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3/31/2015

Dozens of state employee members participated in a news conference on HB 13, the state pay plan, today at noon. Statement by MEA-MFT Secretary-Treasurer Rich Aarstad.

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3/31/2015

Montana state employees respond to House majority’s failure to take action on HB 13: state pay plan.

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3/28/2015

3-30-15 Last week the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee tabled the state pay plan, HB 13. Then the House majority refused to blast it to the floor for debate. It's not over yet.

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3/28/2015

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2/24/2015

Is your local sending its share of delegates to MEA-MFT Representative Assembly?

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3/20/2015

If bills were passed strictly on the basis of public support, the governor's public preschool plan, Early Edge, would have passed long ago.

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3/18/2015

Jeff Laszloffy, head of the right-wing Montana Family Foundation, has been a ubiquitious presence at the 2015 Montana Legislature. One of the group's main goals is to pass bills that siphon public funds from public schools to private schools.

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3/13/2015

At long last, the House Appropriations Committee held its hearing on the pay plan – House Bill 13 -- for Montana state employees, including university employees.

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3/13/2015

Montanans are clearly opposed to tax benefits for private schools. Which legislators are listening?

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3/9/2015

HB 511 would be a boon to people like Bozeman tycoon Greg Gianforte, who is on the board of the private religious Petra Academy in Bozeman.

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3/12/2015

MEA-MFT strongly opposes SB 143. Can you imagine a Cat-Griz game where fans have guns?

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3/10/2015

At long last, HB 13 (Swanson), the state employee pay plan, had its hearing March 16.

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3/10/2015

Nominate now: Nomination deadline is April 30, 2015.

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3/9/2015

It’s disappointing, but this isn’t the end for Early Edge.

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3/9/2015

After three hours of testimony most of which supported HB 249 (Noonan) – Governor Bullock’s Medicaid Expansion proposal - House Human Services did the expected. It killed the bill with a “Do Not Pass” motion. But Medicaid expansion might not be dead for this session.

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3/4/2015

MEA-MFT strongly opposes SB 107. So does the Billings Gazette. Read on. Then please get ready to help fight this bill in the House. It has already passed the Senate.

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2/25/2015

we want our pay plan to be enacted by the legislature, we need to contact our legislators and tell them to hear and support HB13!

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2/24/2015

Montana's 2015 legislature is approaching the halfway mark. It has been a tough session. MEA-MFT leaders, staff, and members are front and center at the legislature every day

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2/17/2015

Representative Debra Lamm (R) – Livingston – formerly the primary lobbyist for the anti-public school Montana Family Foundation and then head of the failed Montanans Against Common Core but now state legislator, has introduced a bag full of anti-common core, anti-board of public education bills.

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2/16/2015

YOUR union, OUR union is at extreme risk right now. Help stop this dangerous bill.

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2/9/2015

Late Friday Feb. 6, the House Education Committee passed HB 322 out of committee and Senate Education passed SB 107.

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2/9/2015

State employees will once again converge on the state capitol Monday, Feb. 16, for the second State Pay Plan Half Dollar Day of Action. Join us!

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2/5/2015

House Bill 377 (Sponsored by Debra Lamm, R-Livingston)is a direct attack on Montana's academic standards for math and English. And it's unconstitutional.

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2/3/2015

Supt. of Public Instruction Denise Juneau gave an outstanding State of Education address yesterday in the MT House of Representatives.

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2/2/2015

Dues proposal and more to be decided at RA 2015.

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2/2/2015

Nomination deadline: April 1, 2015

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2/2/2015

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1/26/2015

Longtime Republican leader Bob Brown of Whitefish has it right on HB 5, the governor's bonding bill, which helps Montanans from the Bakken to Whitefish, including the Montana Historical Society.

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1/20/2015

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1/19/2015

"Expanding high school districts and constructing new facilities less than five miles from three existing high achieving schools may increase local control, but in reality it only limits the options for local families."

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1/16/2015

What does school "choice" really mean? It means taking tax dollars from public schools, giving the money to private schools.

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1/15/2015

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1/14/2015

MEA-MFT member Denise Juneau's wildly successful Graduation Matters program has helped boost our state's high school graduation level to the highest in history!

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1/6/2015

Privatization of Montana’s public schools is one bad idea, not justified by the quality of our schools, and blatantly unconstitutional.

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12/23/2014

Thirty-two Montana teachers have been selected to participate in the national Teacher Leadership Initiative, a program to develop a new generation of leaders within the teaching profession.

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12/22/2014

The vote is in: MEA-MFT’s state employee members have ratified the state employee pay plan agreement.

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12/10/2014

Graduate teaching and research assistants at MSU Bozeman will get a fairer deal on the job now that they have bargained and ratified their first contract.

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12/3/2014

Seven more Montana teachers recently joined the ranks of the nation’s top certified teachers.

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11/6/2014

The team representing Montana’s state employee unions and the team for Governor Bullock’s office reached a tentative agreement on the state pay plan today.

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10/6/2014

Your family's future depends on who gets elected Nov. 4. Find out which candidates your fellow MEA-MFT members recommend.

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9/22/2014

Craig Beals has a message to deliver: “Those who can, teach.”

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9/9/2014

Three MEA-MFT members star in the first of several videos featuring Montanans talking about the Montana Common Core Standards. More to come!

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9/8/2014

Congratulations to Bozeman Education Assoc. President Tami Phillippi and BEA for securing this major grant from one of MEA-MFT's two national affiliates, the National Education Assoc.

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8/27/2014

Montana Governor Steve Bullock has this inspirational back-to-school message for Montana's kids.

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8/4/2014

The MEA-MFT Board of Directors voted August 2 to elect Melanie Charlson as the new vice president of MEA-MFT.

