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Michigan Senate Passes Return to School Compromise

On August 15, the Michigan Senate passed a package of legislation that will implement an agreement between Republican Legislative leaders and Governor Gretchen Whitmer to amend the State School [...]

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The Bottom Line: Education in the fall must be safe and educators must be involved in decisions

I have heard from so many AFT Michigan members across the state who are rightly concerned about our readiness to open schools this fall. I hear you. And here is the bottom line. Schools should [...]

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Herbart and Hecker: Don’t gamble with school retirement funds for roads scheme

Some state lawmakers are proposing to dip into state retirement funds to pay for Michigan’s crumbling roads.  This dangerous idea should be rejected because it could undermine the [...]

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Lame Duck Legislative Update

The Michigan Legislature is halfway through the lame duck session, and it has been incredibly busy. We expect legislative activity to continue over the next two weeks. The Legislature is in [...]

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First Week of Lame Duck Session Sees Flurry of Activity

In the first three of 12 session days scheduled before the end of the legislative term, we’ve seen hundreds of bills introduced, and dozens of committee hearings. This first week, despite [...]

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Get Ready for Lame Duck

It was the “Lame Duck” legislative session of 2012 when the Republican controlled legislature rammed “Right to Work” through the process without even a hearing.  And that [...]

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2018 Election Recap: WOW!

On Tuesday, Michigan voters made a clear statement: we want to improve our schools, colleges and universities; clean up the environment; create good jobs; respect working families and their [...]

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Election 2018 Videos Featuring AFT Michigan Members

You already knew AFT members are incredibly dedicated to our students and committed to public education, but did you know how many of your colleagues are ready for a guest slot on the evening [...]

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General Election Endorsements

Working closely with other unions across the state, our Administrative Board has made endorsements for the November elections in statewide offices as well as State House and State Senate. You can [...]

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#RedForEd Hits Macomb with Randi and Gretchen

Rain didn’t stop our #RedForEd volunteers this past Saturday. Over 100 volunteers showed up ready to “get it done” with AFT President Randi Weingarten and AFT Michigan members Gretchen [...]