AG Schuette stops in Marquette

MARQUETTE – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette stopped by Presque Isle Park Wednesday evening to meet with area “friends and supporters” and enjoy a barbecue in the Presque Isle Pavilion.

Schuette was on a listening tour around the Upper Peninsula and spent Wednesday morning in Escanaba before heading over to Marquette for the evening barbecue.

“Every year we do a Bill Schuette Barbecue and we found a home here on Presque Isle, and it’s just a fantastic day,” he said.

Roughly 80 people attended the barbecue.

Schuette also briefly commented on issues between Marquette Area Public Schools and its teachers union as the two worked to hammer out a contract for the 2012-2013 school year.

“As attorney general, I am reviewing this issue and following it very closely,” Schuette said.

MAPS and the Marquette Area Education Association have been in disagreement over certain items that were made “prohibited bargaining items” when Gov. Rick Snyder signed a slate of bills pertaining to public education – specifically union negotiations in public education – in July, 2011.

The union has said language pertaining to those issues can remain in the contract. The district disagrees.

A final contract has yet to be signed by both parties.

At its May 6 meeting, the MAPS board of education directed its administration to file an unfair labor claim with the Michigan Employee Relations Commission over the issue, which has dragged on for months.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.