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  • MEA-Retired delegate Al Beamish attends his 50th NEA-RA

  • MEA-Retired Members at the NEA-RA in Houston

MPSERS Fall Education Schedule

Jul 24, 2019

This fall the Michigan Public School Employees' Retirement System (MPSERS) educational seminars schedule have been announced.  This is an opportunity for members to learn more about your 2020 retirement system health plan. Each seminar will feature information to help you stay informed and understand your plan, get the most value from your plan, and connect you to helpful tools and resources. Seminars will include presentations about each component of your retirement system health plan. In addition to the presentations, representatives from Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Michigan, Delta Dental®, EyeMed and OptumRx® will be available in the Learning Center to answer specific questions about your coverage. Registration is not required to attend. See the schedule below and choose the seminar that is most convenient for you.  This only applies to members who have Blue Cross PPO health insurance.

8-Oct                    Marquette
                             Holiday Inn Marquette
                            1951 US 41 West
                            Marquette, MI 49855

9-Oct                    Escanaba
                             Island Resort & Casino
                             W399 Highway 2
                             Harris, MI. 49845

10-Oct                  Bay Harbor
                             Great Lakes Center of the Arts
                             800 Bay Harbor Drive
                             Bay Harbor, MI. 49770

11-Oct                  Gaylord
                             Treetops Resort
                             3962 Wilkinson Road
                             Gaylord, MI. 49735

14-Oct                  Lansing
                             Eagle Eye Golf Club
                             15500 Chandler Rd
                             Bath Twp, MI 48808

15-Oct                  Midland
                            Great Hall Banquet Center
                            5121 Bay City Road
                            Midland, MI 48642

16-Oct                  Kalamazoo
                             Delta Hotels Kalamazoo Conference Center
                             2747 South 11th Street
                             Kalamazoo, MI. 49009

17-Oct                  Holland
                             DoubleTree Holland
                             650 East 24th Street
                             Holland, MI. 49423

21-Oct                  Flint
                             Holiday Inn Gateway Centre
                             5353 Gateway Centre
                             Flint, MI 48507

23-Oct                  Livonia
                             Laurel Manor Banquet & Conference Ctr.
                             39000 Schoolcraft Rd
                             Livonia, MI 48150

24-Oct                  Ypsilanti
                             312 EMU Student Center
                             Eastern Michigan University
                             Ypsilanti, MI. 48197

25-Oct                  Novi
                             Four Points Novi
                             27000 South Karevich Drive
                             Novi, MI. 48377              

29-Oct                  Sterling Heights
                             Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights
                             34911 Van Dyke Ave
                             Sterling Heights, MI. 48312              

6-Nov                   Tucson
                             Hilton Garden Inn Tucson Airport
                             6575 S. Country Club Road
                             Tucson, AZ 85756

7-Nov                   Scottsdale
                             DoubleTree Scottsdale-Paradise Valley
                             5041 N Scottsdale Rd
                             Scottsdale, AZ. 85250              

10-Dec                 Ocala
                             Holiday Inn & Suites Ocala Conference Center
                             3600 SW 38th Ave
                             Ocala, FL. 34474

11-Dec                 St. Petersburg
                            Holiday Inn St Petersburg-Clearwater Airport
                            3535 Ulmerton Road
                            Clearwater, FL. 33762

12-Dec                 Sarasota
                             Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport
                             8009 15th St. E.
                             Sarasota, FL 34243

13-Dec                  Fort Myers
                              Holiday Inn Ft. Myers Airport
                              9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
                              Fort Myers, FL 33913

At NEA Representative Assembly, Educators Prepare to Make an Impact in 2020

Jul 11, 2019

National Education Association NEA.Org
"Galvanized by the historic mobilization of public school educatorsthat caught the attention of the entire nation, educators converged on the George E. Brown convention center in Houston, Texas on July 4 for the 98th National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA) and 157th Annual Meeting. The theme of the 2019 RA was Our Democracy. Our Responsibility. Our Time! After four busy and exciting days, the more than 6,000 delegates left Houston ready to carry the momentum of the #RedforEd movement into 2020 and play a pivotal in choosing the next president.

