united teachers of flint

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The Flint Community Schools Board of Trustees approved a revised deficit elimination plan last night. 

But the district’s unions haven’t signed off on a key part of the plan. 

To make the plan work, district officials factored in a 15% pay cut for employees. District officials suggest without the contract concessions, the Flint school district could potentially start down the road to a state takeover.

Ethel Johnson is president of the United Teachers of Flint. She says they’ve already given up too much. 

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Flint teachers have agreed to major wage concessions in their new contract.

Flint teachers have been working without a contract for two years.   This week, the teachers approved a new two year contract, under which their pay will be cut by seven percent.

Ethel Johnson is the president of United Teachers of Flint.   She says the union agreed to the concessions, in part because of the Flint district’s financial problems, and partly because of legislation passed in Lansing that could have forced Flint teachers to accept even deeper concessions.