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7/31/2014

Seven Montana Teachers Chosen as State Finalists for Presidential Science and Math Teaching Awards

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7/16/2014

First-ever “ECET2-Montana” event (Elevating & Celebrating Effective Teaching & Teachers)

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6/30/2014

Bozeman math teacher Anne Keith is a National Board Certified Montana Teacher of the Year. She wrote this essay supporting Montana's Career and College Ready Standards, once upon a time referred to as "common core."

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6/12/2014

Montana PBS did a great documentary on how the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is working in secret to pass its bills in state legislatures -- including Montana's. Don't miss this!

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5/14/2014

MEA-MFT member Anna Baldwin, Montana Teacher of the Year, brought her students from Arlee High School to spend part of the day with Governor Steve Bullock yesterday. It's quite a story.

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4/14/2014

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) claims its education mission is to “promote excellence in the nation’s educational system,” yet its “model” legislation advocates for policies that defund public services, distort the curriculum, and undercut our educators.

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5/7/2014

MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union, today applauded Montana U.S. Senator Jon Tester for introducing a bill to increase the number of school nurses in America’s k-12 public schools.

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5/6/2014

In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Senator Jon Tester (Montana) honoring federal, state and local government employees, both civilian and military, for their dedication and continued service to the United States.

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5/2/2014

Congratulations to MEA-MFT member Bruce Brumley, technology teacher for City College at Montana State University Billings.

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4/23/2014

MEA-MFT members Susan Irion and Kristie Martin have received a $5,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation.

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4/15/2014

Members of the Year are leaders in their professions and in their local MEA-MFT unions. They are extraordinarily dedicated to the Montana citizens they serve and to their coworkers.

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4/9/2014

MEA-MFT recently created a Hall of Fame to honor the heroes and trail blazers who made this union the stronghold of hope that it is today.

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3/31/2014

"Energy, excitement -- people were buzzing."

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3/27/2014

Some faculty and students at Montana Tech plan an unprecedented boycott of the university’s spring commencement in protest of the ceremony’s featured speakers, a wealthy couple from Bozeman whose critics say have radical social and religious views.

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3/27/2014

Initiative 170 (I-170) will make health coverage through Medicaid available for an additional 70,000 low-income Montanans. It would create thousands of jobs in Montana. It's the right thing to do.

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3/25/2014

LR 127 is gone. A good day for voters' rights.

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3/17/2014

Montana’s new state health centers are saving money for state employees and taxpayers alike. And they’re improving state workers’ health. The results are even better than expected.

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3/3/2014

MEA-MFT is working in partnership with the Montana Digital Academy, School Administrators of Montana, and the Office of Public Instruction to help schools implement the standards smoothly and on Montana’s terms.

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2/11/2014

MEA-MFT member Brent Lonner, a wildlife biologist with the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, is prominently featured on the front cover of AFT's Spring 2014 Public Employee Advocate.

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2/10/2014

Governor Steve Bullock has tapped Anaconda teacher and the chair of the Montana Board of Regents, Angela McLean, to serve as Montana’s 31st Lieutenant Governor.

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2/4/2014

Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA), School Administrators of Montana (SAM), MEA-MFT, and the Montana Rural Education Association (MREA) are pleased to come together in support of the Montana Unified School Trust (MUST), whose sole mission is to provide health benefits to Montana’s public schools.

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2/3/2014

The Tea Party legislators who want to undo Montana's current defined benefit pensions for public employees should read this:

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1/23/2014

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12/22/2013

Good news: The litigation that MEA-MFT helped sponsor has resulted in reduction of GABA (Guaranteed Annual Benefit Adjustment) for PERS & TRS retirees being suspended for now.

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1/21/2014

Congratulations to the 17 Montana teachers who recently achieved National Board Certification, thus joining the ranks of the nation’s top K-12 educators.

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1/21/2014

Elizabeth Matthews, Gallatin Gateway School, Gallatin Gateway (Science)and Melissa Romano, Four Georgians Elementary, Helena (Math)are presidential winners.

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1/3/2014

Important tax notice: You can deduct your MEA-MFT dues from your taxes, but only if you itemize deductions, and only if your dues plus other miscellaneous deductions add up to at least 2 percent of your adjusted gross income.

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12/30/2013

Late in the afternoon of Dec. 27, Judge Mike Menahan granted MEA-MFT's request for a preliminary injunction that prevents the state from implementing a serious GABA reduction come January 1 in the Teachers Retirement System.

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12/5/2013

It’s December, and it’s cold in Montana! Don’t forget: the deadline for Montana income tax deductions is December 31, 2013. But don't wait.

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12/4/2013

MEA-MFT and its state employee members have launched a new project to build power within state employee locals.

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11/21/2013

WASHINGTON, DC – MEA-MFT member Eileen Sheehy will be recognized as one of the nation's top teachers in February.

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10/23/2013

Please check out what one of Montana's most distinguished educators has to say, yet again, about Common Core and the wrong-headed myths opponents like to spread.

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10/11/2013

As expected, as a result of HB 454 passed in the last legislative session, the Montana Public Employees’ Retirement [Pension] System now amortizes. This is great news.

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10/11/2013

Pursuant to our belief the 2013 legislature unnecessarily stepped over constitutional and statutory lines when it amended reductions in guaranteed annual benefit adjustments into HB 377 that has amortized and saved the Teachers Retirement System as a pension system, this morning in a Helena district court, MEA-MFT and individual named plaintiffs filed a Complaint for Declaratory Judgment and Relief.

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10/9/2013

Effective July 1, 2014, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana will begin processing medical, dental, and vision claims for all MUST members.

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10/4/2013

In an unprecedented move, 22 Montana Teachers of the Year have banded together to make a statement. These teachers strongly support Montana's Common Core Standards.

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9/24/2013

due to recent cost containment measures for the State’s employee health care plan and an increase in the state share, employees’ cost for health care will decrease in January 2014.

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9/23/2013

Anna Baldwin “basically didn’t believe it” when she got the phone call from Eileen Sheehy at 8:00 last night, telling her she had been selected as the 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year.

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8/22/2013

Dr. King’s legacy was about public education & unions as well as civil rights.

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8/22/2013

The folks who invest and manage your pension dollars are doing a great job. Here's proof.

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8/21/2013

MEA-MFT member-leaders Shannon Bender and Jill Cohenour led the charge today at a rally urging Congress to stop corporate tax dodging and restore funding for education and other crucial public services.

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8/20/2013

Nationwide, Head Start programs will have to eliminate services for 57,265 children in the coming school year -- including 221 in Montana -- due to sequestration’s automatic, across-the-board spending cuts.

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8/13/2013

MEA-MFT members working at the Montana Developmental Center (MDC) in Boulder joined with clients and their families August 9 to celebrate MDC’s pursuit of excellence.

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6/14/2013

“We are working right now with other advocate organizations representing current and future retirees on a common, comprehensive legal challenge,” said MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver.

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6/10/2013

Governor Steve Bullock’s administration and Montana’s state employee unions have reached an agreement to institute pay raises over each of the next two years.

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6/10/2013

Bob Anez to Corrections employees: "No matter how anonymous you are and no matter what you do, the ripples from your role in ensuring the public safety of Montanans reach all corners of this state every single day. Don’t forget the work you do saves lives.”

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6/4/2013

The 2013 Montana legislative session was do-or-die time for saving Montana’s public employee pension systems and making them actuarially sound. Working with Governor Steve Bullock and other allies, we did it.

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5/6/2013

Today, Governor Steve Bullock signed SB 175 (L.Jones) - to fund public schools - as passed by the legislature. This is the bipartisan bill that MEA-MFT and the rest of Montana's public school community worked so hard together to pass this session.

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4/25/2013

MEA-MFT agrees with the Billings Gazette on this.

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4/24/2013

The Senate has adjourned sine die. Session over. The news on this strange day should be very interesting.

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4/24/2013

Unfortunately, before adjourning the House passed SB 81 (Lewis) – to authorize tax credits for private and religious education school scholarships.

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4/22/2013

HB 377, the bill to amortize the Teachers Retirement System, just passed its final vote.

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4/22/2013

HB 454, the bill to amortize and save the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) just passed House 3d reading.

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4/16/2013

HB 13 (Swanson) – the state employee pay – has officially passed the legislature.

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4/19/2013

The state pay plan, HB 13 (Swanson) just advanced again.

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4/19/2013

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4/18/2013

Congratulations to Alex Schaeffer, Michael Hoffman, and Marilyn Besich!

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4/18/2013

MEA-MFT Representative Assembly delegates elected a new vice president April 5: Tammy Pilcher.

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4/18/2013

From Libby to Wolf Point, East Glacier to Glasgow and all points in between, MEA-MFT members from across Montana came to Helena for the annual MEA-MFT Representative Assembly (RA) April 5 and 6.

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4/17/2013

An amazing couple of days at the Montana Legislature.

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4/11/2013

Yesterday the last bill to create a parallel, expensive system of so-called "public" charter schools died in House Education Committee.

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2/20/2013

The following businesses proudly display flyers proclaiming their support for Montana state employees. Please wear your 5/5 pins to these businesses and THANK THEM FOR THEIR SUPPORT!! And please give them your support.

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4/10/2013

MEA-MFT members and others testified eloquently in support of HB 13, the state pay plan, before the Senate Finance and Claims Committee April 9.

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4/9/2013

MEA-MFT staff member Diane Fladmo's son-in-law produced this song, written with help from Diane. It debuted at MEA-MFT Legislative Contact weekend and Representative Assembly this year.

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4/8/2013

Locally elected MEA-MFT from all over Montana came to Helena for the annual Representative Assembly April 5 and 6.

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4/2/2013

MEA-MFT created this program back in the 2007 legislative session. It has already assisted hundreds of qualifying Montana public school teachers. Check it out. You may qualify. Applicatinon deadline: April 30, 2013.

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3/28/2013

Faculty at Montana State University Bozeman are voting now on the issue of whether to keep their four-year-old union, the Associated Faculty of MSU (AFMSU). Union supporters on campus produced this great video about their choice to vote YES for AFMSU.

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3/27/2013

Good news: HB 13, the state pay plan, has passed the House. This means it's still alive, still in play, and we still have a chance to fully fund it and restore 5 & 5 for all state employees.

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3/27/2013

The Montana House has just passed the state pay plan, along with the governor's bills to amortize and thus save the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

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3/22/2013

The Montana Developmental Center survived another close call in the legislature yesterday. The bill to close MDC (SB 254) was originally killed in committee on a bipartisan vote. The bill's sponsor then succeeded in passing a "blast" motion to bring it to the floor of the House for debate and a vote.

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3/20/2013

(Caferro) was just revived. Please take action

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3/19/2013

This legislative session, Montana teachers, school administrators, trustees, and other public school advocates are working together as never before on behalf of Montana’s children and their education.

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3/25/2013

House Appropriations Committee finally acted on HB 13, the state pay plan.

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3/15/2013

Senate Bill 374 (Lewis) is a bill to take taxpayer dollars away from Montana’s public schools and give the money to “charter” schools. It’s bad for our public schools, children, and MEA-MFT members.

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3/15/2013

Great news: the bill to close the Montana Developmental Center was just voted down in committee.

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3/14/2013

"HB 13 is not dead. Wounded, but not dead."

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3/14/2013

The House Education Committee voted No on MEA-MFT's Head Start funding bill (HB 353) on a party line vote. Democrats voted yes, Republicans no.

