by E Wayne Ross on July 27, 2009

Detroit Free Press: Teachers cling to their benefits because it’s ‘one of our perks’

Teachers in the Wayne-Westland school district went on strike last fall for the first time in 36 years. Health care coverage was a key issue.

In the end, teachers kept MESSA, the health insurance affiliate of the Michigan Education Association (MEA), as their insurer. The district wanted teachers to join a self-insurance plan officials said would give equal coverage at less cost, a claim the MEA disputed.