Representative Assembly

The MEA holds an annual Representative Assembly (RA) in May. MEA’s RA is the largest democratic body of the association, made up of educators elected by their local associations to represent their district. The MEA RA delegates set the course of work for the Association in the upcoming school year, discuss and take positions on key education issues, and elect new leadership. Being a delegate at the MEA RA allows educators to have a greater voice in their work and in the profession as a whole.

As a member of the Maine Education Association, you are eligible to have a voice. Proposed additions, deletions, or changes in wording to the Constitution, Bylaws, or Standing Rules are welcome from MEA committees, local Associations and/or individual members. If you have proposed changes or new ideas, please let your voice be heard!

The MEA Representative Assembly (RA) comprises elected local association delegates from across the state and serves as the Association’s highest governing body. At its annual meeting the delegates attending the RA will determine MEA’s policies, programs, and budget for the following year. They will vote on proposed language to MEA’s Resolutions, Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules; proposed New Business Items, and vote on a Strategic Budget.

Make Your Voice Heard

The MEA is a member-led and member driven organization. Your input on issues that affect your job and your students matter. You, the member, set the direction of the Association through changes to the budget, the constitution and bylaws and New Business Items which can be viewed here. All of these are important guiding principles for the Association to direct its work–and you get to decide that direction. Please use the information below to help frame your ideas.
Budget Input Form

Please refer to the goals and objectives below when filling out this form.

DEADLINE March 6, 2021.

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Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules Change Form

Please submit the proposed language as you intend it to read for the MEA Constitution, Bylaws or Standing Rules to be forwarded to the MEA Representative Assembly.

DEADLINE March 6, 2021.

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New Business Item (NBI) Form

Fill out this form for inclusion in the Representative Assembly Book by March 6, 2021. All NBIs must be submitted by 4:00 p.m., on the first day of the RA Saturday, May 15, 2021 on the RA Floor. You must fill out all questions for the NBI to be considered.

 DEADLINE for inclusion in the RA Book March 6, 2021.

 DEADLINE to submit NBIs by 4:00 p.m., on the first day of the RA May 15, 2021.

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Resolution Submission Form

Fill out this form for inclusion in the Representative Assembly Book.

DEADLINE March 6, 2021.

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MEA's Goals and Objectives

Quality of Learning Goal

Every Maine student will have a great public school.

Objectives:

  1. Encourage parent and community involvement
  2. Ensure all schools have fully qualified educators committed to students and their learning
  3. Ensure adequate funding and resources for all public schools
  4. Promote highly skilled and collaborative professional leadership
  5. Ensure all schools have challenging curriculum that is flexible, innovative, and complete
  6. Ensure safe and supportive environments that are free from social and racial injustice

Professional Autonomy Goal

Maine Education Association members will lead in establishing and upholding the standards for their professions.

Objectives:

  1. Increase MEA members’ involvement in establishing standards for their professions
  2. Expand MEA’s capacity to be a resource for professional information and opportunities
  3. Increase cooperation and build partnerships with other education-related and social and racial justice organizations

Government Relations and Funding Goal

Maine Education Association will be the most influential political action group in Maine.

Objectives:

  1. Increase the level of MEA member involvement in the legislative and political action program
  2. Enhance the value and strengthen the credibility of MEA as a resource for legislators on issues of concern to MEA members
  3. Increase state financial support levels of public education to at least 55% as mandated by the citizens of maine
  4. Broaden the revenue base used to support public education, and reduce the reliance on property taxes
  5. Expand and strengthen coalitions to achieve political and professional goals, including social and racial justice

Economic Goal

Maine Educators’ salary/wages and economic benefits will be competitive with other new England states.

Objectives:

  1. Increase maine educators’ salary/wages
  2. Promote equitable salary/wage schedules
  3. Mandate healthcare coverage for all active and retired educators to be paid at 100 percent
  4. Improve retirement and healthcare benefits for all educators
  5. Improve funding for professional development for all educators

Working Conditions Goal

Maine Education Association members will work in environments that offer optimum working conditions.

Objectives:

  1. Ensure workplace environments meet the health and safety needs of educators and students
  2. Ensure workplace environments for all educators and students are free from discrimination and oppression
  3. Ensure that appropriate preparation and planning time is available to educators
  4. Ensure that all educators have manageable workloads
  5. Expand the bargaining law to make educational policy issues a mandatory subject of bargaining
  6. Increase the control that educators have over their professional development/in-service
  7. Ensure technology needs are met for all educators

MEA AS AN ORGANIZATION GOAL

Maine Education Association members will maximize capacity for collective action in all educational arenas.

Objectives:

  1. Strive for 100% membership by positioning the MEA to be indispensable to educational employees
  2. Increase members’ level of grassroots participation
  3. Increase MEA’s influence statewide
  4. Expand the capacity of local associations to advocate for their members
  5. Continue the process of planning strategically
  6. Expand and strengthen the relationships with academic non- governance affiliates for professional development

MEA Program Support Services

Operate the MEA in an efficient and democratic manner for the benefit of membership.

Objectives:

Financial/Regulatory

  1. Practice financial and membership management that ensures the fiscal stewardship of members’ dues dollars.
  2. Establish and maintain systems that ensure full compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements that apply to the Association.Communications/Research
  3. Create and maintain communications vehicles that enable a common understanding of MEA priorities and offer members and affiliate leaders easy access to information
  4. Implement a decision-making process informed by member inputGovernance
  5. Ensure that the governance process fosters member participation and democratic decision- makingInternal operations
  6. Operate facilities to produce an environment that is both effective and efficient
  7. Acquire and maintain information technology tools that help leaders and staff communicate and work productively
  8. Utilize human resource policies that provide MEA the staff capacity to advance the work of the Association

PRE-RA Meetings

In the weeks preceding the RA, MEA publishes proposed changes to Resolutions, New Business Items, Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rule changes in the Maine Educator.

MEA also conducts Pre-RA Overview Meetings (PROM) around the state and/or virtual to discuss items that will be on the RA agenda. Information and registration for PROM meetings will be available in the spring.

To participate in debate and to vote on decisions, become a delegate representing your local association. See MEA Elections for information and to request forms.

Honoring Our Colleagues and Supporters

Each year, during the MEA RA, the Association honors its members, and members of the community who are committed to excellence in education. The MEA recognizes educators and members of the community with a series of awards to highlight the positive work done in the name of advocating for our public schools. To see the recent winners, or to nominate someone for an MEA award, visit our awards page.