Hundreds of MEA-MFT members from across Montana will gather in Helena March 31-April 1 for the annual MEA-MFT Representative Assembly.
The Representative Assembly (RA) is MEA-MFT’s highest governing body. “We are a democracy,” said MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver. Each of MEA-MFT’s 300 local affiliates is entitled to send at least one elected delegate.
Founded in 1882, MEA-MFT is one of Montana’s oldest advocacy groups and represents more than 18,000 Montana K-12 teachers and school support staff, higher education faculty, state and county employees, Head Start staff, and health care employees who live and work in communities all over Montana.
During the meeting Friday and Saturday, delegates will elect officers and debate and vote on constitutional amendments, dues, budget, new business items, and a legislative program for MEA-MFT.
Delegates will also get an update on the 2017 Montana Legislature. And they will discuss the continuing attacks, nationally and in Montana, on unions, public schools, public services, the middle class, and the rights of workers to collectively bargain.
“MEA-MFT has taken the lead in fending off these attacks in Montana,” said Feaver. “We don’t expect them to stop, and we will continue fighting for the services and rights that create a civilized society.”
Congressional candidate Rob Quist, who has been endorsed by MEA-MFT, will speak to delegates. Delegates will also hear from several Montana elected officials, including Governor Steve Bullock.
Special RA events include the following:
Hall of Fame celebration: MEA-MFT will hold its pre-RA Hall of Fame event to induct three new MEA-MFT Hall of Fame honorees Thursday evening, March 30. Honorees are Tom Gigstad, Wanda Grinde, and Linda McCulloch.
Members of the Year celebration: MEA-MFT will celebrate its 2017 Members of the Year at a banquet Friday evening, March 31. Honorees include the following:
· Kris Hursh, Kalispell: Education Support Professional of the Year
· Julie McKenna, Dept. of Revenue: Kevin Bock Public Employee Member of the Year
· Chris Danielson, Montana Tech: Faculty Member of the Year
· Federation of Probation and Parole: Local Affiliate of the Year