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Governor Signs Education Budgets

It was an honor to be in attendance last Thursday when Governor Whitmer signed next year’s budget. As you know, this budget:

  • Increases K-12 per-pupil funding by 5%;
  • Increases community college funding by 4.9%; and
  • Increases university funding by 6.4%.

Combined with the restoration of many of our important bargaining rights, which will go into effect next spring, we really have a chance to rebuild our state’s education system.

AFT TEACH & Great Lakes Union Leadership Institute

Michigan was well represented at this year’s AFT TEACH professional development conference and the Great Lakes Union Leadership Institute, with members from across the state reporting stimulating experiences full of great presentations and relationship-building. Thanks to all those who took time out of their summers to attend to build your skills!

Jacqueline Goosen, President of the Macomb ISD Fed of Teachers, and Eric Rader, President of the Henry Ford CC Fed of Teachers, hit Capitol Hill while in DC for TEACH.


2023 AFT Michigan Great Lakes Union Leadership Institute Attendees

AFT Recommits to Organizing

One of the major topics at last week’s AFT Executive Council meeting was how our union’s continued commitment to new member organizing is paying off. In the last two years, AFT has organized thousands of members in over 90 new units. A significant chunk of that growth has been here in Michigan, with new units stretching from healthcare professionals to school support staff to college faculty and university staff. All this means that in addition to our historic strength among K-12 educators, we’re the largest higher ed union and the fastest growing healthcare union in the U.S. As Randi Weingarten describes us, we’re the “home of the people who make a difference in other people’s lives.”

Contribute to the AFT Michigan PAC Today

AFT Michigan fights for our members, students and communities all year round and we need your help. Can you donate $1 a week to aid us in this fight? Please visit the AFT Michigan website to contribute and make a big difference in protecting public education and building a better Michigan future! 

Detroit Lions Union Day Event 

The Lions are pleased to offer local union members special savings off select Lions Game this year.

Please note that if you would like to sit together all tickets must be purchased through one transaction. You will be assigned the best available seats within the section you choose at time of purchase.

Tickets can be purchased at this link:

In solidarity,

Terrence Martin


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