Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Updated: MEA reps to hold petition signing on EFM legislation at Firefighters' Tournament July 29

CALUMET -- MEA (Michigan Education Association) representatives will have a table during the 117th annual U.P. Firefighters' Tournament from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 29, in Calumet. MEA will have give-away items and petitions to place the Emergency Manager legislation on the ballot.

Update: The table will be at the tennis courts next to the Gipp Arena in Laurium.

The Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) law passed in March of this year gives Governor Snyder the authority to assign emergency financial managers (EFMs) to any community or school district that has to request assistance in times of financial stress. The EFM will have the full authority to dissolve unions and overrule local governments. The EFM legislation is a serious concern for Upper Peninsula educators since Hancock and Ewen Trout Creek schools have been targeted for an EFM because of financial deficits.

The Calumet Village, Laurium Village and Calumet Township Fire Departments will be hosting the U.P. Firefighters' Tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday -- July 28, 29 and 30. Firefighters from throughout the Upper Peninsula will be attending this three-day event in the Calumet-Laurium area. Click here for the schedule of the tournament and maps.

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