LANSING, Mich. — Although the Michigan Legislature passed a law ensuring that all public-sector employees pay at least 20 percent of their health-care premiums, teachers at Willow Run Community Schools are scheduled to get their health insurance at no cost through the 2014 school year.
That’s because the school district agreed to a five-year deal in 2010 that had the district paying 100 percent of health-care costs in return for pay cuts ranging from 2.5 percent to 4 percent in three of the five years the contract covered. The contract was approved in May 2010 and covered the 2009-10 through 2013-14 school years.
The Willow Run district was in its fifth consecutive year of running a deficit when it agreed to the deal, according to state of Michigan records. Including 2011-12, the district now has been in deficit seven consecutive years.