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  • Michigan MEA-Retired Delegates at the NEA Convention in Minneapolis

  • Barb Schram and Connie Boyland at NEA-RA

  • MEA-Retired Delegates Elias Chapa and Kay Walker at NEA-RA

  • Dan Rudd - Elected as NEA-Retired Sectretary at NEA-RA

  • Senator Debbie Stabenow With MEA-Retired Members Jack & Jo Ellis

  • Gretchen Whitmer Speaks at MEA-RA

Secretary Johnson urges voter registration ahead of August primary

Jul 06, 2018

From:  Michigan Secretary of State

"A statewide primary election in advance of the Nov. 6 election will be held on Aug. 7. 
People who aren't registered to vote have until Monday, July 9 to register at any Secretary of State office, or at their county or local clerk's office.  
Check your registration status at the Michigan Voter Information Center at www.Michigan.gov/vote.
You also can view your sample ballot as well as find your polling location and track your absentee ballot.  A list of primary candidates can be found online.


How you can get an absentee ballot

Voters who qualify may choose to cast an absentee ballot. As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee ballot if you are:

  • Age 60 or older.
  • Physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.
  • Expecting to be absent from the community in which you are registered for the entire time the polls will be open on Election Day.
  • In jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
  • Unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons.
  • Appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence

Absentee ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day. That means that you should mail 5 business days prior to the Election or contact your local clerk to find out how you can drop it off.  

To find out more"  From Michigan Secretary of State"

MEA Response to Misguided Supreme Court Decision: “We are not going away”

Jul 02, 2018

Recently, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against labor unions in the Janus v. AFSCME case, MEA President Paula Herbart’s statement made clear that MEA and our members are committed to advocating for our students and our colleagues. 

“Six years ago, when Michigan Republicans rammed through their attack on unions, many predicted MEA’s death.  They were wrong,” Herbart said. “Educators and this union continued to fight for what we’ve always fought for: a great public education for every child, regardless of zip code, and a level playing field that results in fair wages, benefits and working conditions for all.”

“We are not going away, nor will the unions in other states who are negatively affected by today’s decision.”
 

MEA COMMUNICATIONS BRINGS HOME NATIONAL AWARDS

Jun 19, 2018

Submitted by Rachel Beyer

The MEA Public Affairs Department received national recognition at the 2018 State Education Association Communicators Awards. Awards include:

Award of Distinction for Best Photography
Miriam Garcia for A Day in the Life of Brittany and Zack

Award of Excellence for Best Video (externally produced)
MEA for Why Education Support Professionals Matter

Award of Distinction for Best Use of Social Media
Rachel Beyer for MEA Social Media Channels

Award of Excellence for Best Editorial Layout
Shantell Coats for Flint

Award of Distinction for Best Graphic Design
Rachel Beyer for MEA Graphics and Branding

Award of Excellence for Opinion/Editorial Writing
David Crim for Clueless Betsy DeVos

Award of Distinction for Investigative/Analytical Reporting
Brenda Ortega for Digital Literacy in the Fake News Age

Award of Excellence for Best Constituent Newsletter
Brenda Ortega for Capitol Comments

Best in Show-Visual
MEA for Why Education Support Professionals Matter

Public Relations Person of the Year
Doug Pratt

It is a great honor to have been recognized alongside our peers from other state education associations for the hard work we have accomplished in communicating to and on behalf of our members.

 

Help stop controversial changes to social studies standards

Jun 15, 2018

From:  Michigan Education Association

"A committee, which included conservative state senator and gubernatorial candidate Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton), has forwarded recommendations to the State Board of Education for controversial changes to Michigan’s K-12 social studies standards.  Many of these changes remove references to our diverse cultural history that are important for students to learn about, including:

  • References to the Ku Klux Klan are decreased to a single reference in eighth-grade.
  • Five references to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have been cut.
  • The two references to gays and lesbians have been deleted.
  • References to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case legalizing a women’s right to reproductive freedom, are removed.
  • References to climate change are cut in the proposed standards, with the impact of man on global warming limited to an optional example sixth-grade teachers can use when discussing climate in different parts of the planet.  
  • The word “democratic” has been struck from the phrase “core democratic values” 13 times in the standards, in an attempt to be more “politically neutral” according to Colbeck.

The four Democratic members of the 8-person State Board of Education has vowed to block the changes from being implemented. But they need your support!
 
Attend one of the upcoming public meetings around the state to speak out against these changes – or you can comment online on the new standards now through June 30."

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Members Verification of Coverage Surveys

Jun 11, 2018

Many of our members have already received their Blue Cross/Blue Shield Verification of Coverage survey in the mail. You must complete this form for yourself and anyone else covered by your retirement system health plan. You must respond to the survey, even if you don’t have other coverage. If you don’t respond to the survey, your retirement system medical plan and prescription drug coverage will be canceled.

If you have not yet received this survey you should call the 800 number on the back of your BC/BS health card.

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.  This posting does not apply to those members on Priority Health.


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