Teachers unions demanding money

Posted at 8:04 AM, Jun 24, 2016

Michigan's largest teachers unions are demanding the state return the $500 million that was deducted from school employee's paychecks.

They dropped off 30,000 signatures to the governor's and attorney general's offices today. 

The money was taken under a state law that requires all school employees to contribute three-percent of their salaries to a retiree healthcare fund. 

The State Court of Appeals ordered the money refunded two weeks ago. The unions don't want the Snyder Administration to appeal to the Supreme Court. 

"How much tax dollars are we going to waste on these appeals? And also, how long are these 200,000 school employees gonna have to wait for money that's theirs? I think they are done waiting. We need to make this thing right. We need to give the money back to the people it was taken from," said Steven Cook, Michigan Education Foundation.

The state has until mid-July to decide if it will appeal. 

Former Governor Jennifer Granholm signed the law in 2010. 

To make a very long story short, the law was found unconstitutional in 2012 and the legislature passed a replacement.

The fight over a refund has been bouncing around the courts since then. We'll let you know how it plays out.