Legislative Advocacy

RECLAIMING THE PROMISE

WE STAND UP FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION IN MICHIGAN

Our union works to promote policies that support a high quality, equitable public education system for all.

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We are educators who believe in the potential of our students and are committed to ensuring that Michigan has a high quality education system.

TAKE ACTION

Communicating with elected officials is our responsibility as citizens and union members—and the Michigan Legislature is always working on many issues that affect teachers, school employees, and students.

TRACKED LEGISLATION

AFT Michigan tracks legislation relevant to the issues facing our members, as well as the schools, colleges, and universities in which they work, operations of state government and elections, and issues of racial, social, and economic justice.

For every bill we monitor, you will find a description of the bill, relevant details, and links to the bill content and legislative analysis. AFT Michigan does not always take positions on bills. If a bill is not scheduled for a hearing, it is unlikely we will take a position. Decisions on bills are made through alignment with AFT Michigan’s official policy platforms and consensus of AFT Michigan’s Administrative Board Constituency Committees and through discussions with local presidents. When we’ve taken a position on identical bills in previous sessions, our previous position on the bill is reflected.

Additionally, there are links for members to take action on bills for which we have taken positions and are moving through the legislative process.

POLICY PLATFORMS AND POSITION PAPERS

AFT Michigan’s policy platforms and issue briefs are developed by our members—after all, education professionals are the experts when it comes to educational issues. Our legislative work is centered on communicating these values and policies to elected officials.

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HIGHER EDUCATION PLATFORM

Throughout this platform, AFT Michigan emphasizes that faculty and staff should be full participants in any discussion aimed at enhancing higher education in our state.

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PRE-K-12 PLATFORM

Throughout this platform, AFT Michigan emphasizes that faculty and staff should be full participants in any discussion aimed at enhancing higher education in our state.

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ISSUE BRIEFS

AFT Michigan takes positions on policy matters as they arise. We provide this information in the form of position papers, testimony, and fact sheets.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

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 retirement of hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents, drive the state deeper into debt, and saddle taxpayers with massive future costs. Check out the full article in the Michigan […]

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 session on Tuesday through Thursday during the week. It is vitally important AFT Michigan members contact their legislators regularly in the next two weeks about […]

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 the rapid pace of bill movement, is largely about teeing up the legislative fights to get bills passed by both chambers and sent to […]

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