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MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RESCINDS DECISION TO SUBCONTRACT WORK AND LAYOFF RESIDENT CARE AIDES AT MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

 LANSING, Mich., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Ingham County Circuit Judge Thomas L. Brown had directed the State of Michigan and its Department of Education to appear for a hearing at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 5, to determine whether to enjoin the state's plan to terminate 28 Resident Care Aides at the Michigan School for the Blind and replace them with a subcontractor. This hearing was canceled after the state announced its intent to rescind the subcontract and its layoff notices to the Resident Care Aides.
 In a March 4 letter to the attorneys for the plaintiffs in the litigation, the assistant attorney general representing the state advised of the decision to rescind the layoff notices and the plan to subcontract.
 A lawsuit challenging the state's plan had been filed March 1 by Michigan Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Local 950 (the unions representing School for the Blind direct care workers), two organizations that advocate the rights of blind and visually impaired persons, and seven Resident Care Aides who are themselves blind or visually impaired.
 Council 25 President Flora Walker stated, "The union is pleased that after a review of the matter the state has decided to correct its decision to subcontract the work of the Resident Care Aides at the school." President Walker added, "We are not only happy that the Resident Care Aides will maintain their employment, but that the students at the School for the Blind will continue to receive quality care from experienced, longtime employees."
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 /CONTACT: Philip W. Helms of Michigan AFSCME Council 25, 517-487-5081; Joseph Ballard, president, AFSCME Local 950, 517-646-9739; or Bruce A. Miller or Stuart M. Israel of Miller, Cohen, Martens, Ice & Geary, P.C., 313-559-2110, for Michigan AFSCME Council 25/


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