Around the BEA
Women’s March in Lansing
The BEA and our sister unions in SOMEA have chartered a bus for members who are interested in attending this historic event. Seating is limited to the first 56 members (including anyone in your family). This is not an MEA sponsored event, therefore, to help defer the expense, a $20 per person donation is requested to cover the cost of the bus and driver.
When: Sunday, January 21, 2018
Time: Check-In at 10:00 a.m. The bus is scheduled to leave at 11:00 a.m.
Where: 17500 W Eleven Mile Road, Lathrup Village, MI 48076
Return: Around 7pm. March ends at 5pm
To reserve your seat contact Sandy at 248/559-4770
All “members in good standing” are welcome to get a ride to the march.
Negotiations for a successor to the current 2015-18 Collective Bargaining Agreement will be underway in early February. As your team represents the interests and needs of the members of the Birmingham Education Association, we seek your input on to how to improve the school environment and your ability to perform your duties and responsibilities as a BPS employee.
In order to get your input on a wide range of issues, please take the following BEA Bargaining Survey. At the end of each section and the survey, you are provided a space to share additional issues or suggestions you have to help inform the bargaining process.
Please respond to the BEA Bargaining Survey by January 29th so that we can prepare a list of issues to present to the BPS Board and Administration. The information you provide will be kept confidential within the BEA Bargaining Team.
BEA members Tony Stamm and Cynthia Settecerri are seeking your input for an action research project which we are conducting for their Ed. Specialist program.
The data gathered from this survey will be shared with BPS and the BEA to improve professional learning in the district. This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and participants will remain completely anonymous.
Here is the final Supplemental Pay Salary Schedule. There have been some minor adjustments in format and a few corrections in stipend amounts. Please keep it for your records. This can be brought up for negotiations again in 2018-19.
Join us for Bombowling at the HUB on Payday Friday, February 2nd
The BEA and BPS have teamed up to offer staff some winter fun! We invite all BPS staff to join us for Bombowling at The Hub Stadium on Friday, February 2nd between 4-8pm! Show up anytime
Cost: $30 per person - Price includes Food & Fees
Where: The HUB Stadium 2550 Takata Dr, Auburn Hills, MI. For more information, visit www.thehubstadium.com
In the Spotlight - Jeff Hill (SISS-Pembroke)
1. What lead you to become a teacher?
Two of my high school teachers–Mike McElroy and Dr. Larry Noble, inspired me to become a teacher. They both were great role models and made all of their students feel like they could do and become anything.
2. What is your favorite part of the school day?
Working with the students.
3. 3. What do you love to do when you're not busy teaching, planning and grading?
Spending time with my wife, Natalie and my two daughters, Macy and Maleena. I also enjoy gardening, reading, and coaching football.
Inside the MEA
3% Update: New FAQs
Where on my paystub do I look to see the amount that was deducted?
The line item on your paystub is entitled: "MIPH Retiree H/Care Fund 3%."
How do I verify the amount that is owed to me?
To verify the total amount deducted from July 2010 to September 2012, you need to look at the last paystubs for the years 2010 and 2011 and the final August paystub for 2012. Adding these three line items should equate to the final amount owed to you by ORS before taxes and interest.
Why does the line item “MIPH Retiree H/Care Fund 3%” continue after September 2012?
When PA 300, which was determined to be legal by the court, replaced PA 75 in 2013, many teachers selected to continue the 3% to cover their future retiree health care costs. The district continues to use the same label for this new deduction.
Will BPS get the funds from the State on January 22nd?
Although the ORS FAQ document indicates the money will be returned to local school districts on January 22, 2018, there has been no new contact from the state regarding this plan. BPS and the BEA are skeptical that the state can meet the January 22 timeline the ORS arbitrarily imposed. So, don’t be surprised if the money doesn’t come to the school district exactly at that time.
What other hold ups might there be in getting my money?
The MEA has reported that due to the lack of specific guidance from ORS, school business leaders are not sure on how to refund this money once they get it. There are issues of whether this should be paid as part of a regular payroll cycle (creating tax implications), whether this should be paid on a separate off-cycle check, or how to handle requests for the money to go into retirements savings accounts. School district officials are seeking answers when they meet with the state this week.
BPS has told us that they know employees have been waiting for this money, and it will be paid out to us soon, but we need everyone to remain patient because this not as easy as just running another payroll cycle.
What is the MEA doing to assist in this process?
The MEA and all other plaintiffs in this case are trying to ensure both speed and accuracy in these reimbursements. They have requested that the trial court (where the case has been returned) require ORS to develop guidelines for this reimbursement so that it is handled consistently from district to district. Further, the MEA and the others unions are working diligently to make sure the court ensures no exorbitant costs (and there are likely to be many what with the hundreds of thousands of school employees who will need to be located, have checks cut, and delivered) of reimbursing be borne by local school districts. In the MEA's view, this was the State of Michigan's doing and it should be rectified on its dime -- and not from the School Aid Fund.
What if there is an error in returning my money, will the MEA help me fix the problem?
Only members in good standing are eligible for the full range of legal services provided under the MEA Legal Representation Policy. They must be in good standing at the “time of the action complained of” and must maintain active membership in good standing for the entire time legal services are provided. The “action complained of” would be the dispute of the refund so it is critical that you are in good standing now so you are fully protected. Under the Legal Representation Policy, the MEA has the right to deny representation when it appears that an individual became a member for the purpose of receiving legal representation. Signing up for membership contemporaneous with a dispute over a refund will result in a denial.
Below are the most recent FAQs developed by the State's Office of Retirement Services and the MEA. Attorneys, for the MEA and other unions are working together to discuss these matters with the State. They want to make sure union positions on all issues are strongly considered. The district is scheduled to received funds from ORS on January 22nd and distribute the fund to staff after that. How that will be done and in what timeframe, we have not been told. Be sure though that the BEA will work with the district to make sure members and non-members receive monies they are owed in a timely fashion.