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Conference seeks to rally, empower Montana's top teachers

Conference seeks to rally, empower Montana's top teachers

It wasn’t entirely clear whether the wastebasket Billings teacher Shelly Stanton clutched was a receptacle or a shield as she fielded a barrage of crumpled paper hurled by fellow educators during her conference session on Wednesday.

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Union leaders: Court ruling won’t affect Montana now

HELENA — Montana union leaders said Tuesday they foresee no immediate impact in Montana from a U.S. Supreme Court decision that concluded certain government employees don’t have to pay fees to the unions representing them.

July 01, 2014 6:40 pmLoading…

State’s largest union tells members to consider voting for certain Republicans in GOP primaries

HELENA — The state’s largest labor union, MEA-MFT, usually endorses Democrats — but in Tuesday’s primary election, it’s advising its 18,000 members to consider voting for a slew of centrist Republicans in hotly contested GOP legislative primaries.

May 30, 2014 9:47 pmLoading…

Montana Supreme Court rejects union's attempt to block I-172

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to declare a proposed initiative by Charter Communications legally defective and prevent it from being circulated for signatures or require the ballot statements to be replaced.

May 27, 2014 8:33 pmLoading…

MEA-MFT asks Supreme Court to block Charter tax initiative from ballot

HELENA — The MEA-MFT union has asked the Montana Supreme Court to throw out a ballot measure by Charter Communications to reclassify its property for tax purposes and block a tax hike exceeding 300 percent.

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Attorneys representing teachers argue that COLA cuts are unconstitutional

HELENA — The 2013 Legislature unconstitutionally broke a contact with retired educators when it reduced their annual cost-of-living increases for their pensions, attorneys for the MEA-MFT union and some current and retired education employees said in court Wednesday.

December 04, 2013 4:46 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: State must honor promise to retirees

Keep your promise. Honor your word. Most of us learned those lessons early in life and realize the value in making sure we follow those guidelines in our daily affairs. A recent lawsuit by state and local government retirees attempts to hold Montana state government to the same standard, the…

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Guest opinion: State must honor promise to retired teachers

Montanans value their quality educators. In the midst of the Great Depression, the 1937 Legislature created a retirement system, in part, to honor their service. They also sought to provide economic stability to a population of senior Montanans.

November 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

New law, higher returns boost teacher pension finances

HELENA — Major changes passed by the 2013 Legislature and higher investment returns have put the Montana Teachers’ Retirement System pension plan on a much sounder financial footing, actuaries told the board Friday.

September 27, 2013 6:10 pmLoading…
Montana reaches deal on pay increases for employees

Montana reaches deal on pay increases for employees

HELENA — Public employee unions and the Bullock administration reached agreement in a little more than an hour Wednesday to give most state employees a 3 percent pay raise in July, followed by a 5 percent increase in November 2014.

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Groups spent $6.1 million trying to woo lawmakers in 2013 session

Groups spent $6.1 million trying to woo lawmakers in 2013 session

HELENA — Corporations, trade associations, unions and advocacy groups spent nearly $6.1 million trying to influence the 2013 Legislature, according to financial reports filed with the state political practices commissioner’s office.

May 28, 2013 7:07 pm Related Loading…
School choice advocates -- losers at 2013 session -- vow to return with same bills

School choice advocates -- losers at 2013 session -- vow to return with same bills

HELENA — While advocates of school choice struck out again this year in Montana, failing to enact a bill providing tax credits or any public money for private or charter schools, they say they’re not giving up.

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Judge rejects public employee unions’ appeal over pay plan

HELENA — Public employee unions have failed in their attempt to have the 2011 Legislature found to be engaging in unfair labor practices by rejecting a pay raise plan they negotiated with the governor.

May 02, 2013 6:45 pmLoading…
Bill for state pay plan amended, passes House committee

Bill for state pay plan amended, passes House committee

HELENA — A split House Appropriations Committee approved a state pay plan Saturday, but stripped out the 5 percent raises in base pay for state workers in each of the next two years that Gov. Steve Bullock and unions had sought.

March 23, 2013 9:22 pm Related Loading…
Leadership at Billings teachers union changes hands

Leadership at Billings teachers union changes hands

The president of the Billings Education Association — the teachers union for School District 2 — has taken a new job with the state public employees union.

March 19, 2013 6:03 pmLoading…

MEA-MFT's Feaver: School choice rips the fabric of public education

HELENA — Eric Feaver, the leader of MEA-MFT, the union representing teachers and other public workers, says it’s no coincidence the entire public-education community is battling hard against school-choice bills this Legislature.

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Guest opinion: Don't buy Balyeat's argument against public schools

Joe Balyeat (Feb. 2 guest opinion) is no friend of public programs and services, especially public education and the folks who serve therein. He would privatize our public schools at taxpayer expense. He would lay waste to the democratic public school governing structures outlined in our sta…

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'School choice' supporters rally as Montana legislators hear tax credit bills

'School choice' supporters rally as Montana legislators hear tax credit bills

HELENA – Advocates of “school choice” filled the state Capitol halls Monday, in part to testify for a pair of bills creating new state income-tax credits helping finance private schools in Montana.

January 28, 2013 9:45 pmLoading…

Broad education coalition kicks off push for sweeping K-12 school-funding bill

HELENA — A broad coalition of school groups pitched its sweeping public-school funding plan Tuesday, saying it offers a rare chance to boost money for schools, cut property taxes and link both to natural-resource development in Montana.

January 22, 2013 4:07 pmLoading…

Groups sue to stop immigration initiative

HELENA — An immigrants’ advocacy group and others have sued to challenge the constitutionality of a recent voter-approved law requiring people to show a proof of citizenship before they obtain certain state government services and benefits.

December 10, 2012 1:55 pmLoading…

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