2014 Holocaust & Jewish Resistance Teachers' ProgramThe 2014 program will take place July 1-19 in Washington, DC, Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic and is designed for Secondary and Pre-Service Educators. The goals of the program are to advance education in U.S. secondary schools about the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance and to deepen teachers' knowledge and strengthen their ability to implement Holocaust studies in their classrooms. For additional information or to apply please click here.
Remarks by AFT Michigan president David Hecker on the Common Core StandardsAFT Michigan and AFT National have supported and advocated for Common Core standards. We did so because we have always advocated for high academic standards that reflect knowledge and competencies students should possess to be able to compete in a global economy, including critical thinking and problem solving. Read More >>
Part-time faculty at KVCC struggle with uncertainty, work semester to semester Union Holds Action on TuesdayKalamazoo — Members of the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Federation of Teachers are gathering at all three KVCC campuses on Tuesday to educate students, staff, visitors and other faculty about the difficulties they face working semester to semester with little pay and no benefits
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Update on Dues Collection Systems
8-19-13The past year has been filled with many changes and adjustments to how we conduct union business, especially in terms of dues collection. PA 53 took away the option for K-12 local's to have members dues automatically deducted through payroll. Most recently an injunction that was issued which stayed PA 53 from going into affect was dissolved.
If you signed up under the alternative dues system last year you will receive a confirmation of those arrangements in your personal email account for you to view and update if necessary. All members are encouraged to attend scheduled back to school union meetings to learn more about what is going on in your local and actions needed.
It is important that we continue on a proactive path and be prepared as we moved forward. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding dues collection. You may use the feedback form here, or email email@example.com directly.
Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness Releases Final ReportThe Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness released their final recommendations for a system of educator evaluation in Michigan on July 24, 2013.
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The most recent Capitol Report is available for download on the Take Action > Capitol Report page. Among the many bills we are monitoring this session, AFT Michigan has delivered testimony on the higher education budget and Educational Achievement Authority. Links to this testimony are also available on the Take Action > Capitol Report page, as well as weekly Legislative Updates.
Here is Our Chance to Improve 80/20 - Send an Email Today!The Senate Committee on Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing has passed a package of legislation that will improve the 80/20 hard cap law which limits the amount public employers can contribute to employee health care plans. Most importantly, SB 541-545, raises the hard cap for married couples from $11,000 to $13,455, starting with the 2013 medical plan benefit year. The bills also clarify some parts of the Publicly Funded Health Insurance Contribution Act (PA 152 of 2011), including that an individual employee, such as a superintendent, is subject to the same law as employees covered by a collective bargaining unit. Finally, it would clarify that money paid to employees in lieu of accepting medical benefit plan coverage does not count towards the employers' total annual costs.
This is important legislation that AFT Michigan has worked diligently with legislators to improve PA 152 since it was enacted in 2011. We're in the home stretch — and we need your help to ensure these bills are passed by the Senate this week. Please send your Senator an email urging her or him to vote YES on SB 541-545. This could come up for a vote as early as Wednesday, so send your email today.
Dissolving School Districts HB 4813 & 4815
A larger rundown of what is happening in the Legislature can be found in the weekly Legislative Report.
Michigan Day of Action
Key IssuesAFT Michigan is watching a number of key issues as they move through the legislature. In addition AFT Michigan has produced a number of pro-active issue papers detailing our ideas for improving education in Michigan. Click on the links below to go to the .pdf documents: