Friday, March 09, 2007

MESSA fight in Howell

One of the big underlying issues in the School Board elections in Howell is the labor contract. MESSA will be a contentious point. The latest from the Detroit News.

The union representing about 460 teachers in Howell Public Schools says negotiations with the district are at a crisis point.

"We are preparing to file an unfair labor practice complaint (with Michigan Employment Relations Commission) against the district for regressive bargaining, and we've applied to be on the MEA critical list," Doug Norton, president of the Howell Education Association, said Thursday.
Negotiations have been at a standstill since the school board voted Feb. 12 to become policyholder for insurance benefits for teachers and support staff represented by the Michigan Education Association's insurance carrier MESSA

This will be followed closely and is probably issue #1 for Howell.

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