Two men — Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette — stand between more than 200,000 Michigan school employees and the money that a state appeals court has ruled is rightfully theirs.
June 8, 2016
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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.
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.
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.
It is wrong vs. right.