MI lawmaker says schools with illegal union contracts should face charges


By Jarrett Skorup | Michigan Capitol Confidential

LANSING — A state representative who sponsored some of the Michigan school reform bills from a few years ago said people in districts who blatantly violate the law should face “criminal charges.”

State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, made the comment yesterday during a Mackinac Center for Public Policy event titled, “Roadblocks to Reform? A Review of Union Contracts In Michigan Schools.”

Up to 60 percent of Michigan’s largest districts are violating the law by including illegal provisions in union contracts, according to a recent study by Audrey Spalding, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center.

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.