Media Covers MEA President’s Public Pension

Story first discovered by Michigan Capitol Confidential

The Detroit News and WLNS 6 News have reported on the deal between the Michigan Education Association and Lansing School District where the district pays Steve Cook’s $201,613 salary and $51,976 pension contribution, which is then reimbursed by the Michigan Education Association.

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Steve Cook is listed as an “Educator on Loan” from the school district to the union. Cook is president of a private organization and does not have any job duties with the Lansing School District.

Michigan Capitol Confidential first drew attention to this arrangement with a report on Feb. 26, 2015, with a follow-up story the next day.