MEA-MFT is the merged Montana state affiliate of both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers. At more than 18,000 active members, it is by far the largest union in the state.
And may get much larger. The teachers union announced it was negotiating a merger with the 7,000-member Montana Public Employees Association. MPEA represents a wide range of state and municipal employees.
If consummated, the merger will give the new union more than 25,000 active members, or approximately 90 percent of the public sector union members in Montana, and 51 percent of all union members in the state.