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Detroit area clergy denounce push to end teacher union requirement

October 12, 2011, 2:14 pm | Posted by Brian Thorn
By Serena Maria Daniels--The Detroit News
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About a dozen religious leaders united Wednesday to denounce proposed legislation that would remove the state law that requires teachers to join a union — a push by GOP lawmakers that critics say is a means to weaken the power of organized labor in labor-heavy Michigan.

Leading the group of clergy men and women in a small news conference on the front steps of Sacred Heart Catholic Church was the Rev. John Pitts Jr., president of Interfaith Worker Justice — Metro Detroit, who said Senate Bill 729, introduced last week by Republican senators Arlan Meekhof, Phil Pavlov and Randy Richardville, was an attack against public workers.

“Thank God for collective bargaining, thank God for unions, thank God for higher wages, thank God for health care,” Pitts said in leading a chant among a small gathering of supporters.

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