MT: Union boss writings show imbalance between advocacy, improvement

By   /  December 14, 2012  /  Featured, Montana, News  /  No Comments

feaver word cloud

By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
HELENA – Through words, people tell stories, paint pictures, save lives and craft important public policy.
How folks handle words reveals so much about them: birthplace, education level, personality traits, culture and so much more.
Words also reveal political agendas.
So it is with the president of the MEA-MFT, Eric Feaver. He heads the [...]

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MT: Think tank proposes tool to measure tenured teachers

By   /  September 10, 2012  /  Montana, News  /  No Comments

teacher eval

By Phil Drake | Montana Watchdog
HELENA — A stricter system to measure the performance of tenured teachers would help remove ineffective educators from the classroom, a state and local government think tank says.
But Montana’s deputy superintendent of schools said the decision to adopt such as system in Montana rests with local school boards, and the [...]

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MT: Unions ask court to reverse unfair labor practices decision on raises

By   /  August 31, 2012  /  Featured, Health Care, Judiciary, Montana, News, State Budgets, State Government, unions  /  2 Comments

Judge

By Phil Drake | Montana Watchdog
HELENA — Three state employee unions have petitioned a District Court judge to reverse a personnel board decision on unfair labor practices regarding raises denied to state employees.
The action comes after several appeals to the state by the MEA-MFT, the state’s teachers union; the Montana Public Employees’ Association and the American [...]

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Missives exchanged over new website listing state employee pay

By   /  July 21, 2012  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

Editor’s note: The following are letters regarding the state employee pay website, opengovmt.org, launched July 12, by the Bozeman-based Montana Policy Institute, a free market think tank which also publishes Montana Watchdog.
The first letter is from Eric Feaver, president of the MEA-MFT, the state’s largest public employees union, which reportedly represents 18,000 employees in [...]

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Union leader offers compromise on new state employee pay website

By   /  July 18, 2012  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, News  /  1 Comment

By PHIL DRAKE | Montana Watchdog
The head of the state’s largest public employees union sent a letter Wednesday to the head of a Bozeman-based think tank, saying employee salary information from the state posted on his site was incorrect and suggested a neutral site providing the same information be created.
However, Carl Graham, chief executive officer [...]

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