Grand Rapids teachers union threatens illegal strike

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The president of the Grand Rapids teachers union sent a letter to substitute teachers in the district asking them not to cross picket lines should the union strike, according to The Grand Rapids Press. Teacher strikes are illegal under Michigan law.

The district and union have not been able to agree on a contract for more than a year, The Press reported. Both sides have agreed to "fact finding," in which the state appoints a third party to help resolve the dispute.

The Grand Rapids Press, "GRPS teachers union asks substitutes not to cross picket line," Aug. 25, 2008

Michigan Education Digest, "GRPS board votes 'no confidence' in union; won't collect dues," May 27, 2008