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Hannah K. Mead

Assistant Editor

Hannah Mead is a former assistant editor for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, having worked there from July 2009 through August 2011. Before this, she worked twice as a summer … more

Aaron C. Mead

Research Intern

Aaron C. Mead was a summer 2007 research intern for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Originally from the state of Washington, he moved to Michigan to attend Hillsdale College, … more

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State’s Largest Teachers Union Offloads Some Pension Obligations Onto Taxpayers

MEA’s own unfunded pension liabilities now stand at $130.3 million

… probably be more if the MEA had not worked out a … retirement system, meaning they get larger … they retire. The MEA reimburses the school … the state system has meant that the school districts’ … more

New ‘Labor Voices’ Column, Same Old Teachers Union Disinformation

The new MEA president spreads the same inaccuracies as the old MEA president

… Herbart: The MEA wrote : “In Utica, … not $7,845. The MEA wrote : “Grand Rapids … growth.” The MEA wrote : “It [charter … more

Teachers Union Head Gets Annual $92,000 Pension Bonus, Courtesy of Taxpayers

Scheme let top union officials get school pensions based on six-figure union salaries

If former MEA President Steve Cook … use his six-figure MEA salary in the public … pension calculations. The MEA reimbursed the school … Retirement Services. The MEA also operates a pension … more

Sweet Deal: Another Teachers Union President's Pension On Taxpayers' Dime

Fraser Schools agrees to pension spiking arrangement with union official

… substitute his six-figure MEA salary for the much … currently collects from the MEA. Her pension payouts … here:  The MEA didn’t respond to an … more

Absent MEA Action, State Could Step In

MEA ducks question about having state inform members about right-to-work law

… inform union members, an MEA spokesman started to … allegations that the MEA is not fully complying … getting out of the MEA has proven to be a tricky … state. According to the MEA, its members can only … more

MEA Still Chasing Thousands Not Paying Dues Or Fees

Union says 7,000 not paying; MEA members can leave the union only during month of August

… despite promises by the MEA that it will send debt … thinks   the MEA could lose as many as … week, Doug Pratt, the MEA's director of member … three months after MEA Executive Director Gretchen … more

MEA Upset at Having to Follow State Law

… choose. But the MEA is also upset at the … performance. Who, exactly, are MEA officials representing … backgrounds. Who, exactly, are MEA officials representing … of their rights, the MEA wrote: If [the … more

MEA Prez and VP should talk

… that for you . If the MEA is staying away from … its former members, MEA President Steve Cook … release posted on the MEA’s own website. Cook … more

MEA-Endorsed Candidate: Education Spending Is Up

… only way they (the MEA) can say that it is … agree with what the MEA is saying about spending.” In … Snyder took office, the MEA, which is the state’s … I don’t agree with MEA on a lot of things,” … more

MEA Concedes Large Percentage of ‘Conservative’ Teachers, Endorses 97% Democrats

… as conservative. The MEA represents more than 157,000 teachers, … same magazine, the MEA released its recommendations … partisan issue.” MEA President Iris Salters … R-Rochester Hills, who the MEA has not endorsed, said … more

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