“This movement has created something better for millions of students and educators, but it’s bigger than that,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García told delegates in her keynote address. “We’ve created something better for communities—for this country that we love.”

And that unnerves people like Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the army of billionaires who are funding the school privatization schemes that drive her agenda. But if we are to bring real change, Eskelsen García said, we need to look to the top.

Electing a new U.S. president in November 2020, she said, should be a priority of anyone who cares about public education. And public school educators should not shy away from working toward that goal."

July 15ht is the Last Day to Respond to Verification of Coverage Survey.

Jul 11, 2019

The 2019 Verification of Coverage survey should have arrived in the mail to all retirees and using the Medicare Advantage PPO plan and Part D plan. Many of our members report they have already received their Verification of Coverage package.  You must complete this form for yourself and anyone else who is covered by your health care plan. If your response is not received by July 15, 2019, your prescription drug coverage will be canceled effective September 1, 2019, and your medical coverage will be cancelled effective October 1, 2019.  You must respond to the survey, even if you don’t have other coverage.

The Verification of Coverage survey asks you to identify any other health coverage you or your dependents might have in addition to your retirement system coverage. The information is used to determine your eligibility in the retirement system’s health plan.

Questions about the Verification of Coverage survey?

Check out the Verification of Coverage survey webcast at www.bcbsm.com/mpsers. To view the webcast, click on the For Members tab, then click Webinars.

Latest NEA data on teacher salaries provides another #RedForEd Reality Check

May 16, 2019

MEA.org Capitol Comments
"Recently the, NEA released this year’s edition of its Rankings and Estimates report, a well-respected and anticipated national “by-the-numbers” look at public education.  This year’s data continues to tell a scary story about the state of educator pay in Michigan:

  • After adjusting for inflation, average teacher salaries in the United States have fallen by 4.5% over the last decade.  Over the same period and with the same adjustment, average Michigan teacher salaries have fallen by 12% – fourth worst in the nation.
  • The average starting teacher salary nationwide in 2017-18 was $39,172, up 1.44% compared to the previous year.  However, in Michigan, the average starting salary was $36,309, up just .8% from the prior year. Michigan ranks 32nd in starting salary.
  • Nationwide, 37% of districts have a starting salary of at least $40,000.  In Michigan, just 12% of districts hit that level.

 This salary data lines up with other research from MSU, which shows Michigan is last in the nation for education funding increases over the past 25 years, and the School Finance Research Collaborative’s study which concluded Michigan’s schools are underfunded by at least $2,000 per pupil.
 
All this points to the critical need for Gov. Whitmer’s proposed education funding increases to become law.  That’s why MEA is engaged in our #RedForEd plans, including sharing Reality Checks with the general public.  Learn more about these efforts – which lead up to events at the Capitol in June – and what you can do to help at www.mea.org/redfored."

MEA calls on governor to sign “snow day” bill – and on schools to do right by hourly workers

May 12, 2019

MEA.org Capitol Comments

In a news release today, MEA called on Gov. Whitmer to sign the newly passed HB 4206,  which will allow schools to forgo making up days from this winter’s record-cold emergency days.  However, President Paula Herbart also called on school districts to do the right thing and pay hourly employees for lost wages for these newly forgiven days.
 
“The fact is, school districts don’t need the Legislature to tell them what is right – they can make that choice for themselves,” Herbart said. “With this legislation, districts will be receiving the same level of funding they were otherwise expecting – which means they have the money to pay these hourly workers what they would have made, without any budgetary impact. MEA is calling on all school districts to do the right thing for these workers and their families.”
 
While some hourly employees are paid for days when school is called off for weather and other emergencies, others are not.  With some districts experiencing more than 20 snow days this winter, that could mean weeks of lost pay. Language that would have required hourly school employees be paid for these extra emergency days was stripped from the bill by Senate leadership.  To help employees financially impacted by HB 4206, MEA has developed a draft letter of agreement that would make hourly workers whole for the time not being made up – and will be working with districts to adopt that LOA as soon as possible.
 Read more. . .


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