Please support businesses that support state employees! 04/11/2013
The following businesses proudly display flyers proclaiming their support for Montana state employees. Please wear your 5/5 pins to these businesses and THANK THEM FOR THEIR SUPPORT!! And please give them your support.
Members testify for HB 13 04/10/2013
MEA-MFT members and others testified eloquently in support of HB 13, the state pay plan, before the Senate Finance and Claims Committee April 9.
HB 13 passes the House 03/27/2013
Good news: HB 13, the state pay plan, has passed the House. This means it's still alive, still in play, and we still have a chance to fully fund it and restore 5 & 5 for all state employees.
MT Developmental Center saved - again 03/22/2013
The Montana Developmental Center survived another close call in the legislature yesterday. The bill to close MDC (SB 254) was originally killed in committee on a bipartisan vote. The bill's sponsor then succeeded in passing a "blast" motion to bring it to the floor of the House for debate and a vote.
"Free HB 13!" say state employees 03/08/2013
More than 30 Montana state employees lined the halls outside the House Appropriations Committee today during their lunch break, holding signs saying, “Free HB 13.” The signs showed House Bill 13 behind bars.
Protecting your pension 03/06/2013
For MEA-MFT, protecting our members' pensions is a top priority for the 2013 legislative session.
Singing for HB 13 03/02/2013
Montana's state capitol saw its first flash mob today as several dozen state employee members used their lunch break to make a musical statement.
Job opening at MEA-MFT 02/08/2013
MEA-MFT seeks a qualified individual to fill the position of Field Consultant, based in Billings.
Legislators gunning for your pension 01/30/2013
Protecting public employees' and teachers' pensions is one of MEA-MFT's top priorities this legislative session. Some legislators are gunning for your pension.
HB 13 hearing: members hit it out of the park 01/24/2013
Several MEA-MFT members testified yesterday at the hearing on HB 13, the state pay plan.
Along with other state and higher education employees, they did an excellent job of making the case for passing HB 13 and lifting the salary freeze.
Our legislative agenda 01/22/2013
Buckle your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy legislative session. MEA-MFT is ready for the ride.
Martin Luther King & Day of Action 01/21/2013
MEA-MFT member and legislator Amanda Curtis shares this timely quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. -- just in time for the State Pay Plan Day of Action:
The United States of ALEC 01/18/2013
This new Bill Moyers documentary shows how the private sector and state politicians are teaming up to enact laws that increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge. They're doing it in Montana, too. Right now.
Legislature begins 01/08/2013
This legislature will make decisions every day that affect your job, your paycheck, your pension, the people you serve, and the very future of public education and public services in Montana.
We Are Montana 12/21/2012
We are Montana. Don't let anyone tell you differently. Don't let naysayers, boo birds, and anti-government, anti-union yahoos tell you differently. We are NOT Wisconsin. We are NOT Indiana. We are NOT Michigan.
State employees warm the hearts of homeless kids 12/19/2012
MEA-MFT member and state employee Cheryl Parker, a compliance specialist at the state’s Child Support Enforcement Division in Missoula, shares this wonderful story of holiday giving:
Sandy Welch drops recount request 12/11/2012
Republican Sandy Welch is dropping her request for a recount in the state schools superintendent race that she narrowly lost to incumbent Denise Juneau.
The latest on our pay plan ULP 11/29/2012
Ongoing saga of our Unfair Labor Practice charge saying the 2011 Legislature failed to bargain in good faith when it didn't pass the state pay plan.
Election results 11/14/2012
MEA-MFT and our members worked our hearts out for our endorsed candidates, the candidates who believe in public services, public education, and employees' rights. It paid off.
The scoop on parent-teacher relationships 08/19/2012
What do parents and teachers really think of each other? And how can they best work together for children's success? NEA teamed up with Parenting Magazine to find out.
LR 123 is OFF THE BALLOT 08/10/2012
The Montana Supreme Court ruled today upholding the District Court decision that Legislative Referendum 123 is indeed blatantly unconstitutional and therefore will not appear on Montana’s November ballot.
LR 123: Something wicked this way comes 07/13/2012
Legislative Referendum 123 is a ballot measure that gives tax rebates to the richest Montanans even if it means slashing funds for schools, public safety, and all other public services. It is slated to appear on Montana's November ballot. We can stop it. You can help.
LR 123: a dangerous gimmick 07/10/2012
Ed Jasmin, a longtime Montana businessman, banker, and Board of Regents member, recently penned this guest editorial against Legislative Referendum 123.