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You're invited: MEA-MFT Regional Meetings  09/30/2016
All MEA-MFT members invited! This is a chance to get together with MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver, several MEA-MFT staff members, and your fellow local MEA-MFT members for a fun and informal discussion of important MEA-MFT business.

One-time-only MEA-MFT Retired dues sale! 09/30/2016
If you have been thinking about joining MEA-MFT Retired, now is the time! We are offering a "dues sale" that will never happen again.

Elsie Arntzen's deplorable voting record 09/27/2016
Elsie Arntzen of Billings is running for Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction. But she is NO friend of public education. Take a look at her voting record.

MEA-MFT endorsed statewide candidates 05/17/2016
In the 2016 Montana elections, here are the candidates we recommend. Your vote matters!

Sign up now for 2016 MPTF Golf Classic 04/18/2016
Golfers of all abilities are invited to participate in our Montana Professional Teaching Foundation (MPTF) annual Golf Classic, July 28, 2016, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in Anaconda.

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.

The sad story of George and MDC 02/25/2016
"Legislators were sold on the closure bill based on three premises. All three premises have been proven false."

MDC closure dangerously wrong  02/22/2016
"We have concluded that every major legislative argument in favor of closing MDC was false. But it is not too late."

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."

State employee members awarded for excellence 10/30/2015
From dealing with the oil spill in the Yellowstone River to helping Montana kids get child support, state employees make a difference every day.

No matter your age, you need to plan now for retirement 09/15/2015
You're invited to one of MEA-MFT's Pre-retirement Workshops. Find one near you.

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

MEA-MFT public employee locals win national award 06/26/2015

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.

Free Conference Committee adopts amendment to fund state employee pay plan 04/23/2015
Free Conference Committee adopts amendment to fund state employee pay plan

MDC: fix it, don't close it 04/17/2015
On their first 2d reading of SB 411 yesterday the House got it right by voting the bill down. Then the House voted to reconsider.

Lowell Bartels: Closing MDC would be irresponsible 04/08/2015
Lowell Bartels, a committed life-time advocate for our disabled citizens, wrote the following guest opinion. Today HB 411, the ill-advised bill to close MDC, will be heard in committee.

Keep Montana Developmental Center open! 04/07/2015
MDC provides treatment and care for Montana's most disturbed citizens - including those with developmental disabilities as well as mental illness. Most of them could not be treated in community settings. Many would have nowhere to go if MDC closes.

State employees at news conference on HB 13 03/31/2015
Dozens of state employee members participated in a news conference on HB 13, the state pay plan, today at noon. Statement by MEA-MFT Secretary-Treasurer Rich Aarstad.

House majority fails to "blast" state pay plan: not over yet 03/28/2015
3-30-15 Last week the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee tabled the state pay plan, HB 13. Then the House majority refused to blast it to the floor for debate. It's not over yet.

Montana Developmental Center under attack 03/28/2015

State & university employees testify on pay plan March 16 03/13/2015
At long last, the House Appropriations Committee held its hearing on the pay plan – House Bill 13 -- for Montana state employees, including university employees.

HB 13 finally gets its hearing 03/10/2015
At long last, HB 13 (Swanson), the state employee pay plan, had its hearing March 16.

State employees: take action on the pay plan 02/25/2015
we want our pay plan to be enacted by the legislature, we need to contact our legislators and tell them to hear and support HB13!

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.

Join us! State Pay Plan Day of Action Feb. 16 02/09/2015
State employees will once again converge on the state capitol Monday, Feb. 16, for the second State Pay Plan Half Dollar Day of Action. Join us!

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.

State employee pay plan advocates in action 01/20/2015

State employee members ratify pay plan agreement 12/22/2014
The vote is in: MEA-MFT’s state employee members have ratified the state employee pay plan agreement.

State employee pay plan tentative agreement reached 11/06/2014
The team representing Montana’s state employee unions and the team for Governor Bullock’s office reached a tentative agreement on the state pay plan today.

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!

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.

On the shoulders of giants: MEA-MFT Hall of Fame 04/09/2014
MEA-MFT recently created a Hall of Fame to honor the heroes and trail blazers who made this union the stronghold of hope that it is today.

MT Tech students & profs protest right wing speaker 03/27/2014
Some faculty and students at Montana Tech plan an unprecedented boycott of the university’s spring commencement in protest of the ceremony’s featured speakers, a wealthy couple from Bozeman whose critics say have radical social and religious views.

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.

Great news on Montana's state health centers 03/17/2014
Montana’s new state health centers are saving money for state employees and taxpayers alike. And they’re improving state workers’ health. The results are even better than expected.

Member Brent Lonner featured in national publication 02/11/2014
MEA-MFT member Brent Lonner, a wildlife biologist with the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, is prominently featured on the front cover of AFT's Spring 2014 Public Employee Advocate.