Macomb Community College voted 6-2 Tuesday to approve four union contracts, ranging from three to five years, for faculty, administrative personnel, and and clerical and support staff.
The contracts were for the following unions: Macomb Community College Faculty Organization, Association of Adjunct Faculty of Macomb Community College, Macomb Community College Association of Administrative personnel and AFSCME Local 2172.
"Personally, I think we did a very good thing," board Treasurer Roseanne DiMaria said. "It was something that definitely needed to be done in wake of right to work."
Universities and two-year institutions such as Macomb Community College could face 15 percent cuts for adopting new contracts before right-to-work takes effect March 28 under a bill introduced in the state House on Tuesday.
Michigan Educational Association spokesman Doug Pratt said the cuts are nothing more than "right-wing scare tactics."
"Lawmakers could've decided to make the law go into effect immediately, but they chose not to this," Pratt said. "Now, they are trying to retroactively punish unions, which is wrong and counter productive."