Teacher’s Union Deal Says Non-Christians, Racial Minorities Get Special Treatment
March 20, 2014 1:40pm PST
A contract for a Michigan teachers union has been discovered to have language within it that specifically discriminates against Christians, men and white people.
The details of the contract between Ferndale Public Schools and the Ferndale Education Association, which was extended to 2017, establish that racial minorities, non-Christians, and women will receive priority in hiring decisions made by the district, as reported by the Mackinac Center’s Capitol Confidential.
The text of the contract says “Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith.”
As it’s written the contract will likely be in violation of the law, especially since just recently Michigan voters passed an amendment to their constitution that prohibited both universities and public employers from discriminating based on race. However the law is currently being deliberated by the Supreme Court.
The Federal Civil Rights Act along with Michigan’s own Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act both forbid discrimination based on sex, color or religion. Within the text of Michigan’s constitution it reads that public employers “shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”
The Deputy Director of the ACLU of Michigan, Rana Elmir, declined to denounce the contracts during an interview, according to the Caller.
She said that “There’s nothing wrong with encouraging people from diverse faiths to apply for a position.” Adding “In fact, doing so recognizes that our classrooms and communities are diverse. However, public schools themselves should not be in the business of promoting particular religious beliefs or religious activities over others and they should protect children from being coerced to accept religious or anti-religious beliefs.”
The Mackinac Center and the DailyCaller have both inquired with the school district regarding the law. Since then they have said that they will remove the language from the contract since it was “antiquated,” according to a district spokesperson.
They said that “We were able to submit this language to legal counsel and it is being removed from the contracts,” then they made sure to clarify that “The district does not discriminate.”
The contract was originally negotiated in 2011, however was extended by administrators in the district until 2017.
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