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Michigan’s largest teachers union fails to disclose 30 percent of its income

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LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, routinely submits financially reports to the federal government, as it is legally required. But the reports can leave outsiders wondering about the source of the roughly 30 percent of its income that is categorized under the heading of “All Other Receipts.”
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Local union leaves Michigan Education Association

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CADILLAC, Mich. – Clerical workers and classroom assistants at an intermediate school district headquartered in Cadillac have voted to decertify the Michigan Education Association local as their exclusive bargaining unit.
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Illegal strike by Detroit teachers shuts down 18 schools

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DETROIT – Hundreds of Detroit public school teachers broke the law Thursday when they skipped school to protest Gov. Rick Snyder’s announcement in Lansing proposing an overhaul of the Detroit public school system.
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Court of Claims tosses MEA’s right-to-work lawsuit

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WARREN, Mich. – The Michigan Court of Claims dismissed a lawsuit by the Michigan Education Association that claimed the State Legislature violated the Open Meetings Act when they passed the right-to-work law in 2012 while the Capitol building had been closed for a time due to protesters.
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Union threatens school district for removing illegal language from contracts

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NORTHPORT, Mich. – The Michigan Education Association has threatened to file an unfair labor practice complaint against the Northport Public Schools superintendent because of conversations he had with local union officials over removing illegal language discovered in the district’s labor contract.
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University gives president a $330K raise she doesn’t want

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University trustees approved a salary increase from $520,000 to $750,000 for President Lou Anna Simon. The 44 percent base income raise, which also includes an annual $100,000 “retention bonus,” came over her objections.
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MEA prez gets big raise despite membership decline

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LANSING, Mich. – While some of its dues-paying members are taking pay freezes, top executives of the Michigan Education Association took salary raises ranging from $13,591 to as high as $48,385 in 2014, according to the financial reports the union recently filed with the U.S. Department of Labor.
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Democratic lawmakers target charter public schools, school choice

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LANSING, Mich. – In the last five months, Democrats in the Michigan Legislature have introduced 10 bills and two budget amendments that impose more oversight, reporting requirements, regulations, restrictions or an outright ban on charter public schools and the entities that authorize (“charter”) them.
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