Court removes injunction against privatization

WOODHAVEN, Mich. — The Woodhaven-Brownstown School District was expected to move forward with privatizing custodial and maintenance services after the Michigan Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s granting of an injunction against the plan, The Detroit News reported.

School trustees voted last fall to outsource the services at an estimated savings of $1.7 million, according to The News. Twenty-eight workers were laid off, and their union filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, The News reported.

A circuit court granted a preliminary injunction against the privatization, but the appeals court ruled that move was improper, according to The News.

The News could not reach union President Chad Smith for comment, it reported.

The Detroit News, “Court rules in favor of school district,” June 20, 2011

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Public School Privatization Increases 8 Percent in Michigan,” Sept. 10, 2010