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. 

President Cook to members: Tell Snyder/Schuette not to appeal 3% case

June 8, 2016

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MEA members,

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. 

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 over five years and across several appeals by the State of Michigan. We have prevailed at every juncture.