BROWNSTOWN, Mich. - Health insurance is the sticking point in a contract dispute in the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District, according to the Detroit Free Press, with teachers protesting the district's proposal to cap the amount it contributes to health care premiums.

More than 100 teachers held an informational picket before a recent school board meeting, yelling "No contract. No work," the Free Press reported. Teachers were expected to report to work today, and classes begin Sept. 8. Teacher strikes are illegal in Michigan.

Teachers told the Free Press that under the district's contract offer, they would pay up to $2,000 more a year for health insurance. The district wants to put a cap on its insurance contributions, the report said. Teachers want to keep their insurance with Michigan Education Special Services Association, the Free Press reported.

MESSA is an affiliate of the Michigan Education Association.

A fact finder from the Michigan Employment Relations Commission recommended a cap on how much the district pays for insurance, according to the Free Press.

SOURCE:
Detroit Free Press, "Woodhaven Brownstown teachers picket before meeting," Aug. 31, 2009

FURTHER READING:
Michigan Education Report, "Splitting the health insurance bill," Aug. 19, 2009

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