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3/13/2013

Good pension bills advance, bad bill dies

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3/12/2013

SB 175 is the main k-12 school funding bill of this session. Watch a video of Eric Feaver talking about the bill.

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3/8/2013

More than 30 Montana state employees lined the halls outside the House Appropriations Committee today during their lunch break, holding signs saying, “Free HB 13.” The signs showed House Bill 13 behind bars.

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3/6/2013

For MEA-MFT, protecting our members' pensions is a top priority for the 2013 legislative session.

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2/7/2013

We are seeing an all-out assault on public schools this legislative session. To date, six bills meant to privatize public schools have been introduced. And so far, they are passing.

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2/28/2013

MEA-MFT and our allies in Montana public education have been working together as never before during the 2013 Montana Legislature.

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2/26/2013

SB 175, sponsored by Sen. Llew Jones, is the k-12 school funding bill of this session – and it passed the Senate Feb. 23. Now it must pass the House.

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2/26/2013

The Montana Senate has passed SB 81 (Lewis) – a "tuition tax credit" bill to create taxpayer funded public, private, and religious school scholarship organizations and scholarships.

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2/18/2013

State and university employees from across Montana gathered at the state capitol for the second Pay Plan Day of Action today.

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2/12/2013

House Bill 315, the charter school bill, just died on third reading in the House this afternoon.

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2/6/2013

The truth about charter schools.

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2/4/2013

MEA-MFT and our partners in the education coalition have been very involved in working on this bill. It's a work in progress. We support SB 175, the bill described in this article.

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2/4/2013

Some legislators in the 2013 Montana Legislature are talking seriously about closing the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder.

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1/30/2013

Protecting public employees' and teachers' pensions is one of MEA-MFT's top priorities this legislative session. Some legislators are gunning for your pension.

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1/29/2013

The notorious right-wing, billionaire Koch brothers sent their minions to Montana’s capitol yesterday, in their attempt to tear down Montana’s quality public schools.

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1/24/2013

Several MEA-MFT members testified yesterday at the hearing on HB 13, the state pay plan. Along with other state and higher education employees, they did an excellent job of making the case for passing HB 13 and lifting the salary freeze.

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1/21/2013

More than 200 Montana state and higher education employees took part in the State Pay Plan Day of Action.

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1/16/2013

Buckle your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy legislative session. MEA-MFT is ready for the ride.

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1/21/2013

MEA-MFT member and legislator Amanda Curtis shares this timely quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. -- just in time for the State Pay Plan Day of Action:

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1/18/2013

MEA-MFT had a huge impact on making this successful program a reality.

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1/18/2013

This new Bill Moyers documentary shows how the private sector and state politicians are teaming up to enact laws that increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge. They're doing it in Montana, too. Right now.

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1/16/2013

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1/8/2013

"Did You Know...Stories About the Great Work of Montana's Schools" was created by asking parents, administrators, teachers, and others about some of the innovative programs taking place in their local schools.

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12/21/2012

MEA-MFT recently teamed up with other other education advocacy groups in Montana to produce a major new document, “Essential Truths About the Great Work of Montana’s Public Schools.”

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12/19/2012

MEA-MFT member and state employee Cheryl Parker, a compliance specialist at the state’s Child Support Enforcement Division in Missoula, shares this wonderful story of holiday giving:

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12/11/2012

Republican Sandy Welch is dropping her request for a recount in the state schools superintendent race that she narrowly lost to incumbent Denise Juneau.

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12/10/2012

Public employees shouldn't be held liable for determining whether a person is a legal immigrant or not. That's why MEA-MFT has joined with the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance in a lawsuit to challenge and enjoin Legislative Referendum 121.

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3/12/2012

Ongoing saga of our Unfair Labor Practice charge saying the 2011 Legislature failed to bargain in good faith when it didn't pass the state pay plan.

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11/28/2012

Cecil B. Crawford, MEA-MFT board member and 2012 Education Support Professional of the Year, was featured recently in a full-length article in the Missoulian.

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11/7/2012

With the provisional ballots now in, Denise Juneau wins the superintendent of public instruction race. Great news!

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11/21/2012

MEA-MFT member Amanda Curtis wrote the following guest editorial debunking myths about charter schools. Amanda teaches math in Butte and has been elected to serve in the 2013 Montana Legislature.

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11/21/2012

MEA-MFT member Jan LaBonty has written an excellent guest editorial exposing on the myth of charter schools.

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11/20/2012

Here is "the rest of the story," the real story about unfunded liability in the Montana Teachers' Retirement System

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11/8/2012

MEA-MFT and our members worked our hearts out for our endorsed candidates, the candidates who believe in public services, public education, and employees' rights. It paid off.

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10/22/2012

Congressman Rick Hill wants to be Montana’s next governor. And he clearly wants Montana to look more like Wisconsin.

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10/9/2012

Republican candidate for Montana governor Rick Hill said Montana's award-winning teachers are second worst in the nation. (Bitterroot Star, 7-11-12). See what Steve Bullock, MEA-MFT's endorsed candidate for governor, has to say about that.

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10/2/2012

“Won’t Back Down” is a dishonest Hollywood portrayal of the problems in our educational system. The movie was funded by the very people who want to privatize and profit from our schools.

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9/24/2012

Congratulations to Montana's newest Teacher of the Year!

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8/29/2012

Learn more about the Montana Health Center, a primary care and urgent care clinic for State of Montana employees and their dependents covered on the State’s health plan. The Center opens in Helena Friday August 31.

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8/28/2012

Jim McGarvey, former vice president of MEA-MFT and longtime president of the former Montana Federation of Teachers, passed away this morning.

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8/16/2011

Charles and David Koch, the infamous right-wing billionaires who are trying to destroy unions, are also out to get public schools. Watch this telling video.

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8/10/2012

The Montana Supreme Court ruled today upholding the District Court decision that Legislative Referendum 123 is indeed blatantly unconstitutional and therefore will not appear on Montana’s November ballot.

