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PEA has approximately 495 members. This is made of teachers, counselors, psychologists, speech pathologists, media specialists and other educational professionals.
The issue cuts across urban, suburban and rural districts. It cuts across racial and socioeconomic lines. It goes to the core of American culture, parenting, media exposure for ratings only and what we as a society are willing to tolerate, correct and find unacceptable.
Every year it seems there are some folks who missed following the contract language and have completed courses in graduate school but aren’t getting the additional pay because they never followed protocol. Don’t short change yourself! Be sure to complete and turn in a Request For Approval of Courses form – available in your building’s front office or by request from our PPS Human
Section 7: An amount of 0.2% of the base of the Bachelor’s Degree Schedule as shown on Schedule A per semester hour shall be added to the appropriate step of Schedule A of a teacher for each semester hours of approved graduate credit earned after placement on the Master’s Degree Schedule. Such reimbursement shall be made provided:
a) The graduate credit was earned from an accredited institution of higher education designated as a four-year college or university.
b) That all courses were approved on the appropriate form by the appropriate Administrator prior to the teacher’s registration for the course.
c) Such reimbursement shall be made following submission of proof of satisfactory completion of the course.
d) The maximum number of hours reimbursed shall be thirty (30) hours.
In order to receive salary adjustments based on this Section for the fall semester, passing grades must be submitted by the next February 1 following the completion of the course, except that the adjustment made at the beginning of the second semester shall be based on 0.1% of the base of the Bachelor’s Degree Schedule per semester hour.
In order to receive salary adjustments based on this Section for the winter, spring and summer semesters, passing grades must be submitted by the next October 1 following the completion of the course.
The Michigan Employment Relations Commission made its ruling regarding the legality of the long standing practice of an August opt-out window being for August only. Under the system in place any member could opt out of the union during the month of August but for the obvious benefit of budgeting and having had the benefit of voting on contracts, etc.. the window was limited to just August. This challenge was brought forth by the actively anti-union, anti-MEA Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a strong GOP right-wing organization that promotes and professes anti-worker and anti-union agenda for Michigan. Whether or not the MEA will seek to advance this to the courts has not yet been decided but MEA president, Steve Cook, did make a formal statement in response to the ruling (see link)Read More
Unions, and teachers, are under direct, targeted attack. The first step is to disguise attacks as a way to help workers with pseudo-friendly movements like “Right To Work” which most anyone can see as a way to weaken workers’ voice and ability to negotiate or grieve any aspect of their pay, benefits, working conditions or pensions. New Jersey Republican Governor, Chris Christie, has been calling for minimum wage salary for teachers while Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker wants to abolish all unions and strip middle class working America of any voice in workplace.
We must KNOW which party and candidates support teachers, education and unions and which DO NOT! There is a state-wide and national attack on both unions and teachers in America.
“Many of Walker’s proposals are focused on unions for workers at all levels of government, while others would also affect private-sector unions. Labor law experts said such an effort, if successful, would substantially reduce the power of organized labor in America.”… read the whole news article by clicking on the link!
All Portage Public School employees should have gotten notification via email and phone about the adjustments to the pay dates for July, August and September 2015. If you have questions contact our PPS payroll department.
Summer Paycheck schedule
Looking ahead, there will be some minor changes in pay dates this summer. Due to a late Labor Day and to avoid a 27-pay schedule*, the following paychecks will be delayed due to calendar rotation. For those of you with automatic payment withdrawals from your bank account, please plan ahead!
Monday, July 13
Tuesday, July 28
Wednesday, August 12
Thursday, August 27
Friday, September 11Read More
Effective immediately, for any union membership resignation during August, 2015, and any subsequent resignation time frames, all resignations of MEA membership must be submitted in writing, signed and dated by the member, postmarked during August and mailed to MEA at P.O. Box 51, East Lansing , MI 48826.
Any member who has questions about how to resign membership should immediately contact the MEA Help Center (email@example.com) MEA will provide a written reply to the member.
To notify the PEA of opt out. Read and follow directions at Freeload linkRead More