Senate approves resolution designating Blue Star Mother’s Day

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Thursday passed a resolution co-sponsored by Sen. Phil Pavlov that would commemorate Feb. 1, 2016 as Blue Star Mother’s Day.

Blue Star Mothers of America formed during World War II to support mothers of children in active service. Today there are 6,000 members of Blue Star Mothers across the nation. The mothers support each other and their children while promoting patriotism.

Senate Resolution 139 notes that Blue Star Mothers have been perpetuating the memory of the men and women who have served our country, welcoming home returning veterans, visiting wounded veterans in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, assisting in veterans’ ceremonies, and more.

“Blue Star Mothers deserve this honor and recognition,” said Pavlov, R–St. Clair Township. “Their service to their children and their country shows what true patriotism and love of country is all about. I’m thrilled that we will recognize Feb. 1 as Blue Star Mother’s Day.”

Pavlov, Republicans introduce bills to defend school kids in Detroit, toughen state’s anti-strike laws

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — State Sens. Phil Pavlov, Joe Hune, and David Robertson introduced legislation on Thursday to strengthen Michigan’s anti-strike laws, following months of illegal teacher “sick outs” in the Detroit Public Schools.

“When thousands of children are denied valuable instructional time and their parents are left scrambling to ensure they’re cared for because their schools have been shut down by teachers refusing to work, that’s a strike and it’s illegal,” said Pavlov, R–St. Clair Township. “For months, Steve Conn and the Detroit teachers union have broken the law and hurt Detroit’s children. If our current state law isn’t sufficient to prevent activists from hurting kids, it’s time we strengthen it.”

Senate Bills 713, 714 and 715:

•    Simplify the process for declaring an illegal strike, providing shorter deadlines for the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) and others to act;
•    Allow joint or aggregate hearings for teachers accused of illegally striking;
•    Give the state Superintendent of Public Education authority to enforce penalties following an illegal strike;
•    Impose stricter penalties on those who violate the law, including larger fines, potential decertification for teachers, and decertification for teachers unions organizing strikes; and
•    Impose fines for school districts that don’t comply with MERC rulings to enforce penalties against teachers who illegally strike.

“Children in Detroit deserve better than they’re getting from striking teachers in Detroit,” said Hune, R–Hamburg. “When you realize that more than 30,000 students have missed classroom time because the local union is more interested in playing politics than educating kids, it becomes clear that it’s time for a change.”

Said Robertson, R–Grand Blanc: “We’ve got to remember what our state’s education system is all about — educating our kids. Parents know that. The vast majority of teachers in Michigan know that. These reforms will make union activists breaking the law in Detroit know it, too.”

SBs 713 – 715 have been referred to the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. Pavlov available for comments following State of the State address

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township.

Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

Immediately following the address, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.

By phone or at:
House Appropriations Room
Third Floor
State Capitol
Lansing, MI

Pavlov will be available in person in the House Appropriations Room following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

He also will be available by phone. Please call Pavlov’s office at (517) 373-7708 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 19 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

Audio remarks will be available for broadcast from this website. Click on Audio under the Media Center tab, above.

Pavlov: Put kids first in Detroit, end illegal teacher strike

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Education Committee Chairman Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, issued the following statement Monday as Detroit teachers union members staged an illegal teacher strike, closing more than 60 schools and forcing thousands of Detroit children out of the classroom:

“Our kids deserve an education, not empty classrooms and locked school doors. Today’s teacher strike in Detroit is illegal, it’s damaging the district, and most tragically, it’s hurting children.

“Detroit students and their parents deserve to know they aren’t alone. I’m actively working with my colleagues to address these escalating work stoppages, to hold individuals who break the law accountable, and to put Detroit students first.”