Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Retirement Litigation

After a five year legal fight over the 3 percent withheld from school employees paychecks – a fight that may not be done if the state appeals the most recent decision in the case – we know MEA members have questions about what this means for them.  So, MEA has developed this frequently asked questions document to address some of those questions to the best of our ability, with the caveat that there are still many unknowns. Stay tuned here for updates as more information becomes available, and for answers to additional questions that come up.

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.

MEA President lauds Court of Appeals decision 
on 3 percent withholding

EAST LANSING, May 7,  2016 — MEA President Steven Cook applauded the decision handed down from the Michigan Court of Appeals today which will return money illegally withheld from school employee paychecks.  In 2010, the Legislature passed and Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed Public Act 75 mandating 3 percent of wages be withheld from school employees.

“The Michigan Education Association, along with AFT Michigan, litigated this case on behalf of our members for over five years.  We have seen this fight to what we hope is the end and we are gratified to see justice served every step of the way,” Cook said.

Many Forces Oppose the House DPS Plan, Versus the Few Who Devised It

The tug-of-war over Detroit Public Schools is a classic battle, pitting the outsized influence of money and profit against the larger interests of parents, students, and community leaders. It is partisan vs. non-partisan.

It is wrong vs. right.

“Garbage.” That’s the label given to the House Republicans’ latest DPS restructuring plan by a Detroit Free Press editorialist, who called out the package of bills in no uncertain terms as “bought-and-paid-for” legislation that would doom the city’s children. The House GOP leadership passed its revised plan late Thursday with a bare minimum of Republican support, with Democrats vehemently opposed.