hold a special representative assembly to discuss and vote on the proposed constitution for our new merged union

PASS Training - Spring 2018 12/14/2017
MEA-MFT PASS course has been developed by and for Montana paraprofessionals and provides participants with important skills in classroom management as well as proven strategies in reading, writing, and math instruction, taught in a dynamic and fun setting.

Montana torpedoed by Daines and Gianforte 12/08/2017
This tax package may be a Libertarian dream, but it will be disastrous for citizens who expect our state government to provide for public health, safety and education.

Federal tax bill could cost Montana $128 million/year 12/06/2017
The state of Montana could lose about $128 million annually in the next two fiscal years to its general fund because of federal tax reforms, a legislative panel considering a study of the state’s tax structure was told Tuesday.

Counties angry over office closures due to state cuts 12/06/2017
The Montana Department of Revenue is closing its county satellite offices in Chester and Conrad on Friday because of budget reductions in House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 261 approved in the 2017 legislative session.

Sign up for Missoula regional training 12/01/2017
All MEA-MFT & MPEA members are welcome to this fun, free event!

Special session adjourns  11/16/2017
The special session of the Montana Legislature adjourned late last night. Instead of finding a balanced approach to deal with the state’s revenue shortfall, the legislative majority voted for $110 million in cuts to state services and made it more difficult to restore services if revenue rebounds.

Republicans move to make temporary budget cuts permanent, furlough state employees  11/15/2017

Special legislative session begins 11/13/2017
The MEA-MFT leaders and staff who compose our lobby team are at the state capitol watching carefully, working to protect our members' interests and protect state jobs and services, along with public education.

Gov. Bullock & public school advocacy groups united on K-12 proposals in special session 11/10/2017

Nominate for Presidential Math & Science Teaching Awards 11/01/2017
Do you know an excellent Montana science or math teacher, teaching in grades K-6, who would appreciate a $10,000 award and an expenses-paid trip to DC? Nominate that person now.

Save jobs and public services - TAKE ACTION! 10/30/2017
Act now to help avoid devastating cuts!

Melissa Romano: Teacher of the Year! 10/04/2017
Divide and Shields Valley teachers are 2018 finalists

MEA-MFT & MPEA are merging! Learn more at a regional meeting near you 10/04/2017
MEA-MFT and the Montana Public Employees Association (MPEA) are joining forces. Learn more at a regional meeting near you.

Teacher Learning Hub Annual Report 16/17 09/25/2017
In July 2013, the American Federation of Teachers(AFT) awarded Montana an Innovation Grant tocreate the Montana Digital Professional Learning Network (MDPLN). This new online learning network was patterned after the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA), with the primary goal of addressing the challenges of distance,time, access, and equity in providing Montana educators access to quality professional learning opportunities statewide. Initial focus was to provide Montana English Language Arts, Literacy,and Mathematics Common Core training and ongoing coaching support for Montana teachers,as well as paraprofessional training for the MEAMFT PASS program.

MSDB members support firefighters 09/14/2017
MEA-MFT Local #4027 at the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind recently sponsored a fundraiser to support the brave men and women fighting wildfires across Montana.

Pres. Eric Feaver responds to state budget cuts 09/12/2017
Our job today is to call, email, and write our legislators both House and Senate. Tell them to support new revenue to avoid budget cuts.

Time to pre-register for the MEA-MFT Educators' Conference! 09/08/2017
The one and only MEA-MFT Educators’ Conference, the MOST comprehensive cross-grade, cross-curriculum professional development event in Montana, takes place in Missoula October 19-20, 2017. Pre-register here.

Recommendations to Supt. Elsie Arntzen on budget cuts 09/01/2017
Montana public education community's recommendations to Supt. Arntzen on how to implement the governor's request for 10% reduction.

What caused the state budget crisis?  08/29/2017
What got Montana into its current fiscal crisis? Some Montanans are pointing to legislation from 2003 that cut tax rates, mostly for the state's wealthiest.

Learn more about National Board Certification 08/29/2017
Recruiting and retaining highly qualified educators is of critical concern to Montana schools. The new National Board Certification (NBC) stipend will help. Learn more about the stipend and about NBC in Montana.

Arntzen takes Teacher of the Year program from our foundation 08/29/2017
A number of folks have asked if we agreed to hand the Montana Teacher of the Year Program over to Elsie Arntzen. No, we did not agree to hand it over. We are proud of the 22-year investment we have made in the program.

Big fun at 2017 Golf Scramble 08/18/2017
Photos from the 2017 golf scramble fundraiser for the MT Professional Teaching Foundation. Thanks to all sponsors, teams, and volunteers!

State budget cuts affect most vulnerable Montanans 08/14/2017
The full scope of pain from impending budget cuts is coming into view for public employees and the Montanans they serve.

How I-183 can hurt Montanans  08/10/2017
Would you sign a petition for a law to create a new reason to sue Montana and local governments (read: taxpayers)?

Who needs charter schools? MT's public schools are among the world's best 08/09/2017
Year after year, in measure after measure, Montana public schools large and small prove they are among the best schools in the world. Here's one more example.

New FREE insurance benefit for MEA-MFT members 08/09/2017
All dues-paying, active MEA-MFT members are eligible for this NEW benefit from AFT, our national affiliate.

MEA-MFT & MPEA ready to launch new union 08/09/2017
It’s official: MEA-MFT and the Montana Public Employees Association (MPEA) will join forces, creating a larger, stronger new union.

The budget cuts are coming 07/26/2017
“Really at this point the voters need to speak.”

Nominate for ESP of the Year 07/21/2017
MEA-MFT is now accepting nominations for the 2018 ESP of the Year.

For MT Teacher of the Year Kelly Elder, life has become a whirlwind of opportunity 05/11/2017
When you become a Montana Teacher of the Year, doors all over the world open for you. Literally. Kelly Elder is a case in point.

MT educators receive $13,000 in free books for students in need 05/11/2017
Across Montana, k-12 educators are celebrating a windfall of free books for their students, thanks to a partnership between their union and a nonprofit organization called First Book.

2017 Legislature adjourns, sine die 04/28/2017

JumpStart your National Board Certification 04/04/2017
MEA-MFT cordially invites you to attend the annual JumpStart Montana.

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.

Montana State Teachers of the Year chapter launched 03/06/2017
The Montana State Teachers of the Year (MT STOY), a state affiliate of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, has officially launched with the formal election of a slate of officers and approval of the organization’s bylaws.

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.

School charter & voucher bills  02/16/2017
Such bills would permit anyone to teach almost anything in unregulated, unaccountable environments.

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

Busting the "school choice" myth 02/16/2017
A quick and compelling read.