Detroit teachers union president gets 31% pay increase while members take big cuts

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Friday, May 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized, Unions

DETROIT – While teachers at Michigan’s largest school district were living under a wage freeze, and more recently hearing rumors of possible payless paydays, one school employee who is also president of the local teachers union got a huge raise. That district is the insolvent and academically challenged Detroit Public Schools, and the union president is Ivy […]

HATE PAYS: Prof calls Republicans ‘dying white people,’ receives raise

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 in Uncategorized

EAST LANSING, Mich. – In fall 2013, Michigan State University Professor William Penn berated students with an anti-Republican classroom rant captured on video. Penn said Republicans were old people with “dead skin cells washing off them” who raped the U.S. to get “everything out of it they possibly could.” He also told students if they […]

‘Communist Manifesto’ most assigned text at Michigan colleges

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Monday, February 8th, 2016 in Uncategorized

According to the Open Syllabus Project, a database of over 1 million college course outlines from the past decade, Karl Marx’s “The Communist Manifesto” is the most frequently assigned book on Michigan college campuses. The book appears in the syllabi of 90 Michigan college courses, nine more than “Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley. One book is […]

Forced dues by government unions scrutinized during Supreme Court hearing

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Monday, January 11th, 2016 in Unions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments today on a case that could end mandatory union dues and fees for public sector workers, which are currently required in about half the states in the country. The case is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, and involves whether requiring teachers and other government employees […]

Two-thirds of Detroit students ‘chronically absent’

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 in Uncategorized

DETROIT – Despite a new attendance policy that could see truant students and their parents actually prosecuted in court, more than two-thirds of the students enrolled in the Detroit school district are still classified as “chronically absent.”

Michigan’s largest teachers union fails to disclose 30 percent of its income

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Sunday, August 9th, 2015 in Unions

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, routinely submits financially reports to the federal government, as it is legally required. But the reports can leave outsiders wondering about the source of the roughly 30 percent of its income that is categorized under the heading of “All Other Receipts.”

Union president attacks school board while they pay her not to teach

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Monday, July 13th, 2015 in Unions

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – While Ann Arbor Public Schools teachers union president Linda Carter has claimed the superintendent and school board were trying to “destroy” the school district, that same school board has spent $250,000-plus allowing union officials to work on union activities during school hours instead of teaching.

Local union leaves Michigan Education Association

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 in Unions

CADILLAC, Mich. – Clerical workers and classroom assistants at an intermediate school district headquartered in Cadillac have voted to decertify the Michigan Education Association local as their exclusive bargaining unit.