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7/30/2012

Fifteen folks from MEA-MFT particiated in the AFT convention July 27-30 in Detroit, MI.

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7/24/2012

Remember ALEC, the corporate group that secretly spoon feeds bills to state legislatures? Including bills to privatize public schools, take away public employees' bargaining rights, and kill teacher tenure? Watch this new video, showing ALEC's efforts to divert public school dollars to private CEOs' bank accounts.

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7/18/2012

MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver has sent the following letter to the Montana Policy Institute regarding its new web site that broadcasts state employees' compensation.

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7/13/2012

Legislative Referendum 123 is a ballot measure that gives tax rebates to the richest Montanans even if it means slashing funds for schools, public safety, and all other public services. It is slated to appear on Montana's November ballot. We can stop it. You can help.

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7/10/2012

Ed Jasmin, a longtime Montana businessman, banker, and Board of Regents member, recently penned this guest editorial against Legislative Referendum 123.

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5/31/2012

MEA-MFT members working in Montana’s Indian reservation schools do heroic work for children. They do it in the face of overwhelming poverty, isolation, and harsh conditions most Americans can’t even imagine – including the politicians in Washington, DC who make policy decisions about education.

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6/29/2012

Congratulations to Carol Pleninger and Tammy Johnson, Montana's two new national presidential awardees for science & math teaching.

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6/29/2012

With just days to go before the final deadline, members of Congress reached a deal to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling.

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6/11/2012

Rank-and-file state employee members of MEA-MFT and our fellow unions have voted overwhelmingly to ratify the pay plan agreement negotiated earlier this month.

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6/20/2012

If you suspect a child has been physically, mentally, or emotionally abused or neglected, the law requires you to report it to DPHHS.

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6/6/2012

In Wisconsin, unlimited corporate money carried the day in the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker.

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4/26/2012

Listen MEA-MFT's 2012 Members of the Year -- Cecil B. Crawford, Shannon Bender, Kari Cargill, and Sandy Osborne -- on radio news.

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3/26/2012

Tax Day is here. It's the day we pool our resources as citizens to buy the things that create a civilized society.

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4/11/2012

MEA-MFT supports the governor's plan to do what must be done to eliminate unfunded liability in the Teachers' and Public Employees' Retirement Systems.

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4/10/2012

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4/10/2012

Welcome to the nearly 600 graduate assistant employees at MSU-Bozeman, who have voted by a whopping margin to form a union and join MEA-MFT!

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4/5/2012

Note that without the able and committed leadership of Attorney General Steve Bullock, there would have been no deal at all.

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3/22/2012

MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver testifies before the Legislative Finance Committee on public employees' and teachers' retirement.

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4/2/2012

More than 400 MEA-MFT delegates rocked the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula March 30-31 at the MEA-MFT Representative Assembly.

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3/21/2012

Should Montanans keep the right to elect their state supreme court justices and chief justice? Some legislators don't think so.

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3/12/2012

Reclaim Wisconsin! On Saturday March 10, 2012, more than 62,000 Wisconsinites returned to their state capitol to mark the one year anniversary of the passage of Gov. Walker's union-busting bill.

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2/6/2012

Each year, MEA-MFT honors several members who have made outstanding contributions in their jobs and as MEA-MFT leaders. MEA-MFT recently named our 2012 members of the year.

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1/19/2012

Our public employee retirement systems are not going bankrupt today or tomorrow or in the immediate future. We have plenty of time to address unfunded liabilities if our legislature would abandon pension-envy politics and hysterical, too predictably partisan, rhetoric.

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1/17/2012

Remember Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who championed legislation last year that stripped public employee unions of much of their bargaining power? Things aren't going his way right now.

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1/13/2012

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to working for a more just and equal society. He believed that public education was the great arm of justice. He honored public servants as heroes. He believed in labor unions.

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1/13/2012

Our hearts go out to the family, friends, co-workers, and students of MEA-MFT member Sherry Arnold, a high school math teacher in Sidney who has been missing for several days.

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12/22/2011

MEA-MFT member & Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau writes a moving story about her grandfather and other public employees who give to others.

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11/11/2011

Head Start has been in the national news a lot lately. And the results are good.

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10/31/2011

The vote is in, and history has been made: Members of the Associated Faculty of Montana State University (AFMSU) have ratified their first collective bargaining agreements. Members voted on the agreements Wednesday, Oct. 26. The vote was counted today at MSU.

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10/26/2011

Today is a big day in the history of MEA-MFT and especially for our affiliate at MSU-Bozeman as members there vote to ratify their first contract.

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10/11/2011

MEA-MFT has worked extensively with the regents and Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Stearns to put university and faculty salaries first. “Montana faculty salaries already are among the lowest in the nation,” said Tom Burgess, MEA-MFT’s field consultant for higher education locals.

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10/6/2011

MEA-MFT has joined other groups in filing a lawsuit against a dangerous ballot measure.

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10/4/2011

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9/19/2011

Congratulations to Tom Pedersen, science teacher at Capital High School in Helena, Montana Teacher of the Year for 2012!

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9/28/2011

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9/24/2011

President Obama announced that states can opt out of the most rigid requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

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9/21/2011

MEA-MFT Faculty Member of the Year Grant Mitman recommends the following resources on workplace bullying, from a special session at this year's NEA Representative Assembly.

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9/6/2011

A minute of your time can help generate $5.2 million for Montana’s public schools and higher education. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2011.

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9/1/2011

Sponsored by MEA-MFT and our fellow unions: MPEA and AFSCME, to say "THANK YOU" to the public employees who do Work That Matters for Montana's people! Sept. 15 at the state capitol, south lawn.

