Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Official Press Release from MEA's United Staff Organization

MEA unionized employees continue bargaining
Strike postponed for now

Bargaining between the United Staff Organization (USO) and the Michigan Education Association (MEA) continues despite the Aug. 31 expiration of the employee contracts.

“As long as bargaining is productive, we will stay at the table,” said USO President Tom Greene. “However, if talks break down, our members are prepared to do what is necessary.”

In addition to a recent strike vote, USO members unanimously approved a vote of confidence in its bargaining teams.

At issue are MEA’s proposed rollbacks to the employees’ retirement plan.

Traditionally, MEA has fought the Legislature when similar changes for the school employees’ retirement plan have been introduced.

“This fight is for all of us—MEA employees and members. Our future is their future,” said Greene.

The USO represents more than 600 employees from MEA, MESSA and MEA Financial Services. MEA is the largest school employees union in the state with more than 160,000 members.

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