Court won't freeze key decision in Taylor teachers case linked to Michigan right-to-work law

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TAYLOR, Michigan — The Michigan appeals court won't freeze a decision that throws out a 10-year agreement between teachers and a Detroit-area school district.

The court on Wednesday turned down a request for a stay by the Taylor Federation of Teachers, which predicts "chaos." In February, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission said a deal to ensure financial support for the union was an illegal attempt to get around the state's right-to-work law.

Taylor teachers in 2013 agreed to a 10 percent pay cut. They also agreed to a separate 10-year deal that requires teachers to be union members or at least pay a fee for collective bargaining.

The deal came just weeks before the right-to-work law kicked in. The law says workers can't be forced to support a union to keep their job.

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