Saving for college? Read this! 12/05/2013
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.
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.
Job opening at MEA-MFT 10/21/2013
MEA-MFT seeks a qualified administrative assistant for its Billings field office.
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.
Montana state employees: important info on the federal shutdown and you 10/09/2013
Since the federal government shut down last Wednesday, MEA-MFT has been in continual communication with the State of Montana – especially the Governor’s Office of Budget and Program Planning -- to determine how the failure of Congress to adopt a continuing appropriations bill may affect Montana state employees.
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.
MEA-MFT delegates home from NEA Rep Assembly 07/09/2013
MEA-MFT members joined their colleagues from across the nation in Atlanta during the first week of July to supercharge the drive for public education and student success.
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.”
2nd state employee health clinic opens in Billings 06/10/2013
In his last year in office, Governor Schweitzer directed the creation of the first health care clinic for state employees in Helena. It was and still is a big deal. Now a second clinic in Billings. Another big deal. Coming soon, clinics in Miles City and the Deer Lodge Valley.
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.
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.
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.
MT Developmental Center saved - again 03/22/2013
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.
"Free HB 13!" say state employees 03/08/2013
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.
Protecting your pension 03/06/2013
For MEA-MFT, protecting our members' pensions is a top priority for the 2013 legislative session.
Singing for HB 13 03/02/2013
Montana's state capitol saw its first flash mob today as several dozen state employee members used their lunch break to make a musical statement.
Job opening at MEA-MFT 02/08/2013
MEA-MFT seeks a qualified individual to fill the position of Field Consultant, based in Billings.
Legislators gunning for your pension 01/30/2013
Protecting public employees' and teachers' pensions is one of MEA-MFT's top priorities this legislative session. Some legislators are gunning for your pension.
HB 13 hearing: members hit it out of the park 01/24/2013
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.
Our legislative agenda 01/22/2013
Buckle your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy legislative session. MEA-MFT is ready for the ride.
Martin Luther King & Day of Action 01/21/2013
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: