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How To Support Bills Virtually

Make your voice heard on legislation that matters to our students and educators

When we work to pass important legislation, we show up to support it. This means lobbying our legislators and testifying in committees where legislation is being heard. The virtual session for 2022 means that you have several ways of registering that support.

You can sign in in support of the legislation when it is being heard in committee, which is similar to signing a petition. If you want to testify virtually, you can sign in to do that, but it must be at least one hour before the meeting begins. You may also submit your testimony in writing up to 24 hours after the bill has been heard.

Retialiation - No Dues Deduction

This morning (3/7) extreme Lansing politicians are retaliating against an effort launched by teachers, nurses, and construction workers yesterday to amend the state constitution to protect collective bargaining rights and strengthen Michigan’s middle class.

Today the Michigan Senate retaliated by passing HB 4929, which would punish public school teachers, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers by placing burdensome new restrictions on the collection of dues that protect employees through collective bargaining agreements.  The bill would prohibit the use of payroll deduction for the collection of dues.  According to the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency, HB 4929, “would have no significant fiscal impact on school districts.”  An amendment was put on the bill in committee that would allow payroll deduction if the union local reimbursed the cost to the school district, that reasonable amendment was taken out of the bill on the Senate floor. 

The bill now moves to the House.  Please, use your cell phone, and call your Representative on your lunch time or immediately after school today.  Ask them to vote NO on HB 4929, and if they are opposed to the bill, ask them try and stop the bill from taking “Immediate Effect.”  Click here to find your Representative.

COPE: Building Our Union's Power, Building a Better Future

COPE - our Committee on Political Education -- is the political action committee for AFT Washington. COPE enables our union to engage the membership in both creating our political agenda and in making meaningful financial contributions to support candidates who will champion our legislative agenda. We do not use union dues to contribute to COPE. All contributions are voluntary.

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Take Action: Make your voice heard

Make your views known to those in Congress and state legislatures who represent you on the issues that affect working families every day.  Visit the AFT's Take Action page.