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8/23/2011

Good news for Montana state employees! MEA-MFT, the Montana Public Employees Association, and AFSCME have worked a deal with Governor Schweitzer to freeze, for the next plan year, increases in state employee health insurance costs.

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8/17/2011

Americans admire and respect public school teachers more than ever. They respect the teaching profession, they like their local schools, and they recognize the role funding plays in school qualtiy.

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8/17/2011

This week, several communities in Montana will be attacked by one of the most ruthless anti-worker organizations in America: Americans for Prosperity. This right-wing PAC (political action committee) is planning a series of “Running on Empty” demonstrations around Montana. Real Montana working people are fighting back.

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8/15/2011

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau recently took on the U.S. Dept. of Education and the supremely flawed No Child Left Behind law -- and won.

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8/12/2011

The American Dream movement is busy this summer telling Congress what Americans really want when it comes to government spending and the economy. There’s a Contract For The American Dream that lays out a progressive alternative to austerity policies.

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8/11/2011

Read the article below, and know that after several legislative years of trying, MEA-MFT created the Montana student loan repayment program for teachers in the 2007 legislative session.

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8/9/2011

Wisconsin voters go to the polls today to recall six of Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) closest state Senate allies. The "Walker 6" spearheaded his move to take away the collective bargaining rights of public employees and ram through a budget devastating to working families.

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8/9/2011

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6/7/2010

Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau has taken on a huge task, but if anyone can lead Montana toward real schools of promise, she can. And MEA-MFT will help every step on the way.

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7/15/2011

Who's behind efforts to destroy public employee unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere, shove right-wing legislation through state legislatures, and turn over public services to for-profit corporations? Meet ALEC.

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8/2/2011

“Millions of us are behind you. We love you!” actor Matt Damon told public school teachers at the national "Save Our Schools" march and rally in Washington, D.C., July 30.

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8/2/2011

MEA-MFT is evaluating exactly how badly the newly adopted federal deficit/debt ceiling act will impact Montana public programs and services.

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7/22/2011

As we begin this fiscal new year, it’s a good time to think about what your state legislators are working toward: Long-term prosperity for Montana? Or pulling the rug out from under those trying to make a better life for themselves and their communities?

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7/22/2011

A class act MEA-MFT member doing Work that Matters!

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7/21/2011

July 21 - The "Cut, Cap, and Balance" bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives July 19 would have devastating consequences for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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7/20/2011

MEA-MFT agrees with Billings Gazette opinion: The threat of NCLB sanctions makes no sense. The law is years past its intended reauthorization date with no congressional update. It needs to be significantly revised.

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7/12/2011

Many of the remedies being misapplied to the nation's ailing economy are nothing more than public policy myths that grew out of the oil-shock recessions of 40 years ago, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman told an AFT TEACH conference audience on July 11.

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6/20/2011

The grades are in for the 2011 Montana Legislature. How did your legislators do on our issues? Read the MEA-MFT 2011 Legislative Voting Record and find out.

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6/16/2011

Montana's executive branch responds to the Unfair Labor Practice charge filed by MEA-MFT and our fellow unions.

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6/15/2011

All through the 2011 session, MEA-MFT said the money was there to fund public education and public services. And it was. Every dollar of destructive cuts made by the 2011 Legislature were completely unnecessary.

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6/10/2011

Students of MEA-MFT member Delena Norris-Tull know to pull on their boots before class.

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6/7/2011

PASS for paras MEA-MFT's acclaimed course to help Montana paraprofessionals meet the "high quality" definition in the No Child Left Behind Act

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4/7/2011

Please help keep the spirit of our April 1 No Fooling with our Future Rally strong!

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5/17/2011

MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver submitted the following open letter to Governor Brian Schweitzer to newspapers across Montana in May.

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5/12/2011

Montana's Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau recently drew a line in the sand with the No Child Left Behind Act.

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5/2/2011

It was almost so much worse.

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4/25/2011

The 2011 Montana Legislature has finally ground to a halt. Final bill status report

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5/2/2011

MEA-MFT member leader Mona Bilden of Miles City talks about teacher appreciation in the face of historic teacher bashing.

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4/18/2011

Despite the outcry from conservatives about taxes, tax collections are in fact at historic lows and tax rates for the rich have been declining for years.

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4/28/2011

Two Montana teachers have been named as 2010 outstanding math and science teachers by President Obama.

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4/27/2011

The House rejected SB 315 (Ripley) - a bill to redefine good cause and truncate due process in the teacher tenure statutes.

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4/25/2011

The Montana House voted to reconsider the state pay plan, HB 13, today. Then, following heated debated, the bill died on second reading, 42-58.

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4/14/2011

Listen to the radio spot, and call your legislators beginning Monday, April 18.

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4/19/2011

im McGarvey, executive secretary of the Montana State AFL-CIO and former MEA-MFT vice president, announced plans to retire this week.

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4/18/2011

Apr. 18 - Today, the only real jobs bill – HB 439 (Hollenbaugh) - is up for what could be its final vote, in the House. It must receive at least 67 or a 2/3ds vote. You can help.

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4/13/2011

Several MEA-MFT members, governance, and staff walked across the street from MEA-MFT's headquarters office in Helena to attend Governor Schweitzer's branding party today.

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4/13/2011

For the second time, the Montana House has passed consideration of SB 315 (Ripley), the attack on teacher tenure. Your e-mails are working. Keep it up!

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3/27/2011

Apr 13 - Where the budget battles stands now. All cuts hurt!

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4/6/2011

Great news: HB 603, the insidious school privatization bill, was tabled Apr. 11. SB 315 remains and needs your URGENT ACTION.

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4/6/2011

The largest MEA-MFT Representative Assembly (RA) in history took place in Helena April 1-2. More than 350 delegates attended, representing 97 MEA-MFT locals.

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4/6/2011

More than 350 MEA-MFT members from across Montana honored three of their peers at a gala celebration in Helena April 1.

