mea http://michiganradio.org en 8 teachers named in complaint filed against the Michigan Education Association http://michiganradio.org/post/8-teachers-named-complaint-filed-against-michigan-education-association <p>Michigan’s largest teachers’ union is being accused of trying to intimidate teachers who wanted to leave the union.</p><p>Earlier this month, the <a href="http://www.mea.org/">Michigan Education Association </a>announced 99% of its members decided to stay in the union, despite Michigan’s new <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/right-work">Right-To-Work law.</a></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:16:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 14930 at http://michiganradio.org 8 teachers named in complaint filed against the Michigan Education Association Understanding the new ruling on teachers' union dues http://michiganradio.org/post/understanding-new-ruling-teachers-union-dues <p>This past Thursday, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the State of Michigan can proceed with Public Act 53, a law prohibiting school districts from deducting union dues from teachers’ paychecks.</p><p>The 2-1 ruling overturned a Detroit federal court preliminary injunction that ruled in favor of the unions. In June of 2012, U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood issued the preliminary injunction against Public Act 53.</p><p>With the new ruling, public schools are no longer required to deduct the union dues from the paychecks of teachers and other school employees.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130509/NEWS06/305090095/Appeals-court-upholds-law-blocking-collection-school-staff-union-dues">Detroit Free Press</a>, Thursday's <a href="http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/13a0129p-06.pdf">opinion</a> read: “The act merely directs one kind of public employer to use its resources for its core mission, rather than the collection of union dues.”&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 16:15:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12518 at http://michiganradio.org Understanding the new ruling on teachers' union dues School unions file federal lawsuit to stop Michigan law blocking payroll deduction of union dues http://michiganradio.org/post/school-unions-file-federal-lawsuit-stop-michigan-law-blocking-payroll-deduction-union-dues <p>Four Michigan unions are asking a federal judge to strike down <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(31hadvjaw5k4g055adt2n0em))/documents/2011-2012/publicact/htm/2012-pa-0053.htm">a new state law </a>barring school districts from collecting union dues through payroll deduction.&nbsp; The unions filed the lawsuit today.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:54:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 6908 at http://michiganradio.org School unions file federal lawsuit to stop Michigan law blocking payroll deduction of union dues Michigan legislature passes school union dues bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-legislature-passes-school-union-dues-bill <div><p><span style="font-size: 11px">Update&nbsp;4:15 pm</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11px">The Michigan legislature has passed a bill to prohibit public schools from automatically collecting union dues from the paychecks of teachers and other employees.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11px">Republican Representative Joe Haveman&nbsp;says the bill&rsquo;s intent is to focus schools on educating children.</span></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 21:15:42 +0000 The Associated Press 6541 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan legislature passes school union dues bill Judge issues temporary injunction stopping Rep. Paul Scott recall http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-issues-temporary-injunction-stopping-rep-paul-scott-recall <p>A judge in Ingham County has issued a temporary injunction which stops a recall effort against <a href="http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=51">State Representative Paul Scott.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Republican Paul Scott was targeted for recall by the Michigan Education Association. Scott is a supporter of cutting K-12 education funding and legislation which targets teachers unions.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:56:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 4576 at http://michiganradio.org Judge issues temporary injunction stopping Rep. Paul Scott recall Recall battle http://michiganradio.org/post/recall-battle <p>Thousands of people are expected to descend on the state capitol on Saturday to protest Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s policies.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Organizers plan to kick off a petition campaign to <a href="http://firericksnyder.org/">have the governor recalled</a> from office.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 May 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2578 at http://michiganradio.org Recall battle Teachers union present a plan to Governor Snyder http://michiganradio.org/post/teachers-union-present-plan-governor-snyder <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Governor Rick Snyder met with the state’s largest teachers union today to talk about funding and standards for the state's public school system.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Laura Weber, of the Michigan Public Radio Network, reports the <a href="http://www.mea.org/">Michigan Education Association</a> (MEA) teachers union presented Snyder with a <a href="http://www.mea.org/press/011811_MEA_unveils_Aplus_Agenda.html">plan</a> that includes expanding the sales tax to services to raise more money for schools.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Weber reports that Governor Snyder has said he wants to reform Michigan’s tax structure, but says now is not the time to expand the sales tax.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Even </span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">so, </span><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 200%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Iris</span><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 200%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;"> Salters, the director of the MEA teachers union, said she's glad the new Governor was willing to meet with them:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">"We’re encouraged by the governor’s willingness to garner a lot of input from people who not only work within the education system, but those who are consumers of the education system. And that’s got to be <span>good."</span></span></p></blockquote><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Another reform being considered by the Michigan legislature is to make Michigan a "Right-To-Work" state, s</span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">omething the MEA opposes.</span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;"> </span><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 200%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Doug Pratt, with the MEA, told MPRN's Laura Weber that he is concerned about the push to make Michigan a "Right-To-Work" state:</span></p><blockquote><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">"It is a false premise that has proven not to work in other places, it is wrong for this state. And we are heartened by the governor’s comments as well as comments from others in the business community that now is not the time to take such an action."</span> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:09:00 +0000 Mark Brush 924 at http://michiganradio.org