State budget experts say closing pension plan will cost taxpayers an extra $24 billion

UPDATE (11/30): Senate Fiscal Analysis of SB 102 shows significant costs for school districts

The Senate Fiscal Agency today testified in the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing that a proposal to dismantle the school employee retirement system would cost the state $1.6B to $3.8B over five years, as reported by the Detroit Free Press today.

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Members Protest Outside Snyder’s Office as 3% Appeal Moves Forward

MEA President Blasts Governor’s “Appalling” Choice in NEWS column    Dozens of MEA and AFT-Michigan members demonstrated outside the offices of Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday, demanding the state return money stolen from their paychecks – a legal fight the two unions have been waging for more than five years. Instead, Snyder chose to extend the…

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“Unconscionable”: MEA President’s response to Snyder decision to appeal 3% suit

EAST LANSING, July 5, 2016 — The following can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook: “It’s unconscionable that Gov. Snyder has chosen to continue appealing the recent court decision that school employees should be refunded the 3 percent of their salary that was illegally taken from them. “In light of Attorney General Schuette’s decision…

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MEA Delivers 33,000 Signatures on 3% Case to Snyder, Schuette

MEA President Steven Cook and several MEA members helped to deliver more than 33,000 petition signatures to the offices of Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette today, demanding they stop wasting taxpayer money appealing court rulings that say school employees are owed $550 million from unconstitutional paycheck deductions. “We’ve been fighting this court…

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MEA Wins Appeals Court Ruling in Hard-Fought 3 Percent Retirement Case

Once again a Michigan Appeals court has ruled in favor of MEA and AFT Michigan in the so-called 3 percent case involving unconstitutional deductions taken from school employees’ paychecks from 2010-12 to fund future health care in retirement. The case illustrates the power of standing together and taking collective action, as the litigation has stretched…

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