It is a fact of life that every decision that affects us as public employees is a political decision. That’s why MFPE has a comprehensive program to ensure our members’ voices are heard in political decisions at all levels—local, state, and national. We help elect candidates who support you and the important work you do. And we work with elected officials to make sure your voice is heard through our lobbying and advocacy.
Once the elections are over, MFPE goes to work making sure elected officials know where we stand on issues that affect our members.
MFPE’s leaders and staff make your voice heard in issues that affect you. We work with Montana’s members of Congress, state legislators, the governor's office, Public Employees' Retirement System, Teachers' Retirement System, other state, county, and locally elected officials, the Board of Regents, Board of Public Education, and many other entities. MFPE’s influence is felt statewide.
MFPE provides training and support to help our members become effective advocates in government relations. Every legislative session, at least one MFPE member volunteer is assigned as a “legislative contact” for each Montana legislator. Through phone calls, visits, and e-mails, MFPE legislative contacts make the connection between proposed legislation and how the legislation would affect a legislator’s own community.
When the Montana Legislature is in session, MFPE leaders and staff bring our members’ issues to the Montana state legislature. Whether advocating for adequate funding for public education, public services, and members’ pay, benefits, and working conditions, or stopping legislation that would harm our members and their work, MFPE’s lobbying team works gavel to gavel to represent members at the legislature.
MFPE’s legislative program is developed and voted on by members. At the MFPE Committee Weekend, held each December, about 100 members review legislative priorities and other issues. Their recommendations go to the MFPE Representative Assembly, held each spring, for final approval.
MFPE’s candidate recommendation process involves hundreds of hours of research, dozens of members conducting interviews, and an exhaustive process to bring you the best information about candidates.
MFPE candidate recommendations are based on issues, NOT on political party.
The bottom line: MFPE PAC never tells members how to vote. Instead, MFPE PAC provides information so members are more educated voters.
MFPE PAC funding: MFPE does not use member’s dues for political contributions. Instead, MFPE members are asked to voluntarily donate funds through payroll deduction. The suggested donation per member is just $3 a month.
Just as individual workers can’t challenge the power of their employer without collective bargaining, individual voters can’t change the political landscape without working together. PAC gives a powerful voice to people who would otherwise have little say in the political process.
You can help elect MFPE recommended candidates who support you and your work. Here’s how:
MFPE Executive Director
MFPE Deputy Executive Director
Public Policy Director
Member Rights Director