Three Important Dates

February 28, 2013

1. Teacher of the Year nominations due Monday, March 4 (to your building rep)
2. MEA On-line voting March 1st at
3. Contract ratification meeting March 7, 4:00 middle school


February PEA Update

February 16, 2013

We’ve made it past the half-way point of the 2012-2013 school year. We’ve weathered snow and the Michigan Legislature. Now we look forward to finishing this year strong, united, and confident in our skills as educators.

Some news, in chronological order:

1. There is a pre-retirement seminar being held February 23, from 9:30 a.m. – noon. Details are available by clicking this link: RetirementPoster 9F 2-2013. You must RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 20.

2. On-line voting for MEA Board Members begins March 1st. Follow this link to vote between 3/1 and 3/8 — you decide who makes decisions for the MEA. (You will need the last four digits of your social security number to log in.) A reminder of the voting “window” will be sent out prior to the voting period.

3. The 2013 Partners in Education Dinner celebrates local educators and support personnel who make a difference for kids and for colleagues through work with their local association. You will be asked to write a nomination letter for someone in your building who deserves this recognition. Details will follow, but put the date of the dinner on your calendar (in case you or your nominee is the Parchment honoree this year). May 5, 2013 at the Fetzer Center (WMU).

If you did not receive bargaining information in your home e-mail messages (last Friday), please send your home e-mail address so you can be included. Please know that your bargaining team will negotiate for the best benefits possible, with the least painful concessions possible. We ask for improvements — the other side asks for concessions — and we decide what you can support in a contract vote.