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3/17/2011

Once again, MEA-MFT and our members have stopped an attempt to close and privatize the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls.

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4/1/2011

“The money is there. Where are your VALUES?” That’s the message participants sent to the Montana Legislature at our “No Fooling with our Future Rally.”

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3/29/2011

MEA-MFT is part of a coalition called the Partnership for Montana's Future, which just completed a video that puts a face -- many faces, actually -- to the Montana Legislature's needless budget cuts. Take a look.

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3/25/2011

Four BAD bills wait legislative action, maybe today. Please contact legislators!

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3/24/2011

The Senate has killed SB 403 (Jones) – the latest k-12 school funding bill. Schools contemplate layoffs due to legislative gridlock.

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3/24/2011

HB 603 is one of the most dangerous school privatization bills ever introduced.

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3/8/2011

At least a thousand Montanans from all over the state are expected to attend the rally against the legislature's senseless cuts to state services and education. Join us April 1 for the rally!

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3/22/2011

Mar. 22 - News Flash – At 4:00 p.m. today, House Appropriations Committee TABLED HB 13 (Hiner) – state employee pay plan.

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3/17/2011

SB 315, an attack on teacher tenure that severely curtails due process rights, is being heard March 21. Please take action!

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2/21/2011

More than 500 Montanans braved the winter weather to travel to Helena Feb. 21 for a Rally to Save Public Services and Education.

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3/3/2011

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2/25/2011

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer gave an eloquent defense of public employees and teachers unions on MSNBC today.

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2/24/2011

Legislatiave Fiscal Analyst says the State of Montana will collect $97 million more in revenues over the next 2½ years than he projected in mid-November. Yet still the majority party insists on draconian cuts.

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2/24/2011

These two editorials speak to a phenomenon we're seeing in Montana too – and MEA-MFT is fighting back.

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2/23/2011

SB 315 passed weakens Montana's tenure laws for teachers for no good reason. We'll keep fighting it.

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2/17/2011

HB 569, sponsored by Wayne Stahl (R-Saco), would roll back state employee salaries to October 1, 2005.

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2/10/2011

MEA-MFT member and Montana 2011 Teacher of the Year Paul Andersen spoke to the Montana Legislature Feb. 9 about his ideas for improving education. Wow!

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2/7/2011

As of Feb. 3, 2011, the Republicans who control the Montana Legislature have made cumulative decisions that will cut the next state budget $1.3 billion below the governor's proposed budget.

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2/4/2011

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1/31/2011

Governor Brian Schweitzer said it all when he spoke about public education during his State of the State address Jan. 25: "The best path to a higher paying job is a good education. If you choose to cut funding for public education, you do so as a reflection of your values, because we have the money in the bank." Listen for yourself.

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1/31/2011

More than 100 people from around Montana rallied Jan. 28 against legislative committees’ cuts to budgets for education and health and human service programs.

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1/18/2011

Nearly 100 state and university employees from across Montana participated in our Work That Matters Day of Action, Jan. 17, 2011.

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1/12/2011

Jan. 10 - In a job-killing move, majority Republicans at the 2011 Legislature voted to chop some $500 million from Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer's proposals for the next two-year period.

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1/11/2011

Seven more Montana teachers – all MEA-MFT members -- recently joined the ranks of the nation’s top certified teachers.

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1/11/2011

Bozeman teacher and MEA-MFT member Paul Andersen has been selected as one of four finalists in the National Teacher of the Year Program – the highest honor a U.S. teacher can achieve.

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1/11/2011

Public school teachers are some of the most creative folks on the planet. MEA-MFT asked some of our teacher/members for examples of innovative teaching, and we received dozens of replies. Here are a few of them. Move over, Superman.

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1/6/2011

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11/30/2010

State pay plan, House Bill 13, and the state legislature

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1/2/2011

The following op-ed by MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver appears in the Jan. 2, 2011 Helena Independent Record. A legislated cap on state employee pay will be one of the many serious challenges we face in the 2011 legislature.

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1/2/2011

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1/2/2011

Across the nation, educators and others are pointing out the foibles in the film "Waiting for 'Superman.'" Here are some examples:

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1/3/2011

Teacher bashing sank to new depths this fall with the release of Waiting for “Superman,” a film that claims to analyze the failures of the American public school system.

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1/2/2011

From high stakes testing to charter schools, Waiting for "Superman" is full of super myths.

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1/1/2011

Now seeking nominations: MEA-MFT Faculty Member of the Year

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12/22/2010

Diane Fladmo is MEA-MFT's new research director and member benefits and retirement coordinator. Dave Severson replaces Fladmo as field consultant for local affiliates in the Northwest 3 region.

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12/15/2010

One hundred MEA-MFT members from across Montana gathered in Helena Dec. 4-5, 2010, for MEA-MFT’s annual Committee Weekend.

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11/30/2010

For most teachers, isolation is one of the biggest obstacles they face when it comes to improving their teaching. But a new pilot program called “Take One” is helping Montana teachers break the isolation in several areas across the state.

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11/14/2010

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11/10/2010

Rank-and-file members of the joint bargaining team for Montana’s state employee unions voted today to accept the State of Montana’s latest pay plan proposal.

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11/9/2010

Sen. Dave Lewis, R-Helena, a retired longtime state employee and budget director, is having a bill drafted to ask voters to limit the pay and benefits of state workers.

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11/1/2010

CI-105 is bad for Montana’s people. That’s what locally elected delegates -- MEA-MFT members from around the state – decided at MEA-MFT’s annual Representative Assembly in Billings March 26-27.

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10/14/2010

Election 2010 is all about the future: The future of public schools, public services, public employees, and the suvival of the middle class in Montana. In other words, YOUR future. Your vote matters! Read about candidate and initiative recommendations.

