WESTLAND, Mich. – Three union-backed candidates won seats on the Wayne-Westland Board of Education Tuesday, following heavy campaigning on their behalf by the Michigan Education Association, The Observer & Eccentric reported.

Teachers in Wayne-Westland walked off the job for four days in October before settling a contract calling for raises as well as health care concessions. Teacher strikes are illegal in Michigan.

Westland businessman John Goci was elected to a partial term, while incumbent Shawna Walker of Westland and newcomer Carol Middel of Canton were elected to four-year terms, according to The Observer & Eccentric.

All three were endorsed by the MEA, which placed signs in their support throughout the district, the report said. Middel is a retired Wayne-Westland teacher, The Observer & Eccentric reported.

The Observer & Eccentric, “Walker, Middel, Goci win seats of Wayne-Westland school board,” May 5, 2009

Michigan Education Report, “Tracking union money in school board elections,” Nov. 14, 2007