Michael Ingels

Michael Ingels

Media Specialist at Winston County High School

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Location:
25101 Highway 195, Double Springs, Alabama, United States
HQ Phone:
(205) 717-3386

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Experience

Grant Writer  - Addison Community Schools

Freelance Writer, Photographer and Editor Independent  - Gatehouse Media's Lenawee Magazine

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Addison Education Association President Mike Ingels said most teachers and support staff there are choosing to stay within the union for practical, financial reasons.
"Teaching is a stable job, but not highly paid given the education required," he said. In Lenawee County, most school staff with health benefits now belong to a health care consortium, Ingels said. "This allows districts to negotiate with insurance companies for better health care rates based on larger numbers," he said. "This system was spearheaded by the county association created in cooperation with local districts. It resulted in significantly better health care rates and plans for teachers." Personal relationships are key under the right-to-work laws, Ingels said. "Good (local unions) will know about members who are struggling financially," he said. "Good locals partner with local school boards, churches and community organizations to help kids and staff. If a local is listening to membership and adjusting, the right-to-work laws really won't mean anything." Addison has a contract that includes small raises, "but ensures a strong district fund equity," Ingels said. "A local union working together with a school board and administrators can spot problems early and solve them so that we can get down to our real job of educating kids," Ingels said.

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AEA president Mike Ingels said the contract is fair to the district and fair to district teachers.
"Addison manages its money well, but still provides a great education for students," Ingels said Tuesday.

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Mike Ingels, a teacher at Addison Community Schools in Adrian, said the legislation is an attempt to destroy the opposition.
He vowed to keep fighting, no matter what happened today. "This is not the end," he said.

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