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9/29/2010

"We're not waiting for Superman; we have our own superheroes, and they're right here."

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10/25/2010

Republican Party Treasurer Gary MacLaren resigns over his own party's mud-slinging tactics.

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10/25/2010

Dave Severson replaces Diane Fladmo as

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9/29/2010

“Stick together.” That was MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver’s advice to state employees as they began a new round of contract negotiations with the governor’s office this fall.

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9/29/2010

MEA-MFT's Work That Matters campaign traveled to Bozeman for the third in a series of work site tours Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2010.

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9/16/2010

Bozeman science teacher Paul Andersen has been named 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year!

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8/10/2010

Several dozen MEA-MFT members from around Montana gave up part of their summers to help set national policy at the national meetings of MEA-MFT’s two national affiliates: the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

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8/10/2010

President Barack Obama has signed the legislation saving educator jobs and helping help states cope with the Great Recession.

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8/8/2010

The MEA-MFT Board of Directors, meeting in Helena July 29-30, took action to oppose “CC2” -- the constitutional convention initiative that will appear on the November ballot this year.

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8/3/2010

August 3, 2010 - Pensions, corporate accountability and public image issues were front and center at the AFT Public Employees program and policy council's recent meeting in Louisville, Ky. The AFT (American Federation of Teachers) is one of MEA-MFT's two national affiliates, along with the National Education Association. AFT represents state and county government employees along with educators.

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7/8/2010

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6/18/2010

Guest Editorial by Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau

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6/2/2010

Head Start statewide meeting to held June 21-22, 2010, in Helena.

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6/2/2010

MEA-MFT worked closely with Superintendent Denise Juneau and Governor Brian Schweitzer on Montana's application for federal Race to the Top grant funds. Unfortunately, Montana did not receive a grant. Read Eric Feaver's letter to the U.S. Dept. of Education.

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4/7/2010

Some MEA-MFT members in the MUST insurance plan will see huge increase in rates. Montana Sen. Jon Tester pleads our case before Congress. Read message from MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver and watch Sen. Tester's testimony.

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4/7/2010

Sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the U.S. Professor of the Year program...

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4/6/2010

MEA-MFT's Work That Matters campaign for public employees is back: MEA-MFT celebrates with help from a special national guest.

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4/2/2010

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3/27/2010

Your union, your voice! Hundreds of locally elected MEA-MFT members will gather to determine budget, dues, and priorities for their state union -- AND to celebrate MEA-MFT's 10th anniversary. Read more.

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3/24/2010

Mar. 24, 2010 - Congress has finally done something re health insurance -- even if not anything like what it should be doing (single payer). U.S. Senate is presumably poised to follow.

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3/17/2010

Obama Admin. releases blueprint for public schools. Teachers have severe concerns.

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3/3/2010

Student loan forgiveness: Need help paying your student loan? Many Montana teachers and licensed professionals may qualify for loan assistance programs.

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3/1/2010

MEA-MFT turns 10! A decade of victories

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2/18/2010

Proposed cuts available online

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1/25/2010

AFT President Randi Weingarten was a special guest at our kick-off party Jan. 21. Read more. And watch a short video of Weingarten's visit.

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1/1/2010

Nominate by Jan. 15, 2010. Nomination info

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10/29/2009

Race to the Top? MEA-MFT and other education leaders have serious misgivings about the Obama Administration's proposed grant guideslines.

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10/12/2009

Oct. 09 - For decades, Montana’s public colleges and universities have been like 14 different islands, isolated and competing against each other for funding and resources.

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10/10/2009

Innovative prescription drug plan will save money for state & university employees.

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10/8/2009

he American Federation of Teachers, one of MEA-MFT's two national affiliates, has created a new e-newsletter dedicated to the AFT’s Faculty and College Excellence (FACE) campaign and other issues related to academic staffing in higher education.

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10/7/2009

Oct 7, ’09 - After more than ten months of bargaining, MEA-MFT members in the University Faculty Association (University of Montana) have a tentative agreement for a new collective bargaining agreement.

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10/5/2009

MEA-MFT member Anne Keith is named as 2010 Montana Teacher of the Year!

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10/5/2009

In September, Anne Keith of Bozeman received that highest honor when she was named Montana Teacher of the Year for 2010.

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9/2/2009

DPHHS members learn workplace problem-solving skills

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8/20/2009

Congratulations, AFMSU!

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6/3/2009

MEA-MFT brings suit against the Montana Department of Corrections to require it to follow state law before outsourcing work that has historically been performed by public employees.

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5/1/2009

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5/1/2009

MEA-MFT members at UM Western win major grants for biomedical research.

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4/29/2009

MEA-MFT member Karen Giuliani featured in national publication

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4/20/2009

Two stories follow. All about Montanans - traditional and nontraditional students - pursing Montana higher education opportunities.

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4/15/2009

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4/14/2009

April 14, 2009 - “MEA-MFT is proud to welcome our newest members and local bargaining units, the Associated Faculty of Montana State University in Bozeman,” said MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver today.

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3/7/2009

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2/6/2009

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2/2/2009

New Montana History textbook has MEA-MFT members' fingerprints all over it.

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2/1/2009

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1/28/2009

Defending their rights.

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12/1/2007

The good, the bad, the ugly

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6/1/2007

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3/28/2007

House Bill 13 -- a very good deal for our state employee members.

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3/27/2007

MEA-MFT reactivates our award-winning Work That Matters ad campaign.

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5/29/2006

Correctional Officers at Montana State Prison keep us safe, despite tough conditions.

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4/2/2006

Members learn to stop toxic leaks.

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2/1/2006

Escaped prisoners illustrate why privatization doesn't work

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12/1/2002

MEA-MFT's Stand Up For Education campaign took Montana by storm last spring. And it took top honors in a national award program this winter.

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