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What MEA-MFT Offers You

What our union -- MEA-MFT -- does for us as Montana teachers


Protecting you on the job: MEA-MFT's highly skilled staff help members resolve all kinds of work-related problems. Their help is free to members. Click here to contact field staff.


Bargaining good contracts: MEA-MFT staff help our local affiliatesd negotiate and maintain contracts that protect members' rights, working conditions, and salaries.


Liability insurance: Your MEA-MFT membership protects you from frivolous lawsuits with a $1 million professional liability policy for defense against criminal charges or civil lawsuits. Obtaining this kind of defense could cost non-members many thousands of dollars.


Professional development: We offer top-quality professional development, including: 

  • Our annual MEA-MFT Educators' Conference, the largest professional conference for teachers in the Northwest.

  • Local and regional training in professional issues.

  • Research and publications on issues such as gifted education, survival skills for new teachers, safe schools, and much more.

  • Our Montana Professional Teaching Foundation, promoting great teaching through the Karen Cox Memorial Grants, National Board Certification support, Jim McGarvey Scholarships, and much more.

School funding: MEA-MFT has led the fight for better school funding, winning major increases in state funding in recent legislatures. The fight is far from over, and we continue the effort.

 Protecting your retirement: Read about our victories for retirees in the Montana Teachers Retirement System.


Your voice in issues that affect you: MEA-MFT works closely with elected officials and others whose decisions affect you and your job. We help elect friends of children and public schools. We fight for policies that support education and public school teachers.


From the local school board to the state legislature, from the state Board of Public Education to the governor's office, we provide a strong voice for teachers.


For new teachers especially: MEA-MFT offers support, training, opportunities to get together with and learn from your colleagues, and the New Teacher ASSIST portion of this web site.

Tooting your horn
: MEA-MFT's public relations efforts are designed to tell your story to Montana's people, to gain broader public support for teachers and the important work you do.


Special benefits -- members only: Your membership entitles you to special discounts and programs designed to save you hundreds of dollars. Learn more about these special benefits.


Your voice in MEA-MFT: K-12 members are well represented on the MEA-MFT Board of Directors.



Montana Professional Teaching Foundation

New Teacher ASSIST

Montana curriculum group web sites & other useful links

NEA web site

AFT web site


Join us!

For information on joining MEA-MFT, click here.