The Michigan Education Association is querying its 155,000 members and 1,100 local bargaining units, asking bargaining units to authorize job actions that could include picketing or walkouts.
Governor Rick Snyder says he expects Michigan teachers will not authorize their union to call a statewide strike as a response to his budget plans.
"We have fabulous teachers in our state and I have confidence that the teachers in our state understand, and really appreciate - because they're doing it for a living - that the most important thing in front of them is the students they're teaching, and I don't think they'll look at using their students as a pawn in a broader game," he says.
Union members are mad over Michigan's new emergency manager law that could threaten collective bargaining agreements in financially troubled school districts. And many of them oppose Governor Snyder's proposed big cuts to K-12 education and requiring teachers to pay more for their pensions and health coverage.
The MEA expects to have all its responses in hand by mid-April.