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Court of Claims tosses MEA’s right-to-work lawsuit

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WARREN, Mich. – The Michigan Court of Claims dismissed a lawsuit by the Michigan Education Association that claimed the State Legislature violated the Open Meetings Act when they passed the right-to-work law in 2012 while the Capitol building had been closed for a time due to protesters.
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Union threatens school district for removing illegal language from contracts

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NORTHPORT, Mich. – The Michigan Education Association has threatened to file an unfair labor practice complaint against the Northport Public Schools superintendent because of conversations he had with local union officials over removing illegal language discovered in the district’s labor contract.
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University gives president a $330K raise she doesn’t want

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University trustees approved a salary increase from $520,000 to $750,000 for President Lou Anna Simon. The 44 percent base income raise, which also includes an annual $100,000 “retention bonus,” came over her objections.
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MEA prez gets big raise despite membership decline

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LANSING, Mich. – While some of its dues-paying members are taking pay freezes, top executives of the Michigan Education Association took salary raises ranging from $13,591 to as high as $48,385 in 2014, according to the financial reports the union recently filed with the U.S. Department of Labor.
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Democratic lawmakers target charter public schools, school choice

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LANSING, Mich. – In the last five months, Democrats in the Michigan Legislature have introduced 10 bills and two budget amendments that impose more oversight, reporting requirements, regulations, restrictions or an outright ban on charter public schools and the entities that authorize (“charter”) them.
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They ‘did it right': NEA president praises Michigan school that’s still failing

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FLINT, Mich. – Flint Northwestern High School’s academic performance is not the type most would want to celebrate. The school has consistently been among the worst performing in the state. Yet in a recent visit, the leader of the National Education Association told union members at the school that Northwestern “did it right.”
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Michigan district drops union-affiliated health insurance, saves $737k

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DANSVILLE, Mich. – In the three years since Dansville Schools dropped Michigan Education Special Services Association insurance for a different high-deductible plan, it has saved $736,873.87 and its employees haven’t had to pay for any health insurance premiums in that time, according to the superintendent.
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