John Walsh earns MEA-MFT's endorsement for U.S. Senate

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For immediate release: December 23, 2013


Contact: Eric Feaver, President, MEA-MFT, 406.442.4250


John Walsh earns endorsement of Montana’s largest union

MEA-MFT: Walsh is dedicated to strong public schools, public programs, public service


Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh, candidate for U.S. Senate, has earned the endorsement of MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union.


The endorsement was made by MEA-MFT’s political action arm, MEA-MFT COPE (Committee on Political Education). MEA-MFT COPE is composed of educators, state and county employees, and health care employees who live and work across Montana.


COPE members voted to endorse Walsh after interviewing him and other known candidates who participated in the union’s candidate interview process. (Some candidates failed to respond to repeated requests for interviews.) 


“As a retired military leader and a family man, John Walsh is dedicated to strong public programs and services, public education, and a robust middle class in Montana,” said MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver.


“John’s wife, Janet, is a paraeducator working in the Helena public schools. John is well acquainted with the successes and challenges facing Montana’s public sector employees.”


Feaver continued, “Montana and America have already been shaped for the better by John Walsh’s courageous, selfless National Guard leadership. In addition, we know John Walsh believes in organized labor and collective bargaining in the public and private sectors. We are looking forward to working with John as a United States Senator.”


MEA-MFT is one of the oldest advocacy groups in Montana, preceding statehood, Feaver said. Frontier educators first organized the Montana Education Association (MEA) in 1882. The Montana Federation of Teachers (MFT) traces its roots to a short-lived effort to organize faculty at now the University of Montana in 1918 and a successful and permanent beginning in 1934 among public school educators in Butte and Anaconda.  


MEA-MFT represents more than 18,000 k-12 teachers and school support staff, Head Start employees, state and county employees, university faculty, and private-sector health care providers.


MEA-MFT is a merged affiliate of the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers and is the largest affiliate of the Montana State AFL-CIO.




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