Macomb Community College Adjuncts Join AFT Michigan!The 700-member Association of Adjunct Faculty at Macomb Community College (AAFMCC) has voted to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers. AAFMCC represents the nontenure-track faculty at the College, which is one of the largest degree-granters in the state.
May 31 Deadline for AFT Michigan Scholarship OpportunitiesThe Rollie Hopgood Future Teacher Scholarship application process is now open. Every year AFT Michigan offers scholarships to one AFT Michigan PSRP member enrolled in program leading to a teaching certificate, scholarships for HS seniors in AFT represented high schools, and a scholarship for the child of an AFT Michigan member.
Applications are available here.
MPSERS Retirement Lawsuit Update4-8-13
There are 2 totally separate cases challenging the recent changes to MPSERS -- one filed in 2010 and one in 2012.
The AFT Michigan suit regarding the 3% retirement deduction was filed in 2010. We won in the Court of Appeals and the State has appealed it to the Supreme Court. We are waiting to hear if the Court will hear it.
The 2012 case deals with other changes made to retirement. One part of it was appealed by the State and one part appealed by AFT Michigan. The AFT Michigan appeal is pending in the Court of Appeals. The State withdrew its appeal.
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.
Michigan Day of Action
Update on Dues Collection SystemsThe last few months have been filled with many changes and adjustments to how we conduct union business, especially in terms of dues collection. Most recently an injunction was passed regarding dues collection blocking the bill from going into affect. Your local, for the time being, will still be able to use payroll deduction for the collection of union dues.
This means dues will NOT be collected through the alternative method that was rolled out at the end of last school year. Thank you to all those who got their forms filled out in a timely manner. It is important that we continue on a proactive path and be prepared as we moved forward.
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: