DETROIT — A Wayne Circuit Court judge has ruled that Detroit Public Schools must return unionized security guards to their jobs rather than follow through with its contract with a private security firm, The Detroit News reported.

The district said it will appeal the ruling, saying the former guards showed "atrocious absenteeism" and estimating savings at $5.5 million annually by working with the private firm Securitas, The News reported.

The district fired the 226 security officers in July and signed a $6.5 million contract with Securitas, the report said. The article did not say why the judge ruled in the union's favor.

The Detroit News, "Judge orders DPS guards to be reinstated," Aug. 19, 2010


Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Weighing PERA's Consequences," Sept. 3, 2009