Daily Briefs

Court: No limit to Michigan school union resignations

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has cleared the way for public school employees to quit a union at any time.

The court this week rejected an appeal from the Michigan Education Association, known as the MEA. It means a 2017 appeals court decision will stand.

The appeals court said restricting school union resignations to just one month a year conflicts with the Legislature’s goal of giving employees more choices under Michigan’s right-to-work law.

The law says workers can’t be forced to support a union to keep a job. The MEA had argued that the resignation rule should be an internal union matter.

The cases involved schools in Saginaw, Standish, Grand Blanc and Battle Creek. The appeals began after a series of decisions by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.


Judge orders family to remove potbellied pigs

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered a southeast Michigan family to remove three out of four potbellied pigs from their rental home.

Stephanie Rowland went to court earlier this year to fight a citation that called for the pigs’ removal after a neighbor filed a complaint in August. Rowland argues the pigs provide emotional support and medical assistance, and can be kept at the home under the Fair Housing Act.

The Ann Arbor News reports Judge Kirk W. Tabbey ruled Wednesday that Rowland must remove three of the pigs because the law only covers one animal. Tabbey ordered the city to investigate and find reasonable accommodation for the fourth pig.

The family plans to find a short-term home for the pigs while looking for a larger home they can all live in.


Attorney general charges 7 officers  with fraudulent vehicle checks

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan attorney general’s office has accused seven current and former police officers with falsifying state documents for inspections intended to detect stolen vehicles and parts.

Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Thursday the officers who have served several local police departments have been charged with numerous counts of uttering and publishing. The felony charges come after an investigation by the FBI Detroit-Area Public Corruption Task Force and Michigan State Police.

Schuette says in a release the officers were supposed to ensure that vehicles inspected and approved for motor vehicle titles weren’t stolen. He alleges they fraudulently submitted paperwork to the Secretary of State.