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.

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

FURTHER READING:

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

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