Reaction to MEA president’s ‘sweetheart deal’ with Lansing schools goes from shock to outrageBy Tom Gantert | Feb. 27, 2015 |
State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, was on the Senate floor Thursday when he learned of a “sweetheart” deal between the Lansing School District and the president of the state’s largest teachers union.
The district has for several years allowed Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook to be considered a “school employee.” This lets Cook remain a member of the public school pension system, despite the fact that he actually works full time for a private organization. Moreover, Cook is accruing pension benefits based on his $201,613 union salary, setting him up for a much higher post-retirement payout from the underfunded system. This is commonly known as “pension spiking.”