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  • East Oakland MEA-Retired Chapter Meeting/Picnic Oct 3,2018

  • Candidates Padma Kuppa House District 41 and Mallory McMorrow Senate District 13 at East Oakland Retired Meeting Oct 3, 2018

  • East Oakland County MEA-Retired Members sign 200+ postcards to fellow MEA members

  • MEA-Retired Board of Diretors Meeting Sept 12, 2018

  • Mellissa Frudge Candidate for Mich House 105 speaks to Gaylord Area MEA-Retired Chapter

  • Gretchen Witmer Speaks to over 50 Michigan Union Leaders at MiARA Meeting at MEA

Legislative Actions Supersede Ballot Proposals On Employee Issues

Oct 20, 2018

From MiARA
Three initiative petitions that had been proposed for the ballot were enacted into law by the legislature, and therefore will not appear on the ballot.

Repeal of Prevailing Wages: The state legislature voted to enact the proposal to repeal Michigan prevailing wage laws on June 6, 2018, rendering the proposal ineligible to appear on the ballot, and taking away the chance for Michigan voters to decide this important issue directly.

Michigan One Fair Wage: The legislature passed a gradual increase of the hourly minimum wage from $10.00 in 2019 to $12.00 in 2022. This has replaced the ballot proposal that had been set to appear on the November ballot.

MI Time to Care: Michigan lawmakers passed into law a requirement that employers provide sick leave for personal or family health reasons, subject to certain conditions.

Congress Eyes Giving the Pharmaceutical Industry a Gift after the Elections

Oct 07, 2018

Alliance for Retired American's

The pharmaceutical industry is lobbying Congress in hopes of receiving a $4 billion windfall in the lame-duck session following the midterm elections, after losing an attempt to secure the money as part of the bipartisan opioids package passed last week. According to drug company executives, the money is designed to correct a technical error for the $11.8 billion Congress required them to pay over 10 years in a budget deal earlier this year in the fight over the Medicare Part D doughnut hole. That money was to go toward seniors’ medicines.

Consumer advocates are calling the potential windfall an industry buyout, arguing that the money would do nothing to lower drug prices. Pharma lobbyists are some of the most powerful in Washington, and many drug makers have formed alliances with lawmakers who would otherwise push back against skyrocketing drug costs.

The drug industry has reason to worry if Democrats secure control of the House after the election. Many Democratic representatives have promised investigations into rising drug prices, and will push to allow Medicare to negotiate for lower prices. Republican committee chairs and leadership have been friendly to drug companies, something that could change with new leadership.

Democrats would also like to allow drug importation from other countries in order to make drugs more affordable. However, the newly negotiated US-Mexico-Canada Agreement includes intellectual property protections for American drug makers that shield them from foreign competition and prevent importation.

“The voices of seniors who are struggling to afford their prescriptions should outweigh those of pharmaceutical CEOs who just want to line their pockets with more profit,” said Alliance President Robert Roach, Jr. “We must elect representatives who will fight for lower drug prices, not billion dollar windfalls for PhRMA.”

Candidates’ Views Cut From Herbart Column

Oct 03, 2018

From MEA’s Capitol Comments 

Candidates’ Views Cut From Herbart Column

The Detroit News editorial board chose to cut nearly a third of the column that MEA President Paula Herbart submitted for her monthly “Labor Voices” column, which appeared in the paper last week. 

The nearly 200 words they chose to cut explained (with quotations) the positions of candidates Gretchen Whitmer, Bill Schuette, Debbie Stabenow and John James on this critical issue. 

As you can see in the column’s full version, Whitmer and Stabenow are strongly opposed to arming teachers (as are more than 70 percent of MEA members), while Schuette and James believe it should be an option.


MPSERS Fall Seminar Schedule

Sep 25, 2018

 We are quickly approaching October, which means our MPSERS member educational seminars are about to be underway! IYou will find the detailed meeting that are scheduled printed below, which locations and dates. Also, please remember that during this time our PPO BCBSM, TruHearing, OptumRx, EyeMed, and Delta Dental representatives will be traveling to attend these meetings and will be unable to attend any chapter meetings.  There will be no HMO representatives in attendance. The meeting invitations were mailed to members last week for in state, the out of state invitations will mail closer to the meeting dates.

2018 MPSERS Fall Health Care Seminar Schedule

All seminars begin at 10:00 a.m. and last 2-3 hours.

Proposed Dates


October 9

 Holiday Inn Marquette
 1951 US 41 West
 Marquette, MI 49855

October 10

 Terrace Bay Hotel
 7146 P. Rd
 Gladstone, MI, 49837

October 11

Odawa Casino Resort
 1760 Lears Road
 Petoskey, MI 49770

October 12

 Traverse City
Williamsburg Event Center
 4230 M72 East
 Williamsburg, MI 49690

October 16

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

October 17

 Grand Rapids
Crossroads Conference Center
 6569 Clay Avenue  
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

October 18

 Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites
 100 West Michigan Avenue
 Kalamazoo, MI 49007

October 19

Causeway Bay Hotel
 6820 South Cedar Street
 Lansing, MI 48911

October 22  

Holiday Inn Gateway Centre
 5353 Gateway Centre
 Flint, MI 48507

October 23

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

October 24

 Ann Arbor
Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel
 3200 Boardwalk Dr.
 Ann Arbor, MI 48108

October 29

 Sterling Heights
Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights
 34911 Van Dyke Ave
 Sterling Heights, MI 48312

October 30

Suburban Collection Showplace
 46100 Grand River Ave
 Novi, MI 48374


Priority Healt Fall Roadshow 2018

Sep 25, 2018


10/8/2018 – Traverse City
Hotel Indigo(Hotel Indigo Ballroom)
263 W. Grandview Parkway
Traverse City, MI 49684

10/9/2018 – Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo RESA Service Center (Wile Auditorium)
1819 e. Millham Ave
Portage, MI 49002

10/17/2018 – Grand Rapids
Kent ISD
(Conference Center Lower Level)
1633 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

10/10/2018 – Wayne
Wayne RESA
(Boyd Arthurs Auditorium – 2nd Floor)
33500 Van Born Road
Wayne, MI 48184

10/11/2018 – Clinton Township
Wayne State University Macomb Education Center
16480 Hall Road
Clinton Township, MI 48038



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