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Michigan teachers protest Gov. Snyder, payroll deduction

Bryce Huffman
A member of the Detroit Federation of Teachers protests Governor Snyder's latest appeal of a case involving teacher's pay.

If you pay for something, it should be guaranteed that you'll actually receive it. That's the message Michigan teachers are delivering to Governor Rick Snyder.

Michigan's teachers’ unions are locked in a court battle with the state over a 3% payroll deduction. The money is supposed to fund retiree health care. But teachers say there's no guarantee they'll see those benefits.

American Federation of Teachers Michigan President David Hecker says the state's decision to fight the case is taking money from teachers who earned it. At issue is money withheld from 2010-2012. 

"We're calling on Governor Snyder in demonstrations throughout the state to withdraw that appeal and to return money to the school employees," Hecker says. "It's their money, they work hard for it."

A spokesperson for the governor says the deduction ensures taxpayers don't end up footing the bill for retired teachers' health care.

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