Michigan’s largest teachers union joins gubernatorial recall effort
Michigan’s largest teachers union is formally supporting efforts to recall the governor and members of the state House following last week’s passage of bills that reduce job security and limit collective bargaining rights.
In a message to members on Friday the Michigan Education Association said that it will support existing recall efforts and will also consider backing some efforts to recall state senators.
“Our elected leaders need to know that we will not sit idly by as they try to dismantle public education, destroy the middle class, and defeat MEA and other public sector unions!” the group said as it urged teachers to use their summer break to become politically active.
The package of bills that cleared the Legislature on Friday creates a new system for evaluating educators and makes it easier for them to be fired. It also prohibits teachers from collective bargaining over placement and personnel policies, the evaluation system, discipline/discharge policies, classroom observation decisions, merit pay, and decisions about how schools will communicate with parents about teachers.
A House Fiscal Agency analysis of the package is here.