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

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Sunday, August 9th, 2015 in Unions No Comments

Facebook Twitter RedditLANSING, 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.”


Union president attacks school board while they pay her not to teach

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Monday, July 13th, 2015 in Unions No Comments

Facebook Twitter RedditANN ARBOR, Mich. – While Ann Arbor Public Schools teachers union president Linda Carter has claimed the superintendent and school board were trying to “destroy” the school district, that same school board has spent $250,000-plus allowing union officials to work on union activities during school hours instead of teaching.


Court of Claims tosses MEA’s right-to-work lawsuit

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 in Unions No Comments

Facebook Twitter RedditWARREN, 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.


Union threatens school district for removing illegal language from contracts

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 in Unions No Comments

Facebook Twitter RedditNORTHPORT, 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.


MEA prez gets big raise despite membership decline

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 in Unions No Comments

Facebook Twitter RedditLANSING, 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.


Michigan district drops union-affiliated health insurance, saves $737k

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 in Unions No Comments

Facebook Twitter RedditDANSVILLE, Mich. – In the three years since Dansville Schools dropped Michigan Education Special Services Association insurance for a different high-deductible plan, it has saved $736,873.87 and its employees haven’t had to pay for any health insurance premiums in that time, according to the superintendent.


‘Worst fears’ of Michigan union realized as 5k teachers drop membership in August

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 in Unions No Comments

Facebook Twitter RedditLANSING, Mich. – In a video last year discussing the first year of the right-to-work law, Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook said his greatest fear was losing “thousands” of union members. That was after the group withheld information about how its members could opt out of the union.