LATHRUP VILLAGE — Employees of Southfield schools launched a recall campaign against its school board members, but did not submit the necessary signatures to place the recall on the ballot. The union had initiated its campaign after the board voted to contract out its food, custodial and transportation services, a move that is expected to save the district $21.5 million over three years.

Lathrup Village resident Thom Bainbridge called a town hall meeting to counter the recall campaign, according to C&G Newspapers.

While supporters claim to have gathered enough signatures, they were not submitted. The district is now facing contentious labor contract negotiations, according to the MEA Voice.

References: "Residents rally to thwart recall effort," C&G News, July 15, 2008

"Southfield vigil draws more than 200," MEA Voice, Nov. 18, 2008