June 8, 2016
(NOTE: Resending to you due to a broken link – sorry for any inconvenience.)
Together, as a union, we won a huge victory for school employees across the state yesterday. After five years of legal maneuvers, the Court of Appeals ruled in our favor today on the lawsuit attempting to get members a refund – with interest – for the 3 percent retirement payments they made in 2010-12. Long after other public employees had already received their money back from similarly unconstitutional laws, school employees’ funds were held in escrow awaiting this decision.
I’d like to say that we can just kick back and wait for the state to start cutting checks to all of you, but we have work to do right away to ensure this ruling stands.
Under the law, Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette have 42 days for the state to appeal this ruling back to the Michigan Supreme Court. This afternoon, in a press release, I called on them to not make that appeal, but I need you to add your voice to that cause.
Contact Gov. Snyder and Attorney General Schuette today and urge them not to appeal this decision! The state has lost this lawsuit every step of the way, including twice already in the Court of Appeals (most recently after the Supreme Court sent it back for further consideration). Another frivolous appeal at this point will only serve to delay money being returned to school employees across the state – and would show a complete lack of respect from Snyder and Schuette for the hard work and dedication of everyone impacted by this unconstitutional law.
Please act today! More than $550 million of school employees’ hard-earned money is sitting in that escrow account waiting to come back to you – after a long wait, you can do something to help get that money back by contacting Snyder and Schuette today:
Governor Rick Snyder
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P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Attorney General Bill Schuette
P.O. Box 30212
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Winning this lawsuit is a great example of what belonging to a union can do – through strength in numbers, we could pool together and win a case that none of us could have done alone. Now, we need to protect that victory by telling the only two men who stand between you and your 3 percent to drop this case and get about the business of returning your money.
Steven Cook MEA President