At the Bargaining Table
So far, we have over 250 members responses to the our BEA Bargaining Survey. If you have yet to respond and would like to do so, you must by Monday, February 19th. Help your team best represent you at the table. The information you provide will be kept confidential.
BPS-BEA Engaged in Training on New Bargaining Process
On Wednesday, January 31, the bargaining teams representing the Birmingham Administration and Birmingham Education Association met all day to be trained in a process called Interest Based Bargaining (IBB). IBB emphasizes a collaborative and deliberative format to contract negotiations in which varying interests are met through mutually beneficial resolutions. At the conclusion of the training, both teams found value and energy in this new process of bargaining, and agreed to use IBB as a format for upcoming BPS-BEA contract negotiations. As part of this process, we will be sending regular joint emails to update our stakeholders about our bargaining deliberations.
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
President of the Birmingham Education Association.
Check to See if You Are Getting the Bargained $400 Toward Your Retirement
If you have been working in BPS for more than 15 years, then please check the left side of your paycheck (the fun side). It looks like this:
If you have been teaching in BPS for more than 15 years and are MISSING a line item “BEA 400,” please contact Susan File in HR. As of 2010, the BEA negotiated on your behalf a compensatory 400/year toward your 403B or 457 retirement TSA account
Financial Support to Attend Conference
Avondale/Rochester MEA Coordinating Council is sponsoring a retirement workshop presented by Office of Retirement Services (ORS) on Wednesday, February 21st at 4:30pm at UAW Local 5960 on 180 East Silverbell, Lake Orion, 48360.
This workshop will provide members with information about the components of each retirement system, retirement eligibility, retirement options, the application process, and retirement income needs.
In the Spotlight - McKenzie Taylor (Greenfield)
1. What led you to become a teacher?
Growing up I always looked up to my teachers and dreamed of becoming one myself. All of the jobs I had involved kids, and I knew I really enjoyed working with them.
2. What is your favorite part of the school day?
My favorite part of the teaching day is greeting the kids each morning. I love giving them a hug, handshake, or high five and greeting them with a big smile. Even if they’ve had a tough morning, I feel like entering the classroom is their chance to start over. Each kid always has a story to tell me upon entering class. This is one of the ways I get to know them even better!
3. What do you love to do when you're not busy teaching, planning and grading?
When I’m not at school I’m usually catching up with family and friends or cooking something new. When the weather is nice, I love to be outside!
Inside the MESSA
Get Free Credit Protection from MESSA
MESSA now provides members and their adult dependents free year-round credit and identity protection through a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and AllClear ID.
Members receive two levels of free protection from AllClear ID:
- Access to ID breach-repair services. If a MESSA member suspects their identity has been breached or stolen, they can call AllClear at 855.904.5742 for free assistance in securing their private information and repairing any damage.
- Proactive identity protection. This service, which costs more than $100 per year for non- MESSA members, provides credit monitoring, ChildScan for children under 18, and $1 million in identity theft insurance.
To enroll in AllClear Pro, go to messa.org/AllClearID. You will be asked to enter your full legal name, a valid email address to receive alerts, and the five-digit group number from your MESSA insurance card.
MESSA Covers On-line Medical Care for Flu
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, a new service provided by MESSA may reduce the need for you to leave your home to seek treatment. MESSA members can use AMWELL, an on-line medical service, at a small discount.
Inside the MEA
MEA Membership Provides Free College Education
Through a partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College, the MEA is now offering tuition free colleges courses and the opportunity to earn an Associate's Degree through EGCC, an accredited college in Steubenville, OH. This benefit is available to members in good standing, their spouse, children, and grandchildren.