Teachers get contract ahead of right-to-work

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Teachers in Lansing are among the latest to get a union contract in the week before Michigan's right-to-work law takes effect.

The Lansing State Journal and MLive.com report teachers and the school board agreed Thursday to a five-year contract. The agreement includes a pay freeze, eliminating elementary art, music and physical education teachers and a reduction of planning time.

The agreement could mean cutting up to 87 staff positions in the 915-member union. It's expected to save more than $6 million.

Waverly schools also agreed to a three-year contract Thursday.

The law passed last year bans mandatory payments from employees to the unions that represent them under collective bargaining agreements. Unions are able to collect dues from all covered employees if contracts are in place before the law takes effect.

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