Election 2014: who are the recommended candidates? 10/06/2014
Your family's future depends on who gets elected Nov. 4. Find out which candidates your fellow MEA-MFT members recommend.

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!

MEA-MFT Regional Trainings 2014  05/21/2014
MEA-MFT Regional Trainings a hit: more scheduled.

Stand up to ALEC! 05/14/2014
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.

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.

Teacher Appreciation Week 05/05/2014
We celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week every year during the first full week of May, thanks to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who persuaded the 81st Congress to recognize the contributions of America’s public school teachers in 1953.

Happy Public Service Recognition Week 05/05/2014
Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees and ensure that our government is the best in the world.

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.

Field consultant position open at MEA-MFT 04/15/2014
MEA-MFT is seeking applicants for a field consultant position based out of our Missoula office.

Moved, motivated, & fired up: RA 2014  03/31/2014
"Energy, excitement -- people were buzzing."

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.

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.

MEA-MFT welcomes John Walsh as Montana’s newest U.S. Senator 02/07/2014
MEA-MFT is proud to welcome Sen. John Walsh as our newest advocate for Montana in Washington

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:

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.

Judge grants injunction stopping GABA reduction in TRS 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.

MEA-MFT endorses John Lewis in U.S. House race 12/30/2013
MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union, has announced its endorsement of U.S. House candidate John Lewis.

John Walsh earns MEA-MFT's endorsement for U.S. Senate 12/23/2013
Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh, candidate for U.S. Senate, has earned the endorsement of MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union.

GABA hearing held today 12/04/2013
The TRS GABA hearing was today. The PERS GABA hearing is scheduled for December 12

Nominate now: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching  11/04/2013
Do you know a great Montana science or math teacher, teaching in grades K-6, with 5 or more years of professional teaching experience? Nominate now.

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.

Make Montana Proud: Gov. Bullock's back to school message to kids 08/28/2013
Governor Steve Bullock encourages students to “Make Montana Proud” with a video and new online website with resources for students, parents and teachers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Protect our public schools: help stop SB 374 03/15/2013
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.

Protecting your pension 03/06/2013
For MEA-MFT, protecting our members' pensions is a top priority for the 2013 legislative session.

MEA-MFT and allies release mid-session voting record 03/04/2013
MEA-MFT and our allies in Montana public education have been working together as never before during the 2013 Montana Legislature.

MEA-MFT Regional Training, Missoula 02/25/2013
Sign up for MEA-MFT Regional Training, May 3-4, 2013, DoubleTree by Hilton, Missoula.

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.

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:

The United States of ALEC 01/18/2013
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.

Legislature begins 01/08/2013
This legislature will make decisions every day that affect your job, your paycheck, your pension, the people you serve, and the very future of public education and public services in Montana.

We Are Montana 12/21/2012
We are Montana. Don't let anyone tell you differently. Don't let naysayers, boo birds, and anti-government, anti-union yahoos tell you differently. We are NOT Wisconsin. We are NOT Indiana. We are NOT Michigan.