Posts filed under: Legislative Update

David Hecker’s column in the Oakland Press calls out Bill Schuette for trying to rewrite history: “Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, Schuette’s communications director immediately tried to spin the case to make the attorney general look innocent in dragging out...
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Trade unionists from across Michigan gathered at UAW Region 1 in Warren on Wednesday, January 24 for the MI AFL-CIO Legislative Convention. Among other highlights, Taylor Federation of Teachers president Linda Moore proposed a successful amendment to add mandatory kindergarten...
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Late this afternoon, Governor Rick Snyder, Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, and Senate Republican Leader Arlen Meekhof reached an agreement on changes to HB 4647 and SB 401, bills which reform the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System. AFT...
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Legislators Return to Districts for Spring Recess After a busy start to the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, the Michigan Legislature has adjourned for two weeks to work in district. We encourage our members to attend coffee hours with your legislators to hear...
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Over the past decade, unions have been under attack in state legislatures across the country.  At the same time, there have been dramatic cuts in essential services, including both K-12 and higher education.  And while unions have been the target...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 10, 2017 MEA, AFT Michigan see potential in education commission report – if lawmakers take full slate of recommendations and goals seriously           The 21st Century Education Commission report, released today,...
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It’s been a busy start to the 2017-2018 session of the Michigan Legislature. As you’ve seen in earlier emails, we already have accomplished our first big victory by defeating a state revenue cut which would have blown an annual $1...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from AFT Michigan February 8, 2017 AFT Michigan Statement on Governor’s Proposed Budget Union speaks out for prioritizing Pre-K through college public education  LANSING — Today, Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his proposed budget for the coming fiscal...
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LANSING — With infrastructure challenges likely the focus of tonight’s State of the State address, members of the state’s two school employee unions are hoping to hear a commitment from Gov. Rick Snyder that much-needed repairs won’t come at the...
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Thursday night, the Michigan Legislature adjourned for the year, without passing any of the legislation that would have deeply harmed our students, our schools, our members, and our union. Attacks on public employee pensions, school funding, collective bargaining, worker voice,...
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