General Membership Meeting
regarding the proposed new contract language
October 16, 2017
4:15 pm (over by 5:00 pm)
West High Auditorium
October 17, 2017
members only vote in their buildings
(Building Reps will have ballots)
Your building rep should have received and forwarded the tentative agreement with the changes in language. If you have not received that email please email your building rep or Rita Wells.
Don't assume you will just because you got one before. To check on your voter status go to the Montana Secretary of State web site at www.sos.mt.gov.
Click on My Voter Page; click on Start; enter your first name, last name, and date of birth.
YOUR Voter Page will appear! You can check your voter status (hopefully, it is ACTIVE!). You can see if you will receive a mailed ballot or if you have to go to the polls! You can also find your polling location and your House and Senate Districts.
If your voter address is incorrect, or if voter status is not ACTIVE or if you will not receive a mail ballot YOU can fix that easily! Just complete a new voter registration form and mark it to recieve an absentee ballot. Call the BEA office to request one.
It's an important decision and timing is everything to maximize your service credit and sick leave credit. Please keep the following dates in mind when giving your retirement notice to the District:
Like it or not, a teaching career is a political venture. Public school teachers are public employees whose salaries, benefits, working conditions, and job security is dependent upon legislation, legislators, elected school trustees and voters. There is a national movement afoot, and Montana is by no means exempt, to do us harm.
Every election is vital. Every legislative session is key. We must promote and advocate our positions, we must protect what we have worked long and hard to attain.
It will be a difficult journey. The opposition is organized, determined, and financially supported. But you are fortunate. You have a voice, several voices, in fact.
First, you are a voter! You have a say when you cast your ballot! You get to pick! You pick who will represent you and your family and make decisions that affect your job. You pick what levies this community will fund that will impact your working conditions and your children's education. You pick who will be your boss on the school board and decide your next contract.
Second, you are a BEA member! You have the backing of this Association. This Association is constantly working to assure all things possible are favorable for your career so you can pursue your chosen profession.
Anything worth pursuing has a price. It takes money to find public education friendly candidates to represent you in Helena and at school board meetings. It takes money to help those candidates get elected. It takes money to promote school bond and mill levy elections that benefit everyone in this community. It takes money. Period. Your membership dues dollars are not used for political purposes. Only contributions from our members to our Political Action Committee are used. And we need more to be ready for the fight ahead.
Give your voice more power. Contribute to the BEA PAC. Get the form here to make monthly contributions to your national, state, and local PACs.
Can what happened in Wisconsin, happen here? This very question is the reason MEA-MFT and BEA work diligently to find the right candidates and get them elected. Watch this video just for a reminder of how wrong things can go when they go wrong.