Education Support Professionals are the glue that holds Montana's public schools together!
MEA-MFT is Montana's leading champion for kids, public schools, and school employees -- including classified employees (Education Support Professionals).
MEA-MFT has over 2,000 classified/ESP employees as members, including school bus drivers, secretaries, custodians, maintenance people, computer technicians, food service and health care personnel, and paraprofessionals.
As members of MEA-MFT, classified school employees are full partners with teachers, higher education faculty, and other MEA-MFT members.
What MEA-MFT does for ESP members:
Professional development: MEA-MFT offers conferences and workshops especially for classified employees, with topics such as time management, assertiveness, professional image, interview skills, workplace safety, student discipline, and much more.
Members attend these events free as part of their membership.
Our PASS program is helping hundreds of Montana paraprofessionals meet the "highly qualified" requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Better salaries and working conditions: MEA-MFT works year-round to help our local ESP affiliates negotiate better salaries and working conditions for local MEA-MFT members.
Public support: Our award-winning Stand Up For Education campaign is mobilizing thousands of Montanans to call for better state funding of public schools.
Improving your retirement: MEA-MFT has won several major victories for classified employees in the state legislature to help you in your retirement years. Read about our victories in the 2009 Legislature.
Protecting you, your job, your family: Our staff works with local members to negotiate good contracts; enforce existing contracts; and improve your salary, benefits, and working conditions.
Their help is free to MEA-MFT members. Click here to contact MEA-MFT staff members.
Your voice in issues that affect you: MEA-MFT works closely with elected officials whose decisions affect you and your job. We help elect friends of children and public schools. We fight for policies that support education and public school employees.
From the local school board to the state legislature to the governor's office, we speak out for ESP members. For example, we continue to fight for unemployment compensation for ESPs during summer layoffs.
Special benefits: members only
We know public school employees live on tight budgets. That's why MEA-MFT works with NEA and AFT to find special discounts for members.
These services save members hundreds of dollars on home financing; no-fee, low-rate credit cards; financial planning assistance; low-cost car and home insurance; and much more. Click here to learn more.
MEA-MFT's ESP local affiliates
MEA-MFT's K-12 News
NEA classified members' website
AFT classified members' website
Join us! Click here for information on joining MEA-MFT.