School Employees Picket Outside Snyder's Office

School Employees Picket Outside Snyder's 

LANSING - School employees from the American Federation of Teachers Michigan and the Michigan Education Association gathered outside the Romney Building in Lansing this morning to protest against Governor Rick Snyder's appeals of the three percent lawsuit decisions.

They demanded that their tax money stop being wasted and that their $550 million that was taken from the unconstitutionally be reimbursed.

Snyder's deadline to appeal the case to the Michigan Supreme Court is July 19 and he has stated publicly that he plans to go ahead and appeal it. If he follows his plan to appeal this case, Attorney General Bill Schuette has declined any legal counsel.

Reed Bretz, secondary vocal teacher at Kenowa Hills High School, spoke at the protest to stress the importance of how they feel about this case.

"Michigan school employees feel deeply disrespected by Governor Snyder and his decision to appeal the court ruling is part of a long line of attacks on public education," said Bretz.

Signs read things such as "we want our 3%" and "5 years too long". The crowd was very passionate about this case as they shouted and marched around the Romney Building.

The school employees are the last group of state employees to receive their three percent back. All other state employees got theirs three to four years ago.

Last month, MEA and AFT Michigan got more than 33,000 petition signatures sent to the offices of Snyder and Schuette urging to stop the appeal.

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