Ann Arbor Education Association to head local effort to repeal emergency manager law
This Saturday, the Ann Arbor Education Association will announce local plans to repeal the emergency manager legislation that was passed earlier this year.
Association president Brit Satchwell said the announcement will feature a press conference followed by a training session on gathering signatures on the group’s petition. The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at AAEA offices, 4141 Jackson Road.
Satchwell said state Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, Rep. David Rutledge, D-Superior Township, Ann Arbor City Council member Sabra Briere, 1st Ward, and Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber are all expected to speak at the press conference. Steve Norton, an Ann Arbor resident and public education advocate, is also scheduled to speak.
Satchwell said the campaign to repeal Public Act 4 is gaining supporters on both sides of the political aisle.
“The diversity of the groups who have and will soon endorse this campaign is a function of the universality of the threat imposed by PA4, an attack on the very core foundation of democracy: one person, one vote,” he said in a statement
Public Act 4 expands the powers given to emergency managers in charge of cities, townships and school districts. Opponents criticize emergency managers' authority to nullify union contracts, among other powers.
Ann Arbor is one of the Michigan cities to hold an effort to repeal the legislation. Other groups will head campaigns in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Traverse City, Satchwell said.
The petition campaign requires 161,400 signatures to get a repeal of the legislation on the ballot. Satchwell said the group’s goal is to get 250,000 signatures within 60 days.
The announcement is open to the public. For more information, email Satchwell here.