Will your local be represented at Rep. Assembly? 03/24/2015
Is your local sending its share of delegates to MEA-MFT Representative Assembly?

State & university employees testify on pay plan March 16 03/13/2015
At long last, the House Appropriations Committee held its hearing on the pay plan – House Bill 13 -- for Montana state employees, including university employees.

HB 13 finally gets its hearing 03/10/2015
At long last, HB 13 (Swanson), the state employee pay plan, had its hearing March 16.

State employees: take action on the pay plan 02/25/2015
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!

Legislative session nears halfway mark 02/24/2015
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

HB 462 attacks public employee unions: your help needed! 02/16/2015
YOUR union, OUR union is at extreme risk right now. Help stop this dangerous bill.

Join us! State Pay Plan Day of Action Feb. 16 02/09/2015
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!

MEA-MFT Regional Training, May 1-2, Missoula 02/02/2015

Coming up: Rep Assembly 2015 02/02/2015
Dues proposal and more to be decided at RA 2015.

Bonding bill: Bob Brown has it right  01/26/2015
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.

State employee pay plan advocates in action 01/20/2015

State employee members ratify pay plan agreement 12/22/2014
The vote is in: MEA-MFT’s state employee members have ratified the state employee pay plan agreement.

State employee pay plan tentative agreement reached 11/06/2014
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.

Melanie Charlson is new VP of MEA-MFT  08/04/2014
The MEA-MFT Board of Directors voted August 2 to elect Melanie Charlson as the new vice president of MEA-MFT.

Anne Keith on the new math standards 06/30/2014
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."

Video: ALEC in Montana 06/12/2014
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!

Sen. Tester passes resolution honoring public servants 05/06/2014
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.

MEA-MFT celebrates Members of the Year 04/15/2014
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.

On the shoulders of giants: MEA-MFT Hall of Fame 04/09/2014
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.

MT Tech students & profs protest right wing speaker 03/27/2014
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.

Medicaid expansion back on track 03/27/2014
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.

Supreme Court says no to LR 127 03/25/2014
LR 127 is gone. A good day for voters' rights.

Great news on Montana's state health centers 03/17/2014
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.

Member Brent Lonner featured in national publication 02/11/2014
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.

MEA-MFT member Angela McLean chosen as Lt. Gov. 02/10/2014
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.

Good news for public employee pensions 02/03/2014
The Tea Party legislators who want to undo Montana's current defined benefit pensions for public employees should read this:

PERS & TRS GABA reduction stopped for now 01/22/2014
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.

Important tax information for members 01/03/2014
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.

New project to build power for state employee members 12/03/2013
MEA-MFT and its state employee members have launched a new project to build power within state employee locals.

Common Core: Myths Undressed 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.

PERS amortizes! 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.

Health care cost containment for state employees puts more money on Montana main streets 09/24/2013
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.

50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” 08/22/2013
Dr. King’s legacy was about public education & unions as well as civil rights.

Great news: Montana pension investments gain 10% 08/22/2013
The folks who invest and manage your pension dollars are doing a great job. Here's proof.

Fund public services, end corporate tax dodging 08/21/2013
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.

Montana Developmental Center members celebrate excellence 08/13/2013
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.

MEA-MFT will litigate against attacks on GABA for TRS & PERS retirees 06/14/2013
“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.

Deal reached on state employee pay 06/10/2013
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.

Praise for Corrections employees 06/10/2013
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.”

Public employee pensions protected 06/04/2013
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.

Session over: Against all odds, we did well 04/24/2013
The Senate has adjourned sine die. Session over. The news on this strange day should be very interesting.

HB 454 (PERS fix) passes final hurdle 04/22/2013
HB 454, the bill to amortize and save the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) just passed House 3d reading.

HB 13 passes legislature 04/20/2013
HB 13 (Swanson) – the state employee pay – has officially passed the legislature.

Rep. Assembly delegates rededicate themselves to the cause 04/18/2013
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.

MEA-MFT celebrates 2013 Members of the Year 04/18/2013
Congratulations to Alex Schaeffer, Michael Hoffman, and Marilyn Besich!

Pension bills pass 3rd reading, school funding advances 04/17/2013
An amazing couple of days at the Montana Legislature.

Please support businesses that support state employees! 04/11/2013
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.

Members testify for HB 13 04/10/2013
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.

More than 300 delegates attend 2013 Rep. Assembly 04/08/2013
Locally elected MEA-MFT from all over Montana came to Helena for the annual Representative Assembly April 5 and 6.

HB 13 passes the House 03/27/2013
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.